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US mayors back Paris climate goals
BRUSSELS: President Donald Trump’s pullout from the Paris climate accord has triggered a bipartisan push from US mayors to stick to the emissions cuts Washington had pledged to hit, a US official said on Tuesday. The mayor of southern US city Atlanta, Kasim Reed, said he wanted to send a signal of “optimism, passion and action” on fighting climate change to mayors worldwide after Trump announced the pullout this month.
 
 
Farc celebrates historic disarmament
BOGOTA: Colombia’s leftist Farc rebel force celebrates its disarmament on Tuesday after half a century of war against the state, ending Latin America’s oldest civil conflict. Farc leader Rodrigo Londono, alias Timochenko, is scheduled to formally conclude the disarmament process at a ceremony with President Juan Manuel Santos in the central town of Mesetas at 1500 GMT. Part of a 2016 peace deal with the FARC, the move is a key
   
Temer set to counterattack graft charges
BRASILIA: Brazilian President Michel Temer prepared to counterattack on Tuesday after bribery charges against him sent Latin America’s biggest country into its latest bout of political turmoil. The first sitting president of Brazil to face criminal charges, Temer is accused of accepting bribes from a giant meatpacking company. He is also under investigation for obstruction of justice and belonging to a criminal organisation.
 
 
Trump breaking torture taboo, says UN official
GENEVA: The United Nations’ top rights official accused US President Donald Trump of breaking taboos by suggesting bringing back torture, and warned world powers against undermining civil liberties in their fight against militants. Zeid Raad Al Hussein also lambasted British Prime Minister Theresa May for threatening to change human rights laws if they got in the way of security operations, saying her words would give heart to
   
Republicans in fierce push for healthcare vote
WASHINGTON: Republican leaders were in a fierce push on Tuesday to shore up support for a healthcare bill in the US Senate after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said 22 million Americans would lose insurance over the next decade under the measure. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to travel to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to join Senate Republicans for a policy lunch before hosting a key conservative senator for
 
 
Trump slams ‘fake news’ about Russia
NEW YORK: President Donald Trump used the resignations of three CNN journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story to resume his attack on the network’s credibility on Tuesday. The story was about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between a Trump associate and the head of a Russian investment fund. CNN accepted the journalists’ resignations on Monday. Trump wrote in a Tuesday morning tweet, “Wow,
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