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NEWS     SATURDAY,  JULY  21, 2018    NEWS

Trump's Lawyer Secretly Recorded Him
For years, Donald Trump entrusted Michael Cohen with some of his most personal secrets; only now is he beginning to confront how dangerous that practice may have been. Since April, when federal agents searched Cohen’s office, home and hotel room, Trump “has been a bit nervous” that his longtime lawyer could become a legal liability, said a White House aide familiar with the president’s thinking. LA Times
VOA VIEW: There is something called attorney client privilege and the pardon.

Who Heard What Trump Said To Putin? Only One Other American.
Marina Gross, the only other American in the room during President Trump’s meeting on Monday with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, was the interpreter for Laura Bush at the Russian resort of Sochi in 2008 and interpreted for former Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in Moscow in 2017. She appears to live in an apartment in Arlington, Va., is an employee of the State Department and is, unsurprisingly, fluent in Russian. NY Times
VOA VIEW: So what NYT.

Israel Pummels Hamas Targets In Gaza
Israel pummeled Hamas targets in Gaza killing four Palestinians, mostly Hamas operatives, on Friday in a series of airstrikes after gunmen killed an Israeli soldier near the border, officials said. The military said a "terrorist squad" fired at troops and one soldier was severely injured and later died of his wounds. He was the first Israeli military fatality in months of violence along the Gaza border. CBS
VOA VIEW: Pack back is no secret - it is the only response.

Trump Ready To Impose Tariffs On $500B In Chinese Imports
President Donald Trump signaled for a second straight day his frustration with the Federal Reserve’s policy of gradually raising interest rates, saying it would undermine his campaign to boost U.S. economic growth and reduce trade deficits. In tweets on Friday, Mr. Trump said the Fed’s efforts hurt the U.S. economic expansion, and he accused China and Europe of manipulating their currencies to hurt the U.S. on trade. WSJ

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Dollar Drops On Trump Criticism
The U.S. dollar weakened, long term Treasury yields rose and stocks closed mostly lower on Friday after President Donald Trump complained again about the greenback’s strength and about Federal Reserve interest rate rises. Wall Street and European stock markets stalled, despite good corporate earnings, after Trump threatened to impose tariffs on all U.S. imports from China. Reuters

Diplomat Says Russia "Open" To Putin Visit After Trump's Invite
Moscow is ready to discuss a possible visit by President Vladimir Putin to Washington after a surprise invitation from President Donald Trump, Russia's ambassador to the U.S. said Friday. With confusion still swirling around what the two men discussed behind closed doors in Helsinki earlier this week, Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said it's important to "deal with the results" of their first summit before jumping too fast into a new one. CBS
VOA VIEW: Russia would be dumb to talk itself out of another visit.

N Korea Puts Reunion Of War Separated Families In Doubt
North Korea said Friday that an August reunion of Korean families separated by war may not happen if South Korea doesn't immediately return some of its citizens who arrived in the South in recent years. The 2016 arrival of a group of 12 female employees from a North Korean-run restaurant in China has been a source of contention between the rival Koreas. North Korea has accused South Korea of kidnapping them, while South Korea says they decided to resettle of their own free will. LA Times
VOA VIEW: NK should act wisely.

Air Raids On Last IS Pocket In South Syria Kill 26 Civilians
Twenty-six civilians were killed in air strikes Friday on areas controlled by the Islamic State jihadist group in southern Syria's Daraa province, a war monitor said. Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said 11 children were among those killed in day-long strikes by regime and allied Russian aircraft on the last IS-held pocket in Daraa. Yahoo

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What's The First Stock Warren Buffet Ever Bought?
Billionaire Warren Buffett, also known as the "Oracle of Omaha," is considered one of the most successful investors in the world. He is the long-time chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett was born on August 30, 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska. As a youngster, Buffett reportedly showed great interest in stocks, going so far as to write stock prices on the chalk board in his father's office. Investopedia

US Condemns 'Orterga Regime' Amid Deadly Protests In Nicaragua
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's "regime" amid ongoing protests and violence in the country. During an interview with talk radio host Hugh Hewitt Friday, Pompeo said the State Department is trying to convince Ortega to allow the democratic process to begin. Protests started in April over pension cuts but have since grown into a movement demanding Ortega step down. Thursday marked 39 years since he helped overthrow a previous dictatorship. CBS

Pompeo, At UN Says N Korean Leader Must Keep Vow To Denuclearize
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the United Nations on Friday to deliver the message that there would be no sanctions relief for North Korea until its leader does “what he promised the world he would do” by surrendering the North’s nuclear weapons. At a news conference after his meetings, Mr. Pompeo also said that North Korea, under its leader, Kim Jong-un, was continuing to find ways to skirt the sanctions aimed at dismantling the North’s nuclear arms program. Mr. Pompeo said he urged other members of the United Nations Security Council to “step up their enforcement efforts” on the sanctions, which he called “critical to our achieving this goal” of pressing Mr. Kim to give up his country’s nuclear weapons. NY Times

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Engagements With US Over Afghanistan To 'Yield More Positive Results'
Following years of an acrimonious blame game, the Pakistan and U.S. militaries appear to be engaged again in tactical counterterrorism cooperation for promoting a negotiated settlement to the war in Afghanistan. American and Pakistani military officials have acknowledged the positive trend in mutual ties, with both sides underscoring the need for continued engagements. Bing

WH Rejects Putin Idea For Ukraine Referendum
The White House rejected on Friday a Vladimir Putin-backed effort to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region's future, distancing itself from the idea in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's controversial summit with the Russian leader. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Good!

Iran Has Laid Groundwork For Extensive Cyberattacks On US
Iranian hackers have laid the groundwork to carry out extensive cyberattacks on U.S. and European infrastructure and on private companies, and the U.S. is warning allies, hardening its defenses and weighing a counterattack, say multiple senior U.S. officials. Despite Iran having positioned cyber weapons to carry out attacks, there is no suggestion an offensive operation is imminent, according to the officials, who requested anonymity in order to speak. NBC

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Brexit Backer Denies Fresh Allegation Of Russia Links
British businessman Arron Banks has denied an allegation made by a former business partner that he approached Russians about investing in his diamond mines, and that the money raised went instead to his campaign to leave the European Union. Banks, who ahead of the Brexit referendum financed Leave.EU, a campaign led by Nigel Farage, then the leader of the UK Independence Party, has faced questions in parliament about his Russia links but denied having business there. US News

3 Minnesota Correctional Officers Resign In Wake Of Colleague's Death
Three correctional officers from Stillwater and Oak Park Heights prisons have resigned since the killing of one of their colleagues this week. Joseph Gomm, 45, of Blaine, was killed in an industry building at Stillwater on Wednesday. Edward Muhammad Johnson, 42, is accused of bludgeoning with a hammer and stabbing him, a source told the Star Tribune. Star Tribune

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Facebook Suspends Analytics Firm On Concerns About Sharing Of Public User Data
Facebook Inc. said Friday it was suspending an analytics firm while it investigates whether that firm’s government contracts violate the social-media giant’s policies on how its public data is collected and shared. Crimson Hexagon, based in Boston, has in recent years had contracts to analyze public Facebook data for clients including a Russian nonprofit with ties to the Kremlin and multiple U.S. government agencies, according to people familiar with the matter and federal procurement data. WSJ

Fortnite Player Uses Trick On Ohio Teen To Hack Account
Jake Bates, of Mason, Ohio, was in an intense battle with another gamer, discussing the action on a headset, when the player volunteered to transfer over cool new skins if he gave him access to his account. Bates, eager to get free items, agreed — and told the unidentified player his username and password. Fox

Thousands Of Tesla Model 3 Cars Are Sitting In Giant Parking Lots
Some photos of Tesla vehicles parked at several locations in California recently surfaced on Twitter. What looks to be a few thousand Teslas are allegedly in the Central Valley town of Lathrop, east of the Bay Area; and in Burbank, near Los Angeles. These look to be staging areas, where cars are collected before they've sent to other parts of the country. Business Insider

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