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Macron says Trump will pull out of Iran nuclear deal - Thursday on Playground+

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The French president also attacked Donald Trump's America First ideology of nationalism and isolationism

Anna Freeman

26 Abril 2018 13:14

Hello, this is Anna bringing you Thursday's top news stories and best reads

Today's headlines

Macron attacks Trumpism

French President Emmanuel Macron has admitted that he may have failed in his efforts to persuade Donald Trump to remain part of the Iran Nuclear Deal. ‘My view is... that he will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons,’ Macron said at the end of a three-day state visit to the US. Macron also delivered considerable blows to the US president during his speech to the joint houses of the US Congress, denouncing nationalism and isolationism. The speech was widely interpreted as a thinly veiled attack on Trump's America First agenda. ‘We can choose isolationism, withdrawal or nationalism,’ Macron said in his first address to Congress. ‘But closing the door to the world will not stop the evolution of the world’

North Korea’s collapsed nuclear site

North Korea’s main nuclear test site has partially collapsed as a result of multiple explosions, a study by Chinese geologists shows. Speculation about whether it could even be used for future nuclear tests and developments has arisen, casting doubt on North Korea’s sincerity in announcing last weekend that it would stop testing nuclear weapons. The revelations come ahead of Friday’s summit between the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in. The test site at Punggye-ri, in a mountainous area of North Korea’s, has been the location for all six of the regime’s nuclear tests since 2006.

Golden State killer finally brought to justice

An elderly ex-policeman has been arrested and charged with eight murders linked to the notorious Golden State Killer, a serial criminal responsible for dozens of rapes and killings that terrorised parts of California during the 1970s and 1980s. The suspect was identified at a Sacramento news conference as 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo in a case officials said was finally solved by DNA evidence roughly two months after gaining renewed attention in the bestselling book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.

Danish inventor gets life in prison

Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his submarine in a case that has gripped the media world. Madsen had planned to kill 30-year-old Wall either by suffocating her or cutting her throat, the Copenhagen court heard. Her dismembered remains were found by Danish police at sea on 21 August last year, 11 days after she interviewed him on board his vessel. Madsen, 47, was found guilty of premeditated murder and sexual assault after previously admitting to dismembering Wall's body on the submarine and throwing her remains overboard. He will appeal against his conviction.

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Must-read

Step inside Incel, ‘the online cult for sad, sexless young men’ that is credited with playing a role in the recent Van attack in Toronto that killed 10 and injured 15. Originally started by a woman who suffered with loneliness because she could not find a sexual partner, it has now become a breeding ground for angry, misogynist men who are ‘involuntarily celibate’. The New Statesman explores the ideology behind this group of toxic men.

In-depth

If you want to read a deeper analysis about the curious three-day summit between French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump in Washington, this piece from The Atlantic breaks it down for you.

Culture

A memorial like no other in the US is opening today. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Montgomery, Ala., is dedicated to victims of white supremacy. The New York Times visits the site where sculptures and the building itself are dedicated to those who were lynched during decades of racially-motivated terror.

Entertainment

Rapper Kanye West has faced a huge backlash for his recent return to Twitter for tweeting his support for US President Donald Trump. West posted a series of pro-Trump tweets, which could just be a next-level way of trolling us all, including a photo of himself wearing one of the president's red ‘Make American Great Again’ hats. ‘You don't have to agree with Trump but the mob can't make me not love him,’ he tweeted. The president responded on Twitter: ‘Thank you Kanye, very cool!’

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