Trump says UN a club for people to have a good time, after UN's Israeli vote

Trump says UN a club for people to have a good time, after UN's Israeli vote
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WASHINGTON - Donald Trump on Monday chided the United Nations as "sad," just days after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements despite pressure by the US president-elect for a veto by Washington.

"The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!" Trump said in a post on Twitter.

Japan's PM Abe meets with US President-elect Donald Trump

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    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with US President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York.

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    Photos of US President-elect Donald Trump's landmark first talks with a foreign leader show his daughter Ivanka was present, underscoring the family's influence as he readies to take power.

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    In the meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the mogul's Trump Plaza residence on Thursday, Ivanka - a model-turned-business executive - was seen seated as the group conversed in the opulent reception room.

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    Media were shut out of the gathering in Manhattan, but images released by the Japanese government also showed Ivanka and her husband, real estate developer and publisher Jared Kushner, standing and chatting with Abe.

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    Ivanka and Kushner, both 35, have emerged as key advisers to Trump, who shocked the world by beating Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November 8 election.

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    "We were able to have a very candid talk over a substantial amount of time. We held it in a very warm atmosphere," Abe told reporters after their meeting at the billionaire's Manhattan skyscraper.

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    World leaders have scrambled to establish ties with Trump but Abe was the first to see him in person since a vote that has provoked anxiety over US foreign policy and Washington's commitment to security in Asia.

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    Abe told reporters afterwards that the encounter convinced him the US president-elect was someone "in whom I can have great confidence".

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