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Iran second largest oil supplier after Iraq in Q1

Iran overtook Saudi Arabia to be the second largest supplier of crude oil to Indian public sector firms in the first 3 mont­hs of current financial year, oil mi­nister Dharmendra Pr­a­dhan said on Monday. In­dian PSUs, which last fin­an­cial year cut oil imports from Iran by a quarter, bou­g­ht 5.67 million tonnes of cr­­ude oil from the Persian Gulf nation during April-Ju­ne, higher than imports fr­om Saudi Arabia. Imports fr­om Iran were only second to Iraq.

Migrants in US custody describe life in ‘ice boxes’ and ‘dog pounds’

During their detention last month in a US Customs and Border Protection facility in Laredo, Texas, Karen and her two young sons were constantly cold. The family, which fled violence in Honduras, slept on a hard floor in a holding cell without mattresses, she said, their clothes still wet from crossing the Rio Grande.

“I can only hold one at a time to keep them warm. Whoever I am not holding is cold,” she said in one of more than 200 sworn statements filed this week in a long-running lawsuit challenging conditions for children in immigration custody.

Thailand to televise first public appearance of rescued cave boys

The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand are set to make their first public appearance on Wednesday, at a nationally-broadcast news conference in the northern province of Chiang Rai.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach have been in hospital following a successful international effort to rescue them last week after they became trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave complex.

Russian establishment chalks up Trump summit as a win for Putin

Russia’s political and media establishment heralded talks between the Russian and US leaders in Helsinki as a victory for Vladimir Putin in breaking down Western resolve to treat Russia as a pariah.

“The West’s attempts to isolate Russia failed,” read the headline on a report on Monday’s summit meeting in state-run newspaper Rossiisskaya Gazeta.

The praise from Russia’s elite for Putin’s performance at the summit contrasted sharply with the reaction in Washington where US President Donald Trump’s own Republican party accused him of failing to stand up to Putin.

Trump, Putin seek to reset ties in Helsinki

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin held a historic summit on Monday vowing their determination to forge a reset of troubled relations between the world’s greatest nuclear powers.

Trump, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite allegations of Russian meddling in US politics, went into the summit blaming the “stupidity” of his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low.

China economic growth slows to 6.7% in Q2, warns on trade war

China said on Monday its economic growth slowed slightly in the second quarter as a trade war with the United States gained pace, while it warned of the global damage that could be caused if the row persists. The world’s second-biggest economy expanded 6.7 per cent in April-June, down from 6.8 per cent in the first quarter and in line with a forecasts in an survey of economists.

Trump lists Russia, EU, China as ‘foes’ ahead of summit

US president Donald Tr­ump on Su­nday nam­ed Russia, the EU and China as “foes”, in an interview aired on the eve of his summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

“Well I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade,” Trump said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Theresa May presents Trump with Scottish ancestry token

British Prime Minister Theresa May today presented US President Donald Trump with a special ancestral chart commemorating his mother's Scottish birth.

The illustrated ancestral chart of the Scottish heritage of the US President, currently on tour in the UK, is a nod to his mother Mary Anne Macleod, who was born in 1912 on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides.

Trump claims victory after forcing NATO crisis talks, lands in London

US President Donald Trump hailed a personal victory at a NATO summit on Thursday, saying allies had sharply increased defence spending commitments after he provoked a crisis session with a tirade at European leaders.

“I told people that I would be very unhappy if they didn’t up their commitments,” an ebullient president told reporters after the second day of the Brussels meeting, when NATO leaders huddled with Trump to try to defuse a crisis.

Thai boys give a wave to the world in first video since their rescue

The first video of the Thai boys rescued from a flooded cave after 17 days was released on Wednesday, showing them smiling and waving from their hospital beds, looking thin but fine after an ordeal that has gripped the world.

The last group of the 12-member “Wild Boars” soccer team and their coach was brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a dangerous rescue and evoking international relief and joy.