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President Donald Trump and King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan speak as they walk to their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, on June 25, 2018.
President Donald Trump and King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan speak as they walk to their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, on June 25, 2018.PHOTO: NYTIMES

Trump cites Middle East progress, but mum on peace plan

President Donald Trump said on Monday (June 25) that a lot of progress had been made in the Middle East, but he declined to say when the White House would release its plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Trump, during a meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan, said things had improved since he pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. European allies opposed that move.

"Things are a lot different since we ended that," Trump said.

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Prince William in Israel as part of regional tour 

Britain's Prince William arrived in Israel on Monday (June 25), the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories.

Prince William's plane from Jordan landed at Ben Gurion Airport between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem around 6pm (11pm Singapore time), with the royal descending on to the tarmac in a dark suit.

Officials stressed the visit of the future king was non-political and focused on building relations with young people.

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Passenger claims Malaysia Airlines lost his cat


A distraught passenger claims ground crew at the Labuan airport lost his cat on the runway.

In a Facebook posting, Kiran Kumar Nesarajah claimed that his cat, Scooty, was supposed to be transported on board MH7417 from Labuan to Kuala Lumpur on June 24.

Kiran said his white cat with brown spots with a clipped right ear was last seen on the tarmac at 4.37pm that day.

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World Cup: Portugal concede late penalty as Uruguay await in last 16

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty before Portugal conceded an injury-time spot-kick in a 1-1 draw with Iran at the World Cup on Monday (June 25) as the European champions set up a last-16 clash with Uruguay. 

Ricardo Quaresma curled in a trademark trivela goal on the stroke of half-time at the Mordovia Arena, but Karim Ansarifard’s late penalty dropped Portugal to second in Group B behind neighbours Spain. 

Ronaldo won a second-half spot-kick after a video review but saw his effort saved, with the Real Madrid star unable to add to his four-goal tally at the tournament. 

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Tennis: Murray gets Wimbledon boost with first win on comeback trail

Andy Murray offered encouragement that he could be ready to compete at Wimbledon as the former world number one beat Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-3 at Eastbourne on Monday (June 25).

Murray was playing only his second match after 11 months on the sidelines with a hip injury that required surgery in January.

The 31-year-old had lost on his comeback against Nick Kyrgios at Queen's Club last week and claimed after that defeat that he might not be fit enough for Wimbledon.

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