Blast tears through central Kabul, killing and injuring dozens

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. "Attacks such as these only serve to strengthen our commitment to our Afghan partners as they seek a peaceful, stable future for their country". In a statement to the media on Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs strongly deplored the heinous and reprehensible terrorist attack in Kabul . [Full Article...]

Blast in diplomatic area of Afghan capital kills, wounds 50

India's PM Narendra Modi also condemned the attack. "Iran's Ambassador Mohammad Reda Barkhami was wounded, the embassy building was damaged", Erem News reported citing Iatimad newspaper. The attack was the second massive bombing in Kabul this month. Though several embassy workers were injured, all employees are now safe. Gabriel says "our thoughts are with the families and friends of the ... [Full Article...]

Britain's Labour Party unveils 'radical' election manifesto

Britain's Labour Party unveils 'radical' election manifesto The manifesto included a tax increase from 40 percent to 45 percent for salaries of between £80,000 (94,000 euros, $103,000) and £123,0000 a year, above which there will be a new 50 percent top rate of income tax. Mr McCluskey's prediction of just 200 seats for Labour and a big win for Theresa May and the Conservatives will be interpreted in two ways inside the Labour Party and by political ... [Full Article...]

Trump lashes out at Germany over trade, NATO; promises change

European leaders were especially dismayed by Trump's refusal to reaffirm USA support for last year's Paris climate change accord and his failure to publicly endorse NATO's mutual defence pledge. "And that is why I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands ". According to German media, he called the country "very bad" because of its trade deficit with the ... [Full Article...]

White House Holds Briefing Amid Reports Of Staff Changes, Russia Developments

On Twitter , President Trump said "Russian officials must be laughing at the USA - and how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election - has taken over the fake news". Instead, in the first press briefing since President Trump returned from a nine-day trip overseas, Spicer focused on the fact that The Washington Post story , which first reported the request, used anonymous s... [Full Article...]

Donald Trump to withdraw USA from Paris Agreement on climate change

However, multiple media reports claim Trump already has made a decision to pull out of the agreement , which includes 195 signatories pledging to keep global temperatures at 35.6 F above pre-industrial levels and eventually move to keep them below 34.7 F. [Full Article...]

Trump criticises Germany after Merkel questioned US reliability

But the importance we put on these ties can not mean that we abandon fundamental principles such as our commitment to fight climate change and in favour of open societies and free trade", he said . "She is testing the waters for a more forthcoming policy towards France". Her main challenger in September, the Social Democrats' candidate Martin Schulz , doubled down on Merkel's Sunday comments, ... [Full Article...]

Putin and Macron have frank talks

While he said he hoped the two could open up channels to discuss a solution to that crisis, he stated that chemical attacks will be a "redline" for France and would result in immediate reprisals. In any case, the abiding impression from the meeting - at least what we saw in public - was Macron's willingness to restore better relations with Russian Federation. [Full Article...]

Police arrest 14th man in Manchester bombing inquiry

Ariana said she plans to return to the "incredibly brave" city for a concert "in honour of and to raise funds for the victims and their families". Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling were among those who laid wreaths at Victoria Station, which also suffered damage in the concert blast. [Full Article...]

Kathy Griffin releases photo holding a severed Trump head

Griffin said she has made a lot of mistakes in her career and will take this feedback in her stride. Chelsea Clinton , daughter of Hillary and Bill Clinton, called the photo "vile and wrong."It is never amusing to joke about killing a president", she posted on Twitter ". [Full Article...]

Donald Trump to make final decision on Paris climate deal next week

Donald Trump to make final decision on Paris climate deal next week The G7 summit in Italy showed that under US President Donald Trump , the US policies regarding climate change have changed. Meanwhile, the other G7 nations, Canada, France, Germany , Italy Japan and Britain, as well as the Presidents of the European Council and Commission got behind the measure. [Full Article...]

Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader _ who calls it natural

Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader _ who calls it natural On Thursday, President Donald Trump went to NATO headquarters in Brussels , where he had a series of awkward encounters and gave a speech that seemed to have the United States' NATO allies either snickering or worrying. He said the Manchester bombing revealed the need for the military alliance to focus on "terrorism and immigration" in addition to threats from Russian Federation. [Full Article...]

Trump repeats criticism of Germany, Merkel stands by position

Trump repeats criticism of Germany, Merkel stands by position Merkel suggested that Europe's relationship with the USA had shifted significantly following last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G-7 meetings with President Donald Trump that produced disappointing results, saying Saturday that " the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days". [Full Article...]

Sri Lanka races to rescue flood victims before rain resumes

The death toll from Sri Lanka's worst floods since 2003 Sunday rose to 146, as security forces and rescuers stepped up search and rescue operations after weather condition improved and floodwaters receded. Houses and shops remained submerged in 10 to 30 feet of water. The charity Save the Children said about a tenth of those displaced were aged below five. [Full Article...]

Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh, thousands evacuated

Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh, thousands evacuated Majority were killed by falling trees in the districts of Cox's Bazar and Rangamati, officials told the BBC . "When the storm came we rushed to local schools to take shelter", he said. "But this time we are more prepared", said disaster management authority spokesman Abul Hashim. The government's meteorological agency previously warned that low-lying coastal areas were "likely to be inundated... [Full Article...]

Trump repeats criticism of Germany, Merkel stands by stance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today she would push hard to revive and accelerate trade negotiations with India, which have been stalled since 2013. Christian Wagner, a scholar at the German Institute for global and Security Affairs, wryly noted that "if you really want to confuse a German politician, ask them what the country's national interests are". [Full Article...]

Merkel: Europe must stay united in face of ally uncertainty

Merkel: Europe must stay united in face of ally uncertainty And that is why I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own. "This is what I experienced in the last few days". She also noted that Merkel is seeking a fourth term as chancellor in September, and does not want to be seen as being too close to an American president who is widely disliked in Europe . [Full Article...]

Police make 2 more arrests over Manchester bombing

Police make 2 more arrests over Manchester bombing Police announced two new arrests on Thursday in their probe, bringing the total to eight people in custody in Britain. Media in Britain reported on Friday that Grande has promised that she will return to Manchester following the terror attack to spend time with her fans and to "have a benefit concert in honour of and to raise money for the victims and their families", Xinhua news agency repo... [Full Article...]

Israeli govt meeting near Jerusalem site angers Palestinians

After the 1967 war, Israel annexed east Jerusalem with the Old City home to holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, and declared all of expanded Jerusalem to be its capital. "In this place, the Babylonian exile built the Second Temple and after the destruction of the Second Temple, this place was the focal point of the longing of our people for generations", Prime Minister Benjamin N... [Full Article...]

Merkel: US relations important, but must also look elsewhere

The Prime Minister, who spent several hours on Monday evening speaking to Chancellor Merkel at the official retreat of Schloss Meserberg outside Berlin , was accorded a ceremonial guard of honour at the German Chancery in Berlin on Tuesday morning. [Full Article...]

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