Friday, June 2, 2017

World News Briefs -- June 2, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) listens to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after announcing his decision that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Reuters: World pledges to save 'Mother Earth' despite Trump's snub to climate pact

China and Europe pledged on Friday to unite to save "Mother Earth" in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to take the world's second largest carbon polluter out of the Paris climate change pact.

Others including Russia, India and Mexico quickly signaled their commitment to the accord, although a Kremlin aide said it would not be viable without U.S. participation.

France said it would work with U.S. states and cities - some of which have broken with Trump's decisions - to keep up the fight against climate change.

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Iraq forces announce gains in west Mosul.

In Damascus, a general feeling that the war is winding down.

Turkish authorities briefly detain spokesman for pro-Kurdish opposition: lawmaker.

As U.S. targets Hezbollah, Lebanon lobbies against more sanctions.

Tested on all fronts, Iran's Rouhani may struggle on reforms.

Netanyahu: Israel 'disappointed' in Trump's decision not to move US embassy to Jerusalem.

Palestinians pour into Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers.


Manila attack: At least 36 bodies found at Resorts World entertainment complex, local media says. Philippine police seek casino attacker’s identity.

Philippine military launches new air raids in Islamist battle.

China reinforces its support of Paris climate agreement.

Protesters clash with police near Kabul bombing site. Kabul bomb: Deaths at protest march in Afghan capital. Four killed as Kabul protesters clash with police over truck bomb.

North Korean nuclear programme to replace South China Sea as key issue at Asia Security Summit.

Draft UN resolution would blacklist 15 more North Koreans for missile and nuclear links.

North Korea gasoline prices skyrocket amid concerns over sanctions.

Japan passes bill allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate.


Suicide bombers kill nine in northern Cameroon.

Libya's biggest oil field boosts production, raising the country's output.

Chad blasts UN report on troop abuses in C. Africa.

EU imposes sanctions on nine DR Congo officials over Kasai violence.

Government defends police actions as general strike starts in Morocco.

Uganda investigates vanished ivory haul.

Ethiopia blocks adoptions, leaving parents stranded.


Germany, France, Italy tell Trump Paris agreement is not renegotiable.

Merkel: 'We have to protect Mother Earth' after Trump quits Paris accord.

Moscow says won't veto UN resolution on N.Korea sanctions.

Putin: Private hackers, not government, involved in U.S. cyberattacks.

Putin calls on American business to help restore dialogue between US and Russia.

offin of Polish president killed in plane crash contains remains of other victims.

Hungary’s leader says criticism by Soros ‘war declaration’.


Exiting Paris, Trump leaves deal shaped by US priorities.

Trump goes to supreme court in attempt to revive travel ban. US travel ban goes to Supreme Court. rump asks Supreme Court to reinstate travel ban.

Secret Service chief wants more staff to relieve stress, boost morale.

Maduro pushes ahead with referendum as protests go on.

OAS suspends Venezuela meetings after failing to reach agreement.

Brazilians struggle to survive corruption crisis.

Fight to stop controversial Canadian pipeline gets fresh backing in BC.


Islamic state claims responsibility for World Manila attack.

ISIS threat in Afghanistan shows no end in sight.

Syrian activists: ISIS news agency's founder killed in strike.


US businesses at odds with Trump over pullout from Paris accord.

Super-rich evade on average nearly third of their due tax.

Secretive Bilderberg group gathers in US.

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