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Puerto Rico governor refuses to resign as island braces for big protest

Ricardo Rosello Puerto Rico’s governor on Sunday said he would not seek re-election next year but refused to resign as the island braced for more protests by demonstrators demanding he step down over leaked chat messages.

A day before a planned general strike and street demonstrations in the bankrupt U.S. territory, Ricardo Rossello, 40, said he respected the wishes of Puerto Ricans and would not seek a second term in November 2020 elections.

He also said he would resign as head of the New Progressive Party (PNP) but would remain as governor until the end of his term in January, 2021.

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EU told to ‘brace’ for multibillion Trump tariffs

EU told to brace fore multi billion dollar tariffs

The Tariff Man is on track to hit hard again this summer, and it's bad news for EU companies ranging from Dutch cheesemakers to industrial heavyweight Airbus.

European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström warned the EU's trade ministers at a meeting on Monday that they need to steel themselves for U.S. President Donald Trump to hit billions of euros worth of European goods with tariffs, ramping up a decadeslong dispute over unwarranted subsidies for Airbus.

Three officials in the room said Malmström warned them that the U.S. has rejected attempts to negotiate a deal on aviation subsidies and added that Washington is now willing to proceed with the tariffs, which would be legal under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

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Poland's right-wing Law and Justice party wins in European Parliament elections

Poland right wing party wins electionsPoland's ruling Law and Justice party won surprisingly strong backing in the European Parliament elections, with a majority announced Monday.

Candidates of the far-right party, known as PiS, received 46.01 percent of the vote, compared with 37.87 percent for the five-party opposition European Coalition of parties and 6.02 for the left-wing Wiosna, or Springtime, party. PiS won 27 seats in the country's European Parliament delegation, compared to 22 for the European Coalition and three for Wiosna. The results were better for PiS than those announced from exit polls.

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Theresa May quits: UK set for new PM by end of July

Theresa May resigns

Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister.

In an emotional statement, she said she had done her best to deliver Brexit and it was a matter of "deep regret" that she had been unable to do so.

Mrs May said she would continue to serve as PM while a Conservative leadership contest takes place.

The party said it hoped a new leader could be in place by the end of July.

It means Mrs May will still be prime minister when US President Donald Trump makes his state visit to the UK at the start of June.

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Iran Starts Scaling Back Its Nuclear Deal Commitments

Iran scales back pact commitmentsIran said it had started scaling back parts of its commitments under its 2015 nuclear deal on Wednesday and threatened to do more if world powers did not protect it from U.S. sanctions, a year after Washington pulled out of the pact.

President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would move on to resuming high level uranium enrichment if the remaining signatories — Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — did not make good on promises to shield its oil and banking sectors in the next 60 days.

TVNL Comment: Trump's ignorance of the value of international treaties such as this will bring us to the brink of war.

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Trump pulling U.S. out of U.N. arms treaty, heeding NRA

Trump at NRA

President Donald Trump told the National Rifle Association on Friday he was pulling the United States out of an international arms treaty signed in 2013 by then-President Barack Obama but opposed by the NRA and other conservative groups.

Trump told members of the gun lobby at an annual meeting he intends to revoke the status of the United States as a signatory to the Arms Trade Treaty, which was never ratified by the U.S. Senate.

“We’re taking our signature back,” Trump said to thousands of cheering attendees, many wearing red hats emblazoned with the Republican president’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

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7 injured in Gaza rocket attack on central Israel

7 injured in Gaza rocket attack Seven people were taken to the hospital Monday after a rocket fired from Gaza hit a home in central Israel.

The residents of the Sharon village home, including a 60-year-old woman, were taken to the hospital suffering from blast injuries, burns and shrapnel wounds, Israel's emergency medical services Magen David Adom said on Twitter.

A 6-month-old infant was among the injured, which also included at least three bystanders who were attempting to flee the area.

MDA said it received a call about the rocket at 5:22 a.m. and dispatched EMT and paramedics to the area.

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