Festival resumes after ‘terror’ scare


One of Germany’s biggest music festivals is to resume a day after the site had to be evacuated because of a “potential terrorist threat”. The organisers of Rock am Ring said intensive searches had been carried out by police and that performances would resume early on Saturday afternoon. About 90,000 people are expected to attend the event near the Nürburgring ...

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ANC calls for Zuma GuptaLeaks investigation


South Africa’s ruling party has called for an investigation into emails which appear to show allegedly corrupt links between President Jacob Zuma’s family and wealthy businessmen. The African National Congress (ANC) said the allegations questioned the credibility of the government and such matters could not be allowed to fester. Mr Zuma recently survived calls for his resignation by some senior ...

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Hillary Clinton told to ‘move on’ from her loss


Hillary Clinton has been told it’s time to “move on” after she added her own party officials to the list of those she blames for her 2016 election loss. Democratic Senator Al Franken told Yahoo News: “I think she has a right to analyse what happened, but we do have to move on.” Mrs Clinton this week faulted Democratic National ...

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Putin scorns US claims over Trump-Russia ties


Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Americans must stop their “hysteria” about an alleged Russian deal with US President Donald Trump. “This is simply some kind of hysteria. You can’t seem to stop. Do we need to give you a tablet?” he said in a debate at the St Petersburg Economic Forum. A US journalist had asked him if Russia ...

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Paris climate deal: Dismay as Trump signals exit from accord


There has been widespread international condemnation of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the move “extremely regrettable” and said nothing would stop those who supported the accord. But Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would “not judge” Mr Trump. Mr Trump said he was prepared to discuss ...

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Ananya Vinay, 12, wins US spelling bee with ‘marocain’


A 12-year-old girl from California has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee after a tense final in Washington. Ananya Vinay from Fresno correctly spelled the word marocain – a type of dress fabric – to defeat Rohan Rajeev, 14, from Oklahoma. The rivals had correctly spelled words including cheiropompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte as each waited for the other to slip ...

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Dismay as Trump signals exit from accord

French President Emmanuel Macron receives Russian President Vladimir Putin in Versailles

There has been widespread international condemnation of President Trump’s announcement that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. UN chief Antonio Guterres’s spokesman called it “a major disappointment” while the European Union said it was “a sad day for the world”. However, senior Republicans and the US coal industry-backed the move. Mr Trump said the accord “punished” ...

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US travel ban goes to Supreme Court


The White House has asked the US Supreme Court to reinstate a travel ban on people from majority Muslim countries. The ban has been blocked by lower courts which have said that it is discriminatory. Two emergency applications have now been filed by the government with the court’s nine justices that seek to overturn those lower court rulings. The controversial ...

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Ghanaians, others ‘die of thirst’ in Sahara Desert


Survivors say 44 people have died of thirst after their truck broke down in the Sahara Desert in northern Niger, the Red Cross has told the BBC. The Ghanaians and Nigerians were trying to get to Libya, according to Nigerien news site Sahelien. The six survivors, all women, walked to a remote village and are being looked after in Dirkou, ...

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Philippines soldiers killed in ‘friendly fire’ air strike


Ten soldiers have been killed in a government air strike in the embattled city of Marawi in the Philippines. Eight soldiers were also wounded in the “friendly fire” incident on Wednesday, said defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana, expressing remorse. Over the last week militants allied to the so-called Islamic State have engaged in street battles with the army leaving more than ...

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