Category Archives: Asia

Emmanuel Macron, the 'Trump Whisperer', says there is no Plan B on Iran as he travels to Washington

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Emmanuel Macron will meet Donald Trump on Monday carrying a message that the US must remain committed to a flawed nuclear deal with Iran because there is no “plan B”. In an interview on the eve of his trip to Washington as the first foreign leader to be afforded a full state visit by the American president, the French president discussed his reputation as the “Trump whisperer” and his hopes for averting a trade war. He also insisted the US was committed to rebuilding Syria, warning that Mr Turmp’s threatened withdraw could leave the door open to Iran to fill …read more

Donald Trump says North Korea crisis is 'long way from conclusion'

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Donald Trump moved on Sunday to dampen heightened expectations of a rapid nuclear deal with North Korea, saying that the crisis was far from conclusion. Excitement at the prospect of an end to tensions with the nuclear-armed state have risen ever since Mr Trump stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader. On Saturday, Pyongyang announced it was suspending weapons tests and closing its nuclear testing site. But a day later the American president sounded an uncharacteristic note of caution on Twitter. ….We are a long way from conclusion on North Korea, maybe things …read more

Turkey's Erdogan chides Austria over election campaigning

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Turkey's Erdogan chides Austria over election campaigning

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Saturday criticised Austria for planning to ban any possible campaigning for the June elections, saying that countries attempting to undermine his country’s democratic struggle would “pay a price”. Erdogan this week called snap elections for June 24, bringing the polls forward by a year and a half. Both Austria and the Netherlands have announced their governments would not look warmly to any possible campaigning on their soil by Turkish politicians.

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S.Africa riots force new president to leave London summit

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S.Africa riots force new president to leave London summit

South African police on Friday fired rubber bullets at protesters after President Cyril Ramaphosa cut short a foreign trip to deal with violent riots over alleged government corruption and poor public services. Shops were looted, roads were blocked and vehicles set alight in North West province in unrest that posed an early challenge for Ramaphosa, who came to power in February. At least 23 people were arrested and one man was reported to have died in sporadic violence that erupted this week in Mahikeng, the provincial capital.

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'Thoughts are not working': High school students walk out on 19th anniversary of Columbine to protest gun violence

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Students across the United States have walked out of class to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre and demonstrate against gun violence in America. The student demonstrations — planned in communities nationwide from Los Angeles, to Florida, and New York — carry with them a renewed urgency following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, where 17 people were killed in what is now the deadliest high school shooting since the Columbine attack 19 years ago.

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