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Putin performs unexpected piano recital in Beijing

At his conclusion, Putin whispers something and then decisively shuts the piano's fallboard (the keyboard lid) and walks away, smiling. A jab at a possible lack of attention to detail at China's state properties? The New York Times noted that while the recital appeared casual, it was clearly not spontaneous - a cameraman was present and the video appeared quickly on Russian state news media.



North Korea claim 'new long-range ballistic rocket' test

Sunday's test is the first from North Korea since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office last week. South Korea needs to show the North that even though talks are possible, it will only be possible if North Korea changes its attitude, the President told staff.


Antonio Conte wants to stay at Chelsea, improve next season

Antonio Conte wants to stay at Chelsea, improve next season

Conte , who claimed three Serie A titles as Juventus coach, has restored Chelsea to the winners circle by rebuilding from the chaotic end of Jose Mourinhos second reign. The Italian said he and his squad had only "started to do our work". The players will be in their second season and we saw that last season (2015-2016) they couldn't sustain it.


Van der Breggen tops Hall to win Women's Tour of California

Van der Breggen tops Hall to win Women's Tour of California

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling's Katie Hall (Oakland, Calif.) rode 67 miles to her second career Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease ™ Women's Race empowered with SRAM stage win today in South Lake Tahoe, putting her into the overall race lead.


Stoltenberg: NATO may send many more troops to Afghanistan

Stoltenberg: NATO may send many more troops to Afghanistan

The Obama administration also set in place timelines for a reduction in USA troop levels as Afghan forces became responsible for their own security levels. USA troops are stepping up attacks on an extremist group considered an Islamic State affiliate in the country. Some U.S. officials told Reuters they questioned the benefit of sending more troops to Afghanistan because any politically palatable number would not be enough to turn the tide, much less create stability and security.


Clapper says Trump eroding checks and balances

Clapper says Trump eroding checks and balances

Clapper said he found the developments "bothersome" and "worrying", before explaining that the feels "our institutions are under assault". The former US attorney for New York's Southern District, who was sacked by President Donald Trump in March, called for both parties to team up and investigate the possibility of Russian interference in the election.