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Hottest April Day Ever Was Probably Monday in Pakistan: a Record 122.4°F

Even in Pakistan, no stranger to blistering heat, the temperature on Monday stood out: 122.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The reading came from Nawabshah, a city of 1.1 million people in southern Pakistan, and meteorologists say it is the highest temperature ever reliably recorded, anywhere in the world, in the month of April. The World Meteorological Organization keeps global temperature records, but ...

Mahmoud Abbas apologises for Holocaust speech

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has apologised after he was accused of antisemitism following a speech in which he suggested that historical persecution of European Jews had been caused by their conduct, not by their religion. Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had condemned Abbas after he claimed past massacres including the Holocaust were related to the “social function” of Jews in banking. “Once ...

Emmanuel Macron urges US: ‘Don’t close door to the world’

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on America to reject policies of isolationism if values of democracy and freedom are to be saved. Speaking to Congress on Wednesday, Mr Macron used words of flattery and friendship to cushion his insistence that the US should dump Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda. Beginning and ending with the lasting historic friendship enjoyed between France ...

Trump’s ‘media-bashing’ style worsens US standing in world press freedom index — again

More and more democratically elected world leaders have openly sought to fuel a climate of hatred toward the media over the last 12 months, according to a study. The latest annual world press freedom index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), found a growing sense of “hostility” toward the media was “no longer limited to authoritarian countries.” The index, published Wednesday, ...

Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser backtracks on comments Australia will join trade coalition

US President Donald Trump’s new chief economic adviser has backtracked on his bold announcement of a “trade coalition of the willing”, which would see Australia, Japan and other allies joining America in its high-stakes tariff battle with China. In the latest confusing chapter emerging from the Trump White House, Larry Kudlow, who succeeded Gary Cohn earlier this month as Mr ...

Syria and Russia accuse Israel of missile attack on Assad airbase

Israeli warplanes bombed a Syrian regime airbase east of the city of Homs, the Russian and Syrian militaries have said. The Russian military said two Israeli F-15 jets carried out the strikes from Lebanese airspace, and that Syrian air defence systems shot down five of eight missiles fired. Asked about the Russian statement, an Israeli military spokesman said he had ...

Trump Lauds Potential North Korea Summit as ‘Very Exciting for the World’

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Monday that he will meet with Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, in May or early June, setting a timeline for the historic summit between the American president and the mercurial North Korean strongman. Last month, Mr. Trump abruptly accepted an invitation to meet with Mr. Kim after South Korean officials delivered the message that ...

France hostage crisis: ‘Two dead’ in Trèbes supermarket

An operation involving elite police is continuing at the Super U shop, where others were wounded. Reports say the gunman, who remains in the supermarket, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Earlier, a policeman was shot and wounded while jogging with colleagues in Carcassonne, a 15-minute drive away. He was shot in the shoulder by the same suspect involved ...

Iranian Nuclear Program? Trump Will Soon Have to Decide About the Saudis Too

The short video was posted on social media in fluent Hebrew. “Several Israeli journalists incited Bibi, or Benjamin Netanyahu, against Saudi Arabia and said there’s a Saudi nuclear threat. And I say to you, the Jewish people: Has Saudi Arabia ever threatened its neighbors? The answer is no. Does Saudi Arabia have aspirations to expand in the region? The answer ...

Russian spy: May to announce measures against Russia

Theresa May is set to announce a series of measures against Russia after it failed to meet her midnight deadline to explain how a nerve agent was used to poison a former double agent in the UK. Russia has denied involvement in the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. The Kremlin said any steps by ...