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Guatemala volcano: Dozens die as Fuego volcano erupts

Guatemala volcanoGuatemala's most violent volcanic eruption in more than a century has killed 62 people, officials say.

Dozens more are missing, the country's disaster agency says, and it is feared the death toll could rise.

Villages on the slopes of Fuego volcano were buried in volcanic ash, mud and rocks during Sunday's 16-hour eruption.

Pyroclastic flows, which are fast-moving mixtures of very hot gas and volcanic matter, rushed down the mountainside and engulfed villages.


China warns US trade deals off if tariffs go ahead

China warns US trade deals off if tariffs stay

China warned the United States that any agreements reached on trade and business between the two countries will be void if Washington implements tariffs and other trade measures, as the two ended their latest round of talks in Beijing.

If Washington moves forward with sanctions, "all the economic and trade achievements negotiated by the two parties will be void", Xinhua state news agency said in a statement on Sunday.


US Uses UN Veto to Block Resolution Critical of Israel

Nikki Haley vetoes resolution critical of Israel

The United States has vetoed a U.N. Security Council draft resolution seeking protections for Palestinian civilians, while a U.S.-drafted text that blamed the Palestinian militant group Hamas for the recent surge in violence also failed.

The United States was isolated in Friday’s vote on its draft, casting the only vote in favor. Bolivia, Kuwait and Russia voted against it, while the 11 other council members abstained.

Kuwait’s proposed resolution had enough support to be adopted, but was blocked by the U.S. veto.


President Trump announces that North Korea summit will go on as planned

Trump announces summit with Kim is still onEnding weeks of uncertainly, President Donald Trump announced Friday that his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is back on for June 12 in Singapore.

Trump made the announcement, just a week after he canceled the summit, after an hour-long meeting with a top North Korean official who delivered a letter from the North Korean leader.

"We're going to deal," Trump told reporters moments after the meeting ended. He also said it was likely that more than one meeting would be necessary. He concluded, "I think you're going to have a very positive result in the end. We will see what we will see."


Mexico answers Trump tariffs with new duties on US products

Mexico puts tariffs on goods going to the USThe government of Mexico announced on Thursday it would implement new duties on various U.S. products in response to President Trump's decision to levy steel and aluminum tariffs on the country.

"Mexico reiterates its position against protectionist measures that affect and distort international commerce in goods," the government said in a statement.


US hits EU, Mexico and Canada with steel, aluminium tariffs

US hits EU, Canada and Mexico with tariffsThe United States has said it was moving ahead with tariffs on aluminium and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, ending a two-month exemption and potentially setting the stage for a trade war with some of the country's top allies.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters on a telephone briefing on Thursday that a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminium imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico would go into effect at midnight (04:00 GMT) on Friday.


2 police officers, woman, gunman dead in Belgium shooting

Three dead in Belgium shootingA gunman shot dead two police officers Tuesday after taking a woman hostage in Belgium, authorities said.

The shooter, released from jail Monday, was on leave for a short period of time when the standoff in the town of Liege began.

Officials said two female police officers stopped the 30-year-old gunman. He disarmed one of the women and began shooting -- killing both officers and a 22-year-old female bystander.


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