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Republicans mull curbing Trump after Putin summit

Washington - Donald Trump's unsettling embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin this week drew derision across the US political spectrum, but it remains to be seen whether Republicans have the will to rein in their president.

At leading US music school, a quest to revive French influence

Aspen - The music teachers spending the summer in the mountain air of Aspen can tell you all about that most famous instructor of them all, Nadia Boulanger, the Parisian whose roster of pupils reads like a historical list of 20th-century composers.

Russian 'agent' held on charges of seeking to infiltrate US govt

Washington - A Russian gun rights enthusiast who built a network of powerful Republican contacts under the direction of a Kremlin power-broker was ordered held without bond Wednesday after FBI counterintelligence agents accused her of conspiring to infiltrate the U...

Haley calls human rights council UN's 'greatest failure'

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday described the Human Rights Council as the "greatest failure" of the United Nations as she defended the US decision to quit the UN body.

US troop remains to be repatriated soon from N. Korea: Pompeo

Washington - The repatriation of remains of US troops killed during the Korean War should begin shortly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, starting a process agreed by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump blasts Montenegro, questions NATO mutual defense

Washington - Days after a widely slammed summit with his Russian counterpart, President Donald Trump drew fresh scorn Wednesday for questioning NATO's undergirding principle and for attacking "tiny" Montenegro, whose accession to the alliance enraged Moscow.

Democrats want Trump interpreter to testify about Putin summit

Washington - Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday pushed for Congress to subpoena Donald Trump's interpreter, amid a growing sense of alarm over the private summit in Helsinki between the US president and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Trump says no president has been as 'tough' on Russia

Washington - US President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that no president has been as "tough" on Russia as him but appeared to contradict his intelligence agencies when asked if Russia was still targeting the United States.

Russian 'agent' faces charges of seeking to infiltrate US govt

Washington - If Maria Butina was a covert agent sent to Washington by Moscow, she was pretty open about it.

Russian 'agent' arrested in US to undermine Putin-Trump summit: Moscow

Moscow - Moscow on Wednesday slammed the arrest in the United States of a Russian national for conspiring to influence US politics, saying it was intended to undermine the "positive results" of a summit between the US and Russian leaders.

Turkey keeps American pastor in jail, defying US pressure

Aliaga - A Turkish court on Wednesday ordered an American pastor held for almost two years on terror charges to remain in prison, defying growing pressure from the US authorities for his release.

Trump efforts to split EU 'are in vain', Juncker says

Apo - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said US efforts to split the EU on trade "are in vain," in a message Wednesday to President Donald Trump before their talks in Washington next week.

Trump asked Iran's Rouhani for meeting 8 times at UN: official

Tehran - The chief of staff to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that his US counterpart Donald Trump asked for a meeting eight times during the UN General Assembly last year.

Trial resumes in Turkey of American pastor as US urges release

Aliaga - The trial resumed in Turkey on Wednesday of an American pastor held for almost two years on terror charges as his supporters and the US government urged the Turkish authorities to release him.

McQueen, suicide and the dark side of the celebrity fairy tale

Los Angeles - When celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion icon Kate Spade killed themselves within the space of three days in June, many couldn't fathom the tragedy of two people who seemed to have it all.

MGM Resorts sues victims of Las Vegas massacre

Los Angeles - MGM Resorts, owner of the Las Vegas hotel that was the scene of the worst mass shooting in modern US history, has sued victims of the massacre, triggering howls of protest.

US to respond to concerns over trade policy at G20: official

Washington - US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will have the opportunity to address concerns about Washington's trade policies during a meeting of the world's leading finance ministers this weekend, a senior Treasury official said Tuesday.

PSA eyeing Canada amid Trump auto tariff threat

Detroit - French automaker Groupe PSA may turn to Canada rather than entering the US market if Washington follows through on threats to impose blanket tariffs on auto imports, the company's regional chief said Tuesday.

Trump's overtures to Putin stir opposition at home

Washington - US President Donald Trump stunned allies, gave ammunition to foes and ignited a domestic political firestorm following his meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.Here is a look at some of the fallout from the controversial summit.

Trump says he misspoke on Russia election meddling

Washington - President Donald Trump said Tuesday he accepts that Russia sought to influence the 2016 US election, and that he misspoke by appearing to accept Vladimir Putin's denials over those of his own intelligence chiefs.

Trump says he told Putin 'we can't have meddling' in US vote

Washington - President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he told Russian leader Vladimir Putin during their summit in Helsinki that the United States would not tolerate meddling in US elections.

Trump says meeting with Putin 'even better' than with NATO

Washington - President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his inaugural summit with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin was better than the one he held last week with traditional US allies in NATO.

Obama warns of 'strange and uncertain times' in Mandela tribute

Johanesburg - Former US president Barack Obama on Tuesday used a tribute to Nelson Mandela to warn that the world had plunged into "strange and uncertain times", in what is likely to be seen as a veiled attack on Donald Trump.

Iran lodges complaint against US over renewed sanctions

Tehran - Iran has lodged a complaint with the International Court of Justice against the United States' reimposition of sanctions, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

Taiwan's Apache fleet goes into service amid China tensions

Taoyuan - Taiwan on Tuesday put into service its fleet of US-made Apache attack helicopters, upgrading its defences against a growing military threat from China.The US sold 30 Apache AH-64E -- also known as the "tank killer" -- to Taiwan as part of a $6.

Japan's growing plutonium stockpile fuels fears

Apo - Japan has amassed enough plutonium to make 6,000 atomic bombs as part of a programme to fuel its nuclear plants, but concern is growing that the stockpile is vulnerable to terrorists and natural disasters.

Obama speech to mark 100 years since Mandela's birth

Johanesburg - Former US president Barack Obama will deliver a speech to a crowd of 15,000 people in South Africa on Tuesday as the centrepiece of celebrations marking 100 years since Nelson Mandela's birth.

At summit, Trump refuses to confront Putin on vote row

Apo - President Donald Trump refused to confront Vladimir Putin over meddling in the US election at their first face to face summit, publicly challenging the findings of the US intelligence community and triggering bipartisan outrage at home.

Tornado Trump rips diplomatic swathe across Europe

Apo - Donald Trump was fired up. When the US president set off for Europe one week ago he was bent on knocking heads with Washington's allies and finding friendship with Russia.

Trump says Iran in turmoil since US withdrew from nuke deal

Washington - US President Donald Trump asserted Monday that Iran was being roiled by nationwide riots since he pulled out of an international nuclear deal and that Washington supports the protesters.
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