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Donald Trump praises Syria strikes and declares: ‘Mission accomplished’

US president thanks London and Paris for their wisdom and power while Russia loses UN vote to condemn airstrikes Donald Trump hailed the strikes carried out against Syria by the US, UK and France as perfectly executed on Saturday, adding: Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished! The US president thanked London and Paris for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military in joining Washington in launching more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Trump added: So…

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US outnumbered 14 to 1 as it vetoes UN vote on status of Jerusalem

Nikki Haley furious over resolution, describing it as an insult and saying the US wont be told where it can put its embassy A UN security council resolution calling for the withdrawal of Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital has been backed by every council member except the US, which used its veto. The unanimity of the rest of the council was a stark rebuke to the Trump administration over Israeland the Palestinians, none is as sensitive as the status of Jerusalem. The holy city has been at…

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Bob Corker: White House is ‘adult day care center’ and Trump may start WWIII

Trump blasts chair of Senate foreign relations committee over Iran and endorsement begging as Corker warns Trumps threats risk global conflict Donald Trumps fractious relationship with the Republican establishment reached a bizarre new level on Sunday when Senator Bob Corker described the White House as an adult day care center and warned that the president risked setting the US on the path to World War III. An extraordinary exchange between Trump and the chair of the Senate foreign relations committee began when Trump accused Corker, who is retiring, of not…

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Rex Tillerson says he won’t quit but doesn’t deny calling Trump a ‘moron’

US secretary of state pledges loyalty to the president and shrugs off report he called Trump a moron in White House meeting as petty nonsense The US secretary of state, on NBC News on Wednesday morning that he had derided Trump as a moron in a meeting of White House national security officials and members of the cabinet. Instead, he shrugged off the report as petty nonsense and issued a stream of praise for the president. He loves his country. He puts America and Americans first. Hes smart. He demands…

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Trump trade investigation will ‘poison’ relations with China, media warns

The president is expected to order the probe on Monday despite the risk of angering Beijing amid the North Korea nuclear standoff Donald Trumps decision to order an investigation into allegedly unfair Chinese trade practices will poison relations between the two countries, a state-run newspaper has said. Trump is expected

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Jeff Sessions discussed Trump campaign with Russian ambassador report

US intelligence intercepts show Sergey Kislyak told supervisors he discussed Trump campaign and policy issues during meetings with attorney general the Washington Post reported on Friday. The ambassadors accounts of the meetings which US spy agencies intercepted clash with those of Sessions and pile fresh pressure on the attorney general just days after the told reporters on Thursday that he would continue in his job as long as that is appropriate. He made no immediate response to the Posts article on Friday. However in a statement, a justice department spokeswoman…

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‘We lost our houses, our cars, our men’: call to protect Mosul civilians

Human rights organisations call for Iraqi government to protect innocent people and investigate civilian deaths Mosuls civilians remain at grave risk and have endured a catastrophic ordeal, human rights organisations have said as they urge the Iraqi government to take steps to protect innocent people and investigate large-scale civilian deaths in the city. The calls by aid workers and human rights activists came as Iraqi troops fought to reclaim a final sliver of territory controlled by Islamic State in the city where the extremist groups leader, Haider al-Abadi, UK has…

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North Korea: US and its allies face shortage of good options

Pyongyangs latest missile test has revived calls to deal with Kim Jong-un. But all possible strategies carry huge risks North Koreas all options are on the table for blocking its nuclear weapons programme. Talk of a surgical strike often surfaces when politicians are contemplating military intervention in conflicts or troubled areas around the globe, perhaps because it carries connotations of a focused, efficient attack, with minimal collateral damage, like a clean surgical incision. That is a distracting illusion. Could North Korea trigger a nuclear war? There is no option for…

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The Guardian view on North Korea: burgers not bombs | Editorial

Editorial: Pyongyangs latest missile launch is a potent reminder that little time is left to slow the Norths weapons programme. Talks are unpalatable but necessary The prospect of sitting down to hamburgers with Kim Jong-un, as aired by Donald Trump, is not appetising. But North Koreas latest missile launch should remind the United States that it cant wait for him to eat humble pie, nor expect China to take his lunch away. Pyongyangs bold claims of a successful intercontinental ballistic missile test dont have to be absolutely accurate to be…

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Three-quarters of world has little or no confidence in Trump, Pew study finds

Support for US president now below that of George Bush following Iraq invasion, with research showing persistently low ratings for Trump in Europe More than three-quarters of the world has little or no confidence in Donald Trumps global leadership and his signature policies, with support for the American presidency collapsing fastest among Americas traditional allies in Europe, according to new polling by the Pew Research Center. In many countries, support for the US president is now below that of George Bush in 2004, following the Iraq invasion. Globally, two-thirds of…

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Iran nuclear deal: Rex Tillerson accuses Tehran of ‘alarming provocations’

Secretary of state talks tough to launch a review of the 2015 agreement that Trump called the worst ever The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has accused Iran of alarming ongoing provocations to destabilise countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy towards Tehran. Tillerson said the nuclear agreement, negotiated during Barack Obamas presidency, placed limitations on Irans nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions against Iran. Tillersons notice to Congress was part of a 90-day process in which the president…

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US navy strike group to move towards Korean peninsula, official says

Donald Trump speaks to acting leader of South Korea after Syria missile strike described by North as intolerable act of aggression The US navy will move a strike group towards the western Pacific Ocean to provide a presence near the Korean peninsula, a US official said on Saturday. The Carl Vinson strike group, which includes an aircraft carrier, will make its way from Singapore, according to the official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. The news followed US missile strike on Syria on Thursday night an intolerable act…

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