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US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping chat as they walk along the front patio of the Mar-a-Lago estate after a bilateral meeting.
US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping chat as they walk along the front patio of the Mar-a-Lago estate after a bilateral meeting. PHOTO: REUTERS

Xi-Trump summit: Donald Trump presses Xi Jinping on trade, North Korea; progress cited

President Donald Trump pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping to do more to curb North Korea’s nuclear programme and help reduce the gaping US trade deficit with Beijing in talks on Friday (April 7), even as he toned down the strident anti-China rhetoric of his election campaign.

Trump spoke publicly of progress on a range of issues in his first US-China summit – as did several of his top aides – but they provided few concrete specifics other than China’s agreement to work together to narrow disagreements and find common ground for cooperation.

As the two leaders wrapped up a Florida summit overshadowed by US missile strikes in Syria overnight, Xi joined Trump in stressing the positive mood of the meetings and at the same time papering over deep differences that have caused friction between the world’s two biggest economies.

Trump’s aides insisted he had made good on his pledge to raise concerns about China’s trade practices and said there was some headway, Xi agreeing to a 100-day plan for trade talks aimed at boosting US exports and reducing China’s trade surplus with the United States.


Stockholm attack: Four dead in truck attack, driver still at large

A massive manhunt was under way for the driver of a stolen truck that ploughed into a crowd outside a busy department store in central Stockholm on Friday (April 7), killing four and injuring 15, Swedish police said.

National police chief Stefan Hector said the police’s “working hypothesis is that this is a terror attack.”

One man was arrested in connection with the attack but the driver remained at large, police said. The arrested man’s appearance had matched that of a man in a picture released by police as a person of interest wanted in connection with the attack.


 US threatens further strikes in Syria

The United States on Friday (April 7) threatened further military action in Syria following its missile strikes on an air base in the war-wracked country in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley delivered the warning at an emergency session of the Security Council where Russia accused the United States of violating international law and waging an "act of aggression" against Syria.

"The United States took a very measured step last night," Haley said. "We are prepared to do more, but we hope it will not be necessary."


18 hurt as train ploughs into lorry in Poland

A train crashed into a lorry at a level crossing in Poland on Friday (April 7), injuring 18 passengers, seven seriously.

The injured were airlifted to hospitals, Pawel Fratczak, a spokesman for Polish national firefighters, told AFP.

"The train was carrying between 250 and 300 passengers. One of the carriages derailed," he said, adding that an investigation was underway to establish the cause of the crash.


Twitter pulls lawsuit over anti-Trump account, says summons withdrawn

Twitter on Friday (April 7) dropped a lawsuit it filed the previous day against the US Homeland Security Department, saying the government had withdrawn a summons for records about who was behind an account critical of President Donald Trump.

A lawyer for the social media company, Mark Flanagan, wrote in court papers that a US Justice Department lawyer told Twitter about the withdrawal of the summons on Friday and that the demand “no longer has any force or effect.” (http://tmsnrt.rs/2oKlWnk)

It was not immediately clear why the government had withdrawn the summons, or whether it had closed an investigation it said it was conducting. The Justice Department, which defends federal agencies in court, declined to comment. The Homeland Security Department, which issued the summons, had no immediate comment.