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Kabul, London, Manila, the Planet – This is World News In Focus

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Environment: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the country would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

The Paris Agreement — which was signed by 195 nations and took effect on 4 November 2016 – intends to employ a host of international efforts to combat climate change and its effects. One major target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The withdrawal of the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases from the agreement is generally seen as weakening efforts to combat global warming.

But Trump defended his decision by arguing that the agreement hurts American businesses and workers by imposing unfair environmental standards.

Meanwhile, on Friday, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg personally pledged $15 million in support of the Paris climate agreement, an amount that the US would otherwise have to contribute as a party to the agreement.

For more we go to PBS NewsHour:

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Afghanistan: A bomb exploded in a truck on Wednesday close to the German embassy in Kabul, killing at least 90 people and wounding close to 500.  Most of the casualties were civilians.

No group has claimed responsibility but on Wednesday evening Afghanistan’s intelligence agency accused the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, with Pakistani support, of being behind the attack, according to the Guardian.

More attacks followed.  On Saturday, three separate explosions were set off at a funeral of a victim of anti-government protests in Kabul.  At least seven people, including former deputy attorney general, Halim Samadi, and a well-known northern preacher, Mawlawi Jalal, were killed.  Close to 120 were wounded.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Saturday attacks; the Taliban denied any involvement.

For more we go to Al Jazeera:

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The Philippines: A masked gunman ransacked a casino at Resorts World Manila on Friday and set gaming tables and rooms alight.  At least 36 people have died from smoke inhalation, according to reports.

The gunman, whose identity is still unidentified, fled with 113 million Philippine pesos (US$2.3 million) worth of stolen casino chips to a nearby hotel before killing himself.

An Islamic State-linked Filipino operative claimed responsibility for the attack.

But Philippine police spokesman Oscar Albayalde, concluded that motive of the incident was robbery and not terrorism, as from security camera footage, the gunman acted alone and set fires in several rooms and stole gambling chips.  But he made no attempt to shoot fleeing customers and employees.

For more we go to Fox News:

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UK: In less than two weeks since the bombing in Manchester, London suffered another terrorist attack.

On Saturday night a van mowed down pedestrians along London Bridge.

Three attackers were observed to emerge from the van, armed with foot-long knives and wearing what were later found to be fake explosive vests.  They went to the nearby Borough Market, and began stabbing people there.

At least six people were killed in that incident and 30 were hospitalized.  The three attackers were shot on the spot, according to the police.

The identities of the three dead attackers have not been identified.  No organization has claimed responsibility.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she would convene the Cabinet’s emergency Cobra committee to reassess whether to raise the terrorist threat level to the highest level.

For more we go to Sky News:

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