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Russian TV relishes ‘this clown’ Trump hurting relations with US allies — and coming up empty on North Korea

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Russia’s state television service this week mocked President Donald Trump for harming relationships with his own country’s allies while completely failing to come away with an agreement to denuclearize North Korea.

As Julia Davis reports in The Daily Beast, Russian state TV show host Dmitry Kiselyov this week listed all of the president’s foreign policy missteps and ridiculed him for painting himself as a top deal maker who could convince North Korea to abandon its arsenal of nuclear weapons.

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“Trump miraculously managed to worsen relations on all fronts: with the European Union, China, Russia,” he said. “Total failure in Syria. The same with Turkey. Failure with Iran and failure with Venezuela. Nothing but failures at every turn… Trump, who calls himself the ‘master of the deal,’ left Vietnam empty-handed.”

Konstantin Asmolov, an expert from the Center for Korean Studies, similarly mocked Trump and said that many foreign leaders could be wary of cutting a deal with someone whom they believe will be voted out of power in less than two years.

“If Kim conceded anything [to Trump], then Trump’s successor might say that everything that this clown [Trump] has signed was not in our national interests and then Kim would end up in Gaddafi’s position,” he explained.

Russian state TV host Olga Skabeeva, meanwhile, said that she was encouraged that North Korea had refused to dismantle its nuclear program.

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“We trust in Kim and hope he won’t abandon anything,” she said.

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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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