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Trump claims FBI planted agent in his 2016 campaign 'for political purposes'

 

The president and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani went on the offensive after a report that an intelligence source informed to the FBI

 

 

Fri 18 May 2018 18.41 BST

Tom McCarthy in New York

 

 

 

 

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Rudy Giuliani: ‘For a long time we’ve been told that there was some kind of infiltration. I don’t know for sure, nor does the president, if there really was one.’
Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters
 
 
 
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Argentina forced to seek IMF aid over fears for economy

 

Country pursues deal after President Mauricio Macri fails to stem run on the peso

 

Phillip Inman

Fri 18 May 2018 20.54 BST Last modified on Fri 18 May 2018 22.26 BST

 

 
 
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A demonstration against the government’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund in Buenos Aires on Thursday
Photograph: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/18/argentina-forced-to-seek-imf-aid

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China: we have not bowed to Trump's call to cut US trade surplus by $200bn

 

Beijing says ‘this rumor is not true’ but makes conciliatory signals in effort to stop ***-for-tat dispute escalating into full-scale trade war

 

Edward Helmore in New York

Fri 18 May 2018 17.41 BST

 

 

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A promotional gimmick in the form of a bomb and the US flag outside a shop in Beijing. Tensions over US-China trade is being felt in other major economies
Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP
 
 
 
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Venezuela election: Maduro 'ready for battle' as voters vow to flee if he wins

 

Nicolás Maduro is expected to win the presidential election, despite experts saying he helped to destroy a once-wealthy nation

 

Tom Phillips in Mexico City and Mariana Zúñiga in Caracas

Fri 18 May 2018 20.47 BST

 

 

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Supporters of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henri Falcon attend the closing rally of his campaign ahead of the weekend’s presidential election, in Barquisimeto on Thursday
Photograph: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
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The US-Israeli relationship faces a storm on the horizon

 

One version of the relationship is all sunshine and rainbows – the other, a deepening extremism in both countries. And these two vastly different versions are struggling to coexist

 

Fri 18 May 2018 11.00 BST Last modified on Fri 18 May 2018 13.24 BST

By  Michael H Fuchs
 
 
 
 
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‘A rot is eating away at the US-Israel relationship.’
Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA
 

 

 

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/18/us-israel-relationship-jerusalem-embassy-palestine-violence

 

 

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No time soon: EU dashes membership hopes of Balkan states

 

Concerns over rule of law and corruption, plus enlargement fatigue, meant the six countries got little from Sofia summit

 

Shaun Walker in Sofia

Fri 18 May 2018 05.00 BST

 

 

 

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The Albanian prime minister, Edi Rama, right, pictured with his Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte, describe a lunch with EU leaders as ‘very argumentative’ and ‘a fight’.
Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
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Trump promises to sign prison reform bill that could free thousands

 

The bill, which could immediately release 4,000 federal prisoners, is likely to be brought up for a vote early next week

 

 

Fri 18 May 2018 19.42 BST

Jamiles Lartey in New Orleans

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/18/trump-sign-prison-reform-bill-congress

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Farm bill blocked by House in embarrassing loss for Republicans

 

Upset over the stalled immigration plan, the Freedom Caucus opposed the bill, which raised job requirements for food stamp recipients

 

Associated Press in Washington

Fri 18 May 2018 18.19 BST

 

 

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Paul Ryan exiting the House chamber on Friday
Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP
 
 
 
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Why are for-profit US prisons subjecting detainees to forced labor?

 

Private prisons have for years enriched themselves by exploiting detained immigrant labor. They must be held accountable

 

Thu 17 May 2018 11.00 BST Last modified on Thu 17 May 2018 18.53 BST

 
 
 
 
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‘How convenient and profitable for wealthy private prisons to exploit detained immigrant labor rather than hire regularly waged employees.’
Photograph: Gina Ferazzi/LA Times via Getty Images
 
 
 
 
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'A true American hero': John McCain biopic receives bipartisan support

 

At special screening of a documentary about the senator’s life, Republicans and Democrats alike praised his legacy as formidable

 

 

Fri 18 May 2018 01.05 BST

Lauren Gambino in Washington

 

 

 

 

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‘Each of us who’s served with John McCain can remember a time when he was our fiercest ally, and a time when he was our most maddening opponent.’
Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP
 
 
 
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May 19

China lands nuclear strike-capable bombers on South China Sea islands

 

Exercise described by air force as preparation for ‘the battle’ for the disputed waters

 

Agencies

Sat 19 May 2018 06.30 BST First published on Sat 19 May 2018 05.37 BST

 

 

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Chinese dredging vessels reportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed South China Sea
Photograph: Reuters

 

 

 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/19/china-says-air-force-lands-bombers-on-south-china-sea-islands

 
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'Maduro would beat Jesus': Venezuelans lament rigged system as election looms

 

Many fear dirty tricks will keep the unpopular president in power, but the opposition is urging people not to boycott Sunday’s vote

 

 

Sat 19 May 2018 07.30 BST

John Otis in Caracas

 

 

 

 

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Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro is seeking another’s term, despite leading the country into an economic crisis
Photograph: Ariana Cubillos/AP
 
 
 
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Theresa May struggles to rally support among EU leaders for new customs plan

 

Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, warns that PM’s proposals could be insufficient to prevent hard border in Ireland

 

Daniel Boffey, Anne Perkins and Shaun Walker in Sofia

Thu 17 May 2018 19.40 BST

 

 

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Theresa May, front left, meets with taoiseach (Ireland PM) Leo Varadkar, front right, on the sidelines of a summit in Bulgaria
Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP
 
 
 

 

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Think prison abolition in America is impossible? It once felt inevitable

 

In the 1960s and 1970s, attorneys general and Republican congressmen were among the many arguing that prison was immoral. Can those days return?

 

 

Joshua Dubler and Vincent Lloyd

Sat 19 May 2018 11.00 BST

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/19/prison-abolition-america-impossible-inevitable

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Trump taps acting VA chief Robert Wilkie to lead beleaguered department

 

Previous pick Ronny Jackson withdrew last month after allegations about his personal and professional behaviour

 

Associated Press in Washington

Fri 18 May 2018 18.40 BST

 

 

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Donald Trump said the decision was a surprise to Robert Wilkie, 56
Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/18/trump-nominates-va-chief-robert-wilkie-department

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Dark times have Germany, like the world, on a tightrope

 

May 18, 2018 10:52 AM CDT By Victor Grossman

 

 

 

 
Dark times have Germany, like the world, on a tightrope
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Trump's pulling out of the nuclear deal with Iran increases the danger of war. | AP
 
 
 
 
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Turkey’s president: Short term victory, long term trouble

 

May 15, 2018 11:22 AM CDT By Conn Hallinan

 

 

 

 
Turkey’s president: Short term victory, long term trouble
Supporters of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) wave Turkish flags and hold a poster of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside its offices in Istanbul, April 16, 2017. | Emrah Gurel/AP
 
 
 
 
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'Far-right thugs' attack mayor of Thessaloniki at rally

 

Yiannis Boutaris, 75, injured in assault at remembrance event in Greece’s second city

 

Agence France-Presse in Thessaloniki

Sun 20 May 2018 11.15 BST

 

 

 

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Yiannis Boutaris was taken to hospital after the attack
Photograph: EPA
 
 
 
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Trump attacks New York Times over report on son's campaign meeting

 

President lashes out over reported offer of overseas assistance

 

Nader and Zamel cooperating with investigation, lawyers say

 

Edward Helmore and agencies

Sun 20 May 2018 19.16 BST

 

 

 

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Donald Trump called the Russia investigation a ‘$20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP!’
Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP
 
 
 
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US and China put trade war 'on hold'

 

Steven Mnuchin, US Treasury secretary, says negotiations over tariffs with China have borne fruit

 

Graeme Wearden

Sun 20 May 2018 16.36 BST Last modified on Sun 20 May 2018 18.41 BST

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Can the wave of female House candidates lead to a 'tsunami' of wins?

 

As the primaries continue, hundreds of women eye seats in Washington – but activists say there’s ‘more work to do’

 

 

Sun 20 May 2018 19.01 BST

Lauren Gambino in Washington

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/20/congress-us-elections-2018-women-candidates

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