New York Times: A Russian woman who tried to broker a pair of secret meetings between candidate Donald J. Trump and the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, during the 2016 presidential campaign, was charged Monday and accused of working with Americans to carry out a secret Russian effort to influence American politics.… Be Informed
Plans for the creation of a uranium bomb by the Allies were established as early as 1939, when Italian emigre physicist Enrico Fermi met with U.S.… Be Informed
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Libya Observer: 8 illegal immigrants – six children, one woman and one man – were found suffocated due to inhaling fuel inside the fish freezer container, while 90 others were rescued and sent to the Zuwara seaside hospital, according to the city’s security directorate.… Be Informed
Donald Trump has been condemned as “treasonous” for siding with the Kremlin over his own government agencies after a stunning joint appearance with Vladimir Putin in which he seemingly accepted the Russian leader’s denial of election meddling.
At a joint press conference after one-on-one talks lasting more than two hours in the Finnish capital, the US president offered no criticism of Putin or the cyber-attacks that the US intelligence community says he coordinated to help Trump’s 2016 election campaign.… Be Informed
The EU and China agreed to further develop the EU-China strategic partnership at the 20th EU-China summit.
Leaders expressed their joint support for rules-based tradeand reaffirmed their joint engagement to reform the World Trade Organisation:
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“It is a common duty of Europe and China, America and Russia, not to destroy this order, but to improve it.
CNN : US President Donald Trump, in a stunning rebuke of the US intelligence community, declined on Monday to endorse the US government’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying he doesn’t “see any reason why” Russia would be responsible.… Be Informed
FT: Downing Street has ruled out a second referendum on Brexit under “any circumstances,” in a blow to those pushing for Britain to remain in the European Union.
The comments came on Monday morning just hours after former cabinet minister Justine Greening described Prime Minister Theresa May’s current strategy as “the worst of all worlds” and demanded a second EU referendum.… Be Informed
Paris and London have tweaked their metro stations names to celebrate aspects of their World Cup participation and results. … Be Informed
China has filed a complaint against the US at the World Trade Organization after Donald Trump’s threats to place tariffs on an additional $200bn (£150bn) worth of Chinese goods.
The one-sentence announcement by the ministry of commerce comes less than a week after the US president called for a second round of tariffs on China, in retaliation for Chinese tariffs placed on American goods.… Be Informed
British rescuer Vern Unsworth says he is considering legal action against US billionaire Elon Musk after he made an unfounded and disparaging claim he was a “pedo”, or pedophile, in a now-deleted tweet.
Unsworth, a caver based in Thailand, provided knowledge of the Tham Luang cave system, which helped with the rescue of 12 school boys and their soccer coach in a flooded Thai cave last week.… Be Informed
Full Transcript of what Trump said:
First of all Mr President I’d like to congratulate you on a really great World Cup. One of the best ever from what everybody tells me and also for your team, itself, doing so well.… Be Informed
The European Commission and EU consumer authorities are calling on Airbnb to align their terms and conditions with EU consumer rules and be transparent on their presentation of prices.
Airbnb has now until the end of August to propose detailed solutions on how to bring its conduct in compliance with EU consumer legislation.… Be Informed
The Independent (UK): Theresa May was dealt a fresh blow on Sunday after she suffered the eighth resignation over her Brexit plans.
Robert Courts was a ministerial aid at the Foreign Office before quitting.
Robert Courts left his role as a ministerial aide saying he could not look himself in the mirror if he had been forced to defend the prime minister’s plans.… Be Informed
AP: With rattled world capitals watching, President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin are ready to go one-on-one in a summit that plays out against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances, a new peak in the investigation into Russian election meddling and fears that Moscow’s aggression may go unpunished.… Be Informed
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladmir Putin are set to meet on Monday July 16 in Helsinki for a historic summit hosted by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.
Among the topics set to be discussed between both leaders are the possible extension and expansion of an Obama-era arms control treaty known as New START, which expires in 2021 and aims to reduce the nuclear weaponry of both countries.… Be Informed
All migrants on board the FRONTEX boat Protector have disembarked in Pozzallo.
The operation was authorised by the Italian government and only after the governments of Malta, Spain, Portugal, France and Germany accepted to share the persons on board.
Hungary and the Czech Republic declared their intention of not allowing anyone in their country.… Be Informed
AP: European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday urged President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and China to work with Europe to avoid trade wars and prevent conflict and chaos.
He was speaking in Beijing at the opening of a summit between China and the European Union, just hours ahead of a summit between Trump and Putin in Helsinki.… Be Informed
CNN: The 12 boys who were trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for almost three weeks paid tribute to the Navy SEAL who lost his life during the rescue operation.
Wiping away tears, the boys wrote messages of thanks on a portrait of the former Navy SEAL Saman Kunan, who died July 6 during an operation to deliver oxygen tanks to the trapped teens and their coach.… Be Informed
France wins the World Cup while Trump arrives in Helsinki for his summit with Putin. Before leaving the UK he stresses that the EU is a foe of the USA. Earlier May revealed that Trump told her to sue the EU rather than negotiate with it.… Be Informed
CNN: Kensington Palace has released the first official photographs from the christening of Prince Louis, the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The four portraits released by the Palace show the young prince surrounded by his adoring family, including a grinning Prince George, who turns five next week.… Be Informed