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Putin: Moscow and Washington could strike Syria deal within days

President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he had grounds to believe Russia and the United States could strike a long-awaited deal on Syria within days, allowing them to intensify the fight against Islamist militants in the country.

Putin made his comments during a news conference at the close of the G20 summit in China where he held talks with US President Barack Obama. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also met on the event's sidelines and discussed Syria, but were unable to reach an agreement.

Obama says the US and Russia are working to try to finalise a ceasefire in Syria that would allow more deliveries of humanitarian aid. The two countries are also thought to be trying to reach a deal on some form of limited military cooperation.


Xi Jinping told Theresa May he is open to bilateral trade deal

Chinese President Xi Jinping told British Prime Minister Theresa May he was open to a bilateral trade agreement between the two countries, a British official told reporters at the G20.

"Xi said that they wanted to look at how we could strengthen our trading and economic relationship and that China was open to a bilateral trade arrangement with the UK," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

The official also said Xi had told May that China would remain patient while her government gets to grips with decisions taken by her predecessor.


French farmers, truckers block roads in Calais migrant camp demonstration

Angry French truckers and farmers blocked the main routes in and out of the port of Calais on Monday to call for the closure of the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp.

Around 70 trucks mounted a "go-slow" on the A16 motorway - the main artery for freight and passengers heading for Britain either via the Channel Tunnel or on board ferries from the port.

Dozens of farmers on tractors joined up with the trucks, slowing traffic to a crawl, while around 400 people staged a demonstration in the middle of the motorway.


Golf: Brilliant McIlroy ends drought with Deutsche Bank crown

Rory McIlroy shot a superb six-under-par 65 to end his 16-month PGA Tour title drought with victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.

The Northern Ireland star laid the foundations for a two-stroke victory over England's Paul Casey with a bewitching front nine performance, sinking five birdies to be five under at the turn.

Two more birdies and a bogey on the back nine at TPC Boston sealed a deserved win for the 27-year-old, whose last win on the PGA Tour came at the Wells Fargo Championship in May 2015.


Britain presses for "unique" deal with EU after Brexit

 Britain is pressing for a "unique" deal with the European Union to restore sovereignty, reduce immigration and boost trade with the bloc after their split, the minister charged with negotiating Brexit said on Monday.

Britain's new government, under Prime Minister Theresa May, has so far given little detail of what the country wants when it leaves the EU, saying it was focusing on preparing its negotiating stance for when it triggers the divorce procedure.

After May rejected a "points based" system for immigration, her Brexit minister, David Davis, moved to ease concerns in his party by saying that reducing the flow of migrants was a top priority for a government conscious that many who voted to leave the EU on June 23 did so because of immigration fears.