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Franklin Graham begs followers to ‘pray for the president’ to counter charges Trump is ‘unfit for office’

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Evangelical leader Franklin Graham on Wednesday asked his followers to pray for Donald Trump in response to charges that the president is unfit for office.

Graham is a supporter of the president, spoke at Trump’s inauguration, and has visited the Oval Office.

“Some are quoted in the media saying that [the president of the United States] is ‘unfit’ from office,” Graham noted. “Some have gone as far as to suggest he should be forcefully removed. Really?”

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“During the 2016 campaign, [Trump] soundly defeated all Republican candidates and the Democratic candidate he debated,” Graham claimed, despite the fact Trump lost the popular vote in the general election.

“Polls and predictions didn’t give [Trump] a chance of winning the election—but he did. And now he is keeping his word to the 62+ million people who voted for him,” Graham continued, despite the fact that Trump has failed to keep his word on his signature campaign promise, that Mexico would pay for his wall.

“I just wish the Democrats and the Republicans would work with him & stop trying to tear him down,” he begged.

“Nothing is gained by putting forth the lie that [Trump] is unfit,” Graham argued.

“I encourage people of faith to pray for the president & his family, VP Mike Pence & his family, and all those who serve in the Cabinet & the White House,” he urged.

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“They need our prayers,” he added.

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Nagasaki marks 75 years since atomic bombing

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The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor and the head of the United Nations warning against a nuclear arms race.

Nagasaki was flattened in an atomic inferno three days after Hiroshima -- twin nuclear attacks that rang in the nuclear age and gave Japan the bleak distinction of being the only country to be struck by atomic weapons.

Survivors, their relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended a remembrance ceremony in Nagasaki where they called for world peace.

Participants offered a silent prayer at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the time the second and last nuclear weapon used in wartime was dropped over the city.

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Lebanon information minister resigns over Beirut blast

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Lebanon’s information minister Manal Abdel Samad on Sunday quit in the first government resignation since a deadly port blast killed more than 150 people and destroyed swathes of Beirut.

?After the enormous Beirut catastrophe, I announce my resignation from government,? she said in a statement carried by local media, apologising to the Lebanese public for failing them.

A number of MPs also submitted their resignations a day earlier due to the explosions.

On Saturday afternoon, thousands took to streets in downtown Beirut in anti-government protests that demand the overhaul of the political system, days after massive explosions.

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Trump admitted on live TV he will ‘terminate’ Social Security and Medicare if reelected in November

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President Donald Trump on Saturday afternoon openly vowed to permanently "terminate" the funding mechanism for both Social Security and Medicare if reelected in November—an admission that was seized upon by defenders of the popular safety net programs who have been warning for months that the administration's threat to suspend the payroll tax in the name of economic relief during the Covid-19 pandemic was really a backdoor sabotage effort.

Announcing and then signing a series of legally dubious executive orders, including an effort to slash the emergency federal unemployment boost by $200 from the $600 previously implemented by Democrats, Trump touted his order for a payroll tax "holiday"—which experts noted would later have to be paid back—but said if he won in November that such a cut would become permanent.

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