G7 Leaders Plow Ahead After Trump Stalls on Climate Accord

G7 Leaders Plow Ahead After Trump Stalls on Climate Accord

But according to a media report by USA website Axios, Mr Trump has told “confidants”, including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark global agreement on climate change.

The agreement, which former President Barack Obama affirmed previous year, was adopted in December 2015 at a United Nations climate change convention and went into effect last November.

European reaction – especially in the key capitals of Berlin and Paris – to the Trump visit is very different from the White House’s characterization; and “success” isn’t a word being used.

“The whole discussion on the topic of climate was very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory”, Merkel said as the summit of the leaders of the world’s most economically advanced nations was drawing to a close.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump returned to the USA after a 9-day trip Saturday evening.

Despite the Trump administration’s talk of an “America first” policy and ongoing criticism of Germany for its massive trade surplus, the G-7 leaders in Sicily did vow to fight protectionism, reiterating “a commitment to keep our markets open”.

Aside from the Russian Federation investigation, the president still has to make an official decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement all the while defend his budget plan and hope his health care bill garners support in the Senate.

The clashes dominated conversations in and around the summit after the first day wrapped up Friday, with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel all singling out, with varying degrees of intensity, the USA for getting in the way.

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Director John Schellnhuber believes that a USA exit would not have a great impact on the decision of other countries.

His whirlwind foreign trip over, President Donald Trump is facing old and new political and policy challenges at home.

Before departing Italy for the U.S., White House officials refused to address the reports about Kushner.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday, “We had a productive discussion today about the importance of global action against climate change, to safeguard the prosperity and security of future generations”. But they did not dismiss the idea that the administration would go outside normal US government and diplomatic channels for communications with other countries.

President Trump himself acknowledged the delay in US cooperation with a tweet.

Trump is set to engage in discussions about the global economy and climate.

After persuading voters that America isn’t great anymore, Trump apparently intends to make sure of it - by having this country lead the effort to kill humanity’s last, best hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change.

Carter’s national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies

Carter’s national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies

She said “My father passed away peacefully tonight”. The period saw tumultuous worldwide events, including the Iranian revolution, the taking of 52 Americans as hostages in Tehran and a failed rescue mission, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

One of his last tweets, sent in February, dryly noted: “Do we even have a foreign policy right now?”

Born in Warsaw and educated in Canada and the US, Mr Brzezinski was an acknowledged expert in Communism when he attracted the attention of US policymakers. When the communists took over Poland at the end of World War Two, the family remained in the West. He moved to the United States and received a doctorate in government from Harvard in 1953. A registered Democrat once considered to be the answer to Republicans’ favored Henry Kissinger, Brzezinski also served on former President Ronald Reagan’s Chemical Warfare Commission and held other roles in the administration until 1989.

Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 1, 2007.

Carter described Brzezinski as brilliant, dedicated, and loyal.

In recent years, Brzezinski took part in proceedings created to bring the former Soviet republics into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

After the Carter presidency, Brzezinski became a professor of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank.

In a 2011 book, “Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power”, Brzezinski argued in favor of strengthening the U.S. presence overseas to maintain global stability.

Brzezinski was at times critical of both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

“M$3 y role was that of supporting the president, helping him formulate the USA strategic approach and sometimes indicating to him my own view that we ought to be tougher on some issues, that we ought to be more compromising on some issues; in effect, playing the role of a personal strategic adviser”, Brzezinski told NPR in 2003.

Despite his retirement from USA politics into academia, Brzezinski remained a sharp-eyed observer of successive US administrations.

Brzezinski was back in the Democratic column in 2007 when he met then candidate Barack Obama and called him “one of our most outstanding thinkers”.

Brzezinski had three children with his wife Emilie.

Rasmus, Beckman big swings for Rays in 10-8 win over Rangers

Rasmus, Beckman big swings for Rays in 10-8 win over Rangers

Beltre was activated from disabled list and in the lineup for Monday night’s game against Tampa Bay.

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Tony Barnette (43) watches Tampa Bay Rays Tim Beckham (1) round the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, May 29, 2017.

The Rays are fresh off a series against the Twins. The team still plans to start Erasmo Ramirez on Monday, even though he pitched the day before. Coming out of the week, Chris Dickerson brought 63 hits, 25 runs, 12 homers and 23 RBI, while Travis Beckham had 47 hits, 18 runs and 23 RBI in that time.

Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re coming out of a weekend set against the Blue Jays.

Rangers: RHP Nick Martinez is 1-3 in five May starts, but the Rangers have scored only four runs total in his three losses. A flexor injury has limited De Leon to just 8 1/3 innings in 2017, but he turned in a brilliant 2.61 ERA with 11.6 K/9 with 2.1 BB/9 in 86 Triple-A innings a year ago.

Texas has a few key hitters this year as well.

Nomar Mazara had three hits for the Rangers, including a two-run double in the first. He would allow seven runs on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

Tim Beckham hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh when the Rays scored five runs in a span of three pitches for a 10-8 win at Texas that took almost four hours Monday, a night after needing 15 innings and almost 6 1/2 hours to win in Minnesota.

The Rangers were back home after a 3-6 road trip, which came after they had swept through their previous eight-game homestand. De Leon also made four starts for the Dodgers in 2016, though he limped to a 6.35 ERA in 17 frames. Texas is also 14-6 in Perez’s last 20 home starts, and 3-9 in Perez’s last 12 starts. All things considered, though, I like the Rays to play well here behind whomever they give the start to.

Taiwan Will Become First Country In Asia To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Taiwan Will Become First Country In Asia To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Following the constitutional court’s ruling, Taiwan’s government will have two years to reverse its current marriage laws.

“Furthermore, the freedom of marriage for two persons of the same sex, once legally recognized, will constitute the collective basis, together with opposite-sex marriage, for a stable society”, it said.

The decision ordered the government to change the law to reflect the ruling of the court, but said it was up to the government as to how this was done.

On the day when Taiwanese top court allowed same-sex marriages, a picture of two gay men being publically caned in the Asian country Indonesia attracted eyeballs.

“It will be a barometer of human rights protection in the region as Asia follows the United States’ and Europe’s steps to recognise same-sex marriages”, he said.

Chi Chia-wei began the fight for LGBTQ rights on the island when he came out as gay in the 1980s, at the end of Taiwan’s period of martial law and authoritarian rule following the country’s separation from mainland China.

Supporters of same-sex marriage wave rainbow Taiwan flags Wednesday after the Constitutional Court ruled in favor of gay marriage.

The president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen (who is Taiwan’s first female president), and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party have previously expressed support for marriage equality.

Gays and lesbians in Taiwan have formed an effective lobby in recent years, with an annual Gay Pride march drawing tens of thousands.

The Committee in Taiwan’s Legislature passed an amendment to include same-sex marriage in the Civil Code of the country on 26 December.

Back in 2013, Taiwan’s Interior Ministry surprised many when it decided “not to revoke a marriage between two trans women”, as Gay Star News reported.

Those in favour of same-sex marriage have said they expect the ruling will be positive. “Family conflicts will increase and the whole definition of marriage will be changed”, said Andrew Chang, a spokesman for an anti-gay marriage group Alliance of Religious Groups for the Love of Families Taiwan.

Elsewhere in Asia, the LGBT community has been facing increased persecution. They could either legalise same-sex marriage or introduce new separate civil partnership legislation.

Conservative Party leader already on the attack against Trudeau

Conservative Party leader already on the attack against Trudeau

The party also plans to adopt Bernier’s platform whether or not he joins them, Moen said.

Andrew Scheer defeated Maxime Bernier by 62,593 to 55,544 votes, according to figures provided by a spokesperson of the Conservative Party.

“Andrew is a parliamentarian through and through”, she said.

Scheer, 38, has been MP for the Saskatchewan riding of Regina-Qu’Appelle since 2004.

“I’m here to tell you there is renewed hope for Canada, starting today”, Scheer said.

And he put Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government on notice that the Conservatives will be putting up a fierce fight in the runup to the 2019 election.

These ridings are mostly represented by Liberal MPs, so while social conservatives are a force among conservative members in these ridings, they don’t appear to have the same sway with the general electorate.

Strahl pointed out that the Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) actually campaigned against Scheer.

Pundits are saying the choice of Scheer came in part because of his social conservatism and his support for supply management for the dairy and poultry industry.

Scheer, the House of Commons speaker during the final few years of the Harper government, delivered his first post-victory address to the Conservative caucus on Monday morning.

The surprising support for social conservatives in Toronto is just one of the insights that can be drawn from voting data released by the Conservative Party.

“We have to show that we can do better”.

The result marked another setback for populists who hoped their popularity was on the rise around the globe after Republican Donald Trump won last year’s U.S. presidential election. “We will take ours from the minivans, the soccer fields, the Legion halls and the grocery stores”.

“The carbon tax is neither revenue-neutral nor does it have significant effect on reducing emissions”, Scheer said.

Scheer, a Saskatchewan MP, is a Western leader, Fildebrandt said.

Duff Conacher, co-founder of Democracy Watch and an Ottawa-based political commentator, said Scheer is “more likeable and he’s funnier” than Harper, which could give him an edge against Trudeau in 2019.

Pierre Lemieux, a former MP from Ontario who ran championing socially conservative policies, dropped off in the 8th ballot, while Brad Trost hung in longer than many expected, dropping off on the 11th ballot. Unlike Scheer, they wore their values on their sleeves during the race, said Conacher. But the narrow, drawn-out nature of his win – he took 50.95 per cent of the support on the final ballot to edge out Bernier – indicates he has some unifying work to do.

Bernier responded by giving Scheer a thumbs-up.

With the leadership race over, Arnold says Scheer’s first priority must be party unity.

Maxime Bernier congratulates rival Andrew Scheer, who narrowly snagged victory from him during the Conservative leadership election on Saturday.

Bernier, who went down to defeat Saturday by a single percentage point after leading each of the previous 12 ballots, chose not to speak to reporters Monday, a spokesman citing his desire to stay out of the spotlight.

Another leadership contender, Michael Chong, promised to keep pushing his often-unpopular ideas in caucus, namely his support for a carbon tax, a position that often garnered boos and catcalls during leadership debates.

Scheer’s speech drew the biggest cheers when he said he considers “the ability to have a debate about any subject” the cornerstone of a democracy, promising to “withhold federal grants from universities that shut down debate and can’t stand different points of view”.

May, Corbyn set out opposing EU ‘no deal’ stances

May, Corbyn set out opposing EU ‘no deal’ stances

Ms May was uncomfortable when she was challenged on her history of U-turns, on everything from calling an early election to a manifesto commitment on social care for older people.

A total of six polls carried out since the May 22 Manchester attack have shown May’s lead over the opposition Labour Party narrowing, suggesting she might not win the landslide predicted just a month ago.

The Prime Minister said that the funding of the health service is linked to the performance of the economy, but she was committed to increasing funds for the NHS.

Video: May: “A blowhard who collapses at first sign of gunfire”?

One of the first questions to Mr Corbyn came from an audience member who claimed the Labour leader had “openly supported the IRA in the past” by attending a commemoration for eight IRA members killed by the SAS in Loughgall in 1987.

“Leadership is as much about using this (gesturing to his ear) as using this (pointing to his mouth)”.

When pressed further, Mr Corbyn said: “The contribution I made to that meeting was to call for a peace and dialogue process in Northern Ireland”.

The renewal of Trident was “a conference decision by the Labour Party and as the leader of the party I accept the democracy of our party”, the leader added.

At one point a heckler yelled, “You’ve clearly failed”.

“I’ve met pensioners who have said they don’t think they should get that winter fuel payment”, she said.

Matthew Champion’s tweet appeared to have a sarcastic air about it as he wrote: “Great to see Paxman quizzing Corbyn on the pressing issues of the election like the Falklands and abolishing the monarchy”.

She told the police officer: “What we had to do when we came into government in 2010 was to ensure that we were living within our means and that was very important because of the economic situation we had inherited”. My point was that we need more police not less – that’s why we’ve pledged to provide 10,000 more police on our streets – and we need a foreign policy that doesn’t leave large areas of the world ungoverned so that we have a more secure future for all of us.

Mrs May was asked about the Tories’ planned reforms to the way social care is funded, with a man in the audience describing the changes as a “dementia tax”.

“We will put an absolute cap on the level of money that people have to spend on care”.

The SNP’s Patrick Grady said: “I think we’ve found out why the prime minister has been so reluctant to take part in leaders’ debates tonight”.

May, from the Conservative Party, was heckled and laughed at by some members of the audience at Monday’s TV appearance when discussing her education policy.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would walk away from divorce talks with the European Union without a deal if she had to, but her rival in an election next week, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, said he would make sure an agreement was reached if he won power.

Injured Glenn Maxwell to miss warm-up match against Pakistan

Injured Glenn Maxwell to miss warm-up match against Pakistan

“I have come to a stage where I end up going to India nearly every year and hardly go to Pakistan“.

New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman Luke Ronchi has admitted surprise at being asked to open the batting for the Black Caps in a Champions Trophy warm-up against India.

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt.), Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehdi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Sunzamul Islam, Tamim Iqbal and Taskin Ahmed. Bangladesh recently rose to No. 6 in the ICC rankings – their highest mark.

Strength in depth: “The players have played together for so long now we know each other so well”. And we deserve the respect we are getting. We must support our team and fans should change their mindset and should highlight the positives.

“But we haven’t all been on the park at the same time for Australia“. As I told you before, it didn’t come easy. Probably one of the most successful teams in the world if you see in the last two years.

After winning a good toss under overcast conditions, Australia chose to test its batting might by taking first strike in a match already shortened to 34-overs-a-side because of bad weather. Group B consists of defending champion India, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

England have endured plenty of limited-overs anguish in major tournaments over the years but they have a golden opportunity to claim a first ICC Champions Trophy on home soil. So we just need to carry on those things and keep on improving.

The cricketer scored 310 runs in the tournament.

“We’re looking forward to hopefully playing a few games together if the four of us get picked”, he said. Most of the players in the squad haven’t had a taste of playing in English conditions before.

The top two teams of respective groups will enter the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy with the leaders of one group facing the second-ranked team of the other group.

He is known to relish big moments and the ICC Champions Trophy could be the stage he would be waiting to explode. Facing them in real match time will mean good preparation ahead of the marquee clash against Pakistan, next Sunday.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent.

Trump returns to United States ready to make major changes amid Russian Federation crisis

Trump returns to United States ready to make major changes amid Russian Federation crisis

President Donald Trump is assailing internal leaks as he considers an overhaul of his White House staff and grapples with a burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. Gave me full details!

“If these allegations are true with the Russians about establishing a back channel and didn’t reveal that, that’s a real problem”, California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff said.

“Back-channel communications with people are ways to communicate with people, again not in front of the press, as an example, but that information is not necessarily kept secret from the rest of the government”, Kelly added.

Trump also wrote that “many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies”.

“Whenever you see the words “sources say” in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names”.

The talks between Kushner and the Russians, if confirmed, would raise new questions about the Trump team’s relationship with Moscow, which USA intelligence agencies say tried to sway the November election in the property tycoon’s favor.

The Washington Post said Kushner’s secret communications proposal was made on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower in NY, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by United States officials.

Donald Trump has labelled leaks about the interactions of his son-in-law with Russian Federation “fabricated lies”, as he returned to Washington to confront a mounting political crisis.

Members of Trump’s White House have regularly requested anonymity when speaking to the press. Both Lewandowski and Bossie discussed the prospect with the president before his trip, according to a person told of the conversations.

The investigation is being led by Robert Mueller, a respected former FBI director who was given broad powers to pursue the case as a special counsel after Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9.

Schiff said he disagreed with White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster’s suggestion that such back-channel communications might be typical and not concerning. Officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed US sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

Keeping with their tradition, American and Russian officials are attempting to brush off the news, asserting that there was nothing out of the ordinary in Kushner’s meetings with the Russians.

Major issues await Trump.

While taxes have taken a back seat in recent weeks, Trump tweeted Sunday: “The massive TAX CUTS/REFORM that I have submitted is moving along in the process very well, actually ahead of schedule. ObamaCare is dead – the Republicans will do much better!” “Big benefits to all!” he said.

Slain Virginia Officer Remembered As A “Superman”

Slain Virginia Officer Remembered As A “Superman”

Walter, 45, started his law-enforcement career as a patrol trooper in Northern Virginia. Ball then took off after the shooting, sparking an overnight manhunt by eight local, state, federal law enforcement agencies.

He is being held without bond on charges of Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Ball remained on the run throughout the night and early Saturday, and was arrested at a residence at Northumberland shortly after 6 a.m. Additional charges are pending, state police said.

Walter died after police say he was shot Friday night during a city-state partnership program in Mosby Court.

State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the officers “were just having a conversation with the individuals when the state police special agent was shot”. Walter was rushed to the hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Virginia State Police said many people asked about making donations to Walter’s family. The investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s (BCI) Culpeper Field Office remains ongoing at this time.

The special agent was remembered Saturday by Virginia State Police Superintendent Colonel W. Steven Flaherty as someone who worked to improve his community, founding a non-profit youth wrestling group in Powhatan County.

A handgun was recovered at the scene near the Chevrolet Cobalt.

Funeral plans are now set for a Virginia State Police special agent, shot to death in Richmond over the weekend.

He was known in the community as “Wiz”, she said.

Keonna Williams lives in Mosby Court a few doors down from where she said Ball lived with his girlfriend. She said she didn’t know Ball well, but he seemed like a “decent person”. She came back outside when police arrived and saw Walter’s body on the ground, she said. “No words can heal their pain, but we can all honor Mike’s memory by showing gratitude to those who protect and serve every day”.

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