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Trump on Putin meeting: it wasn't all rosy
U.S. President Donald Trump defended his efforts to build a relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview broadcast on Friday, having invited the Russian leader for a second meeting despite an uproar over their first.

Ivory Coast government faces collapse in coalition row
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's government faced collapse on Friday after his junior coalition partner said it had expelled party members named to a new cabinet.

Brazil's Alckmin firms presidential bid with centrist coalition
Business-friendly Brazilian presidential candidate Geraldo Alckmin got the strongest boost yet to his incipient campaign as a coalition of five centrist parties agreed to back him, the head of one of the parties told Reuters on Friday.

Iraqi protester killed at Badr paramilitary branch
A security guard outside a branch of one Iraq's most powerful paramilitary groups shot and killed a protester on Friday while trying to push back a crowd, police sources said, ratcheting up tensions over a lack of basic services sweeping southern cities.

U.S., European allies map out larger role for F-35 fighter
Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet is arriving in growing numbers in Europe, and is poised to play a much broader role in missile defense and other warfare plans than conventional fighters, according to U.S. and European officials.

U.S. urges strict U.N. sanctions until North Korea acts on denuclearization
The United States called on North Korea on Friday to act on its promise to give up its nuclear weapons and said the world, including China and Russia, must continued to enforce sanctions until it does so.