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Soccer diplomacy: World Cup host Putin gives Trump a ball

Soccer diplomacy: World Cup host Putin gives Trump a ball

HELSINKI — Riding high after hosting a successful World Cup, Russian President Vladimir Putin brought a special gift to his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump: a soccer ball.
Putin says he wanted Trump to win in 2016, didn't interfere

Putin says he wanted Trump to win in 2016, didn't interfere

HELSINKI — Russia's Vladimir Putin said Monday he did want Donald Trump to win the 2016 U.S. presidential election but took no action during the campaign to make it happen. He said he favoured the celebrity businessman because of his policies.
Lebanon must investigate torture claims by actor, HRW says

Lebanon must investigate torture claims by actor, HRW says

BEIRUT — The New York-based Human Rights Watch is calling on Lebanese authorities to investigate allegations of torture made by a well-known actor who was detained and later exonerated of charges of spying for Israel.

Lose, your blues: Town tosses 'Footloose' anti-dancing law

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Officials in a western Arkansas city say residents can finally kick off their Sunday shoes. Fort Smith city directors recently repealed a 1953 ordinance that essentially outlawed public dancing on Sundays.
World Cup afterglow gives France a sorely needed boost

World Cup afterglow gives France a sorely needed boost

PARIS — The members of France's victorious World Cup team returned home from Russia to triumphant arcs of water heralding their airplane's arrival and a red carpet welcome Monday, and that was before the formal homage that awaited them in Paris.

Hungry headache: German city seeks to evict big catfish

BERLIN — A German city is looking for a way to get rid of a giant catfish that is believed to have developed a taste for ducklings after eating all of its fellow fish in the municipal pond. The roughly 1.5-meter (4.
Royals release new photos to mark Prince Louis's christening

Royals release new photos to mark Prince Louis's christening

LONDON — Kensington Palace has released family photos of Prince Louis in the arms of his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, to mark the baby boy's christening.
Netanyahu visits southern region following Gaza escalation

Netanyahu visits southern region following Gaza escalation

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a southern Israeli town bordering Gaza on Monday that was pummeled with rockets from the strip over the weekend and told community leaders there that Israel is engaged in a "lengthy battle.
Puerto Ricans return to power grid, but fear for long term

Puerto Ricans return to power grid, but fear for long term

ADJUNTAS, Puerto Rico — It was finally a night to celebrate in this village tucked into the mountains of central Puerto Rico.
Muslim candidates run in record numbers but face backlash

Muslim candidates run in record numbers but face backlash

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A liberal woman of colour with zero name recognition and little funding takes down a powerful, long serving congressman from her own political party.