President Trump denounces racism after Charlottesville violence

Three days after white supremacists and counter protesters clashed in the streets of Charlottesville, Va, President Trump declared Monday that “racism is evil” and announced that the Justice Department will open a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack that left one woman dead.

“Justice will be delivered,” he said after returning to the White House to meet with top federal law enforcement officials.

Specifically citing the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists, Trump said such groups are “repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” He denounced those who carry out violent acts in the name of racism as “criminals and thugs.”

Trump’s remarks came after an avalanche of criticism for his initial response on Saturday, in which he blamed the Charlottesville violence on “many sides” – without directly condemning white supremacists rallying to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that officials had declared an unlawful assembly.

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Putin may consider running for another 6-year term as president


Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who was first elected 17 years ago, said on Friday that he would consider running for re-election in 2018.

The Kremlin has been coy in recent weeks about whether the 64-year-old head of state would run for another six-year term in the March 2018 election.

In early July, his spokesman said the matter was still undecided.

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President Donald Trump’s attorneys are trying to get a lawsuit against him dismissed due to his presidential duties

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President Trump’s private attorneys asserted in court this week that he should be immune from a defamation lawsuit filed against him because of his presidential duties.

Summer Zervos, a former contestant from The Apprentice, sued Trump in New York on Jan. 17, just days before the inauguration. She came forward in October and accused Trump of kissing and groping her in a Beverly Hills hotel room in 2007. Trump denied the accusation, including a series of tweets calling the sexual misconduct allegations “100% fabricated and Continue reading “President Donald Trump’s attorneys are trying to get a lawsuit against him dismissed due to his presidential duties”

Germany gets new President

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Former German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has been elected on Sunday as the nation’s 12th president since World War II.

The 61-year-old Steinmeier was backed in his bid for the largely ceremonial post of president by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition.

Voting took place in a secret ballot among the 1,260-member Federal Convention, comprising lawmakers and leading community figures.

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President Conde of Guinea elected AU Chairman

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President Alpha Conde of the Republic of Guinea has been elected as the new Chairman of the African Union.

He succeeds President Idriss Deby of Republic of Chad.

His election was conducted by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, during their 28th Ordinary Session holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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There’s only one U.S. President at a time, Obama cautions Trump

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Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has told incoming President Donald Trump to accept the fact that there is only one U.S. President at a time.

Mr. Obama also told the president-elect that he remains the U.S. President till Jan. 20, 2017, when he would complete his two-term presidency of the U.S. and handover to Mr. Trump.

Our sources reports that Mr. Obama’s remarks followed what the White House termed as Trump’s undue interference in U.S. policies since his election.

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South Korean Parliament vote to impeach President Park


South Korean lawmakers on Friday voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal.

Members of parliament voted by secret ballot with 234 in favour and 56 opposed, meaning dozens of members of Park’s own conservative Saenuri Party backed the motion to remove her.

No fewer than 200 members of the 300-seat chamber needed to vote for the motion for it to pass.

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Doris Leuthard elected Swiss president


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Centre-right politician, Doris Leuthard, will serve as Swiss president next year, the parliament decided on Wednesday in Bern.

Report says the leadership post goes to a different cabinet minister every year.

Leuthard, a Christian Democratic People’s Party member, has served as minister for environment, transport, energy and communication.

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OPEC President optimistic of consensus on oil output cut


The President of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Mohammed Al-Sada, has said he is optimistic members would agree to cut oil production as the 171st meeting of the group begins on Wednesday in Vienna, Austria.

In his opening address to the conference, Mr. Al-Sada, who is also Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry, said the situation in the global oil market required urgency in “bringing forward the rebalancing of the fundamentals and returning sustainable stability to the market.”

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South Korean President offers to resign


Embattled South Korean President Park Geun Hye on Tuesday said she was prepared to resign, but would let the parliament decide on her exact political fate.

Speaking in a televised address in Seoul, Ms. Park added that she would be prepared to let the lawmakers decide how long she should remain in office, if necessary.

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