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Trump and Macron Iron-out differences in Paris Meeting

Photo (L-R): Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron

President Donald Trump met with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday amid new tensions in one of the closest relationships he’s forged with a world leader since taking office.

On the eve of their meeting at the Élysée Palace, Trump criticized Macron’s pitch for hardening European defenses to protect the continent from countries including the U.S. as “insulting. The president also decided not to attend a peace conference Macron is hosting in Paris this weekend, where world leaders are gathering to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

But on Saturday morning the pair tried to paper over their differences, with Macron attempting to more clearly explain his vision of a new European army and Trump stressing their friendship and shared positions on “burden sharing” for NATO countries.


Leicester Fans March In Honour Of Late Thai Owner 

Thousands of Leicester City fans marched towards the King Power Stadium on Sunday, in an emotional tribute to the late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha two weeks after he was killed in a helicopter crash. Despite the heavy downpour in the region, the supporters made their way through the streets towards the stadium where the club will be having their first home match. Some were waving Leicester flags and wearing club t-shirts while others had the name “Vichai” inscribed on their back. There was a subdued atmosphere but pockets of chanting, including “We love you Leicester, we do ”, “I ’m Leicester till I die ” and simply “Vichai ”.

Under Vichai ’s ownership, Leicester produced one of the biggest upsets in English football history by winning the 2015 /16 Premier League, having started the season like 5, 000 – 1 outsider for the title. Saturday ’s walk was called the 5, 000 – 1 walk-in recognition of that astonishing achievement. The charismatic Thai had become a beloved figure in the club and the city — a feat rarely achieved by Premier League clubs’ often distant billionaire owners.


The New Bridge Spans Mozambique Capital Maputo

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi has opened a new Chinese-built suspension bridge worth more than $750m (£576m) in the capital Maputo. The 150m tall bridge, begun in June 2014, links the north and south of Maputo Bay which until now could only be crossed by boat. Many Mozambiquans are complaining about a charge of nearly $3 to cross. China has invested heavily in Mozambique’s infrastructure but there are concerns about its debt. Mr. Nyusi said the bridge, which was a dream of former president Samora Machel, would help promote tourism to the country.

“With the completion of this bridge… the connection of southern Africa to the north over land and across our country is guaranteed,” he said. Some 700m in length and with two ramps more than 2km long each, it is also part of a project linking Maputo directly with South Africa by road for the first time.

Northern and Southern California Erupts In Flames Overnight 

Newly-born fires torched bone-dry Northern and Southern California throughout the night of November 8. One deadly blaze, in particular, the Camp Fire, ripped through 70,000 acres in just 24 hours. “It’s incredible,” Michael Gollner, a fire scientist at the University of Maryland, said of the uncontrollable Northern California wildfire. “I don’t know if I want to say unprecedented — but it’s getting close to that. It’s incredibly rare.”

While the Camp Fire nearly burned the entire town of Paradise to the ground, residents in heavily-populated Southern California documented their nighttime escapes from falling embers and glowing hillsides.

The Woolsey and Hill fires have now burned through 14,000 acres, with thousands of residents receiving urgent nighttime evacuation messages via text. In both the north and south of the parched Golden State, the rapidly-evolving circumstances are similar: profoundly dried-out land with the arrival of persistently dry, gusty winds.


Jordan: Flash Floods Kill 11 and Force Tourists To Flee

The death toll from flash floods unleashed by heavy rains in Jordan has risen to 11, according to local media, and forced authorities to evacuate more than 3,700 tourists from the ancient city of Petra. Saturday’s reports came a day after floods struck in several areas of Jordan, including Petra, and the searches for missing people continue.

Government spokeswoman Jumana Ghuneimat and civil defense officials say the death toll rose early on Saturday after another body was found in the Madaba region south of the capital of Amman. Hundreds of Petra visitors ran for higher ground on Friday as water surged through a narrow canyon leading to the Treasury, Petra’s main attraction. “The visitors were taken to safe areas before flash floods inundated parts of the mountainous city famed for its carved rock ruins”, government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat said.

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