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Trump pulling US from global climate pact, dismaying allies

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump declared Thursday he was withdrawing the U.S. from the landmark Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies abroad. He said the U.S. would try to re-enter but only if it can get more favourable terms. Framing his decision …

Chinese maker of Ivanka Trump shoes denies labour violations

SHANGHAI—Chinese company that makes shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands denied allegations Thursday of excessive overtime and low wages made by three activists who have been arrested or disappeared. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Hua Haifeng, an investigator for China Labor Watch, a New York-based non-profit, had been arrested on a charge of …

UK Labour chief challenges May to debate as race tightens

LONDON—Britain’s main opposition leader castigated Prime Minister Theresa May for refusing to debate him on live television Wednesday, as narrowing opinion polls injected drama into the country’s election campaign. In a last-minute change of plan, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn joined a multiparty debate organized by the BBC in Cambridge. May has refused to do …

Life in Manchester getting back to normal as hunt for terror suspects continues

LONDON, May 31 — A week after Britain\’s worse act of terrorism since the London bombings of 2005, life in Manchester is showing signs of slowly starting to get back to normal. On Tuesday, the city\’s busy Victoria Station re-opened, with thousands of commuters once again arriving by train to reach their workplaces in the …

News analysis: Macron, Putin attempt to reshape relations despite disagreements: experts

PARIS, May 31 — Despite real and persistent disagreements, Monday’s meeting between the French and Russian presidents has marked the reopening of firm and pragmatic dialogue between Paris and Moscow after an era of distrust in recent years, analysts said. Even as thorny issues such as Crimea, Ukraine and Syria were discussed by Emmanuel Macron …

S. Korean President intends to ‘Make Breakthrough’ in cooperation with Russia

MOSCOW, May 31 — South Korea’s ambassador to Russia Park Ro-byug said that South Korean President Moon Jae-in is aware of the importance of relations with Russia and plans to make a breakthrough in cooperation between the two countries. South Korean President Moon Jae-in is aware of the importance of relations with Russia and plans …

Turkey not to open Incirlik to German officials unless “positive steps” seen: FM

ANKARA, May 31 — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday that Turkey will not open its Incirlik air base to German lawmakers who want to meet German soldiers stationed there unless Germany takes “positive steps.” “It is not possible to open the Incirlik base for visit, but we might reconsider the decision in the …

Cuba marks 170 years of Chinese presence

HAVANA, May 31 — Celebrations marking 170 years of Chinese presence in Cuba kicked off on Tuesday at Havana’s Chinatown with a Wushu martial arts demonstration. Wushu enthusiasts displayed their skills at the gateway to Chinatown, home to Chinese cultural centers and social clubs. The week-long celebration marks the arrival of Cuba’s first Chinese immigrants …

Panda Mom, Cub healthy despite abuse accusations

MOSCOW — Chinese and US panda authorities have confirmed that two pandas at a US zoo are in good health following accusations on social media that the mother and cub were being starved and abused. Meixiang and 2-year-old Beibei, pandas living at the National Zoological Park in Washington DC, are in perfect health, a zoo …

Manchester police seek clues in concert bomber’s suitcase

LONDON—Police in Manchester, England issued a picture of the arena suicide bomber holding a blue suitcase and asked anyone who might have seen him with it before the attack to call a confidential hotline. Counter-terrorism squads are trying to re-create Salman Abedi’s movements in the days before he detonated a bomb at an Ariana Grande …