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US President Donald Trump (left) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the Apec Economic Leaders' Meeting on Nov 11, 2017.
US President Donald Trump (left) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the Apec Economic Leaders' Meeting on Nov 11, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

Helsinki possible location for Trump-Putin summit: US official

The Finnish capital of Helsinki is being considered as a location for a summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior US official said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said over the weekend it was likely Trump would meet his Russian counterpart "in the not too distant future" following White House national security adviser John Bolton's visit to Moscow this week.

Russian media quoted the Kremlin as saying last week there were no plans for a meeting with Trump before a Nato summit in Brussels on July 11-12. Trump is expected to attend.


Uber wins London licence but with conditions

Uber avoided a ban in London on Tuesday (June 26) after the taxi-hailing app's new management made changes to ease strained relations with the city's transport regulator, but its new licence will include strict conditions.

Uber overhauled its policies and personnel in Britain after Transport for London (TfL) refused to renew its licence in September for failings in its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot said that while Uber had not been fit and proper when that decision was made, an overhaul of its policies in the subsequent months had changed its position.


Pence warns Central Americans to immigrate legally or not at all

US Vice President Mike Pence said during the first stop of a Latin American tour on Tuesday (June 26) that if Central Americans thinking of immigrating to the United States “can’t come legally, don’t come at all.”

Earlier, a White House aide told reporters that Pence will meet with the presidents of Guatemala and Honduras and the vice president of Honduras on Thursday in Guatemala to discuss the immigration issue on the US southern border.

Pence will be joined in the immigration talks by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.


Automakers to warn Trump of US$45 bln higher vehicle costs if tariff imposed

An automotive trade group said on Tuesday (June 26) it would tell the Trump administration that a US threat to impose a tariff of up to 25 per cent on imported passenger vehicles under national security grounds would cost American consumers US$45 billion (S$61.3 billion) annually, or US$5,800 per vehicle.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a group representing General Motors Co, Toyota Motor Corp , Volkswagen AG and other major automakers, will file written comments with the US Commerce Department later this week, spokeswoman Gloria Bergquist said.

"Nationwide, this tariff would hit American consumers with a tax of nearly US$45 billion, based on 2017 auto sales. This would largely cancel out the benefits of the tax cuts," Bergquist said, previewing the comments. Consumers would also face higher costs of imported auto parts when buying vehicles from both US and foreign automakers, she said.


World Cup: Argentina strike late to advance to World Cup knockout stages

A late goal by Marcos Rojo gave Argentina a dramatic 2-1 victory over Nigeria in Group D on Tuesday (June 26) and sent the twice champions through to the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the tournament in the 14th minute with an expertly taken shot. However, Nigeria were level six minutes after the restart, when Javier Mascherano fouled Leon Balogun in the area and Victor Moses stepped up to slot the resulting penalty past Franco Armani.

With the game ebbing away from Argentina, Gabriel Mercado crossed from the right in the 86th minute and Rojo turned the ball into the goal with a first time strike to spark wild celebrations from the Argentines.