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Pope Francis trapped in Vatican lift for 25 minutes

Pope Francis trapped in Vatican lift for 25 minutesIt has long been claimed by supporters of the Catholic faith that God moves in mysterious ways.  But so, apparently, does Pope Francis's personal lift in the Vatican – which broke down on Sunday, trapping the world's most powerful clergyman inside for 25 minutes.  The 82-year-old pontiff had to be freed by Vatican firefighters after an electrical fault brought his tiny private lift to a halt inside the ornate Apostolic Palace.  He arrived about 10 minutes late for his regular Sunday audience after the rescue team was called to repair the lift and to free him.  “I have to apologise for being late, but there was an accident,” the pope said with a smile. “I was trapped inside an elevator for 25 minutes." “Thank God the firefighters arrived, I want to thank them so much.” The firefighters were quickly summoned from their station inside the Vatican walls just a few hundred yards from where the pontiff was trapped. Once freed, the relieved pontiff asked the pilgrims gathered in the square to give the fire brigade a round of applause.  The small private lift is known as the “little elevator of Pope Sixtus” because it links the courtyard named after the 16th century pope to the lavishly decorated papal apartment which Francis has shunned since his election in 2013. Pope Francis shaking hands with France's Cardinal Philippe Barbarin Credit: AFP He lives at the Santa Marta residence inside the Vatican walls but continues the tradition of blessing the crowds from the palace window every Sunday. In a separate statement on Sunday, Francis called for urgent action to stop the planet’s environmental destruction and warned the Amazon was “gravely threatened” in a reference to the fires that have recently ravaged the region. He challenged governments to take “drastic measures” to combat global warming and reduce the use of fossil fuels, saying the world was experiencing a climate emergency. He blamed “sin, selfishness and a greedy desire to possess and exploit” for the damaging effects of climate change in a message to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. It is not the first time the Catholic Church’s first Latin American pope has lashed out about the damage caused by the Amazon fires. Last week he called for united action to extinguish the fires saying “that lung of forests is vital for our planet”. The pope said the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit was of particular importance. “There, governments will have the responsibility of showing the political will to take drastic measures to achieve as quickly as possible zero net greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the average increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius with respect to pre-industrial levels, in accordance with the Paris Agreement goals.” Francis has made environmental protection one of the hallmarks of his papacy and openly clashed with climate change skeptics like American President Donald Trump, who took the US out of the Paris climate accord. “We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own,” said Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.3 billon Roman Catholics.



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Iranian president: First lift sanctions, then let's talk

Iranian president: First lift sanctions, then let's talkIran’s president back-pedaled Tuesday on possible talks with Donald Trump, saying the U.S. president must first lift sanctions imposed on Tehran, otherwise a meeting between the two would be a mere photo op. Hassan Rouhani’s change of heart came a day after Trump said Monday that there’s a “really good chance” the two could meet on their nuclear impasse after a surprise intervention by French President Emmanuel Macron during the G-7 summit to try to bring Washington and Tehran together after decades of conflict.



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Senate leaders scramble to lift Republican support for budget deal

Senate leaders scramble to lift Republican support for budget dealU.S. Senate Republican leaders, pushing for passage of a two-year federal spending and debt deal, scrambled on Tuesday to pump up support among their membership despite President Donald Trump’s backing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a planned long summer recess would not begin at week’s end without the approval of a budget deal suspending the U.S. debt limit through July 2021 and adding billions of dollars in deficit-spending. The measure passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last week with tepid Republican support, despite Trump’s having appealed on Twitter for the support of fellow Republicans.



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U.S. Senate leaders scramble to lift Republican support for budget deal

U.S. Senate leaders scramble to lift Republican support for budget dealU.S. Senate Republican leaders, pushing for passage of a two-year federal spending and debt deal, scrambled on Tuesday to pump up support among their membership despite President Donald Trump’s backing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a planned long summer recess would not begin at week’s end without the approval of a budget deal suspending the U.S. debt limit through July 2021 and adding billions of dollars in deficit-spending. The measure passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last week with tepid Republican support, despite Trump’s having appealed on Twitter for the support of fellow Republicans.



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UPDATE 3-Iran to lift uranium enrichment to 5%, above level in 2015 deal -official

UPDATE 3-Iran to lift uranium enrichment to 5%, above level in 2015 deal -officialIran on Sunday will announce an increase in uranium enrichment to 5%, a concentration above the limit set by its 2015 nuclear deal, an Iranian official told Reuters, in a move signalling a deepening challenge to escalating U.S. sanctions pressure. The declaration comes at a time of sharply increased U.S.-Iranian confrontation, a year after Washington quit the pact and reimposed sanctions that had been lifted under the accord in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear work. “The main announcement tomorrow will be the increase of the level of enrichment to 5% percent from 3.67% that we agreed under the deal,” the official said on Saturday on condition of anonymity.



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Trump administration loses bid to lift bar on funds for border wall

Trump administration loses bid to lift bar on funds for border wallThe ruling was another setback in President Donald Trump’s effort to construct a border wall, one of his top promises in the 2016 presidential campaign. “Congress did not appropriate money to build the border barriers defendants seek to build here,” a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 ruling. “Congress presumably decided such construction at this time was not in the public interest.



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Trump administration loses bid to lift bar on funds for border wall

Trump administration loses bid to lift bar on funds for border wallA federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to lift an injunction barring the Trump administration from using $ 2.5 billion intended for the fight against illegal narcotics to build a wall along the southern U.S. border with Mexico. The ruling was another setback in President Donald Trump’s effort to construct a border wall, one of his top promises in the 2016 presidential campaign. “Congress did not appropriate money to build the border barriers defendants seek to build here,” a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 ruling.



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Rouhani says U.S. must lift pressure and apologize before Iran will negotiate

Rouhani says U.S. must lift pressure and apologize before Iran will negotiateGENEVA (Reuters) – Iran is willing to negotiate with America only when the United States lifts pressure and apologizes, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, according to state media. Oil prices hit their highest level since November on Tuesday after Washington announced all waivers on imports of sanctions-hit Iranian oil would end next week, pressuring importers to stop buying from Tehran and further tightening global supply. "We have always been a man of negotiation and diplomacy, the same way that we've been a man of war and defense. …



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Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Relief Would Lift Black, Latino Borrowers

Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Relief Would Lift Black, Latino BorrowersThe policy would also help close racial wealth gaps in the U.S., according to an estimate provided to the campaign by Arizona State University assistant professor Raphael Charron-Chenier and Brandeis University law professor Thomas Shapiro. “Gains to net worth for households of color would be meaningful under the policy, increasing median wealth by roughly $ 6,741 for Black households as a whole and $ 3,280 for Latino households as a whole,” they wrote in the analysis. High levels of student debt have become a drain on the economy, said David Bergeron, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, who worked with the U.S. Department of Education for 35 years specializing in higher education.



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Congress Holds Key to Rusal’s Fate as U.S. Moves to Lift Sanctions

Congress Holds Key to Rusal’s Fate as U.S. Moves to Lift SanctionsCongress has a month to decide whether to intervene to block the agreement announced Wednesday by the Treasury Department. Under the deal, Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska will remain under U.S. sanctions and his property will remain blocked, but the Treasury department will remove financial restrictions on Rusal, En+ Group Plc and EuroSibEnergo JSC.



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