World leaders and special invited guests posed for a 'family photo' along the picturesque Biarritz seaside on Sunday, set against a backdrop of worries over a global economic downturn and disunity on a range of matters.
It was all smiles for a family photo of with G7 countries comprising the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Canada in the French resort city of Biarritz on Sunday.
But the smiles and customary French greeting with a kiss on both cheeks, have been overshadowed by more pressing world issues.
European leaders have been trying to quell a confrontation between Washington and Tehran since the U.S. withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.
Before leaving Washington, Trump stepped up his trade dispute with China, and at a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Trump said his allies "respect" the tariff war.
The world leaders are also faced with the task of figuring out how to unify and tackle major wildfires burning up swaths of the Amazon rain forest.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday the leaders of the world's major industrialized nations were close to an agreement on how to help fight the Amazon forest fires and try to repair the devastation.
He said they were finalizing a possible deal on "technical and financial help."
This is the world's largest chocolate museum. Opened in Zurich on 13th September by Swiss chocolatier Lindt, the Willy Wonka-esque factory also features the world’s highest free-standing chocolate fountain. Measuring at just over nine metres high, the chocolate fountain will see 1,000 litres of melted chocolate flow from a ginormous hovering whisk and will descend to cover a giant Lindor ball. It’s also the centerpiece greeting guests at the entrance, setting the tone for the chocolatey experience ahead. The museum offers fans of the brand and chocolate lovers a unique insight into how its iconic sweet treats are made. And unlike at Willy Wonka’s factory, guests are encouraged to take chocolate home.
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency in Portland over the weekend due to risks of violence as thousands of members of what she called "white supremacist groups" such as the Proud Boys hold a rally. Freddie Joyner has more.
U.S. House Democrats will introduce a bill next week to limit the tenure of U.S. Supreme Court justices to 18 years from current lifetime appointments, in a bid to reduce partisan warring over vacancies. Colette Luke has the latest.
The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States topped 7 million - more than 20% of the world's total - as Midwest states reported spikes in COVID-19 infections in September, according to a Reuters tally. Freddie Joyner has more.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll is bad news for Joe Biden. The poll has Pres. Donald Trump narrowly ahead Joe Biden in Florida and Arizona among likely voters. The poll was conducted September 15-20. It found Trump ahead by 4 points in Florida (51%-47%) and 1 point in Arizona (49%-48%) among likely voters. According to Forbes, the Post/ABC News poll is a high quality survey.
The United States on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran's nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, a senior U.S. official said, putting teeth behind U.N. sanctions on Tehran that Washington argues have resumed despite the opposition of allies and adversaries. Gloria Tso reports.
After nearly five years of incarceration, British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could face an additional year in an Iranian prison. According to CNN, Zaghari-Ratcliffe's lawyer says new charges, called 'propaganda against the ruling establishment,' have been filed against her. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained at Tehran airport in April 2016 and jailed on espionage charges. She is currently under house arrest in Iran.
The husband of jailed British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hasappealed to UK officials to insist on being allowed to attend her second trialwhen it begins in Tehran on Sunday. Richard Ratcliffe said his family havebeen “caught” between two governments “fighting”. Speaking to the PA newsagency after it was revealed his wife was facing another trial in Iran, MrRatcliffe said: “We’ve always been treated in a strange, odd way and markedout as exceptional. “This second court case is doing that again, and it’ssignalling again she’s being held for political leverage to push the BritishGovernment to do something."
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The United States moved to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran on Thursday, arguing Tehran was in violation of a nuclear deal it struck with world powers in 2015 even though Washington itself abandoned that agreement two years ago. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
Scientists have created a detailed cellular and molecular map of the healthy human heart to understand how this vital organ functions and to shed light on what goes awry in cardiovascular disease. The work, published in the journal Nature, was led by investigators at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Germany, Imperial College London and their global collaborators. The team analyzed almost a half million individual cells to build the most extensive cell atlas of the human heart to date. The atlas shows the huge diversity of cells and reveals heart muscle cell types, cardiac protective immune cells and an intricate network of blood vessels. It also predicts how the cells communicate to keep the heart working. The research is part of the Human Cell Atlas initiative to map every cell type in the human body.
Conservation efforts have led to a global rebound in wolf populations. But it's also sparked debates over protecting species and protecting farmers in countries including the United States, Germany, France, and now Switzerland. Francis Maguire reports.
The German hospital treating Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny for poisoning on Wednesday said his condition has improved enough for him to be released and suggested a “complete recovery” from the nerve agent was possible.
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A stunning hotel in South Tyrol, Italy, has a new hobbit hole-style wellness centre. The Apfelhotel (APPLEHOTEL) TORGGLERHOF has been newly-redesigned & includes a tolkien-esque entrance to its treatment area. In 2014, design creatives NOA* (NETWORK OF ARCHITECTURE), won a design competition for expanding the hotel's existing structure. In 2020, 18 new suites were built for guests and carefully designed to fit into the farmyard's landscape structure. NOA* designed the wellness area as central “MASTERPIECE” of this rural development with architecture and greenery that resemble a modern lush garden.
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As data shows fires raging in Brazil's Amazon rainforest and Pantanal wetlands with historic force, President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday (September 17) that Brazil "should be congratulated for the way it preserves its environment." Libby Hogan reports.
Often likened to the world's 'lungs,' the Amazon rainforest in Brazil seems to be suffering from a bad case of smoker's cough. CNN reports that for the second year in a row, countless uncontrolled wildfires continue to rage at high levels there. Scientists are concerned that the rainforest's destruction could eventually bring the Amazon to a point of no return. Under President Jair Bolsonaro's administration, governmental measures to curb illegal fires have shown little impact.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday angrily denied the existence of surging fires in the Amazon rainforest, calling it a "lie," despite data produced by his own government showing that thousands of fires are surging across the region. Gavino Garay reports.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is fully behind Chancellor Rishi Sunak'sCovid-19 plan for workers and is hopeful it will mean more people self-isolateif they have symptoms of the virus. Mr Johnson's comments come during a visitto Northamptonshire Police HQ.
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Boris Johnson battled the sound of loud thunderclaps as he tried to talk to reporters about the new NHS Covid-19 app during a visit to a police training centre in Northamptonshire. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Boris Johnson chose to visit a police training centre in Northamptonshire today instead of attending his chancellor's major announcement in the House of Commons. Downing Street denied speculation about a rift at the top of Government, insisting there was "absolutely not" a problem between Mr Johnson and Rishi Sunak. The prime minister told reporters that his visit was to talk to police about enforcing new coronavirus rules he laid out on Monday. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he is "rock solid" behind new coronavirus restrictions announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has addressed the nation this evening in response to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new coronavirus restrictions. The opposition leader said the second wave was 'not an act of God but a failure of government'. Report by Browna. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn