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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- French-style kisses on both cheeks, lengthy handshakes turned into “bro-shakes” and repeated affirmations of a burgeoning friendship: the “bromance” between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron was on full display during the first state visit of the Trump Administration this week.

 Don’t expect much of that when German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives on Friday. At their first meeting in the Oval Office last year, President Trump refused to shake Merkel’s hand for a photo op.

“I think it will be a very sober, low-profile working summit, which better matches Merkel’s expectations and persona,” Henning Riecke, head of Transatlantic Relations at the German Council of Foreign Relations in Berlin, told ABC News. “It could, of course, be a bit of a punishment because Angela Merkel is not as enthusiastic about Donald Trump and his leadership.”

President Trump is the third U.S. president Chancellor Merkel has greeted in office. On her first official trip to the US in 2007, President George W. Bush invited ally Merkel to his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

In 2009, Merkel addressed Congress on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and in 2011, there was an official state dinner with President Obama.

 “In Merkel’s case, no one expects warm body language. They are looking for policy outcomes,” said Karen Donfried, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Donfriend added that Merkel has two big asks of President Trump on time-sensitive issues.

“The EU exemption for steel and aluminum tariffs that President Trump has levied will expire May 1. She wants that extended,” she added.

And like President Macron, Merkel wants to ensure that Trump doesn’t back out of the Iran nuclear deal on May 12.

Germany is the EU’s largest steel exporter. While only about 5 percent of German steel comes to the U.S. -- accounting for just 4 percent of U.S. steel imports -- the 28 EU nations in all make up more than one-fifth of all U.S. steel imports.

Henning Riecke says Merkel and Macron coordinated their push for continued free trade between the U.S. and the EU.

 “President Trump had the idea that the U.S. would be better off negotiating bilaterally,” Riecke says. “He didn’t understand that you can’t negotiate with European Union members bilaterally ... that you have to do that with the EU.”

Getting President Trump to stick to the Iran Deal is another matter, Donfried said.

“I think Merkel and Macron realize the deck is stacked against them. You have a new National Security Advisor in John Bolton who has been very critical of the Iran deal and Mike Pompeo, the incoming Secretary of State, assuming he’s approved, is known to be quite critical of the Iran deal.”

 Riecke says Merkel may reiterate Macron’s proposal to begin new negotiations for 2025.

“They could start with those now, but from a position of trust -- that once an agreement is there, you stick to it,” Riecke said.

He says this would also send a signal to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for upcoming negotiations on its nuclear program.

Donfried says to find consensus with “deal maker” Donald Trump, Merkel will have to offer the hawks something in return -- like more defense spending.

NATO allies have agreed to meet their 2 percent GDP defense spending goal by 2024. France is already there, but Germany currently spends just 1.2 percents of its GDP on defense.

”I think it would make sense for Merkel to suggest some tangible steps Germany is taking to increase their defense capability,” Donfried tells ABC News.

She says back home, Merkel, a Christian Democrat, can make the case to her less-hawkish Social Democratic coalition partners and her constituents that increased military spending is not a concession, but a growing necessity.

“Germany is the most populous country in Europe with the largest economy in the EU, so Germany has to be setting an example,” Donfried says. “France has a very capable military but you are losing the U.K. as a member of the European Union with Brexit, and Britain has one of the most capable militaries in Europe. So I think for Germany’s own interest -- never mind what President Trump is asking for -- it’s in Germany’s interest to step up and take more responsibility in that foreign security and defense policy arena.”

 Riecke says Germans don’t expect these negotiations to be easy. Ultimately, Merkel’s success on this trip might be measured more in hashtags than in handshakes, he added.

“It would be a win if she came back with a narrative of the meeting and [President Trump] wouldn’t destroy it in 30 seconds in a new tweet the next day,” he said.

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@kensingtonroyal/Instagram(LONDON) -- More happy news has been announced for Prince William, who welcomed his third child with Princess Kate Monday.

William, 35, has been asked by his brother, Prince Harry, 33, to be best man at his upcoming wedding to Meghan Markle.

“The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother at St George's Chapel, Windsor on May 19th,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.

The brothers, the only children of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, live close to each other on the grounds of Kensington Palace.

They are both patrons, along with Kate, of the Royal Foundation Forum, where they work closely together on charitable efforts.

William joked in January that Harry, whose engagement to Markle was announced in November, had not yet asked him to be best man, saying with a laugh, “It could be a sensitive issue.”

There was little doubt Harry would pick his older brother to be by his side when he weds Markle, a California native he met nearly two years ago through a mutual friend.

The brothers have stood by each other through the glare of the royal spotlight and the abrupt death of their beloved mother, Diana, in a Paris car crash in 1997.

Last summer, as the brothers honored Diana on the 20th anniversary of her death, William said of Harry, "Our relationship is closer than it’s been because of the situation we’ve been through.”

“Losing our mother at a young age, it’s helped us travel through that difficult patch together," William continued. "You’re like-minded. You go through similar things. It’s a bond, and it’s something, you know, you’ve tackled together and come out better for it.

He added, "That's the thing about being a best mate, inevitably one of you is sometimes on an up, while the other is on a down. You’re always there for each other and repaying the favor."

Now it is William's turn to repay the favor and reciprocate as Harry's best man.

Harry revealed last year that William had encouraged him to seek out mental health support after he "shut down all [his] emotions” for nearly two decades after Diana's death.

"For me personally, my brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me," Harry told the U.K.'s The Telegraph. "He kept saying, 'This is not right, this is not normal. You need to talk to [someone] about stuff. it’s OK.'"

William and Kate have also welcomed Markle into the family, helping to guide her on everything from charitable work -- Markle will become a patron of The Royal Foundation after she and Harry wed -- to the pace of royal life and what to expect at royal engagements.

“The family has been great and over the past year-and-a-half we've just had a really nice time getting to know them and progressively helping me feel a part of, not just the institution, but also part of the family, which has been really, really special," Markle said after her engagement to Harry was announced in November.

William and Kate's young children are also expected to play important roles in Harry and Markle's fast-approaching wedding day.

George, 4, is expected to serve as a page boy and Charlotte, who turns 3 May 2, is anticipated to be a bridesmaid at the May 19 wedding at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Kate, 36, is also expected to attend the wedding, which will come less than one month after she gave birth to her and William's third child, an 8 pound, 7 ounce boy.

In addition to William, Harry has a group of longtime friends -- including Guy Pelly, Tom Inskip, Arthur Landon and Tom Straubenzee -- who could be by his side at the wedding.

Capt. Mark Dyer, a mentor and friend to Harry, and his U.S.-born wife, Amanda Kline, will also be among those making sure Harry’s wedding is special.

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Cole Burston/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- The police officer who stopped the man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Toronto on Monday does not want to be called a hero.

Officer Kenny Lam apprehended the suspect, 25-year-old Alek Minassian, without firing a single shot. Minassian is accused of killing 10 people and injuring 14 when he plowed a rented van through a busy street in the Canadian city.

Toronto Police Deputy Chief Peter Yuen told reporters this afternoon that Lam believes he was merely doing his job and that other first responders deserved just as much credit.

“He wants to thank the public,” Yuen said. “And he wants the public to not to call him a hero. He’s Officer Ken Lam. He’s real. He’s got a name, he’s got a badge. He’s not a hero. And he wants every police officer to be known as that, because we all come to work, we want to do the right thing, and that’s why we became police officers.”

Yuen said he had been in touch with Lam repeatedly since the attack and on Tuesday saw him in person. Lam has had trouble sleeping -- waking up in a cold sweat and feeling anxious, Yuen said.

Lam, 42, was born and raised in Toronto, and has been an officer for seven years, starting in traffic services before switching to the Toronto Police Service’s 32 Division because he wanted to interact with the public more, Yuen said. He is currently a traffic response officer.

Lam, who worked as an engineer for 14 years before changing careers, has a wife but no children. His parents immigrated from Hong Kong, Yuen said.

A desire to do more for his community pushed Lam to pursue other job opportunities, according to Yuen.

Lam has been asking colleagues if he made the right decision that day and has asked whether he should go back to the crime scene, according to Yuen, who said Lam is talking to a psychologist as part of the police department's mandatory program for those exposed to trauma.

Yuen urged reporters to respect Lam and his parents’ privacy at this time.

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Franco Origlia/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis had invited three Chilean victims of clerical sexual abuse to visit him at his residence in the Vatican this weekend and meet with him in private.

The pope thanked the men -- Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo -- for having accepted his invitation, saying he will "ask for their forgiveness, share their pain for what they suffered, and above all, listen to all their suggestions to ensure that these reproachable incidents are never repeated."

The men have accused Bishop Juan Barros and others in the Chilean Church hierarchy of covering up Father Fernando Karadima’s alleged sex crimes. The Vatican removed Karadima from the ministry in 2011 following reports that he sexually abused minors and he was sentenced to a lifetime of penance and prayer. Karadima later refuted the accusations of sexual abuse of children in a civil court in Chile in 2015. He was not sentenced because the statute of limitations had expired although the judge said he found the accusations truthful.

Barros reportedly has offered his resignation to the pope in the past, who has rejected it.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told reporters today that Francis "will see each of the men individually, to allow that each can speak as long as he felt he wanted to."

Burke added that the pope asked for prayers for the Chilean church during this painful period, hoping that "these meetings can be conducted in a climate of serene trust and can be an important step to ensure healing and that abuses of conscience, power, and especially, sex, will never again occur within the church."

The three were invited to the Vatican after Francis received a 2,300-page report by Bishop Charles Scicluna. The report was never made public but supposedly included the testimonies of 64 individuals who spoke about sex abuse cases of minors by the clergy and the subsequent cover-up by the Chilean church.

Many people, especially Chileans, had been shocked and dismayed by the pope’s comments about the Chilean cases during his trip, when he said he didn’t believe there was any substance to the accusations and had accused the victims of slander.

In an unusual about face, the pope admitted "grave errors" in judgment and sent Archbishop Scicluna to Chile to conduct a thorough investigation into the accusations. Scicluna is known to have conducted innumerable investigations into sexual abuse by clergy on behalf of the Holy See and of having led a Vatican board that reviews such cases. On receiving the report, the pope admitted to having misjudged the cases and blamed a lack of "truthful and balanced information."

The pope wrote a letter to Chilean bishops in April explaining his decision to invite the Chilean victims to the Vatican. He told the bishops to prepare themselves for an emergency summit in the coming weeks to discuss the scandal, which has hurt his reputation and that of the Chilean church. Barros is expected to attend the summit.



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iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- U.S. inspectors have swept the Russian consulate in Seattle after the Trump administration ordered Russia to vacate the property in a dramatic response to Russia's alleged poisoning of an ex-spy in the United Kingdom.

The security sweep took place Wednesday after the U.S. gave Russia extra time to hand over control of the facility -- but it was met by Russian protests and claims the U.S. was violating international agreements.

The Trump administration commanded Russia to close its consulate in Seattle and send home a total of 60 personnel -- whom the U.S. deemed were undercover intelligence operatives, which Russia denied. The consulate was originally to be vacated by April 1, but the U.S. extended it until 11:59 p.m. local time on Tuesday, April 24.

At midnight, the property was "no longer authorized for use for any diplomatic or consular purposes and no longer enjoys any privileges or immunities, including inviolability, previously made available to it," according to a State Department official.

The State Department's Diplomatic Security personnel arrived Wednesday to ensure that Russia had handed it over, breaking locks and entering the mansion, according to ABC's local affiliate KOMO. The State Department confirmed it was a "walk-through inspection" in a statement to ABC News.

But Russian officials were on the scene to document what they called a "break-in" and take video of the "intruders" that was then published on the Russian embassy's Twitter account.

The U.S. withdrew its consent for Russia's consulate, however, as every country has the right to do under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. In fact, Russia closed the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg in retaliation for the Trump administration's decision to shut down the Seattle office.

Russian personnel who worked at the facility were transferred to other Russian missions in the U.S. or forced to depart the U.S.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A team of U.S. investigators has been on the ground with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, conducting interviews and gathering evidence for a possible criminal case against Myanmar's government for allegedly committing atrocities against the Rohingya.

The inquiry is the latest sign the U.S. is considering doing more, including possible new sanctions, to punish Myanmar after more than 700,000 Rohingya have been driven from their homes and into neighboring Bangladesh in what the U.S. has called "ethnic cleansing."

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has denied the allegations, saying it is combating an Islamic terrorist threat. But its military crackdown in the country's northern Rakhine state has targeted the Rohingya, an ethnic minority group that is largely Muslim, in an apparent attempt to push them from their homes and eliminate their presence in the country, according to the U.S., the United Nations, and human rights groups.

Reuters was the first to report the news of the U.S. team's work, and a State Department spokesperson confirmed the details to ABC News.

So far, a State Department-led team of 20 U.S. officials has interviewed over 1,000 Rohingya refugees in camps in Bangladesh in March and April. They are seeking to confirm basic facts, such as whether a person is actually a refugee, when they left Myanmar, and what caused them to leave.

Most important, that means documenting the crimes they witnessed or were even victim to, including rape, murder, beatings, and arson. Investigators are even asking refugees to describe the Burmese military's weapons and battalions, with some naming individual military officials, one person involved in the investigation told Reuters.

Burmese military officials have been accused of using these violent tactics to drive Rohingya out and then burning their homes to the ground and bulldozing their villages. A new report by Amnesty International analyzes satellite images that even show villages cleared, with the landscape in some areas "rendered virtually unrecognizable."

Access to Rakhine state has been extremely limited for U.S. officials and others. Interviewing those forced to flee is one of their only alternatives while even an independent international investigation has been blocked by Myanmar.

If enough evidence is gathered, it could be used to build a case at the International Criminal Court against Burmese officials -- or at least provide grounds for new sanctions.

The State Department spokesperson declined to "get ahead of the deliberative, policy-making process," adding in a statement to ABC News, "We consider a wide range of tools to achieve our policy goals."

But the Trump administration is considering more Global Magnitsky sanctions against Burmese military officials, according to two congressional sources.

It's unclear when those could come, but the U.S. is concerned about pushing too hard on Myanmar, whose power-sharing government is split between the military and civilians. The country had been ruled by a military junta since 1988, but after international pressure and isolation, the military allowed some reforms and a gradual opening up of the country, with the first credible elections in 2016.

That balance of power is still delicate, however, and U.S. officials are concerned about alienating their civilian allies or prompting the military to seize back control.

Still, given what has been learned already, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the U.S. determination that there had been "ethnic cleansing," after similar pronouncements by other western countries and the United Nations.

That designation was followed by sanctions against one top Myanmar general under the Global Magnitsky Act, which gives the White House broad authority to go after human rights abusers. Maung Maung Soe had overseen the brutal crackdown against the Rohingya, but by the time he was sanctioned, he'd been moved to a new role. No one else has been sanctioned since then.

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Linkedin(TORONTO) -- Alek Minassian apparently wrote a chilling post on Facebook about an "incel rebellion," an abbreviated term for "involuntary celibate," minutes before he allegedly mowed down mostly female pedestrians with a rented van in northern Toronto Monday, according to police.

The 25-year-old Canadian appears to have a limited presence on social media, including the single post on his Facebook account, which was taken down soon after Monday's attack. In the post, he praises Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old student at the University of California, Santa Barbra, who killed six people and wounded others before killing himself in his car four years ago.

In several YouTube videos, a blog and a 137-page manifesto created before the 2014 rampage, Rodger lamented about his "loneliness" and he appeared baffled -- and angry – about why women were "repulsed" by him because he considered himself the "ultimate gentleman."

In the Facebook post Monday, Minassian allegedly writes, "The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!"

The terms "Chad" and "Stacy" are often used on anonymous internet forums, like Reddit and 4chan, where the online community of self-declared "incel" men has been known to congregate. "Chad" apparently refers to a man who has success with women, while "Stacy" is a seemingly unattainable women who rejects "incels."

FacebookToronto Police Service Homicide Det. Sgt. Graham Gibson confirmed to reporters that Minassian is alleged to have posted the "cryptic message" on Facebook, just minutes before Monday's deadly attack in the capital city of the province of Ontario. Gibson also said it was "fair to say" that the victims in the attack were "predominately female," ranging in age from mid-20s to 80s.

But there's no evidence so far that Minassian was specifically targeting women when he "deliberately" drove into pedestrians in Toronto's bustling North York neighborhood, Gibson said.

Gibson wouldn't say whether there's evidence to suggest the suspect was frustrated with or nursed grudges against women, but the detective sergeant said it's something investigators will look into.

"As you can imagine, the investigation is extremely detailed and ongoing, and because the accused has been charged, I’m restricted from discussing any evidence involved in the investigation, including any pertaining to motive," Gibson said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Gibson also declined to comment on whether there's reason to believe Minassian is mentally ill.

"That’s something that would have to be explored, and it’s far too early for me to make any comment on that right now," he told reporters.

Neighbors of Minassian, who lived in the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill, described him as quiet and odd. They told ABC News they saw Minassian in the neighborhood -- including one neighbor who said he regularly saw him jogging -- but had never spoken to him.

Police said Minassian went to a Ryder truck rental facility just north of Toronto Monday morning where he rented a "paddle-style" white van. That afternoon, he apparently drove the van to Yonge Street and Finch Avenue in Toronto's bustling North York neighborhood, where he allegedly began ramming into pedestrians on the roadway and sidewalk, police said.

Minassian then drove south down Yonge Street for nearly 1 1/2 miles, allegedly striking more pedestrians near Sheppard Avenue. The battered vehicle finally stopped just off Yonge Street on Poyntz Avenue, police said.

Police said 10 people were killed and 14 others were injured in Monday's attack. Ontario's chief coroner, Dirk Huyer, told reporters the deceased victims have not yet been identified, adding that the task is "our no. 1 priority."

"I’m going to tell you today that we have not confirmed any of the identifications at this point and we are working to do that work carefully," Huyer said at the news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto confirmed in a statement that it had received a total of 10 patients from the attack. Two of them were pronounced dead upon arrival. Five others were in critical condition and three were in serious condition as of Monday, the hospital said.

Ryder said in a statement it was saddened by "this tragic event" and extended its "deepest sympathies" to those impacted. The rental truck company also stated that it is "cooperating fully with authorities."

Police arrested Minassian and seized a cell phone from him, according to Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders. He has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder as well as 13 counts of attempted murder. He is scheduled to appear in court again May 10 via video link.

A 14th attempted murder charge is imminent, according to Gibson.

Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale described Monday's incident as an attack, but said he didn't want to speculate when asked whether terrorism was to blame.

"We cannot come to any firm conclusions at this stage," Goodale told reporters Monday. "The police are conducting their thorough investigation into what happened and why it happened."

At a news conference in Canada's capital on Tuesday morning, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said investigators "have no reason to suspect that there is any national security element to this attack."

"Obviously, all Canadians continue and will continue to have questions about why this happened, what could possibly be the motives behind it,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa. "As was indicated last night by our public security minister, at this time we have no reason to suspect that there is any national security element to this attack, but obviously the investigations continue."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A pregnant woman has reportedly been fined for deliberately tripping a 4-year-old boy at a restaurant in northern China, where social media users are questioning her parenting skills.

The incident occurred in Baoji Shanxi Province last Thursday as the child ran through a small restaurant to grab some chopsticks for his parents, who were waiting outside, Chinese media reported.

Video surveillance of the incident has since gone viral in China showing the plastic-strip curtain on a door hitting the pregnant woman in the face as the little boy ran by, causing some of her food to spill. Apparently annoyed and angry, she waited for the boy to run back and then extended her foot, sending him to the floor.

Taking to social media, thousands of people criticized the woman’s action, with many expressing doubts about her capacity to handle motherhood.

The boy, who reportedly has a heart ailment, was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a mild concussion, his mother told Chinese newspaper China Youth Daily. He was reportedly in stable condition.

The boy’s mother called the police, and the pregnant woman later turned herself in, according to Beijing Youth Daily.

She was fined about $160, according to Chinese media, but authorities spared her 10 days in jail because she is seven months pregnant.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two Australian teen brothers are doing well after they spent Tuesday night at sea in an inflatable raft.

According to Australia’s 9News, brothers Jordan Guerts, 18, and Tyson Guerts, 12, spent 21 hours in a raft off Western Australia’s north coast with no food or water after a fishing trip went awry.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority says three helicopters were deployed to search for the boys, who were spotted around 1 p.m. local time on Wednesday, according to 9News.

The massive search was not limited to the three helicopters, though.

Water police, 20 volunteers on foot, a fixed wing Challenger aircraft from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, as well as six volunteer marine rescue vessels and 12 recreational vessels were all part of the rescue efforts, 9News reported.

A combination of running out of fuel, a strong current and gusty winds left the boys without a way to signal for help, according to 9News.

The brothers were taken to Exmouth Hospital by helicopter after “suffering from mild dehydration.” They were released shortly thereafter, 9News said.

ABC News has reached out to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and Exmouth Hospital for comment.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- French President Emmanuel Macron became the first foreign head of state of Donald Trump’s presidency to address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday -- a speech in which he defended climate accords and the Iran deal.

His remarks capped off a highly successful three-day visit marked by unusual personal warmth between the two leaders.

While his personal connection to Trump appears to be growing stronger, Macron also presented a strong repudiation of the kind of insular and nationalistic political sentiments that helped Trump win office, drew a contrast between with Trump on trade and the environment, and defended the Iran deal that Trump has called “insane.”

“Both in the United States and in Europe, we are living in a time of anger and fear,” said Macron, rejecting nationalism and isolationism. “You can play with fear and anger for a time, but they do not accomplish anything.”

On Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, Macron was firm.

“We are killing our planet. Let us face it -- there is no Planet B,” said Macron, adding, “I am sure one day the United States will come back and join the Paris agreements, and I am sure we can work together to fulfill with you the ambitions of the global compact on the environment.”

On the Iran deal, which Trump has threatened to pull out of, Macron expressed optimism that the U.S. and France can work together to forge a more comprehensive deal that's more acceptable to President Trump.

“Iran shall never possess any nuclear weapons -- not now, not in five years, not in ten years, never,” said Macron. “But this policy should never lead us to war in the Middle East. We must ensure stability and respect the sovereignty of nations, including that one of Iran.”

“We signed it at the initiative of the United States,” he said. “We should not abandon it without having something more substantial instead. That’s my position.”

But after days of public displays of affection, those differences on policy are unlikely to diminish the growing friendship between the two first-term presidents.

On Tuesday, they held hands, kissed cheeks, patted each other’s knees and backs. And, in a gesture normally reserved for family and the closest of friends, President Trump brushed a speck off Macron’s impeccably tailored suit.

“We have to make him perfect,” Trump said. “He is perfect.”

It’s a long way from the 2016 campaign, when Trump would often heap scorn on French immigration policies, recalling how a friend named “Jim” told him, “I don’t go there anymore. Paris is no longer Paris.’”

And further still from that time when Congress was so disgusted with France’s opposition to the Iraq War that it re-named the French fries in the Capitol cafeteria “freedom fries.”

In his Wednesday address, Macron spoke warmly of the relationship between the two nations and their leaders.

“France has participated with heart in hand in the story of this great nation from the very beginning,” Macron told Congress, earning the first of many standing ovations. “Let me thank your president and the first lady for this wonderful invitation for my wife and myself. I am so very grateful.”

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Korea Summit Pool/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Japan has lodged a complaint over the dessert planned for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when he meets South Korea's president this week.

After South Korea announced it would dish out a mango mousse cake decorated with a garnish showing the shape of a unified Korean peninsula, Japan objected to the map’s inclusion of disputed islands.

Japan filed a protest on Tuesday with South Korea, a spokesperson for Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Natsuko Sakata, told ABC News.

The disputed island grouping is located in the sea between South Korea and Japan; they’re known in South Korea as Dokdo and in Japan as Takeshima. South Korea controls the islands, but Japan also claims them. North Korea has said it considers them Korean.

A map of a unified Korea that features the disputed islands will also appear on chairs that will be used by Kim and South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in.

"Nations have no other choice but to react this way because it is an ongoing territorial dispute," David Satterwhite, an expert on Korean politics at Temple University Japan, in Tokyo, told ABC News. "Japan has to say, 'Wait a minute, that’s Japanese territory.'"

Earlier this year, South Korea dropped plans to show the islands on a flag the unified Korea team used at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after Tokyo complained, Agence France-Presse reported. The French news agency said a flag at a practice game had featured the islands.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PANMUNJOM, South Korea) -- Tucked in the middle of the Korean demilitarized zone, villagers in Taesung Freedom Village hold high hopes for Friday’s planned summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The village of 193 people, living in 47 households, has a strict limit on entering and exiting town. Under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Command in South Korea, even the residents are restricted from moving around freely during the night. The South Korean government provides villagers the right to cultivate land, which is located in the South Korean part of the demilitarized zone (DMZ). And to help compensate for such inconveniences, the village is exempt from military duties and national income tax.

Only direct descendants of the original residents can live in the special village, also known as Tae Sung Dong, where everyone engages in rice farming because there are no commercial facilities. A majority of villagers have lived in the village for generations.

The village dates back to July 1953, stemming from a ceasefire agreement between the two Koreas in which both sides kept a single village in the demilitarized zone. The village on North Korea’s side of the DMZ is called Kijong.

Taesung Freedom Mayor Kim Dong Ku, elected in 2012, was born and raised in the border town. Kim, 50, has two children who attend the village’s only elementary school, where DMZ also stands for the “Dream Making Zone.”

“I’m glad to see peaceful atmosphere building up,” Kim said. “I want the townspeople to live in a stable status, farming like they always have. The military broadcast towards North stopped since yesterday evening, and we appreciate this silence.”

There were days when villagers felt anxious as military tensions rose between Pyongyang and Seoul. But since a recent mood of reconciliation, the village has also become more jubilant than before.

The two leaders from the North and South are scheduled to meet Friday at the demilitarized zone's "Peace House" in Panmunjom, less than a mile from the Taesung Freedom Village.

Mayor Kim is looking forward to the inter-Korean summit, he said, adding that the atmosphere has improved dramatically since the past two summits.

“I have not experienced the Korean War firsthandedly,” he said. “But the ancestors who lived in this area even before the war said they used to take a walk to the Northern town across the borderline. If there is a chance in the future, I would do the same.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(COPENHAGEN, Denmark) -- Danish inventor Peter Madsen was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for killing and sexually abusing Swedish journalist Kim Wall.

Wall, 30, had disappeared in mid-August 2017 after boarding Madsen's submarine while researching a story. Her remains were later found in plastic bags in the Bay of Koge, southwest of Copenhagen, but authorities have been unable to establish a specific cause of death.

Madsen "brought a saw, knife, sharpened screwdrivers, straps, strips and pipes" aboard his submarine as part of a plan to kill Wall, the prosecutor has said.

The charges against Madsen, 47, included murder, indecent handling of a corpse and "sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly dangerous nature." The prosecutor had asked for a life sentence for Madsen. Madsen was found guilty of all charges.

People who receive a life sentence in Denmark spend 16 years in prison on average. A life sentence is the harshest penalty in Denmark and is normally reserved for people convicted of more than one murder.

"In determining the punishment, the court emphasized that it was a cynical and planned sexual assault and killing of a very brutal character on a random woman who, in connection with her journalistic work, had accepted an offer of a trip in the defendant's submarine," the City Court of Copenhagen said in a statement in Danish released after the verdict.

Madsen said he plans to appeal the verdict.

Madsen, who has offered shifting explanations about what happened on the submarine, had denied abusing and killing Wall, but had pleaded guilty to the indecent handling of a corpse. His defense lawyer had said he should only be found guilty of indecent handling of a corpse, which carries a jail term of up to six months in Denmark. She said the prosecutor hasn't proved Madsen murdered Wall.

Wall graduated with a bachelor's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She then obtained a dual master's degree in journalism and international relations from Columbia University in New York City.

She traversed the globe to cover stories about, as she described, the "undercurrents of rebellion." Before her death, she reported on identity, gender, pop-culture, social justice and foreign policy from China, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Haiti, North Korea, India, United States and the Marshall Islands.

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Handout via Storyful(TORONTO) -- "Rigorous training" enabled a Toronto police officer to confront the man accused of plowing into pedestrians with a van Monday, Toronto Police Service Deputy Chief Peter Yuen said in a press conference today.

Constable Ken Lam, 42, has been praised by officials for how he was able to apprehend the suspect without firing a single shot.

Dramatic video taken by an onlooker shows the moment the traffic enforcement officer gets out of his unmarked vehicle in the middle of the street in northern Toronto and engages in a standoff with the suspect.

By that point, the suspect had allegedly rammed numerous pedestrians while driving down Yonge Street in the Canadian city's bustling North York neighborhood. The battered white van then turned onto Poyntz Avenue, where it finally stopped, police said. That's when the alleged driver got out of the vehicle and was confronted by a lone police officer.

In the video footage, the officer draws his firearm and can be heard repeatedly shouting at the suspect to "get down" amid a blaring siren.

The suspect, clad in black pants with a black jacket over a blue shirt, has also drawn an object and is seen in the video pointing it at the officer. The officer repeats his calls for the man to "get down."

The suspect then repeatedly draws and aims the object at the officer.

The officer quickly reaches into his vehicle to turn off the siren and then draws his gun again.

"Come on, get down!" the officer yells at the suspect.

"Kill me!" the suspect shouts while pointing the object at the officer.

The officer responds, "No, get down! Get down!"

"I have a gun in my pocket," the suspect says, with the object still drawn in his hands.

"I don't care, get down!" the officer responds.

"I have gun in my pocket," the suspect says again.


"Shoot me in the head!" the suspect responds before starting to walk toward the officer with the object still in his hands.

The officer takes a few steps back and yells, "Get down on the ground! Get down! Get down! Get down!"

At this point, the suspect finally yields to the officer's commands and lays face down on the sidewalk.

"Hands behind your back!" the officer shouts as he runs toward the suspect on the ground and handcuffs him.

The officer never fires his weapon in the entire encounter.

Lam is "doing well" as he participates in an "after-care program" for officers who go through a traumatic experience, Yuen said, touting Toronto Police's program as the "best" in North America.

Yuen has been in "constant contact" with Lam since the attack, he said. While he is in "good spirits," he insists that recognition should also be given to the other first responders who were on the scene that day.

"He's very selflessly saying he doesn't deserve all the credit," Yuen said.

Lam was born and raised in Toronto, where his father ran a restaurant after immigrating there from Hong Kong, the deputy police chief said. After college, he worked as a "successful engineer" before quitting to become a police officer.

"He asked himself, 'What can I do for this world, for the city of Toronto?'" Yuen said.

Around the police service, he is known as "the guy who sells stuff" for charity, Yuen said.

Lam, who has a wife and children, is requesting privacy at this time, Yuen said.

The suspect, identified by authorities as 25-year-old Alek Minassian of Toronto, was arrested and later charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder as well as 13 counts of attempted murder. So far, there's no indication that Minassian was armed with a gun, police said. It's not clear what object he was holding.

Ten people were killed and 14 others were injured in Monday's attack, police said.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders praised how the officer handled the situation.

"I can tell you it's directly related to the high-caliber training that takes place. The officers here are taught to use as little force as possible in any given situation," Saunders told reporters during a press conference Monday. "The officer did a fantastic job with respect to utilizing his ability of understanding the circumstances and the environment and having a peaceful resolution."

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Saunders said the officer showed a combination of remarkable restraint and remarkable training. When the police chief briefly spoke with the officer, he said he had defaulted to his training and was thankful for the support he's received.

Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association, told ABC News that Lam "did everything he was trained to do."

"He was constantly surveilling," McCormack said. "This officer showed amazing ability from his training."

Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynn said she watched the footage of the standoff and said it shows "terrific policing."

"The way he behaved was pretty much an example of terrific policing," Wynn said at a press conference Wednesday morning.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Pema Lama was at work in New York City three years ago when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck her home country of Nepal.

Over the next four days, she didn’t sleep or eat as she tried to reach her children from more than 7,000 miles away.

“Finally, finally my son called me,” she said.

Lama is one of nearly 9,000 people from Nepal living in the United States with humanitarian protection known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

The Trump administration must decide by Wednesday whether to terminate status for Nepal, which was granted after the April 25, 2015 earthquake left approximately 9,000 people dead, 22,000 injured and 755,000 homes significantly damaged or destroyed.

Roughly 25 to 33 percent of Nepal’s population - eight million people - were affected.

Wednesday is the three-year anniversary of the earthquake.

Lama, who works as a nanny, came to the U.S. in 1994, leaving her children – ages 4 and 6 – behind. She said she stayed in the U.S. for a “better chance, better education and better future for me and my kids.”

Protected status allowed her to travel to Nepal this year and "touch my kids and celebrate my daughter's birthday after 24 years."

The deadline for Nepal arrives amid a slew of TPS terminations as the administration has taken a strict interpretation on what conditions qualify for an extension.

Over the past year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would terminate status for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan – more than an estimated 300,000 people that will either need to leave the United States of face residing illegally.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in January announced an 18-month extension for Syria.

And the decision deadline for Honduras is next week.

Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan also have protected status and will be up for renewal in the next months and into next year.

“America is a very family-oriented country, so I am hoping for the best,” said Lama as the deadline looms.

The DHS Secretary is authorized to grant TPS to nationals of foreign countries when conditions temporarily prevent people from returning safely. The program provides for work authorization but does not offer a pathway to citizenship.

Lama is also the primary financial provider for her family in Nepal.

Remittances from Nepali citizens working abroad is roughly 30 percent of Nepal's GDP, according to Austin Lord, Ph.D. Student of Sociocultural Anthropology, Cornell University.

"I would argue that remittance is probably the most effective and efficient way to support locally-driven and earthquake-safe reconstruction, as compared to institutionally managed programs that often require significant overhead and that do not adequately cover even half the average cost of construction,” said Lord.

Lama was able to help her children get an apartment after nearly three years of living under a tent and then from one friend’s house to another.

“There’s no shelters, like in America,” she said.

Humanitarian relief was extended for Nepal for 18-months in 2016, after DHS determined that although conditions in Nepal had improved, the “recovery and reconstruction process was delayed and people remained without homes or adequate infrastructure.

At this time DHS does not have an announcement regarding Nepal's TPS, but one is expected in the coming days, according to an administration official.

“TPS allowed me to continue working and become part of a community,” said Namrata Pradhan, Nepali TPS holder, domestic worker, and organizer at Adhikaar (NYC).

Pradhan said that after moving to the U.S. a decade ago, she was forced to leave behind her legal education and become a nanny, but as a TPS holder she was able to join the staff at both Adhikaar and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

“For them [DHS], it is just a single decision like a signature on a piece of paper. But for me and the almost 9,000 other Nepalis with TPS like me, this is a life-changing decision. Our homes are here, we are as American as anyone else and we deserve to be here,” she said.

Nepal has made some limited progress in stabilizing and rebuilding since the earthquake, but a humanitarian crisis remains, found a recent Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) report.

The report concluded that the safe return of Nepali TPS holders and their families remains impossible at this time due to the severe lack of adequate shelter, food, water, healthcare, education and jobs as well as other risks.

“It is critical for the TPS designation for Nepal to be extended, in light of the slow pace and numerous obstacles to reconstruction and recovery from the 2015 earthquake,” said Jennifer Ruddle, CLINIC staff attorney.

Lama said that when she visited this March, she witnessed the country “still struggling” with clean water and air.

“People are happy and trying to build their country, but how?” she said.

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