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In Battle for Ties to Putin, China Trumps US

(VOA): U.S. President Donald Trump's apparent quest to kindle a bromance with Russian leader Vladimir Putin has made some Americans squirm. His performance in Helsinki, expressing confidence in Putin instead of U.S. intelligence agencies, ignited outrage across the political spectrum back..

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US Lawmakers Still Seething Over Trump-Putin Summit

(VOA): President Donald Trump's defense of the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin did nothing to quell furor on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers on Wednesday demanded answers from the administration and pressed punitive legislation aimed at Moscow. "Americans and the members..

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Trump Demands Release of US Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey

(VOA): U.S. President Donald Trump is calling on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to release an American pastor who has been in prison for two years awaiting trial on terrorism charges. A Turkish court Wednesday ordered Andrew Brunson to remain in jail until his next hearing on October 12...

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White House, State Differ Over Putin Interview Offer

(VOA): The White House and the State Department are at odds over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer to allow the U.S. access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes. Even as the White House said the..

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UK's Boris Johnson Returns as Telegraph Columnist Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

(VOA): After resigning as foreign secretary last week over Prime Minister Theresa May's compromise plan for Brexit, Boris Johnson is back at his old job as a columnist at the eurosceptic Daily Telegraph newspaper. "He's Back," the paper said on its front page on Monday. Johnson was..

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Finland Protests: Human Rights for All, Save the Planet

(VOA): One sign in Helsinki read: “Build saunas not war!” Activists used Monday's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold two days of high-profile protests in the Finnish capital over a variety of grievances. Abortion-rights activists..

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5 EU Countries to Share Some of 450 Stranded Migrants

(VOA): Five EU countries have agreed to accept some of the nearly 450 migrants being transported aboard two military ships stuck off the coast of Sicily, Italian Prime Minister Giueseppe Conte said Sunday. Germany, Spain and Portugal each agreed Sunday to accept 50 of the migrants after France..

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World Cup Afterglow Gives France a Sorely Needed Boost

(VOA): With the golden World Cup trophy in hand, France's victorious national team is returning home to a grand "Merci!" from a grateful nation that was sorely in need of a boost. "Eternal Happiness" said Monday's headline in the sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who..

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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..