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Obama climate envoy slams Trump’s rejection of Paris Agreement

BONN: The Obama-era official who helped deliver the 2015 Paris Agreement, lashed out Thursday at the Donald Trump administration’s “wrongheaded” decision to abandon the first-ever pact committing all countries to limiting climate change. Todd Stern, who was Barack Obama’s special envoy for climate change, said he was “annoyed, frustrated” by …

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Lebanon’s ‘detained’ premier to travel to France

RIYADH (AFP) – Lebanon s premier Saad Hariri will travel to France “in the coming days”, a French presidential source said Wednesday, after Beirut accused Saudi Arabia of detaining him following his shock resignation. International pressure has been mounting for Hariri to return to Beirut after his prolonged stay in the …

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Godspeed: Francis passes on Lamborghini

(AFP) – Lamborghini gave Pope Francis a personalised white supercar on Wednesday, but he put it up for auction to raise money for charity rather than give up his trademark popemobile. The Huracan sports car, which boasts a 610 metric horsepower, was blessed by the pontiff, who bent to scrawl …

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China tells ‘aunties’ to dance away from cemeteries

(AFP) – China’s most ubiquitous public performers — lively groups of primarily elderly women who show off their moves in outdoor squares — have been ordered to avoid dancing on graves and spreading superstitious beliefs. The dancers are known to blare old-school music from portable speakers, often taking over entire …

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