July 17, 2018 / 12:58 PM / 3 months ago

Tuesday Morning Briefing

From reaction to Trump and Putin’s meeting to Goldman Sach’s new CEO, catch up on the latest headlines. 

People surf the internet on their mobile devices at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, July 10, 2018. Picture taken July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

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U.S-RUSSIA

Russia’s political and media establishment heralded talks with Trump in Helsinki as a victory for Putin in breaking down Western resolve to treat Russia as a pariah. The praise from Russia’s elite for Putin’s performance contrasted sharply with the reaction in Washington where Trump’s own Republican party accused him of failing to stand up to Putin.

The Helsinki summit offered Trump a similar opportunity to that afforded Ronald Reagan at his historic Reykjavik meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985, writes David A. Andelman for Reuters Commentary. Instead, "the American president was outfoxed by a wily Russian leader playing from a position of unquestioned strength, toying with a deeply damaged counterpart."

Trump's post-summit press conference in Helsinki will outrage his critics and unsettle European nations – and that may have been its purpose, writes Peter Apps. "Both Moscow and Pyongyang probably now have similar visions of how their relations with the U.S. administration might develop – a series of high-profile periodic meetings in which little is given up or gained, but in which dialogue continues."

UNITED STATES 

Lawyers for immigrant families separated at the border by the U.S. government said a federal judge’s order barring rapid deportations until at least next Tuesday would give them breathing room as they struggled for access to clients.

U.S. Representative Martha Roby, a Republican who spurned Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, is fighting for her political life in Alabama on Tuesday in a runoff election against a former Democrat who became a Trump supporter.

 WORLD 

Dozens of Syrians approached the Israeli frontier on the Golan Heights in an apparent attempt to seek help or sanctuary from a Russian-backed Syrian army offensive, before turning back after a warning from Israeli forces.

Communist-run Cuba has started providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service nationwide by year-end, in a further step toward opening one of the Western Hemisphere’s least connected countries.

Japan and the European Union signed a wide-ranging free trade deal on that both sides hope will act as a counterweight to the protectionist forces unleashed by Trump.

A Reuters reporter accused of obtaining secret state documents in Myanmar told a court a policeman had called him on the day he was arrested and insisted on a meeting, at which the officer abruptly handed some papers to him and a colleague.

Speed, skill and control are the hallmarks of the greatest players at the World Cup in Russia, but the same could be said of those covering them for the world's media. Eight Reuters photographers recount their favorite images from the tournament and managers describe how it was the most complex sporting event to cover logistically in the history of Reuters.

BUSINESS 

Goldman Sachs Group named David Solomon as its next chief executive officer on Tuesday, replacing Lloyd Blankfein who will step down on Sept. 30.

Shares of Tesla fell over 3.5 percent yesterday after Chief Executive Elon Musk directed abuse on Twitter at one of the British cavers involved in the rescue of 12 Thai children last week.

Netflix’s subscriber growth fell short of Wall Street expectations yesterday, sending shares of the normally high-flying stock down 14 percent on fears that the company’s rapid expansion is slowing. In other headlines from earnings season, UnitedHealth topped estimates, Johnson & Johnson lowered its sales forecast for 2018 and Goldman Sachs' profit rose 44 percent.

 REUTERS TV

A lava explosion from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano strikes a tour boat and injures nearly two dozen people. Jayson Albano reports.

Lava bomb leaves 23 injured on Hawaii tour boat
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