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Paris Pact Pullout May Complicate US Trade Efforts


Few expect outright tariffs from Europe or other trading partners, at least initially, as retaliation against the USA pullout from the Paris climate accord. Tillerson wasn't the only Cabinet member to skip the Rose Garden ceremony where Trump announced his decision, but his absence was perhaps the most glaring. Read More »

Michael Bloomberg Is Coming To The United Nations' Rescue

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang , in Brussels for an EU-China business summit, said it was important for China and EU relationships to become more stable. Several large corporations , including Microsoft, Walmart, PepsiCo, General Motors, and Ford, have released statements affirming that climate change is a real problem that the world must address. Read More »

GOP Health Bill Doesn't Fulfill Trump Promises

Among Republicans , twice as many say it fulfills none or some of the President's promises (59%) as say it fulfills all or a lot of them (30%). Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released its estimates regarding the cost and coverage impact of legislation passed by the House of Representatives that would repeal or revise many ACA provisions. Read More »

Putin urges 'joint work' with Trump on climate

China is now the world's No. 1 energy consumer and greenhouse gas emitter, and should it combine forces with Europe it has the potential to lead the world and prevent other nations from following the U.S. It commits the U.S. and 194 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures "well below" 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them even more, to 1.5C. Read More »

Putin: Russia struck no secret agreements with Trump team


In his reply, he quoted the Vedas to say that harming the environment is a crime, and milking nature is the right of the humans. Asked about the "fingerprints", IP addresses allegedly belonging to Russian hackers, he said those could have been easily rigged and couldn't stand as credible evidence. Read More »

Tillerson: US still will cut emissions despite Paris pullout

Sen. Dan Sullivan said the Paris climate accord "significantly disadvantaged the US economy and American families and workers relative to other nations, especially China ". Pruitt, asked if he himself believed climate change is occurring, said he has indicated that "human activity contributes to it in some manner". Russian President Vladimir Putin , however, urged the world to work with Mr Trump on the climate issue. Read More »

Macron trolls Trump after climate deal ditch with catchy slogan

Meanwhile, the renewables boom has proven too much for China's electricity grid to fully absorb, causing some energy to go to waste. "And they won't be", Trump said . It could meet its 2030 target a decade early. China already accounts for more than one-third of global wind energy capacity. Obama's effort to engage China's Xi on climate issues helped spur the change. Read More »

Ariana Grande Pens Emotional Open Letter Following Fatal Manchester Attack


Britain has raised its terror alert to the maximum level and ordered troops to protect strategic sites after 22 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Manchester pop concert. The report said that Abedi did not appear to be on an worldwide terror watch list , which allowed him to travel freely throughout Europe. Earlier the main suspect's name was leaked to USA media - well before the Manchester police were ready to announce. Read More »

China's standing boosted by Trump's exit from Paris climate pact

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump announced that the country would pull out of the agreement. Members of his administration, including Vice President Mike Pence and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt , said on Friday that the Paris deal put an extraordinary burden on the United States. Read More »

Comey to Testify Publicly Next Thursday - Unless Trump Blocks Him

Trump has denied firing Comey for the FBI's investigation of his associates' Russian Federation connections, but also said the investigation was on his mind when he did it. The term "executive privilege" is not in the U.S. Constitution. He has an incentive to push back against the White House portrayal of him as unfit for office. Read More »

Trump to announce decision on climate change Thursday


Top White House aides have been divided. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ivanka Trump , the president's daughter and adviser, are among those who urged him to stay in the deal, arguing it would be beneficial to the United States to remain part of negotiations and meetings surrounding the agreement as a matter of leverage and influence. Read More »

British PM, rival face angry voters as election nears

Opinion polls show Ms May, from the ruling Conservative Party, ahead of Mr Corbyn following a month of campaigning, but the gap has narrowed in the past week. The Conservatives now have 330 seats in parliament, and Labor 229. It is unlikely she would agree to stopping the Brexit divorce. The newspaper, edited by former Chancellor George Osborne, the politician fired by May previous year, said for the first time, more voters in the capital say they think the Labour leader would make a ... Read More »

Author of MIT climate study says Trump got it wrong


Heurtel is trying to remain positive despite the American decision to leave the accord , noting he'd prefer the USA leave the accord rather than staying in it and weakening it. He added that the European states should review their emissions cuts targets so that they may achieve the goal set in the Paris accord. While government funding remains vital, Espinosa said, "this kind of support is crucial for the work of the Secretariat to assist nations in their efforts to implement their ... Read More »

Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner should have security clearance reviewed


But reporters wanted to talk about something else: White House adviser Jared Kushner . Democrats have repeatedly requested that Kushner's security clearance be retracted until the investigation is complete. His last day at the White House has not yet been determined. A criminal investigation by the Justice Department is being led by a special counsel, Robert S. Read More »

United States departure from Paris deal turns spotlight on China


The US decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement adopted by almost 200 countries, including India, will not stop its incredible momentum, the United Nations environment head said on Friday. And the framing of that publicity is not that climate change is not real. A number of USA indices rose on the back of Trump's latest move, although it had been anticipated by markets. Read More »

Peduto issues executive order committing Pittsburgh to climate change

The newly-elected French leader issued a statement following the announcement, calling Trump's decision a "mistake both for the us and for our planet". After the USA withdrawal from the Paris deal sparked pledges of money and solidarity, Figueres said via Twitter on Friday, "Thank you Trump ". Trump said he's willing to renegotiate and re-enter the agreement when he believes it better serves the interests of Americans. Read More »

Musk, Iger to quit Trump councils after Paris decision


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking in Singapore on Friday, also called the United States decision "disappointing. but not at all surprising, ' adding that Australia remained 'committed to our Paris commitments". President George W. Bush provoked similar anger from European allies when he decided not to implement the 1997 Kyoto climate change treaty, which was ratified by 140 nations. Read More »

French President Emmanuel Macron says Paris climate agreement irreversible


Bloomberg Philanthropies said Friday it will pull together $15 million to "support the operations" of the United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change , the arm of the UN that coordinates the Paris pact. China is the world's biggest polluter, but now its state-owned tabloid is calling the USA withdrawal "reckless" and said America's "selfishness and irresponsibility" would hurt its global standing. Read More »

Putin urges US business to help normalize Russia-US ties

Asked about suspicions that Russia might try to interfere in upcoming elections in Germany, Mr Putin raised the possibility of attacks on foreign votes by what he portrayed as free-spirited Russian patriots . Putin also sounded off Friday about USA scrutiny of meetings between Trump's team and Russia's ambassador to the United States . In a wide-ranging question-and-answer session, Putin also questioned Trump's call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to increase their ... Read More »

Colorado reacts to Trump's Paris agreement pullout


Congressman Morgan Griffith of southwestern Virginia is one of those lawmakers. The U.S. Conference of Mayors' climate change initiative dates to 2005. America became the world's largest producer of natural gas and oil in the Obama years, with oil production increasing a stunning 74 percent, and natural gas production growing 34 percent. Read More »

Distrust Grows in Illinois Budget Talks


Rauner has said he wants a permanent property tax freeze as part of a state budget . In other words, they're more concerned about politics and their re-election chances than actually helping the vulnerable they claim to represent. Davis added provisions to the measure to allow poorer districts with high property taxes to substitute newly arrived state funds. The Illinois Senate has approved a two-year property tax freeze. Read More »

After humbling Cavaliers, Warriors warn their best yet to come

Golden State had 11 first-half dunks in all, the most of any team in any Finals half in 20 years. Beyond the turnovers - which stood out in contrast to the Warriors' record-low four - it was nearly laughable at times how the Cavaliers abandoned the paint defensively as they tried to avoid getting killed by the Warriors 3-point shooting. Read More »

Trump views Germany as political opponent: senior SPD lawmaker


Merkel regards her speech on Europe becoming more active internationally as a reflection of the reality during the Ukraine conflict and the refugee crisis, according to a senior German government official with knowledge of her thinking. "That's of huge importance and in no way directed against any other relationships and certainly not against the trans-Atlantic ties, which have historically been very important for us and will remain so in future", she said. Read More »

Merkel vows 'more decisive action than ever' on climate

Google's Indian-American CEO Sundar Pichai said: "Disappointed with today's decision". Brown joined Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state and Gov. Trump announced Thursday the United States would withdraw from the agreement, calling it "draconian". Along with NY and Washington , the three represent more than one fifth of USA gross domestic product. Read More »

Bloomberg says U.S. does not need Washington to fulfil Paris agreement

Under the Paris agreement , negotiated during former President Barack Obama's tenure, the United States voluntarily committed to reducing polluting emissions by 1.6 billion tons by 2025. "This is a responsibility shouldered by China as a responsible major country and what China's development calls for", she said. Scientists have warned failure to curb unsafe climate change will lead to sea level rises, more intense storms and flooding, more extreme droughts, water shortages and ... Read More »

Cities, states and companies vow to stick to the Paris climate agreement


The group is reportedly preparing a plan which will pledge to meet the United States' greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris accord . But the 2015 Paris Agreement is different. He is also a UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. The now one of only three nations to reject the agreement. Read More »

Donaldson 2 HRs, Blue Jays beat Yankees 7-5; Judge hits 18th


This game was lost in the first three innings. CLEVELAND - Corey Kluber came off the disabled list to pitch six scoreless innings, and Cleveland benefited from three errors by Oakland that led to five unearned runs. Michelle Cherny of Pride Toronto threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Kevin Pillar , who was suspended two games last month after yelling an anti-gay slur at a Braves pitcher during a game in Atlanta. Read More »

Lexington remembers victims of gun violence


In response, a group of teenagers close to Pendleton asked classmates, family and friends to wear orange to honor lives lost to gun violence every year. "Let us hope that in the future we will lose fewer of our fellow citizens to gun violence or the misuse of guns", Malloy said. Yes, that's a gun for every person in the country, and 30 times more guns than in the UK. Read More »

Barrasso, Enzi and Cheney comment on United States leaving Paris Climate Agreement


Petersburg International Economic Forum. Supporters of the accord, including some leading U.S. business figures, called Trump's move a blow to worldwide efforts to tackle dangers for the planet posed by global warming. He knew Trump would hear what he had to say - even if it was unlikely to sway him. Hal Brands , a professor of global affairs at JHU's School of Advanced International Studies , is among 18 co-authors on a Foreign Policy article stating that "the decision will have ... Read More »

Putin ridicules US focus on ambassador contacts

Russia's hopes for better ties with President Donald Trump's administration have been dashed by the congressional and FBI investigations into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation. "The Jews are blamed for everything". "But we know what such sentiments lead to - it doesn't end in anything good", he said. He also said that USA accusations about Russian Federation were reminiscent of "anti-Semitism and blaming the Jews", describing them as "disinformation". Read More »

President Trump's Campaign Announces a 'Pittsburgh, Not Paris' Rally in DC

The colour was plastered on buildings across the world including France , Canada , Australia and, of course, the United States of America itself. " Climate finance is the biggest bad (from Trump's decision)", said Clare Shakya, director of climate change at the International Institute for Environment and Development think-tank in London. Read More »

Iran elects moderate cleric Rouhani president


Nasrallah was apparently referring to gulf Arab nations that list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Earlier this month, he promised to remove "all the remaining sanctions". In what many had predicted was going to be a closely contested election, Rouhanni won 57 percent of the vote, nearly 20 points more than the 38 percent his main challenger, hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi, received . Read More »