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Corbyn vows to protect Britons from any threat after Trident criticism

Jeremy Corbyn has promised to protect Britain from global threats after facing criticism for refusing to say during a televised election debate whether he would launch a retaliatory nuclear strike. The Labour leader suggested he would sign off on more ships for the navy and extra surveillance aircraft for the air force alongside pledges to boost funding and numbers in the ...

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Trump tells ‘confidants’ US will leave Paris climate deal: Media

US President Donald Trump has told “confidants,” including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark international agreement on climate change, Axios news outlet reported on Saturday, citing three sources with direct knowledge. On Saturday, Trump said in a Twitter post he would make a decision on whether to support the Paris ...

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Philippine forces make gains in southern city under siege

Philippine forces now control most of a southern city where militants linked to the Islamic State group launched a bloody siege nearly a week ago, authorities said Monday.   Only small areas of Marawi are under militants’ control after six days of fighting, said Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, the military spokesman. In recent days, gunmen have managed to fend off ...

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Paul Pogba, world’s most expensive footballer, visits Makkah

The world’s most expensive footballer is on a pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest city as he marks the start of Ramadan. French international Paul Pogba shared a picture of himself in Makkah on Sunday, captioning it the ‘most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life’. He also sent a tweet wishing everyone a ‘happy Ramadan’. The 24-year-old became the most expensive ...

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Iran’s Khamenei says Saudis will fall, Rouhani calls for better ties

Iran’s hardline supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday Saudi Arabia’s rulers faced ‘certain downfall’ for aligning themselves with the United States, hours after the country’s pragmatist president called for improved ties with Gulf states. ‘They (Saudi leaders) act cordially towards the enemies of Islam while having the opposite behaviour towards the Muslim people of Bahrain and Yemen,’ Khamenei ...

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France’s Macron holding ‘tough’ talks with Putin near Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron is holding his first face-to-face talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin near Paris, amid tensions over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. They met at the ornate Grand Trianon Palace at Versailles. Mr Macron said he expected some tough words. It could be an awkward meeting, the BBC’s Lucy Williamson in Paris reports. Recently Mr ...

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Civilians lack food, water, medicine as Mosul battle mounts — UN

Tens of thousands of civilians in parts of Mosul held by Islamic State are struggling to get food, water and medicine, the United Nations said, days into a new push by US-backed Iraqi government troops to take the northern city. Up to 200,000 people still live behind Islamic State lines in Mosul’s Old City and three other districts, UN Humanitarian ...

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Civilian deaths a ‘fact of life’ in war on Daesh, Pentagon head says

Civilian casualties are inevitable in the war against the Daesh group but the United states is doing “everything humanly possible” to avoid them, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in an interview aired Sunday. A US-led international coalition has been carrying out air strikes against the Daesh group in Iraq and Syria since 2014, and nongovernmental organizations say the attacks ...

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Angela Merkel: EU cannot completely rely on US and Britain any more

Europe can no longer completely rely on its longstanding British and US allies, Angela Merkel has warned – saying the EU must now be prepared to “take its fate into its own hands”. Speaking after bruising meetings of Nato and the G7 group of wealthy nations last week, the German chancellor suggested the postwar western alliance had been badly undermined by the ...

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Under siege in Washington, Trump reaps Saudi arms deal, stronger ties

Under political fire at home, US President Donald Trump sealed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday on his maiden foreign trip as he struggled to shift attention from the aftermath of his firing of the director of the FBI. The arms deal, plus other investments that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said could total up ...

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