Lead­ers pledge to save ‘Mother Earth’ de­spite Trump’s snub to cli­mate pact, leav­ing him more alien­ated than ever US lashes out at cli­mate crit­ics

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US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump faced a global tongue-lash­ing as big busi­ness and lead­ers in China and Europe united to con­demn him for his de­ci­sion to pull the US out of the 2015 Paris cli­mate ac­cord.

In a sign of how Trump’s na­tion­al­ist vi­sion is shak­ing old geopo­lit­i­cal as­sump­tions, the lead­ers of the EU and China, backed by In­dia and Ja­pan, pledged to unite to save what Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel called “our Mother Earth”, and an­nounced they would fully im­ple­ment the Paris deal de­spite Wash­ing­ton’s de­ci­sion.

On Wall Street, cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tives pil­lo­ried the busi­ness­man pres­i­dent. Gold­man Sachs’s CEO tweeted for the first time, call­ing the move a set­back for the world. Tesla’s Elon Musk and Bob Iger of Walt Dis­ney quit a White House ad­vi­sory coun­cil in protest.

The mayor of Pitts­burgh — a city Trump high­lighted as a ben­e­fi­ciary of his de­ci­sion to turn his back on the global pact — vowed to abide by the Paris agree­ment.

Trump’s de­ci­sion leaves him more alien­ated than ever, iso­lated on the world stage

Gov­er­nors, may­ors and pow­er­ful com­pa­nies are al­ready draw­ing up plans to meet the Paris tar­gets

ZIM­BAB­WEAN Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe launched a na­tion­wide 10-venue speak­ing tour this weekend aimed at drum­ming up sup­port ahead of elec­tions next year when he plans to seek of­fice again.

The 93-year-old leader, who ap­peared to be in bet­ter health than at some re­cent pub­lic ap­pear­ances, spoke for an hour and a half at a rally out­side Harare at­tended by sev­eral thou­sand Zanu-PF sup­port­ers.

The rul­ing Zanu-PF party is widely seen as di­vided over Mu­gabe’s suc­ces­sor, while op­po­si­tion par­ties are in talks to unite to try to oust him in the elec­tion.

“We want our party to re­main united and not di­vided. If you are a real Zanu-PF mem­ber, be true to your party,” Mu­gabe said at the rally in Maron­dera.

He urged those seek­ing to suc­ceed him to “be at peace”.

He said: “The time will come. It’s cer­tainly com­ing.”

Zanu-PF of­fi­cials say Mu­gabe is fo­cus­ing on youth is­sues at the se­ries of “in­ter­face ral­lies” in each of Zim­babwe’s 10 prov­inces.

Mu­gabe has slurred his words in in­ter­views this year and strug­gled to walk in pub­lic, but he stood up through­out his long speech on Fri­day.

He wore a jacket in the party colours, and ar­rived at the open-air venue stand­ing on the back of a po­lice truck and wav­ing at cheer­ing sup­port­ers.

“Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe is our sole can­di­date for 2018. We de­clare you our life pres­i­dent,” Kelvin Mutsvairo, a pro­vin­cial youth party leader, said in his speech.

A ban­ner at the rally called Mu­gabe “the fa­ther of youth em­pow­er­ment” and urged young peo­ple to reg­is­ter to vote in the elec­tions.

Mu­gabe has ruled since in­de­pen­dence in 1980, and Zanu-PF are of­ten ac­cused of elec­tion-rig­ging and voter in­tim­i­da­tion.

There have been some re­cent con­cerns about the pres­i­dent’s health. He has been seen sleep­ing at sev­eral re­cent meet­ings, but his spokesman said he was rest­ing his eyes. —

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