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Finns Accept Their President Becoming a Prop in the Trump Show

Finns Accept Their President Becoming a Prop in the Trump Show(Bloomberg) — Finnish President Sauli Niinisto’s photo session with Donald Trump became a meme — the Nordic leader brushing away the U.S. president’s attempt to pat him on the left knee.That became an apt image to the Finnish media, which noted that their leader became a prop in the Trump show. Even former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt weighed in.Niinisto’s “role was to play the admiring and grateful leader of a small country,” the newspaper Aamulehti’s editor Matti Posio observed.“It was obvious that Niinisto was going to be a bystander” given Trump was in the middle of the Ukraine scandal, which blew up into an impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives, state-broadcaster YLE said.Finland’s biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat dryly observed that the atmosphere was “charged” amid Trump’s tirades against Democrats, the Biden family, the impeachment inquiry, and the media, leaving Niinisto listening silently.Finnish media also noted the abrupt end to the press conference, with Trump storming out of the room instead of shaking hands and posing for final photos with Niinisto, as is customary.“It was very pleasant,” Niinisto later told Finnish media.To contact the reporter on this story: Kati Pohjanpalo in Helsinki at kpohjanpalo@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tasneem Hanfi Brögger at tbrogger@bloomberg.net, James HertlingFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Somalia Pledges to Accept Court Ruling on Kenya Maritime Dispute

Somalia Pledges to Accept Court Ruling on Kenya Maritime Dispute(Bloomberg) — Somalia committed to comply with any United Nations International Court of Justice ruling on its maritime border dispute with Kenya, and to accept the boundary that is delimited by the tribunal.“As a matter of international law, the court’s judgment will be binding on Kenya,” Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said in a speech to the UN General Assembly. “We trust that, when that judgment is issued and the boundary is established, a lasting settlement of this longstanding dispute will finally be achieved.”The neighbors claim ownership of a 150,000 square kilometer (58,000 square mile) area off their Indian Ocean coastline, that’s said to be rich in oil, gas and tuna fish. In 2014, Somalia went to court to challenge a 2009 agreement that set its maritime border along latitudinal lines extending 450 nautical miles into the sea.On Sept. 3, the UN Security Council concluded that the African Union isn’t empowered to intervene in the lawsuit before the court, Farmajo said in his speech. The AU said this month its Peace and Security Council planned to appoint a mediator to help find “an amicable and sustainable settlement, in consultation and collaboration with the relevant regional mechanisms.”Following talks convened by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt, who is also the current chairman of the African Union, Farmajo and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta agreed to restore “our good brotherly relationship, strengthening the diplomatic and political cooperation,” the Somalian leader said.“We further agreed to leave the maritime dispute between the two countries to be resolved by the International Court of Justice,” Farmajo said. “Somalia is committed to maintain a good relationship with Kenya and to the rest of the countries in the region.”The ICJ is expected to start hearing the case in November.To contact the reporter on this story: Eric Ombok in Nairobi at eombok@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Malingha at dmalingha@bloomberg.net, Jacqueline Mackenzie, Paul RichardsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Liam Fox: Britain must accept that Iran nuclear deal is 'dead'

Liam Fox: Britain must accept that Iran nuclear deal is 'dead'Britain must accept the Iran nuclear deal is “dead” and join America in trying to force Tehran back to the negotiating table, former defence secretary Liam Fox said tonight. Mr Fox, who was in the cabinet until July, will use a speech in Washington to warn that the 2015 agreement was "flawed" from the start and that attempts to keep it alive are "futile". The intervention is effectively a call for Boris Johnson to join Donald Trump in withdrawing from the deal and comes amid escalating tensions in the wake of the attack on two Saudi oil facilities.  Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday ruled out talks with US officials “at any level”, appearing to end hopes of a meeting between Mr Trump and Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, at the United Nations in New York next week. Meanwhile King Salman of Saudi Arabia spoke for the first time since the drone attack over the weekend, calling on fellow world leaders to deliver a united message of condemnation. This satellite overview handout image obtained September 16, 2019 courtesy of Planet Labs Inc. shows damage to oil infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Abqaig  He called on the international community "to shoulder its responsibility in condemning the perpetrators" and "clearly confronting" those behind it. The threat of imminent military action appeared to have faded, for now at least, as the Trump administration sought proof to back up its suspicion that Iran was behind the attacks. Since pulling the US out of the Iran nuclear deal, which was struck by his predecessor Barack Obama, Mr Trump and his officials have attempted to lobby other signatories to do likewise. Britain has remained in the pact, which swapped the cessation of Iran’s nuclear programme for sanctions relief, along with France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union, as well as Iran itself. But since Mr Johnson became prime minister there has been renewed lobbying from the US administration to move Britain closer to the its position and perhaps even leave the deal entirely. Mr Fox, who was international trade secretary until the summer and remains well-connected in Republican circles, will reveal his opposition to the deal today in a speech to the Heritage Foundation, a right-leaning think tank. “Following the decision of President Trump to withdraw, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is dead and European attempts to salvage it are futile," Mr Fox writes in a piece for The Telegraph’s website previewing the speech. "Britain should follow the US lead and operate a policy that would reduce Iranian oil exports to zero in an attempt to force a change of behaviour from the Khamenei regime. Smoke from a fire at the Abqaiq oil processing facility fills the skyline, in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia Credit: Al-Arabiya "The agreement has been shown to give scant, and only short term, reduction in Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons. The original aim of halting Iran’s nuclear weapon programme now offers merely a delay with the problem left as a toxic legacy to future governments." Saturday's drone attack on Abqaiq – the world's largest processing plant – and the Khurais oilfield have knocked out 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd), or six percent of global total, making it the biggest disruption to oil production in modern history. Iran has denied it launched the attacks, with the Houthi rebels in Yemen – who Tehran backs – claiming responsibility.  But the Saudi defences failed to stop the missiles because they were pointing South to prevent an attack from Yemen, according to a senior US official talking to CBS News – raising suspicions the attack came from elsewhere.  The strike has intensified tensions between Iran and the Saudis. It has also decreased the chance of Mr Trump pivoting and seeking a new nuclear deal with Iran after years of its “maximum pressure” campaign.  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s highest authority, said: "Iranian officials, at any level, will never talk to American officials.” He added: "If America changes its behaviour and returns to the nuclear deal, then it can join multilateral talks between Iran and other parties to the deal.” Mike Pence, the US vice president, tweeted: America’s maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime is working. And if Iran conducted this attack to pressure the President to back off, they will fail.— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) September 17, 2019 Mr Johnson talked to Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, on Tuesday and agreed a “collective response” was needed over the attack, according to a read-out from Downing Street. Meanwhile Germany is set to extend its embargo on weapons sales to Saudi Arabia for a further six months, despite calls in Berlin to ease the ban over growing tensions in the Gulf. “I see no reason to change the government’s position on this matter,” Ms Merkel said on Tuesday, effectively shutting down calls from her own MPs to lift the ban.



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Brazil's president said he would accept $20 million from the G7 to tackle the Amazon fires, but only if Emmanuel Macron apologizes for calling him 'extraordinarily rude'

Brazil's president said he would accept $  20 million from the G7 to tackle the Amazon fires, but only if Emmanuel Macron apologizes for calling him 'extraordinarily rude'French President Macron called Jair Bolsonaro rude after he appeared to endorse a Facebook post mocking the age gap between Macron and his wife.



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Bolivia president does about-face and will now accept aid to put out wildfires

Bolivia president does about-face and will now accept aid to put out wildfiresBolivian President Evo Morales did an about-face on Sunday and said he was now open to international aid to fight the blazes that have engulfed rural villages and doubled in size since Thursday. Morales is also suspending his campaign for re-election for at least a week, just two months from election day, to focus on the wildfires. “There have been offers of aid,” Morales told reporters on a tour of some of the impacted areas.



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Ilhan Omar is me. Trump's 'go back' tweet is painful reminder America won't accept us.

Ilhan Omar is me. Trump's 'go back' tweet is painful reminder America won't accept us.The American dream became a myth for me long ago, but was reignited when Rep. Ilhan Omar was sworn into office. Donald Trump took that hope away.



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Saudi minister says whatever the Palestinians accept, everyone else will accept

Saudi minister says whatever the Palestinians accept, everyone else will acceptA Saudi minister said on Sunday that improving the Palestinians’ situation should be welcomed but that addressing the political process in resolving the conflict with Israel is “extremely important”. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Jubeir was responding to questions from broadcaster France 24 about U.S. proposals for economic development as part of the Middle East peace process. “I think anything that improves the situation of the Palestinian people is something that should be welcomed.



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AOC on Trump's willingness to accept political 'dirt' on rivals: 'The pressure to impeach grows'

AOC on Trump's willingness to accept political 'dirt' on rivals: 'The pressure to impeach grows'Days after President Trump asserted he would take damaging information on his political rivals from a foreign power, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said "the pressure to impeach grows.”



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Jeff Sessions Urges Congress to ‘Accept the Results’ of Mueller Report And Move On

Jeff Sessions Urges Congress to ‘Accept the Results’ of Mueller Report And Move OnFormer attorney general Sessions urged Congress, and the country at large, to "accept the results" of special counsel Robert Mueller's recently-released report and move on to other matters of governance during a speech at Amherst College on Wednesday.“I think it’s about time to accept the results, and let’s get on with the business of America,” Sessions said during a speech to the college Republicans, according to the New York Times.While Mueller failed to prove the underlying crime of coordination with the Kremllin, he did detail a number of instances in which Trump tried to curtail or otherwise affect the probe. Sessions cautioned Congress against pursuing their current agenda of further investigating whether the behavior attributed to President Trump in the Mueller report constitutes obstruction of justice.“The process was followed and a decision has now been rendered,” he said, adding that he had “the greatest confidence in the integrity of our system.”Sessions recused himself from the Mueller probe after it was revealed that he failed to report his meeting with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, a decision that soured his relationship with President Trump, who repeatedly castigated him in public and private for failing to "protect" him from the investigation.The former Alabama senator's appearance on campus was met with vigorous protest: some 50 students and faculty stood up and walked out of the chapel where he was speaking as soon as he began to deliver his remarks, according to the Times. They then gathered outside the venue, holding and signs and chanting in opposition to the immigration policies Sessions pursued while serving in the Trump administration.Sessions, meanwhile, lamented the state of free speech on college campuses, where, he argued, conservatives are under siege.



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'It’s about time to accept the results': Former AG Jeff Sessions speaks out on Mueller report

'It’s about time to accept the results': Former AG Jeff Sessions speaks out on Mueller reportFormer AG Jeff Sessions said Wednesday the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation meant it was time for the nation to move on.



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