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Qatar row: Six countries cut links with Doha

Six Arab countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. They say Qatar backs militant groups including so-called Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, which Qatar denies. The Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, …

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Leo Varadkar: Ireland set to have first gay PM

Leo Varadkar is set to become the Republic of Ireland’s next taoiseach (prime minister) after winning the leadership of the Fine Gael party. The 38-year-old will become the first gay taoiseach and will also be the country’s youngest ever leader. Mr Varadkar beat his rival, Housing Minister Simon Coveney, with …

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Trump pulls U.S. out of climate accord

Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris accord on climate change on Thursday afternoon – deriding it as bad for American jobs and bad for the environment. He dared opprobrium from foreign leaders, environmentalists, scientists and celebrities to say he was putting the jobs of American workers …

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