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'Challenging' talks expected as Trump, other G7 leaders meet

TAORMINA, Italy Talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world's rich nations at the G7 summit on Friday were expected to be "robust" and "challenging" after he had lambasted NATO allies and condemned German trade policies a day earlier.

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Pivotal Vietnam balances U.S. and China amid Trump uncertainty

HANOI Vietnam could hardly have asked for more: a U.S. warship challenging Chinese claims in the South China Sea, a meeting at the White House and six new coastal patrol boats.

China, South China Sea 4:29am EDT

Sri Lanka landslides, floods kill at least 25; dozens missing

COLOMBO Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least 25 people while dozens are missing after torrential rain, officials said on Friday, as soldiers fanned out in boats and in helicopters to help with rescue operations.

Environment 6:36am EDT

Exclusive: Somali police get first drones to combat Islamist bombings

MOGADISHU/NAIROBI A former U.S. intelligence specialist has donated surveillance drones to police in Somalia, aiming to help combat a jump in deadly bombings by al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents.

United Nations 6:34am EDT

Former Greek PM Papademos recovering well after booby-trap blast

ATHENS Former Greek prime minister Lucas Papademos was recovering well from injuries caused by a booby-trapped package exploding in his car on Thursday, with doctors saying he would stay in hospital for two more days.

Greece 5:45am EDT

UK PM May's lead falls to new low of 5 points ahead of June 8 election, YouGov poll

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May's lead in the polls has fallen to 5 percentage points, a new low less than two weeks ahead of a June 8 election, but her personal rating recovered slightly in the days since the Manchester suicide bombing.

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