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European Markets Mixed After OPEC Disappointment, Weak Sterling

The decision was disappointing as investors were expecting longer or larger cuts, possibly for 12 months. OPEC would like to achieve a price increase up to $55-60 per barrel, said Ecuador's Energy Minister Carlos Perez. "USA output has increased c.1m bbl/d to 9m bopd, placing the country's output alongside Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation, thus somewhat diluting OPEC's ability to play a role in setting prices and supplies".


Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to get 'stronger' as members step up payments

Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to get 'stronger' as members step up payments

In his speech , Trump berated the members of the alliance that have not met its defense expenditure target of 2 percent of GDP. "Obviously it would be better if Trump had said that the American support for Article 5 is ironclad, but at the same time it is more important what the US does than what the USA president says or doesn't say", commented Wojciech Lorenz of the Warsaw-based Polish Institute of International Affairs.



Philippines says militants shot dead at least 16 civilians

Duterte declared martial law, which covers both the city of Marawi and the wider island of Mindanao , of which Marawi is a part. The discovery confirms days of speculation that Maute rebels had killed civilians during a bloody takeover of Marawi City, that the military believes is aimed at winning the Maute recognition from the Islamic State group in the Middle East as a Southeast Asian affiliate.


Melania Trump flicks away The Don's hand

Melania Trump flicks away The Don's hand

Trump put his hand on her butt instead . This isn't the first time an awkward moment between Mr Trump and Melania has been caught on camera. POTUS and FLOTUS were later photographed holding hands , but the brief conciliatory moment did little to distract the internet from what appeared to be two rejections in as many days for the president.


Trump lands in Israel on second leg of first foreign trip

Trump lands in Israel on second leg of first foreign trip

Trump said, "it will be solved, you can bet on that". Yet Trump may still need to engage in some delicate diplomacy following revelations that he disclosed highly classified intelligence Israel obtained about the Islamic State group with top Russian officials, without Israel's permission.


US Fighter Jets Scramble to Escort Hawaii-bound Plane

US Fighter Jets Scramble to Escort Hawaii-bound Plane

USA Today reports that Uskanil, a student from Turkey on a visa to study at an acting school in the US, tried to sit in first class with a laptop until a flight attendant checked his ticket and made him move back to economy. Though Airport police smelled alcohol on Uskanli's breath, he was not intoxicated enough to be held for public drunkenness, so they cited and released him.