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Trump did not refuse to shake Merkel’s hand: spokesman tells German paper

Donald Trump’s spokesman has denied that the US president refused to shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as they sat side-by-side in the White House last week.

“I don’t think he heard the question” posed by Merkel when she suggested they shake hands, in full view of press cameras, spokesman Sean Spicer told German weekly Der Spiegel published Sunday.

© AFP SAUL LOEB

© AFP SAUL LOEB

White House security boosted after arrest

The US Secret Service has bolstered security at the White House after a man was arrested making threats at one its checkpoints, a third such security scare in just over a week.

CNN reported that the man made a threat claiming he had a bomb in his car, and that he was immediately arrested and the car in which he was traveling seized.

© AFP SAUL LOEB

© AFP SAUL LOEB

‘No evidence of collusion’ between Trump campaign, Russia: US lawmaker

A congressional intelligence panel so far has found “no evidence” that Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, its chairman said Sunday, ahead of testimony by the head of the FBI on the US president’s potential Russia ties.

Based on “everything I have up to this morning — no evidence of collusion,” by Trump’s team and Moscow, Representative Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News.

© AFP SAUL LOEB

© AFP SAUL LOEB

Flights resume at Paris airport, investigators grill attacker’s family

Flights at Paris’ Orly airport were returning to normal Sunday a day after a man triggered a major security alert and travel chaos when he attacked a soldier before being shot dead.

Anti-terror investigators Sunday released the father of the assailant but were continuing to hold his brother and cousin as they sought to build a profile of Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a 39-year-old French national.

© AFP CHRISTOPHE SIMON

© AFP CHRISTOPHE SIMON

FBI director to testify on Russia ties, alleged wiretap

The directors of the FBI and NSA are to give keenly awaited testimony before Congress Monday on what ties President Donald Trump may have with Russia and his explosive allegation that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and Mike Rogers of the National Security Agency will speak publicly for the first time about two issues that have riveted the American public for weeks and further divided the country’s two ever-at-odds political parties.

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© AFP MANDEL NGAN

Stars pay tribute to ‘pioneer’ rocker Chuck Berry

The death of legendary rocker Chuck Berry, aged 90, drew emotional tributes from fellow musicians and other celebrities who praised him as a rock ‘n’ roll trailblazer. Here are some reactions from Twitter:

– Bruce Springsteen: “Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived. This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages.”

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© AFP NOVOVITCH