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by | June 01, 2017 | 14:25

The uncertainty over Trump's decision is leaving room for last-minute lobbying by both sides - those who want the president to abide by his campaign promise to "cancel" the deal, and others who argue that it would encourage a global power vacuum that might be filled by USA competitors, like China.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:04

The Post spoke with "people familiar with the matter", "officials", "current and former US intelligence officials" and other unnamed sources in reporting the story. However, Trump has privately and publicly pinned much of the blame for his administration's woes on the communications effort. Kelly said he did not know if the reports were true, but added that he supports attempts to foster communication with Russian Federation.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:17

Trump has not given any indication of which way he is leaning, saying he'd been "hearing from a lot of people, both ways". If the U.S. backs out of the Paris Agreement, what would that look like? Since taking office on January 20, Trump has sent contradictory signals on the Paris deal - reflecting the different currents within his administration, both on climate change but also on the wider issue of America's role in the world and its position on multilateralism.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:09

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon have backed Trump's plan to leave the Paris Agreement in the past. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump blasted the accord, and called global warming a hoax aimed at weakening USA industry.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:23

But he changed his mind just hours before the live BBC hustings on Wednesday - and said May was treating voters with "contempt" by failing to join him. "Far from being a tiresome election, I think this one may come to be seen as the beginning of a realignment in politics that changes the political map and our concepts of right and left" - Daniel Finkelstein in the Times .

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:35

Wednesday at the Didion Milling Plant in Cambria. Multiple fire departments, ambulances and medical helicopters were called to the scene. A spokesperson from the Beaver Dam Community Hospital said they are treating people who were injured in the explosion, but wouldn't say how many people or the extent of their injuries.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:53

Your afternoon shot of politics, sent straight from the desk of Joshua Miller. A Republican consultant, Dubke joined the White House team in February. The New York Times reported that four possible candidates for Dubke's job all declined to be considered. Instead of asking about the worldwide consequences of withdrawal, a reporter asked Spicer whether Trump believes climate change is a result of human activity, a claim he famously denied on Twitter and has since doubled down on.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:17

He could unilaterally withdraw from the Paris agreement without any action by Congress. Contending that mayors across the country and both parties share concerns about climate change , Walsh pledged to fight efforts to undo the agreement, which committed almost every country to cutting and ultimately eliminating greenhouse gas pollution.

by | June 01, 2017 | 13:54

Word of Trump's decision comes a day after the president met with Scott Pruitt , the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency . "This notion, "I am Trump, I am American, America first and I am getting out", that is not going to happen".

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:39

The resignation of communications chief Dubke and Spicer's press briefing walkout come amid reports that the president is looking to bring in fresh blood to try to turn around his embattled four-month-old presidency. The GOP consultant who knows Dubke said Trump's tweets undermine the messages his communications staff plans. "It's baffling, because it doesn't convince anyone".

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:04

The Paris agreement , which was first adopted by United Nations consensus agreement in 2015, sets specific goals for reducing climate impact resulting from greenhouse gases through global co-operation. One computer simulation - one that many other scientists say is too much of a worst-case scenario - calculates that if the US increases carbon dioxide emissions and the rest of the world hits its targets, America's added carbon pollution will be responsible for about half a degree of warming ...

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:11

What makes Kushner a person of interest in the Russia probe is that he never disclosed his meetings with Russian officials on security clearance forms, according to The Washington Post . The most significant new revelation is that Jared Kushner , the president's son-in-law, is now a focus of investigation. There's no good explanation if Jared Kushner did ask Russia's ambassador to set up a secret way to communicate with the Kremlin , away from the watchful eyes of US intelligence.

by | June 01, 2017 | 13:57

The new Macedonian government was immediately sworn in and the ministers will take over their duties starting from Thursday. Zaev has formed an alliance with small ethnic Albanian parties to control 62 of parliament's 120 seats, after coming second in December elections that produced a hung parliament.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:20

The state comptroller's office says that when the fiscal year ends, the state's stack of unpaid bills will be $11.6 billion higher. The budget crisis in IL has taken an outsized toll on kids in low-income families. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills). A group of school superintendents from districts statewide held a press conference in the Illinois State Capitol on Wednesday, calling for the passage of a full-year budget, instead of just a temporary stopgap, and changes to the school ...

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:36

The video emerged after US President Donald Trump had welcomed Erdogan to the White House and praised him as an ally in the battle against Islamic extremism in the middle-east. This isn't Turkey. This isn't a Third World country. "Turkey and the USA will together run an active combat against the PKK". "We intend to ensure accountability of anybody involved", said DC police chief Peter Newsham of the situation.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:37

In his Saudi speech, Mr Trump condemned "Islamic extremism", "Islamists" and "Islamic terror", but not once uttered the precise phrase he pressed Mr Obama on. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Mr Trump "a true friend" to Israel and expressed optimism about the president's role in the Middle East peace process.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:48

Two other men who were working on the investigation have been missing since Sunday, according to China Labor Watch , a New York-based non-governmental organization. One plant is in the city of Dongguan in southern Guangdong province and the other is in Ganzhou. A spokeswoman for the factory did not respond to questions Tuesday.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:08

Julio Borges , the leader of the National Assembly in Venezuela , says that a future government may refuse to pay GS for the bonds. A small group of protesters outside Goldman's NY headquarters held signs saying " Goldman Sachs Sucks!" and "Don't Support Venezuela's Hunger Bonds".

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:58

The top five economies of the 63 rated this year are: Hong Kong, Switzerland, Singapore, the United States and Netherlands. "These issues are at the root of poor government efficiency which diminishes their place in the rankings ", said Bris.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:11

Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election last month when she was riding high in opinion polls, hoping for a landslide win on a par with the era-defining victories of Margaret Thatcher in 1983 and Tony Blair in 1997.

by | June 01, 2017 | 13:58

Two HM militants hiding in the area were killed, they said, adding that the encounter has ended. An Army official said operations are still continuing in the area. To avoid any incidents, mobile phone services have been blocked and schools and colleges have been closed in Sopore area, a police officer said. His death is seen as a major setback to the terrorist network.

by | June 01, 2017 | 13:23

Her interior minister Amber Rudd is due to take part in the BBC debate on her behalf on Wednesday. But buoyed by rising poll ratings - and the chance to make May look evasive - Corbyn changed his mind. She called the election three years early to increase her majority, now 17 seats, so she could strengthen her negotiating hand in Brexit talks with the rest of Europe.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:50

The US package reportedly includes the renewed sale of precision-guided munitions that had been blocked under president Barack Obama's administration, for fear the Saudis would use them on civilian targets in Yemen, where Riyadh is fighting a war against Iranian-backed Huthi rebels.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:40

If an overhaul is in the works, White House officials aren't letting on. Before Dubke, the most recent senior administration figure to leave the White House was Michael Flynn, Trump's national security adviser, who was sacked 18 days after taking office for failing to disclose that he discussed sanctions with Russia's ambassador in Washington while Barack Obama was still president.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:16

A USA withdrawal, and the end to uncertainty around the issue, would be a more sturdy test of that solidarity. If President Donald Trump pulls the United States out of the global agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, what could that mean for the rapidly heating Earth? "China and the European Union need to steadfastly adhere to the Paris agreement ", Yang said in a written briefing to reporters.

by | June 01, 2017 | 13:49

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is defending an alleged effort by top White House adviser Jared Kushner to create back-channel communications with Russian Federation. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, noted that Kushner has been willing to answer questions. Trump also has to decide soon on a Pentagon recommendation to add more USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, as well as boosting reinforcement for the beleaguered ...

by | June 01, 2017 | 13:34

Rouhani won 23,549,616 of the total 41,220,131 votes while Raeisi, a principlist candidate, received 15,786,449 ballots, said Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli. The prime minister, in a message of felicitation to the Iranian president, said the Iranian people had chosen President Rouhani to guide the country with his visionary and astute leadership, through which Iran had made significant achievements in all the national and global domains.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:11

He has apparently been pondering what to do about that promise since the November election. President Donald Trump is nearing a final decision on whether to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement , with one White House official saying Wednesday that the president is leaning towards an exit but three others cautioning that he had not yet reached a verdict.

by | June 01, 2017 | 13:20

Those comments, which sent shock waves through Washington , vented Europe's frustration with Trump on climate policy in particular. "One must stand in the way of such a man with his ideology of rearmament", Schulz added. Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel followed her and blasted the United States, saying the Trump administration's "short-sighted policies. stand against the interest of the European Union ".

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:48

The withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Agreement , particularly if that withdrawal includes abandoning our commitments to reducing carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, would likely have a significant negative impact on global efforts to confront climate change .

by | June 01, 2017 | 13:44

Trump initially expressed openness to alternatives to a two-state solution in February, during a meeting with Netanyahu at the White House . But Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, questioned how an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement could be achieved as long as Gaza remains controlled by Hamas, which seeks Israel's eradication.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:29

Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. "There is no credible doubt that climate change is real and is caused by human activity". Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists advocacy group, said "I don't think any other countries will follow the USA out of Paris, so if he does leave, Trump will be in splendid isolation with the leaders of Syria and Nicaragua".

by | June 01, 2017 | 13:00

He also called for innovative partnerships to implement the Paris Agreement through North-South, South-South, and triangular cooperation to push for progress in combating climate change . In October, President Obama hailed the accord , which was signed by 197 parties to fight global warming, as "the best possible shot to save the one planet we've got".

by | June 01, 2017 | 12:58

If Trump chooses not to issue the waiver, it will come as a surprise, since unnamed administration officials told CNN Wednesday that he will likely do so - a report that received wide coverage in Israel. They stressed, however, that Trump has not given up on his promise to relocate the embassy and still intends to do so when conditions are ripe. Asked during a press briefing on Tuesday whether the president had made a decision on the waiver, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said ...

by | June 01, 2017 | 13:31

Overall, the general consensus was that without the USA, the planet's rate of warmth would be much faster and more intense. Rajoy and Modi agreed to boost bilateral cooperation in the field of combatting climate change. But he said in response to a question afterward that the United Nations believes "it would be important for the U.S. not to leave the Paris agreement".