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Trump son met Russian to get dirt on Clinton

Donald Trump’s eldest son on Monday admitted meeting a Russian lawyer to get dirt on his father’s 2016 rival Hillary Clinton, thrusting the White House deep into another Russia-related scandal.

Trump junior confirmed reports that he was on the trail of damaging information on the Democrat vying to become America’s first woman president, when he met Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.

© GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA JOHN MOORE

© GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA JOHN MOORE

Tillerson looks to defuse Qatar crisis on Gulf tour

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived Monday in Kuwait, the key mediator between Qatar and its Arab neighbours, for talks aimed at defusing the Gulf’s worst crisis in years.

Tillerson will shuttle between Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia from until Thursday in what is the first serious intervention by Washington in the Gulf crisis.

© KUNA Handout

© KUNA Handout

Global demand for food products to slow, FAO says

Global demand for food and agriculture products is projected to slow “considerably” over the next decade, mainly due to weakening consumption in China, the UN food agency said Monday.

Over the 10-year period beginning this year, growth in the demand for agricultural products “will slow considerably compared to the previous decade,” the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicted in a newly released report.

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© AFP

Failed coup takes toll on Turkey’s foreign policy

The consequences of the failed July 15 coup in Turkey increased Ankara’s international isolation, exposing shortcomings in the government’s sometimes overambitious foreign policy, analysts say.

NATO member and EU membership hopeful Turkey had expected an outpouring of solidarity after the coup attempt one year ago aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which Ankara blames on the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.

© AFP Tobias Schwarz

© AFP Tobias Schwarz

Paris, LA both poised to win race to host Olympics Games

The International Olympic Committee is poised to hand the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games to Paris and Los Angeles on Tuesday with a landmark double hosting deal set to be approved.

The IOC meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland had initially been forecast as a key stage in the battle for 2024, with teams from the French capital and California mega-city making fresh pitches to voters.

© AFP Fabrice COFFRINI

© AFP Fabrice COFFRINI