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A qualified GP, Trinity-graduate Varadkar is son of retired Dublin GP Dr Ashok Varadkar , who was born in Mumbai and moved to England in the 1960s where he met his nurse wife Miriam , who is from Dungarvan, Co Waterford. After four days of polling of Fine Gael councillors and party members, this morning it is the turn of the party's 50 TDs, 19 Senators and four MEPs to cast their ballots to decide who will replace Mr Kenny as party leader.
  • Peduto issues executive order committing Pittsburgh to climate change

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    Under the Paris climate accord, which the USA ratified in 2016, countries committed to limiting greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to levels that can be naturally absorbed, among other things. Development of a fossil fuel-free vehicle fleet. The US has reportedly so far paid $1bn (£780m) of a $3bn pledge. But when pressed on whether Mr. Trump actually believes that humans play a role in climate change, Pruitt skirted the question.
  • Explosions kill at least 6 attending Kabul funeral

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    Najib Danish, Interior Ministry deputy spokesman, said three explosions rocked a cemetery where Afghan Senator Alam Ezadyar's son was about to be buried. He also called on the members of the public not join the protesters due to the security alerts. Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and other high-ranking officials were said to be present at the time of blasts.
  • Backed Syrian fighters advancing toward IS-held Raqqa

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    The bomb inadvertently set off a large cache of explosives, collapsing a building on top of civilians sheltering below. In numerous incidents, CentCom said civilians "entered the target area after the munition was released". The Pentagon continues to offer "official" civilian death tolls from the U.S. air war in Iraq and Syria that is only a tiny fraction of the killings documented by private NGOs, but even this deliberate undercount is rising at a growing rate, reflecting what is in ...
  • Will Trump block Comey testimony? White House does not know yet

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    White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked Friday if President Trump would invoke executive privilege to prevent Comey from speaking. The president could possibly invoke some form of executive privilege - which is created to keep sensitive decision-making processes involving the president secret - to stop Comey from testifying.
  • Macron says long handshake with Trump was "not innocent"

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    The two leaders gripped each other's hands so tightly their knuckles started turning white and their jaws seemed to clench in front of the media last week in Brussels before a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. "Yes!" replied Araud, imitating Trump's tight handshake grip. Whether shoving aside Montenegro's PM or having handshake wars with France's new leader, Trump created chaos at what was meant to be a diplomatic showpiece.
  • India, France show common front on climate change fight

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    PM Modi arrived in Paris on Friday on the fourth and final leg of his six-day, four-nation tour of Europe. Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies says the world's average temperature has risen by about 0.8C since 1880, two-thirds of that since 1975.
  • Blasts near funeral in Afghan capital, at least 12 dead

    Blasts near funeral in Afghan capital, at least 12 dead

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    Wednesday's blast , one of the worst since 2001, killed around 90 people and left 460 wounded when an explosives-laden human-waste tanker blew up in the Green Zone, Kabul's diplomatic quarter, where many foreign embassies and government institutions are located.
  • Most of US economic might keeps faith with Paris

    Most of US economic might keeps faith with Paris

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    Coderre also issued a statement saying that, despite the setback of losing the us, cities around the world must continue to assume their responsibilities when it comes to climate change and the environment. But Kiene urged leaders to translate their words into actions. The most humiliating rebuff to the U.S President came from the city of Pittsburgh, which Trump referred to while making the case for ditching the climate change accord saying he was elected to represent Pittsburgh, ...
  • Indian Prime Minister arrives in Spain

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    India is committed to protecting the climate, irrespective of the Paris agreement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in St Petersburg today but avoided a direct reference to the USA withdrawing from the global deal. Modi said he was asked a similar question in Germany earlier this week, before the United States decision was made public. He said the Russia-India Strategic Partnership was a pillar of strength and their partnership will be an important factor in stability in the world.
  • Instagram celebrates Pride Month with a very rainbowy sticker set

    Instagram celebrates Pride Month with a very rainbowy sticker set

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    Ivanka Trump took to Twitter on Thursday (1 June) to commemorate the start of LGBTQ Pride Month 2017 and voice her support for LGBTQ rights, but Twitter wasn't buying it. But, his daughter Ivanka Trump has tweeted. "They kill gays in these countries". However, critics swiftly shot down her comments , stating that her tweets clash with the Trump administration's position on LGBTQ rights.