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New UN climate chief: 'Action on warming unstoppable'

The UN’s new climate chief says she’s worried about President Donald Trump – but confident that action to curb climate change is unstoppable. President Trump said he’d withdraw from the UN climate deal and stop funding the UN’s clean energy programme. But former Mexican diplomat Patricia Espinosa told BBC News that the delay in any firm announcement suggests the issue ...

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Guatemala expels abortion boat crew

The Guatemalan authorities say they are expelling members of a non-profit “abortion boat” docked on its shores. Officials said they had lied when they applied for tourist visas and would not be allowed to work in Guatemala. The Dutch group, Women on Waves, offers free abortion services to women in countries where the procedure is banned. It takes women in ...

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Mexico warns US over border wall funding

Mexico has warned the US against imposing a unilateral tax on Mexican imports to finance a border wall, saying it could respond in kind. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said the government could place tariffs on selected goods from US states reliant on exports to Mexico. Earlier, US President Donald Trump vowed to start building the wall “soon, way ahead of ...

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White House briefing bar: Media groups condemn exclusion

Media groups have reacted angrily after several, including the BBC, were barred from an informal briefing with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. The excluded New York Times said the move was “an unmistakable insult to democratic ideals”. The bar came hours after President Donald Trump delivered another attack on the media, saying that “fake news” was the “enemy of ...

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Jodie Foster and Michael J Fox lead anti-Trump protest

Jodie Foster and Michael J Fox have led an anti-Donald Trump protest two days before the Oscars in Los Angeles. The United Voices rally was staged by Hollywood’s United Talent Agency instead of its usual pre-Oscars party. Foster, a double Oscar winner, said she rarely spoke out in public but that it was now “time to show up”. Back to ...

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Olathe shooting: India shocked after national killed in US

India has expressed shock after the fatal shooting of an Indian national in the US, amid reports that the attack may have been racially motivated. Srinivas Kuchibhotla died shortly after Wednesday’s attack at a bar in Olathe, Kansas. His friend Alok Madasani, also from India, and an American were hurt. Adam Purinton has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder. The ...

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Syria: Twin attacks on Homs security bases kill dozens

Gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked security bases in the western Syrian city of Homs killing at least 32 people. State TV said the local head of military intelligence was among the dead. Some reports put the death toll at more than 40. Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, claimed the attacks. Homs has been under government control ...

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Kim Jong-nam killing: Suspect 'was paid $90 for baby oil prank'

An Indonesian woman arrested for the murder of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader has said she was given 400 Malaysian ringgits ($90) to carry out a prank. Indonesian embassy officials met Siti Aisyah, 25, on Saturday in the Malaysian capital. She said she was given the cash to smear Kim Jong-nam’s face with “baby oil” as part of a ...

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Kim Jong-nam killing: Suspect ‘was paid $90 for baby oil prank’

An Indonesian woman arrested for the murder of the half-brother of North Korea's leader has said she was given 400 Malaysian ringgits ($90) to carry out a prank. Indonesian embassy officials met Siti Aisyah, 25, on Saturday in the Malaysian capital. She said she was given the cash to smear Kim Jong-nam's face with "baby oil" as part of a ...

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