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Deal struck for Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki on July 16

Moscow and Washington struck a deal on Wednesday to hold a summit on July 16 between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki, a move likely to worry some US allies and draw a fiery reaction from some of Trump’s critics at home.

Trump’s meeting with Putin in Finland next month comes after what will likely be a tense gathering with NATO allies and follows Trump’s repeated calls to improve relations with Russia.

Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban, rejects Muslim bias claim

A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries Tuesday, the conservative majority taking his side in a major ruling supporting his presidential power. A dissenting liberal justice said the court was making a historic mistake by refusing to recognize the ban discriminates against Muslims.

Business as usual on German border as EU seeks migrants deal

Near the quiet Bavarian village of Kiefersfelden, cars and trucks can be seen waiting in long lines to cross the border between Austria and Germany.

Under the Alps, police conduct random searches of vehicles before waving them on. These days, there are few stowaways.

It’s a far cry from three years ago. At the height of the civil war in Syria, Chancellor Angela Merkel threw Germany’s doors wide open and thousands of migrants and asylum seekers entered the country each day through the rich state of Bavaria.

Erdogan snares revamped powers as rival concedes defeat

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday celebrated winning sweeping new powers in a decisive election victory, as his main rival accepted the outcome despite bitter complaints over the conduct of the campaign.

A night of triumph for Erdogan saw the man who has dominated Turkey for the last 15 years declared winner of Sunday’s presidential poll without needing a second round and lead his ruling party-led alliance to an overall majority in parliament.

Trump defends policies on border, North Korea

US President Donald Trump defended his tough stance on immigrants crossing the US border with Mexico on Saturday, praising his administration for a job well done and saying his approach will make the United States stronger.

Trump backs down on separating immigrant children, legal problems remain

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed down and abandoned his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the US-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad.

Trump signed an executive order requiring immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally for as long as their criminal proceedings take.

In tit-for-tat, Trump threatens more tariffs against China

President Donald Trump directed the US Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports on Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war.

The tariffs, which Trump wants set at a 10 per cent rate, would be the latest round of punitive measures in an escalating dispute over the large trade imbalance between the two countries. Trump recently ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in retaliation for intellectual property theft. The tariffs were quickly matched by China on US exports, a move that drew the president’s ire.

Trump threatens to re-start military exercises with S. Korea if talks fail

US President Donald Trump today defended his decision to stop military exercises with South Korea, saying such "war games" were "provocative and expensive" but threatened to re-start them if talks with North Korea break down.

Trump in a series of tweets claimed that it was his idea to stop the “war games” during the summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

"Holding back the war games during the negotiations was my request because they are VERY EXPENSIVE and set a bad light during a good faith negotiation. Also, quite provocative, he said.

Boat migrants rocked by EU political storm arrive in Spain

Hundreds of migrants pulled from the Mediterranean by a rescue ship arrived at the Spanish port of Valencia on Sunday, ending a gruelling nine-day voyage but leaving wide open a fierce debate in Europe over how to handle immigration.

Spain swooped to help 629 mainly sub-Saharan Africans on board the Aquarius last week, offering the charity-run ship a berth 700 nautical miles away after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock.

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