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Posted by: Jessica Swingler
02/06/2017

Trump’s announcement of the US’s withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate agreement faces international condemnation. The Paris agreement commits the US and 187 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them even more, to 1.5C. Trump has claimed that the agreement would cost the US $3tn (£2.3tn) in lost GDP and 6.5 million jobs, a deal that aimed to “hobble, disadvantage and impoverish the US”. “I am fulfilling my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens.” Trump said. “We don’t want other countries laughing at us anymore – and they won’t be.” Those opposed to the U.S’s withdrawal include the United Nations calling it a “major disappointment”, whilst the European Union said it was a “sad day for the world.” Downing St has also commented on the move, stating that “The Prime Minister (Theresa May) expressed her disappointment with the decision and stressed that the UK remained committed to the Paris Agreement, as she set out recently at the G7.” Under the agreement, a nation seeking to leave the pact can only give notice three years after the date it entered into force, which is 16 November 2016. The process of leaving then takes another year, meaning it would not be complete until just weeks after the US presidential election in 2020. (Source – BBC)

Labour unveils plan to create a million new jobs.
As the UK slips into a slump due to effects of Brexit, the Labour Party has released the multibillion-pound strategy after official data shows the country falling in the aftermath of Britain’s leave from the EU. The Party aims to do this by pumping investment into the UK economy’s key sectors, which is now the slowest growing amongst advanced nations. Labour also plans to ensure that wealth and opportunity is spread across the country, amid official statistics revealing that the UK has the highest levels of regional inequality in Europe. “Where the Conservatives have failed to give industries, businesses and workers the support they need, Labour would set up a National Transformation Fund and network of Regional Development Banks”, Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow Business Secretary said. “There is no way out of this failed economic model without a government that is prepared to intervene in the economy.” (Source – The Independent)

Thirty six people dead due to suffocation after a gunman stormed the Resorts World Manila.
The suspect set fire to tables inside the casino and hotel complex, he then later committed suicide. Authorities revealed that earlier they believed that robbery was the motive for the attack, which sent people fleeing, resulting in a stampede which injured many. The attack sparked fears that it may be connected to ISIS, but police stressed that they had no evidence to support this. "He would have shot all the people gambling there" if it had been terrorism, national police chief Ronald dela Rosa said - "But he did not hurt anyone." Security footage shows that the gunman stole gambling chips, shot up TV screens and set fire to gambling tables by pouring petrol onto them. It was not clear how the gunman smuggled petrol and an assault rifle into the crowded casino, but he did not fire at people he encountered. Mr dela Rosa said the gunman apparently barged into a room on the 5th floor of the hotel connected to the casino, where he set himself on fire. A bag of gambling chips worth 113 million pesos (£176,500) was later found in a toilet. (Source – The Independent)



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