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Trump Invites Putin to a Summit in US

(VOA): U.S. President Donald Trump is inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to a second summit meeting. The announcement came as the storm of criticism and confusion that followed the first summit is still making headlines and getting the attention of the U.S. Congress. Here to explain is..

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Video Emerges of Macron Bodyguard Beating Protester in Paris Friday, July 20th, 2018

(VOA): A video showing one of French President Emmanuel Macron's security chiefs beating a student demonstrator, until now cloaked in secrecy, is drawing a fierce public backlash over what is seen as mild punishment and a possible cover-up. The video of the May 1 event in Paris, revealed by..

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US Invites Putin to Washington for Second Summit

(VOA): Discussions are being held between the United States and Russia to arrange a second summit between their leaders, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Thursday on social media. Sanders, in a tweet, said President Donald Trump had asked national security adviser John Bolton..

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Trump Slams Record EU Fine Against Google

(VOA): President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday after Brussels hit US tech giant Google with a record fine, and warned he would no longer allow Europe to take "advantage" of the United States. "I told you so! The European Union just slapped a Five Billion Dollar fine on one of our great..

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Spanish Judge Drops Extradition Requests for 6 Catalans

(VOA): A Spanish Supreme Court judge has dropped his extradition requests for six Catalan separatist politicians wanted on rebellion charges. They include Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia's ex-regional president who fled to Belgium to avoid arrest and then went to Germany.   The moves comes..

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Curious Path of Siberian Gun Lover Accused of Spying on US Thursday, July 19th, 2018

(VOA): By her early 20s, Maria Butina appeared to have a budding political career and a mini furniture empire in her remote Siberian hometown. Then she abandoned both to pursue her passion for gun rights — and, prosecutors say, to spy on the United States. Butina, 29, faces a hearing Wednesday..

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Alleged Russian Agent Ordered Held in Jail

(VOA): A federal magistrate judge Wednesday ordered Maria Butina, who has been accused of being a Russian agent, held in jail after prosecutors presented evidence alleging she had ties to Russian intelligence services. Butina, a 29-year-old aide to a prominent Russian government official, was..

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France Urges Women to Report World Cup Sexual Assaults

(VOA): French officials on Wednesday urged women to report any cases of sexual assault during the celebrations of France's World Cup win, after dozens of accounts by victims emerged on social media. "These cases must be brought to our attention so that investigations can be carried out,"..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..