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August 3, 2017

Trump to Peña Nieto: border wall not so important – just don’t say you won’t pay

Report reveals leaked transcripts of phone call between US and Mexican presidents, in which Trump begs Peña Nieto not to tell press he won’t pay for wall

Donald Trump suggested his demand for payment for a border wall with Mexico was merely a political ploy, and told Mexico’s president his refusal to pay should not be mentioned in public.


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August 1, 2017

Maduro condemned after Venezuelan opposition duo arrested in midnight raids

  • Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma said to have violated house arrest terms
  • UN human rights chief ‘deeply concerned’ two men were taken into custody

The rearrest of two of Venezuela’s most prominent opposition leaders in midnight operations has prompted further condemnation of President Nicolás Maduro’s government – which was already accused of attempting to seize absolute power in the crisis-hit country.


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July 8, 2017

Trump left in cold over Paris climate agreement at end of G20 summit

All other world leaders sign declaration that deal is irreversible after US withdrawal sparks standoff in Hamburg

Donald Trump was left isolated at the end of a fractious G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, after every other world leader signed up to a declaration that the Paris climate agreement was irreversible following an unprecedented standoff.

After the publication of a final communique that saw the emergence of a G19 grouping for the first time, Theresa May said she was “dismayed at the US decision to pull out” of the accord and had personally urged the president to reconsider.

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April 1, 2017

Colombia landslide leaves over 150 dead in Putumayo province

Heavy rains cause several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment on to buildings and roads in provincial capital of Mocoa

A landslide in Colombia’s south-western border province of Putumayo has sent mud and debris crashing on to houses, killing at least 150 people and injuring scores more, officials have said. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment on to buildings and roads in the provincial capital of Mocoa overnight.

“At this time we have removed 93 bodies. We have adults, women and infants,” police commander Col Omar Bonilla told Caracol, a radio station, on Saturday afternoon. The confirmed death toll continued to [...]

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