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Putin gives Trump World Cup ball after question on Syria: 'Now the ball is in your court'
Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images (HELSINKI) -- Russian president Vladimir Putin paused a joint press conference after answering a question on whether the ball is "in the Russian court" regarding cooperative efforts in Syria to hand President Donald Trump a soccer ball in Helsinki, Finland Monday."Speaking about having the ball in our court in Syria, President Trump has just mentioned that we've successfully concluded the World Football Cup. Speaking of the football, actually..." Putin said, stepping from his podium to retrieve a 2018 World Cup soccer ball. "Mr. President, I will give this ball to you, and now the ball is in...
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In Russia, meeting with Trump seen as strong win for Putin
iStock/Thinkstock (HELSINKI) -- Ahead of his summit with President Donald Trump, it had been widely said that all Russia’s president Vladimir Putin had to do to come out a winner was to show up to the meeting Finland’s capital, Helsinki on Monday.Putin did come and by all accounts the result of his first full summit with Trump has been a hearty success for the Russian leader. Russian officials have predictably been praising the meeting and experts, even those generally critical of the Kremlin, can see little but positives for Putin from the encounter.“It was the maximum possible and it really...
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A massive iceberg threatening Greenland village has moved away from the coast
DeAgostini/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- A massive iceberg that has been floating close to a village in Greenland and threatening its residents appears to be veering away from the coast, toward the north, officials said.The village of Innaarsuit is home to 169 residents, some of whom have been evacuated as the iceberg looms over the coast.“Fortunately, the iceberg moved further north over the weekend,” Jakob Rousøe, head of operations for Joint Arctic Command, an authority within the Danish Defense, which is supporting local police and emergency services. “Powerful wind from the south and a current headed north pushed the iceberg...
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South Korea hold world's largest mud festival of its kind
iStock/Thinkstock (BORYEONG, South Korea)-- Splash mud over strangers, push others into the muddy pool, and cover yourself with mud from head to toe. All of these actions make sense at the mud festival in South Korea.The 21st Boryeong Mud Festival opened up in Daecheon beach, three hours (120 miles) away from Seoul. The annual festivity lures several million visitors every summer, to cover themselves with mud and run around in a mud playground. Last year, over 560,000 guests came for the muddy delight.“This is the highlight of my summer vacation,” said Ruby Lee, who brought her whole family to the...
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London's high-flying Trump baby blimp may now be coming to New York City
TF-Images/Getty Images (LONDON) -- The now world-famous Trump baby blimp, which floated over protests in London earlier this month, may soon be headed to Central Park -- if some U.S. anti-Trump activists get their way.The blimp, which depicts Trump as an angry orange baby holding a smartphone and wearing a diaper, captured the attention of the world as thousands of protesters marched under it to vent their anger at the American president during his recent visit to the U.K.Didier Jiminez-Castro, an activist from Hillsborough, New Jersey, set up a GoFundMe page to bring the blimp to Bedminster, New Jersey, where...
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Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in lockstep with Trump 'Rigged Witch Hunt!' tweet
Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images (HELSINKI)-- President Donald Trump has already reached an agreement with one top Russian government official, who appears to be in lockstep with the U.S. leader, at least on Twitter, over his assessment of White House-Kremlin relations.Just hours before his first formal faceoff with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump tweeted, "Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affair, headed by Sergey Lavrov, responded to Trump's tweet with a two-word Twitter post: "We Agree."The Russian government has blamed the...
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'Superman' doctor who cared for soccer team in Thai cave reunites with boys in hospital
Thailands Ministry of Public Health (CHIANG RAI, Thailand) -- The "Superman" army doctor who took care of 12 boys and their soccer coach while they were trapped in a Thai cave shared a glimpse of their emotional reunion in the hospital Monday.Dr. Pak Loharnshoon of the Royal Thai Army -- who stayed with the boys in the cave as authorities devised a plan to get them out and was dubbed "Superman" -- visited the group inside the Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital in Chiang Rai, Thailand. In photos posted to Loharnshoon's Facebook page, he is shown giving each of the boys a...
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European official calls Trump's 'foe' comment 'fake news'
Ng Han Guan - Pool/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Senior European officials tell ABC News they're starting to see President Donald Trump as separate from the United States, and are instead focusing on the long history of partnership between the U.S. and Europe rather than his words, after he called the European Union a "foe" in an interview with CBS.European Council President Donald Tusk, taking the lead on this new interpretation of the EU-U.S. relationship, tweeted Sunday night, "America and the EU are best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news."Trump does not follow Tusk on Twitter.One...
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Girls robotics team says it won't be cowed by ISIS threats: 'We won't surrender!'
ABC News (HERAT, Afghanistan) -- High school students in Afghanistan have spoken out against Taliban and ISIS insurgents who have threatened and targeted girl’s education in the country.ABC News was given rare access to a school in the western city of Herat. More than 6,000 students attend the all-girls school, including members of the Afghan girls robotics team.They made headlines last year when President Trump personally intervened to grant them visas to the United States, where they were due to attend an inter-school competition.Permissions to enter the U.S. had been initially denied.Within two weeks of returning from the competition, however,...
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Dozens of passengers hospitalized after Ryanair flight plummets almost 30,000 feet
ABCNews.com (DUBLIN) -- Over 30 passengers were hospitalized, with some complaining about bleeding from their ears, after a Ryanair flight plummeted 28,000 feet in less than 10 minutes on Friday, according to authorities and flight tracking software.“I can safely say it was the most terrifying thing I ever experienced,” passenger Roxanne Brownlee told ABC News.A spokesperson from Ryanair said an “inflight depressurization” on the plane, which was carrying 189 people, from Dublin, Ireland, to Zadar, Croatia, caused oxygen masks to deploy. The plane made an emergency landing at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany.“The oxygen masks just fell down in front of...
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ISIS insurgents in Afghanistan prove resilient against US Special Forces
ABC News (NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan) -- ABC News has been given exclusive access to U.S. Special Forces troops fighting on the frontlines against ISIS in Afghanistan.The small, elite unit of Green Berets is working alongside Afghan commandos to try to root out the insurgents from Nangarhar Province near the border with Pakistan.The conflict in Afghanistan is America’s longest war and despite successes, the insurgents have proven remarkably resilient, not least because of the sanctuary and support they receive from neighboring countries.Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. and other foreign forces in Afghanistan, says troops are fighting ISIS in Afghanistan...
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Some of Russia's neighbors worry about Trump's meeting with Putin
Steffen Kugler/BPA/Getty Images (HELSINKI, Finland) -- When President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, some countries that border Russia will watch with concern.Finland -- the host for the summit -- and Russia's neighbors in the Baltics will pay particular attention to any language by Trump on Ukraine, current and former senior European officials told ABC News.If Trump indicates that the U.S. may now recognize or accept Russia's annexation of Crimea -- perhaps in exchange for Russia's withdrawing its troops from Syria -- that could be seen as giving a green light to Russian aggression.Another concern is that...
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