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Trump calls out Russia, cites efforts to subvert Western civilization

WARSAW: President Donald Trump affirmed US commitment to the defence of NATO allies on Thursday in a Warsaw speech that gently criticized Russia, and said Western civilization must stand up to "those who would subvert and destroy it". In his second trip to Europe as president and shortly before leaving for a potentially fractious G20 meeting in Germany, Trump appeared at pains to soothe U.S. allies after unnerving them in May by failing to endorse the principle of collective defence enshrined in Article Five of the NATO…

Global trade in African grey parrots banned

JOHANNESBURG: Delegates at a global wildlife conference on Sunday voted to ban international trade in African grey parrots, one of the world's most trafficked birds. Prized for their ability to mimic human speech, the birds are a highly sought-after pet, but their numbers have been decimated in recent years by poaching and the destruction of their forest habitats. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Johannesburg voted 95 to 35 in a secret poll to ban the global commercial trade of…