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NEWS     MOMDAY,  JULY  16, 2018    NEWS

'I Hadn't Thought' Of Asking Putin To Extradite Indicted Russian Agents
President Donald Trump said in a new interview airing Sunday that he hadn’t thought of pressing Russian President Vladimir Putin on extraditing the dozen Russian officials charged with hacking Democratic emails, while continuing to blame Democrats for the stolen emails that upended the 2016 presidential campaign.
VOA VIEW: Never asked for something you know would not be granted.

Inside Israel's Raid To Seize Nuclear Documents In Iran
Israeli agents covertly extracted documents detailing Iran’s nuclear program in a dramatic 6½-hour operation in Tehran in January, removing a trove of materials that included partial designs for a nuclear warhead, senior Israeli intelligence officials said. The Israeli team secretly reached the warehouse holding the materials and broke in during a tight time window when it knew the building would be unguarded, the officials said. To avoid drawing attention to the nondescript facility, Iran hadn’t posted full-time guards, they said, but rather relied on alarm systems that the Israeli agents disabled. Fox
VOA VIEW: Foolish and smart moves.

Pakistan Opens Terrorism Investigation Against Ex PM's Party
Pakistani authorities have opened a criminal investigation into leaders of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political party under an anti-terrorism law, 10 days before a hotly contested general election, according to police documents. The case relates to a march staged by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on July 13, when Sharif returned to Pakistan, which defied a ban on holding public rallies on a Friday. The former premier was arrested minutes after landing in the country after being sentenced in absentia by an anti-corruption court on July 6. Reuters


First Lady Welcomed In Belgium With Music And Fashion
U.S. first lady Melania Trump returned to the international stage Wednesday as she mingled with the spouses of America’s closest allies over classical music, fashion and chocolate. As President Donald Trump harangued Germany and other allies at a NATO summit in Brussels, his wife chatted amiably with some of their spouses at a music conservatory in a wooded park in Waterloo, near the Belgian capital. Chicago Sun Times

Major Chain In Canada Pulls Ivanka Trump's Clothing Line
Canada’s largest full-line department store chain, the Hudson’s Bay Company, has pulled clothing, shoes and other merchandise bearing Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand from its website and said it would wind down their sale in its stores across the country. The move by the retailer, which also owns Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor in the United States, comes at a time when many Canadians say they are boycotting American products because of President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum as well as his repeated insults of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Canada will lose a trade war with the US.

Trump 2020, Outside Groups Raise $32.7 Million In Just 3 Months, Small Donors Rule
President Trump’s re-election campaign and groups backing his agenda raised nearly $33 million in just the last three months, an explosion of support driven by small donors, the groups have reported to the Federal Election Commission. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s re-election campaign raised $8.3 million and, when added to the money collected by its two associated groups, the total was $17.7 million in the second reporting quarter. The campaign has $33 million on hand. Washington Examiner

Nunes: Mueller Indictiment Looked 'Ridiculous'. Omitted Republicans Targeted By Russia
During an interview Sunday on Fox News, Nunes accused the media of largely ignoring the findings of his committee's months-old report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which he asserted was more comprehensive than Mueller's indictment. However, he also claimed the redactions in his panel's report prevented the presentation of the full picture and urged President Trump to declassify it. Bing
VOA VIEW: It shows liberal bias on Mueller's part.

'Art Of The Deal' Co-Author Says Trump Is Losing His Mind
The man who co-wrote “The Art of the Deal” said Sunday he believes President Trump’s faculties are diminishing — and that he feels obligated to sound the alarm. “We are in a true emergency,” Tony Schwartz said on CNN Sunday. “And the accelerated rate at which his breakdown or decompensation is occurring is cause for us, and certainly for me, to come on to TV more often, to tweet more often.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal dumb attacks.


Mueller Indictments Add Urgency To Securing 2018 Midterm Elections
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s latest move briefly hijacked a closed-door meeting of state election officials and federal cybersecurity personnel here last Friday, as phones buzzed with news alerts about his indictment against Russians allegedly behind a spree of hacks before the 2016 election. WSJ
VOA VIEW: Mueller would be smart if he quits and hides.

Trump: I Think European Union Is A Foe
Coming off a contentious NATO summit and a trip to the U.K. in which he seemed to undercut the government of America's closest ally, President Trump took aim at another Western institution just days before his high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an interview with "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor in Scotland on Saturday, President Trump named the European Union -- comprising some of America's oldest allies -- when asked to identify his "biggest foe globally right now." CBS

Trump, Putin Mocked By Finnish Newspaper Billboards
Finland's largest newspaper is welcoming President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin with a series of billboards ahead of their long-awaited summit -- mocking their notoriously bad relationships with the media with pointed messages of freedom of the press. Nearly 300 billboards -- which preview some of both presidents' most "turbulent relations" with the media from 2000 to 2018 -- are posted along the routes from the airport to the site of the summit, according to a press release about the campaign from Helsingin Sandomat. ABC

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Video Shows Fatal Officer Involved Shooting
A man killed by Chicago police had a gun in a holster at his hip and was shot multiple times as he ran away, spun around and reached toward his waist, according to footage released Sunday from an officer's body-worn camera. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said it's the quickest he has ever ordered such video released and that he hoped to dispel rumors that Harith Augustus, 37, was unarmed. He also hoped that making the 30-second clip public before a planned protest would prevent another violent confrontation between residents and officers. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: Smart move.

California Dems Abandon Feinstein, Endorse Opponent
The California Democratic Party voted to endorse a progressive state senator over incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein for the U.S. Senate in the party's executive board meeting in Oakland, California, on Saturday. Though Feinstein beat state Sen. Kevin de León, 51, by nearly 33 points in the jungle primary last month, progressive grassroots activists have largely taken control of the state party apparatus in recent years and have pushed for a more liberal candidate to take on the Trump administration. NBC

Gowdy To Trump: Ask Putin Where "We Can Pick Up The 25 Russians"
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, says  President Trump should ask Russian President Vladimir Putin where exactly "we can pick up the 25 Russians" who have indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "I would ask the president to give some serious consideration, your first request of Vladimir Putin needs to be,  MSN


CVS Offers Apology After White Manager Calls Police On Black Customer
CVS Health says it has apologized after a black customer says a white store manager called the police on her and accused her of using a fake coupon at a CVS in Chicago. Camilla Hudson shared a video on her personal Facebook page of the store manager, Morry Matson, calling the cops. Hudson said she tried to use a manufacturer coupon to replace a defective product, which the manager on duty refused to accept, saying it looked fraudulent. Hill

May Promises To Protect Planemakers' Supply Chains In Brexit
Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday seek to reassure aviation bosses that her under-fire Brexit plan won’t disrupt their supply chains, and promise that the industry will flourish as Britain leaves the European Union. May’s words, to be delivered at the Farnborough Airshow south west of London, come at a crunch time for the prime minister as pro-Brexit lawmakers in her party threaten revolt over an EU exit strategy they say leaves Britain subject to Brussels’ rule. Reuters

Syria State Media Says Israel Bombs Military Post In Aleppo
Syrian state media accused Israel of bombing a military position in Aleppo province late Sunday in what would be a rare Israeli attack so far north in the war-ravaged country. Citing a military source, state news agency SANA said the missile attack hit near a strategic air base. Yahoo News

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France Wins World Cup!!!!-Celebrated In US And Around World!
The win marked the second time in 20 years that France has won. "We're happy. It took 20 years ... It's the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates," Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees, the world-famous avenue in Paris. Fans in the U.S. even enjoyed the win, as bars overflowed with crowds, captured, of course, virally on social media, and public big-screen TVs showed the triumph to overjoyed fans. Fox

The British Are Building A Space Port
The lure of commercial riches in space is spurring a variety of plans to help launch all the components necessary for a fully functioning orbital economy. The latest to enter this private-sector race is the U.K., which on Monday will announce that it plans to construct the nation’s first commercial vertical launch spaceport in northern Scotland. Bloomberg

Scientists Peer Into Heart Of Hurricanes To Improve Intensity Forecast
With a better way to predict a storm’s power, or intensity, people on the ground will be more prepared in knowing whether a hurricane headed their way will cause devastating floods and winds that can uproot trees like Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico last year, or just shake branches and rattle windows. Reuters

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Macron Congratulates Putin For Hosting 'Perfect' World Cup
French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Russia's President Putin for his "perfect" organisation of the World Cup as the two leaders prepared to watch the final on Sunday. Macron and his wife Brigitte met the Russian leader at the Kremlin on Sunday afternoon before the match between France and Croatia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Yahoo News

Trump's Advice To May: Sue European Union
British Prime Minister Theresa May told BBC television Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump advised her to sue the European Union as part of her Brexit strategy, a piece of advice she told the broadcaster she ignored. “He told me I should sue the EU,” May told BBC television. “Sue the EU. Not go into negotiations – sue them.” Gobal News

US, North Korea Hold Talks To Repatriate Remains Of Korean War Servicemembers
The U.S. and North Korea held talks on Sunday to discuss the return of more than 5,000 remains of U.S. service members still missing from the Korean War. The discussions, which took place in the demilitarized zone between the Koreas, follow a commitment made by the North during the June 12 summit in Singapore to recover the remains of U.S. prisoners of war and those missing in action and immediately repatriate the remains of those that have already been identified. NBC

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