The Journal Gazette
Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:00 am


President postpones 'outdated'G7 summit

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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE – President Donald Trump said Saturday that he will postpone until the fall a meeting of Group of 7 nations he had planned to hold next month at the White House despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And he said the group's membership should include Russia, Australia, South Korea and India.

Trump told reporters on Air Force One as he returned to Washington from Florida that he feels the current makeup of the group is “very outdated” and doesn't properly represent “what's going on in the world.”

He said he had not yet set a new date for the meeting, but thought the gathering could take place in September, around the time of the annual meeting of the United Nations in New York, or perhaps after the U.S. election in November.

The surprise announcement came after German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office said Saturday that she would not attend the meeting unless the course of the coronavirus spread had changed.

Putin: No talks on US nuclear deal

Russia sees little chance of maintaining the New Start nuclear disarmament treaty now that the U.S. has announced it is pulling out of the Open Skies treaty.

Russian President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly called a meeting of the country's security council Saturday to discuss the outlook for the renewal of both treaties.

No serious negotiations are underway with the U.S. about extending New Start, Putin said Saturday, according to information provided by the Kremlin.

The New Start treaty limits Russian and U.S. nuclear arsenals to 800 launchers and 1,550 deployed long-range nuclear warheads each. It is due to expire Feb. 5.

Israeli police kill Palestinian man

Israeli police shot dead an unarmed autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday after saying they suspected he had weapon.

The shooting drew broad condemnations and revived complaints alleging excessive force by Israeli security forces.

Relatives identified the deceased man as Iyad Halak, 32. They said he suffered from autism and was heading to the school for students with special needs where he studied each day when he was shot.

Colombia capital being locked down

The mayor of Colombia's capital is planning to shut down one of the city's largest neighborhoods as COVID-19 cases there continue to rise.

Mayor Claudia Lopez said Saturday that starting Monday the working-class Kennedy area – home to nearly 1.5 million people – will be under a strict quarantine.

Police and military will enforce the lockdown and no one will be allowed out, except to seek food or medical care or in case of an emergency.

Alaska testing out-of-staters

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says travelers to Alaska will have to be tested for COVID-19 before boarding a plane to the state, or submit to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Out-of-state travelers will need to show proof of testing within 72 hours of boarding and fill out paperwork. If either test results or paperwork are lost, travelers will be subjected to another test or quarantine for two weeks.

Dunleavy also extended the state's 14-day quarantine rule until the new policy begins Friday.

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