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Once Dominant, the United States Finds Itself Isolated at G-20

US isolated at G-20For years the United States was the dominant force and set the agenda at the annual gathering of the leaders of the world’s largest economies.

But on Friday, when President Trump met with other leaders at the Group of 20 conference, he found the United States isolated on everything from trade to climate change, and faced with the prospect of the group’s issuing a statement on Saturday that lays bare how the United States stands alone.

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Iraqi forces close in on last ISIL fighters in Mosul

ISIS being defeated in MosulIraqi forces say they are in the final stages in their operation to retake Mosul from ISIL.   

"According to the Iraqi military, the fighting is still very intense," Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford, reporting from Erbil, said. The military said Iraqi anti-terror units are trying to take control of a small area that is less than 200 square metres.

"They say there are around 100 ISIL fighters still in the area," Stratford said, adding that the Iraqi army are also trying to stop ISIL fighters who are trying to escape by swimming across the Tigris River.

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Nuclear powers rebuked as 122 nations adopt U.N. ban

Nuclear powers rebuked by UN voteWhile Friday's meeting between the leaders of the two biggest nuclear powers drew world attention, representatives from 122 other countries did something truly historic that barely registered a blip: They negotiated the first-ever treaty outlawing atomic bombs.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, passed at the United Nations by a vote of 122 to 1, was the culmination of a decadelong effort by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons — and a resounding rebuke to the world's nuclear weapons states, which were glaringly absent and immediately dismissed the effort.

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G20 protests: Why the international summit attracts so much anger

G20 protestersProtesters are taking to the streets in Hamburg, Germany for the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit, and it’s not the first time the world leaders’ summit has attracted demonstrations.

The annual summit, which consists of a series of formal and informal meeting between world leaders, often results in protests by advocacy groups calling for change on a variety of topics such as environmental policies, trade deals and labour laws.

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Tony Blair should be prosecuted over Iraq war, high court hears

Tony Blair accused of war crimesThe Chilcot inquiry’s conclusion that the invasion of Iraq was unnecessary and undermined the United Nations requires the prosecution of Tony Blair, the high court has heard.

In his opening argument calling for a war crimes trial in Britain, Michael Mansfield QC said that the offence of waging an aggressive war has effectively been assimilated into English law.

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Venezuela National Assembly stormed by Maduro supporters

Venezuela Congress stormed by protestersDozens of government supporters have burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, injuring several lawmakers and journalists.

Witnesses said the fracas came after an assembly session to mark the country's Independence Day. The intruders brandished sticks and set off fireworks in the capitol building's gardens, AFP reported.

Footage from the scene showed two opposition lawmakers with blood running down their faces. Pro-opposition Venezuelan website La Patilla reported that several deputies had been attacked by a mob at the building in the capital, Caracas.

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Burned police cars, wide no-protest zone presage G-20 summit

G-20 riotsPresident Donald Trump was met with thousands of protesters when he arrived at meetings in Brussels in May. But with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joining him at the Group of 20 meetings in Germany this week, Trump is unlikely to be the only target for demonstrators.

Add India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders whose policies have sparked unrest to the cauldron that is Hamburg — the summit venue is a short walk from a notorious hotbed of left-wing protest — and the brew could prove explosive.

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