G7 leaders pressure tech firms on removing terror propaganda

Cheryl Sanders
May 27, 2017

During his election campaign, Trump said he would not stick to the pledges made by the Obama administration at the U.N.'s Paris climate change conference in 2015 - namely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent before 2025.

Trump has landed in Sicily, Italy, for a G-7 summit after earlier visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome and Brussels. Trump also going against the grain on trade with more protectionist stand.

"We will stop this", he said.

Italian officials have suggested it will be shorter than 10 pages, compared to 32 pages at the last G7 summit in Japan.

France's Macron is already pressurizing Trump on the issue during their first meeting on Thursday amidst the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

It also said it would take a bigger role in the campaign against IS militants, but France and Germany have insisted the move is mostly symbolic.

Activists from the environmentalist NGO floated just off the beach aboard eight canoes, holding up yellow signs that read "Planet Earth First" in large black letters.

European Council President Donald Tusk says that leaders "sometimes have very different views" on topics such as climate change and trade.

At a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday, Macron insisted on the need for "reciprocity" on trade and said Europeans sometimes had a "too naive" approach on trade deals.

President Donald Trump continued his marathon of meetings with world leaders Friday on the fifth stop of his overseas trip in Taormina, Italy, where he is attending his first Group of Seven (G7) summit.

Trump arrives for a concert of La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina during the Heads of State and of Government G7 summit, on May 26, 2017 in Sicily.

The summit is taking place on the island of Sicily - chosen specifically by newly elected Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in order to highlight the plight of the hundreds of thousands of migrants that continue to flood the island.

Trump has vowed to renegotiate global trade agreements, railing against free trade deals that he have said are lopsided against the United States.

Tusk said that "I totally agreed with him when he said the worldwide community, the G7, the United States, Europe - should be tough, even brutal, with terrorism and ISIS" an acronym for the extremist group fighting in Syria and Iraq.

The G7 summit brings Trump's first foreign trip as USA president to a close.

Tusk spoke at the start of a meeting of the Group of Seven democracies in Taormina, Sicily. G-7 counties will decide about the Russia's aggressive actions around the world. In particular reporters and social media have pointed out his lengthy handshake with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, his alleged "shove" to move in front of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and his face-to-face with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, who expressed dismay over an alleged US leak of British intel from the investigation into the Manchester bombing.

The group reached agreement on improving cooperation against terrorism in the wake of the bomb attack on a pop concert in Manchester, Britain, ahead of the summit.

His pending review of USA climate policies has left environmentalists bracing for the possibility of bland G-7 promises that says little after years of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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