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Did Trump and Putin agree to anything? Only they know
(AP Photo - Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
By MATTHEW LEE
From Associated Press
July 19, 2018 6:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin may have reached several historic agreements at their summit in Finland this week. Or, they may not have. It depends on who you talk to. Three days later no one was quite sure.

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — World War III? Not us, say the puzzled people of Montenegro. Public officials in this tiny European nation didn't know what to say initially when U.S.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ten months after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's electric grid, the local agency responsible for rebuilding it is in chaos and more than $1 billion in federal funds meant to strengthen the rickety system has gone unspent, according to contractors and U.S.

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Violent tensions between Cameroon's government and Anglophone separatists have forced more than 180,000 people from their homes since December, Human Rights Watch said Thursday in a new report that blames both sides for "grave abuses" against civilians.

MOSCOW (AP) — Having Donald Trump in the White House is looking increasingly like a liability for the Kremlin, rather than an asset.

PARIS (AP) — A video showing one of French President Emmanuel Macron's security chiefs beating a student demonstrator, until now cloaked in secrecy, drew fierce public backlash Thursday over what is seen as mild punishment and a possible cover-up.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's government may have muddled its way through violent street protests in the country's oil-rich south with promises of jobs and better services, but the root causes of this month's unrest remain almost intact and it could be just a matter of time before popular discontent boils over again.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is urging member states to step up preparations for a possible disorderly British exit from the bloc, in which no deal on future relations has been agreed.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — When the first Syrian soldier reached Lod street in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Syria's capital, four sisters who survived the seven-year conflict hiding in their ground floor apartment emerged hesitantly and asked: "Are you a soldier or a militant?" The young man came closer and took out his military ID to prove he was a Syrian soldier.

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's airspace was closed off for landings and departures for about two hours on Thursday afternoon because of a technical glitch in the data system of the air safety control center.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The general overseeing U.S. military operations in Afghanistan says he's taking a fresh look at the war strategy President Donald Trump announced nearly a year ago.

CHIANG RAI, Thailand (AP) — The youth soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave began their first day back home with their families Thursday by going to a Buddhist temple to pray for protection from misfortunes.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Abu Dhabi on Thursday on his first trip to the United Arab Emirates as the leader of China at a time when the two countries look to strengthen trade ties and expand investment.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike against a Gaza crew launching incendiary devices killed a member of the militant group Hamas and wounded three others, Israeli and Palestinian officials said Thursday.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament approved a controversial piece of legislation on Thursday that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people but which critics warn sidelines minorities.

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says his first summit with U.S.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Embassy officials were to meet Thursday with a Siberian gun rights activist jailed in Washington on charges of spying on the United States, as Moscow blasted the arrest as "anti-Russian hysteria."

VARZANEH, Iran (AP) — The small group of Iranian farmers gathered around their tractors — long idle, parked at the town entrance next to a canal that once irrigated their fields but has been dry for years — and they protested, pleading for help from the government.

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — As deadly attacks by extremists become more brazen in Mali, officials and citizens fear this month's presidential election will be at risk from growing insecurity.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Radio Free Europe said Thursday that it will resume news services in Romania and Bulgaria in a bid to debunk fake news and combat poor-quality journalism.

BANGKOK (AP) — The Myanmar military systematically prepared for attacks on Rohingya Muslims, confiscating knives and other sharp-edged tools, arming and training non-Muslim civilians and forcing Rohingya families to remove protective fences around their homes, the independent group Fortify Rights said Thursday.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Thursday called on Pope Francis to fire an Australian archbishop who is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever convicted for covering up child sexual abuse.

TALBISEH, Syria (AP) — Former Syrian rebel commander Omar Melhem has nearly come full circle. He was a colonel in the Syrian army when the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in 2011.

BRUSSELS (AP) — European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps.

BEIJING (AP) — In the race to woo Vladimir Putin, China's Xi Jinping is beating Donald Trump. Trump's quest to kindle a bromance with the Russian president has made some Americans squirm.