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LONDON (AP) — The daughter of a stockbroker nicknamed 'Britain's Schindler' for saving Jewish children from the Nazis is appealing for today's child refugees to be treated with similar compassion.

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Julian Weigl scored in the first half to lead Borussia Dortmund to a 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in their Champions League match on Tuesday.

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Mexico leader cancels US trip in border wall row with Trump

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Mexico leader cancels US trip in border wall row with Trump

Mexico City (AFP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday called off a meeting with Donald Trump as tensions over the US leader's vow to make Mexico fund a new wall on the neighbors' border boiled over.

Trump had been scheduled to receive Pena Nieto at the White House next week, for their first meeting since the inauguration. Instead, the Republican president is facing a foreign policy spat during his first week in the Oval Office.

But their escalating war of words over who would fund the proposed border wall -- a central pledge made by Trump during his successful presidential campaign -- escalated to the breaking point on Thursday.

"If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting," Trump said on Twitter in the morning.

The bareknuckle early-morning tweet -- already a signature Trump move -- shocked diplomats, but was in keeping with the mogul's hardball approach to negotiations and is likely to delight his supporters.

Pena Nieto didn't take long to rise to the challenge.

"We informed the White House this morning that I will not attend the working meeting scheduled for next Tuesday" with Trump in Washington, the Mexican leader responded on Twitter.

"Mexico reiterates its willingness to work with the United States to reach agreements in both nations' interests."

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that the "lines of communications" would remain open and Washington hoped to "schedule something in the future."

- 'Mexico will not pay for any wall' -

The first salvos between the two presidents came Wednesday, when Trump ordered officials to begin to "plan, design and construct a physical wall" along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) US-Mexico border.

Stemming immigration was a central plank of Trump's election campaign, but he has struggled to articulate how the wall will be paid for, beyond saying "Mexico will pay."

Republican leaders announced Thursday they would try to carve out $12-15 billion worth of US taxpayers' money for the project.

Trump's order had put Pena Nieto under fierce domestic pressure to hit back, and hit back the Mexican leader did in a video message to the nation late Wednesday.

"I regret and condemn the decision of the United States to continue construction of a wall that, for years, has divided us instead of uniting us," Pena Nieto said.

"I have said it time and again: Mexico will not pay for any wall," he added.

Around two in three Mexicans have a favorable opinion of the United States, according to Pew surveys, but anti-American and anti-Trump sentiment is not uncommon.

Pena Nieto saw his own approval rating slide late last year, after he hosted Trump -- then still a White House candidate -- in Mexico City.

- NAFTA a 'one-sided deal'? -

Trump also took to Twitter on Thursday to gripe about the trade gap between Mexico and the United States.

"The US has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers of jobs and companies lost," he said.

That deficit for the trade in goods is slightly higher than the overall trade deficit -- including services -- of $49 billion in 2015.

Trump has vowed to renegotiate the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement between Mexico the United States and Canada.

That renegotiation could provide one way for Trump to claim victory, through increased tariffs on Mexican goods or higher border transit costs.

But it could also risk retaliatory tariffs or blowback from US firms who export $267 billion a year south of the border.

Trump has also ordered officials to scour US government departments and agencies in search of "direct and indirect" aid or assistance to the Mexican government and report back within 30 days.

The United States is expected to provide about $134 million worth of assistance to Mexico this year, with much of the spending wrapped up in the "Merida Initiative" to combat drug cartels.

Trump was in Philadelphia on Thursday for a Republican congressional retreat, where he will have to calm some jitters.

While Trump has pursued a solidly conservative governing agenda, his outbursts over inauguration crowd size, his war of words with the media, and revival of his claim of massive voter fraud has led to concerns within his own party.

The Philadelphia meeting will feature another high-profile guest: British Prime Minister Theresa May, who will become the first foreign leader to meet Trump since his inauguration.

May, who addresses the Republican retreat shortly after Trump, will almost certainly discuss the prospects of a key post-Brexit trade deal with the United States.

The two leaders will meet in Washington on Friday and hold a joint news conference, the White House said.

ICC asks South Africa, Burundi to reconsider withdrawal

The Hague (AFP) - The International Criminal Court on Saturday asked South Africa and Burundi to reconsider their decisions to withdraw from the troubled institution set up to try the world's worst crimes."Although withdrawing from a treaty is a sovereign act, I regret these decisions and invite South Africa and Burundi to reconsider their positions," said Sidiki Kaba, president of the assembly of state parties to the ICC founding treaty."I urge them to work together with other States in the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Trump calls accusers sick liars as new groping claims surface

By Steve Holland and Dan WhitcombGREENSBORO, N.C./LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday called the women accusing him of sexual misconduct sick liars seeking fame as part of a plot to discredit him after two more came forward with allegations that he had groped them.The new accusations were made by a contestant on his reality TV show "The Apprentice" who cited a 2007 incident and by a woman who described an incident from the early 1990s.With the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Lebanon's Aoun set for presidency after key endorsement

Beirut (AFP) - Lebanon's former prime minister Saad Hariri on Thursday endorsed the presidential bid of political rival Michel Aoun, paving the way for the ex-army chief to take the top post."I announce today before you my decision to endorse the candidacy of general Michel Aoun for the presidency of the republic," Hariri said, describing his decision as necessary to "protect Lebanon." World - Yahoo News chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Paradise lost on Ly Son Island

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IMF, World Bank, UN unite to fight tax evasion

Four of the world's largest multilateral organizations joined hands Tuesday in the fight to help developing countries fight tax evasion. The International Monetary Fund, World Bank, United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), announced a joint platform for collaboration on tax issues, a beginning step to design and implement international standards. The announcement came on the heels of the so-called "Panama Papers", a trove of documents leaked from a… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

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