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by | June 01, 2017 | 15:42

New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay, who chaired the meeting in Vietnam, left open the possibility of the United States rejoining the TPP despite Trump saying he prefers bilateral free trade deals. "The US could come back to TPP if there's a TPP operating, and if it remains basically unchanged from the one that the US negotiated". "It's still relatively early days, but we want to move as efficiently, as quickly as we can to lock in the gains of the TPP-11", Mr Ciobo said.

by | June 01, 2017 | 17:01

Mueller was chosen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after Comey's dismissal and revelations that he kept notes of a February meeting indicating Trump asked him to close the agency's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn .

by | June 01, 2017 | 16:29

Shortly after Trump's remarks on Twitter, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made the rounds of Sunday television news shows to praise any so-called back channel communications , especially with Russian Federation, as "a good thing".

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:28

While there have been divisions among Trump's aides on the issue, the view that appears to have prevailed is that the United States should keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for now to avoid angering the Palestinians , Arab governments and Western allies while the president seeks to nurture peace efforts.

by | June 01, 2017 | 17:06

Meanwhile in Britain, British police said they had arrested a seventh person following searches at an address in Nuneaton , central England. Mark Rowley, Britain's top counterterrorism police officer, said authorities have dismantled a "large part" of the network around bomber Salman Abedi .

by | June 01, 2017 | 16:26

The target of the attack - which officials said was a suicide auto bombing - was not immediately known, but Ismail Kawasi , spokesman of the public health ministry, said most of the casualties were civilians, including women and children. USA troops in Afghanistan number about 8,400 now, and there are another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. As of late Wednesday night in Kabul , no one had claimed responsibility.

by | June 01, 2017 | 16:44

The NATO statement, which praised the "courage" of Afghan forces, slammed the attack as "barbaric". "Attacks such as these only serve to strengthen our commitment to our Afghan partners as they seek a peaceful, stable future for their country".

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:29

Trump was following a total of 45 people on Twitter as of Tuesday. The White House said the memo is not an accurate portrayal of the conversation between Mr Comey and the President. The president also reportedly met Monday with former campaign officials Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie about joining his crisis-communications war room, according to the news outlet.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:35

The last-minute scramble comes as Trump tweeted late Wednesday that he would announce his final decision on the climate pact Thursday afternoon in the White House Rose Garden, following initial reports that a decision to leave would be announced.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:14

Other meetings over the two days will include discussions of global economy and climate, a meeting with small African nations - Trump will be seated between the leaders of Niger and Tunisia - and migration issues. And in the heart of Europe, Trump berated NATO allies over their financial commitments and would not explicitly endorse the "one for all, all for one" defense doctrine that has been the cornerstone of trans-Atlantic security for decades.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:09

The neighbourhood is considered Kabul's safest area, with foreign embassies protected by dozens of 10-foot-high blast walls and government offices, guarded by police and national security forces. The explosion destroyed or damaged more than 50 vehicles, the Ministry of Interior Affairs said . It struck near Zanbaq Square in the heavily fortified zone, with civilians said to be the main casualties.

by | June 01, 2017 | 16:16

The government said it is close to retaking Marawi from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria-linked Maute group, which seized parts of the city after a failed attempt by security forces to capture Isnilon Hapilon , the militants' so-called emir of South-east Asia.

by | June 01, 2017 | 16:05

Despite the difficulties in doing business in China, 55 per cent said they increased their revenue in the Asian country in 2016, but few were hopeful that the barriers to their operations would change in the short-term. But the results of the latest business confidence survey by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China suggest Beijing has a long way to go before its rhetoric matches reality.

by | June 01, 2017 | 16:20

Ariana Grande said on Friday that she will return to Manchester for a benefit concert. In the Libyan capital Tripoli, Abedi's younger brother, 20-year-old Hashem, and their father, Ramadan, are being held by special forces linked to the interior ministry.

by | June 01, 2017 | 16:31

Flexing his diplomatic muscles, French President Emmanuel Macron said he had "extremely frank" and "direct" talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday and launched an extraordinary attack on two state-funded Russian media outlets he accused of spreading "lying propaganda" during France's presidential campaign.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:55

WASHINGTON | 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 as a "good thing", while the Trump administration sought to quell mounting questions over secret ties to the Kremlin.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:52

Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry , said at least 50 people were killed or wounded in the suicide auto bombing Wednesday. Almost two hours after the explosion near Zanbaq Square, a crowded area in the capital that leads to the presidential palace as well as major foreign embassies, plumes of smoke were still rising from the scene.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:00

White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Mr Dubke resigned before Mr Trump left for his worldwide trip earlier this month, suggesting that his departure is not linked to any pending shake-ups. "They have talked to many people, including me", Mr Bossie said. More attorneys with deep experience in Washington investigations are expected to be added in the weeks ahead.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:41

Trump has maintained that the standards under the deal are unfair and would reduce job growth, as well as wages while increasing utility costs in the U.S. A withdrawal would put the United States in league with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the Paris agreement . On Tuesday, Modi said in Berlin that it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on USA climate policy.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:23

Michael Kugelman of the US-based Wilson Center, told the Associated Press the deadly attack, signified an "intelligence failure" in Kabul . "The terrorists, even in the holy month of Ramadan, the month of goodness, blessing and prayer, are not stopping the killing of our innocent people", said President Ashraf Ghani.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:05

Pakistan has chose to send its Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali to lead its team at the next meeting of "agents" in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the Hague, PTI reported on Wednesday. They have also said his case will be handled according to Pakistan's laws and Constitution. India had approached the ICJ citing that it had been repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav in violation of the provisions of the Vienna Convention.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:58

Michael Atkins was granted immunity from prosecution for telling police the location of Matthew's body. NSW Police detectives remove remains believed to Matthew Leveson's , on Thursday. The parents of missing Sydney murder victim Matthew Leveson have been painstakingly scouring bushland for nearly a decade in a bid to find their son's remains.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:42

The news comes amid a broader crackdown in China on independent groups pushing for better labor rights in the world's second-largest economy. They were looking into conditions at Huajian shoe factories on behalf of China Labour Watch, a NY based non-profit organisation devoted to defending worker's rights.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:39

Here's a quick primer on what that means. It was negotiated in December 2015. Climate scientists argue that climate change would become worse if the USA pulled out of the agreement since the nation contributes so much to rising temperatures.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:45

Trump faced considerable pressure to hold to the deal during visits with European leaders and Pope Francis on his recent trip overseas. "But one overriding, mega trend finding its way at the top of that list is climate change ", he said during his prepared speech.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:28

A majority of Americans in every state support the USA remaining part of the 2015 treaty, according to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, including fossil-fuel-producing states that Trump won by wide margins last November.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:12

But they're also a way around intelligence agencies, which raises questions about why White House adviser (and President Trump's son-in-law) Jared Kushner attempted to create a backchannel with Russian Federation before Trump transitioned into office.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:10

President Donald Trump's overseas trip self-proclaimed home run ball actually landed in foul territory. -European relations. Trump's comments came in an early-morning tweet on Tuesday issued just as Merkel hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin, where they held a joint cabinet meeting and signed cooperation agreements.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:03

However, Assange still faces arrest from United Kingdom officials for "minor charges", if he were to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up for the last five years. Assange has always denied the rape allegation, which stems from a WikiLeaks conference in Stockholm in 2010 . He feared Sweden would hand him over to the United States to face prosecution for information leaks as thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents were published by WikiLeaks .

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:59

Army veteran Ricky Best, 53, and college graduate Taliesin Namkai-Meche were stabbed to death Friday by Jeremy Christian while protecting 16-year-old Destinee Mangum and her friend, who was wearing a hijab. Meche, who was stabbed in the neck, was clinging to life. Video shows Best trying to intervene, which is when he was also stabbed. He also made anti-Muslim remarks.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:48

It was not immediately clear how the fifth person died. Significant damage is reported in refugee camps housing Rohingya Muslims from neighbouring Myanmar . It comes after heavy rains in Sri Lanka caused landslides that killed at least 180 people. "We will reopen the airport if weather permits after 2 p.m.

by | June 01, 2017 | 14:43

White House officials cautioned that details were still being hammered out and that, although close, the decision on withdrawing from the global accord, agreed to by almost 200 countries in Paris in 2015, was not finalised. leaves the pact, an EU official said Wednesday, May 31. Trump did not confirm the decision in a post on Twitter . Like his boss, Pruitt has questioned the consensus of climate scientists that the Earth is warming and that man-made climate emissions are to blame.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:21

Politicians refused to approve debt financing and then warned that future governments would not be obligated to pay back the money if Maduro secured the funds without assembly approval. Venezuelan police have arrested almost 3,000 people in the two months since a wave of anti-government protests erupted, a judicial campaign group said on Tuesday.

by | June 01, 2017 | 15:46

After checking himself for wounds, he began to look for his friends. A 12-year-old schoolgirl from Victoria was reportedly among the dead. Videos of the attack posted on social media show wounded and bloodied people crying for help on the sidewalk outside the ice cream parlor.

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.