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Allies confront Trump with trade numbers in tense G-7 summit

US President Donald Trump countered a slew of trade numbers from US allies with his own, different data, holding firm to his position that the United States was at a disadvantage, an official at a G-7 summit said on Friday as consensus eluded the group’s leaders.

Friday’s trade session, where G-7 allies planned to confront the US president over trade tariffs, had “some emotions” but was civilised and diplomatic, said the official who followed the talks.

“The other leaders presented their numbers and Trump presented his. As expected he did not budge. This is probably not because he does not understand, but because of domestic reasons,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

US trading partners are furious over Trump’s decision last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his “America First” agenda. Some have retaliated.


China hacked US Navy contractor, secured trove of data on submarine warfare

Chinese government hackers have compromised the computers of a Navy contractor, stealing massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare - including secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on US submarines by 2020, according to American officials.

The breaches occurred in January and February, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.

The hackers targeted a contractor who works for the Naval Undersea Warfare Centre, a military organisation headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island, that conducts research and development for submarines and underwater weaponry.


Slovaks mourn Filipino expat beaten to death in street

Thousands of Slovaks rallied in the capital Bratislava on Friday to pay tribute to a murdered Filipino expat, beaten to death by man believed to be a neo-Nazi.

Henry Acorda, a 36-year-old Filipino living in Slovakia, was assaulted in the heart of the capital on May 26 by 28-year-old Juraj H, whose surname has been withheld pending trial.

Five days later, Acorda died in hospital from injuries he sustained in the attack.


Tennis: Thiem ready to topple Nadal in French Open final

As the only man to have beaten Rafael Nadal on clay over the past two seasons, Dominic Thiem knows he has the weapons and expertise to topple the 10-times champion in Sunday's French Open final.

However, the Austrian is wary that a best-of-five-set Grand Slam match represents a different challenge, especially at a tournament where the Spaniard has been beaten only twice in 87 matches.

"He is a big favourite against everybody. Still, I know how to play against him. I have a plan," a confident Thiem, who dispatched surprise package Marco Cecchinato 7-5 7-6(10) 6-1 in the semi-finals on Friday, told reporters.


Girlfriend says Bourdain was 'my love, my rock', as friends and fans pay tribute

Anthony Bourdain's death by suicide on Friday prompted an outpouring of grief, with fellow celebrities, friends, foodies and fans paying tribute to a man who charmed many with his unvarnished, compassionate commentary on food and life.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Italian actress Asia Argento, Bourdain's girlfriend, said she was "beyond devastated" by his death. "His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector."

The appreciations of Bourdain's writing and television shows came from all corners, including from former US president Barack Obama, who shared a meal with Bourdain in Vietnam in 2016.