Trump – Putin summit : No high expectations for Trump

AP: President Donald Trump says “nothing bad … maybe some good” will come out of Monday’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he attempted to lower expectations for what the meeting may actually achieve. Trump’s national security adviser said they aren’t looking for “concrete deliverables.”

He also called the European Union a “foe” of the United States in an interview that aired Sunday.… Be Informed

Trump booed by protesters in Scotland as he plays golf

AP: US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has been booed by protesters while playing golf at the Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland, where he is spending the weekend.

BBC reporter Frankie McCamley posted footage on Twitter of Mr Trump, dressed in black and wearing a white cap, waving at protesters in the distance as they shouted “No Trump, No KKK, No Racist USA!”

Portions of the golf course were visible from a beach where protesters gathered to oppose Mr Trump’s visit.… Be Informed

World Cup: Why France can, must and will win the World Cup

FIFA.COm When a team reaches the FIFA World Cup™ Final, it is because they have overcome every obstacle and shown exceptional qualities, and in doing so have turned their dreams of lifting the trophy into an attainable goal. Those preparing for the Final have every reason to believe that their names could soon be added to the exclusive list of people with the description ‘World Cup winner’ on their CV.… Be Informed

World Cup: Why Croatia can, must and will win the World Cup

FIFA.COM: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Final is just around the corner, as 1998 winners France prepare to face first-time finalists Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Ahead of kick-off, reporter takes a closer look at why this Vatreni (The Blazers) team are deserving of lifting the coveted Russia 2018 trophy and writing their names in the history books of Croatia forever.… Be Informed

Di Maio warns that a majority of Italian Parliamentarians will vote against EU-Canada free trade deal

Italy’s deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio said that a majority in parliament would reject an EU-Canada free trade deal, thereby threatening to scupper the entire agreement. “Soon the CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) will come to parliament for ratification and the majority will reject it,” Di Maio told Italy’s main farming union, the Coldiretti.… Be Informed

Czech churches against Communist Party plans to tax billions in compensation paid by state in return for assets seized by Communists during Cold War

AFP: Czech churches are up in arms against Communist Party plans to tax billions in compensation being paid by the state in return for assets, mostly land, seized by the Communists during their Cold War rule.

Under a 2012 law and deals with the state, 17 religious denominations — Christian and Jewish — are entitled to recover assets worth up to 75 billion koruna (2.9 billion euros, $3.4 billion) seized by the atheist Communist regime after World War II.

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Haiti’s Prime Minister resigns

AFP: Embattled Haiti Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned on Saturday following deadly violence and looting sparked by a now-abandoned plan to raise fuel prices, triggering a fraught process to form a new government.

“I submitted my resignation to the president of the republic,” who has “accepted my resignation,” Lafontant said in the lower house of Haiti’s legislature.… Be Informed

US Secretary of State warns about Russia’s use of Social media to divide Americans

The U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russia is targeting this year’s midterm elections with the same “scale or scope” it targeted the 2016 presidential election.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke at a convention of state secretaries of state, an event that’s usually a low-key affair highlighting voter registration, balloting devices and election security issues that don’t get much public attention.… Be Informed

IDF gives all-clear to southern residents as Gaza ceasefire appears to hold 

The Times of Israel:  Authorities called for residents of southern Israel to “return to normal” on Sunday morning, as a shaky ceasefire ending one of the most intense days of fighting on the border in years appeared to hold overnight.

The military’s Home Front Command canceled all of the restrictions it had placed on communities in the Gaza periphery the night before, which called for residents to stay within sprinting distance of bomb shelters in case of rocket attack and limited the size of public gatherings.… Be Informed

Sunday Morning Briefing

Good morning

Wishing everyone a good Sunday.

Here’s our morning briefing.


img_2865In an official statement, the government of Malta said that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat pledged to participate in an Italian-led initiative to relocate a number of migrants who are part of 450 who were on board a fishing vessel. 

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