Trump confirms G20 dinner chat with Putin

WASHINGTON. – US President Donald Trump lashed out at “sick” media reports that he held a second “undisclosed” meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin at a state dinner during the G20 summit in Germany, saying the press was fully aware of the high-profile event. “Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is ‘sick’. All G20…
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‘It’s an embarrassment to be an American’

NEW YORK. — JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon ripped into the political gridlock in Washington. “It’s almost an embarrassment to be an American citizen traveling around the world and listening to the stupid s**t we have to deal with in this country,” Dimon said on a conference call with analysts. Dimon, who is a…
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‘Contraceptives greatest anti-poverty innovation’

LONDON. – Contraceptives are “one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever known”, philanthropist Melinda Gates said yesterday, calling for family planning to be a global priority. Access to birth control boosts economic productivity by allowing women to earn an income and leads to smaller families with more resources to spend on children’s…
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Putin, Trump to hold first meeting

MOSCOW. – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump will hold their first full-fledged meeting at the G20 summit on July 7, the Kremlin spokesman said. Dmitry Peskov specified it will not merely be a brief contact on the sidelines. The meeting is “planned as a full-fledged ‘sit down’ meeting,” Dmitry Peskov…
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Xi, Trump discuss ties, Korean Peninsula

BEIJING. – Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump yesterday discussed bilateral ties and the situation on the Korean Peninsula on the phone, pledging close contact by various means to promptly exchange views on major issues of common concern. China strongly opposes any act that violates resolutions of the United Nations Security…
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Assad speaks on chemical attack

DAMASCUS. – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a suspected chemical weapons attack was a “fabrication” to justify a US military strike, as Moscow digs in to defend its ally despite increasing strains with Washington. In an exclusive interview with AFP in Damascus – his first since the alleged April 4 attack prompted a US air…
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South Africans: How I wish I was one!

The Other Side: Nathaniel Manheru It is very easy to think it is the flash, not the flame; that burns big logs. The local media excitedly reported on the resignation of an aide of Mujuru’s Nats, in the process missing the actual burning flame of the whole story. I mean, does it really matter to…
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