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Ivanka Trump sits in for president at G20

HAMBURG: For a moment at the G20 summit on Saturday the United States was represented by another Trump, when the president's daughter Ivanka took a seat at the table of world leaders. The 35-year-old former fashion model sat around the table with Xi Jinping, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Angela Merkel and Theresa May, diplomats and the White House confirmed. The incident fuelled long-standing allegations of nepotism against the US leader, who has put family members in top White House positions. A White House official said …

Ivanka Trump, World Bank launch fund for female entrepreneurs

HAMBURG: The World Bank will start a fund to finance women entrepreneurs, an idea it developed in tandem with Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the US president Donald Trump. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative fund has raised $325 million from various governments. He hopes to leverage that into a multi-billion dollar fund. Kim was speaking at a panel on women’s entrepreneurship that coincides with the meeting of Group of 20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany. “Empowering…

Trump eyes swift UK trade deal, says state visit to go ahead

HAMBURG: US President Donald Trump said Saturday his controversial state visit to Britain will go ahead, adding that he was hoping for a "very powerful" trade deal with London "very, very quickly". As he met with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the G20 summit in Germany, Trump predicted that trade would be "a very big factor" between the two nations. "There is no country that could possibly be closer than our countries," he said. "We are working on a trade deal -- a very, very big deal, a very powerful deal,…

Trump versus the rest as violent G20 wraps up

HAMBURG: US President Donald Trump heads Saturday into the final day of a fractious and violent G20 summit in Germany at odds even with America's traditional Western allies. Negotiators from the world's 20 top economies were expected to have worked all night trying to hammer out a final summit statement that at least gives the impression of unity. Hamburg authorities meanwhile braced for another day of demonstrations, after two days of running battles between police and anti-capitalist protestors left 200 officers…

Trump calls first Putin meeting an ‘honor’, cites ‘very good’ talks

HAMBURG: U.S. President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday that it was an "honour" to meet him for the first time and said he looked forward to "positive things" in the relationship between the former Cold War rivals. The face-to-face encounter between Trump and Putin at a Group of 20 summit in Germany was one of the most eagerly anticipated meetings between two leaders in years. Trump promised a rapprochement with Moscow during his campaign for the presidency last year. But he has been unable…

Trump, Putin hold first meeting at protest-marred G20 summit

HAMBURG: US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first face-to-face meeting on Friday at a G20 summit marred by violent protests and a rift between America and its Western allies over climate change and trade. "We look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, for the United States and for everyone concerned," Trump said. "It's an honour to be with you." Putin told the US leader: "I'm delighted to be able to meet you personally Mr President. And I hope as you have…

Trump still wants Mexico to pay for border wall

HAMBURG: US President Donald Trump said on Friday he still wants Mexico to pay for a planned border wall, as he met his Mexican counterpart for the first time as head of state. Asked at the meeting with Enrique Pena Nieto on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, if he still wanted Mexico to pay for the wall, Trump said: "Absolutely". Before that, both presidents delivered statements with Trump hailing the "successful day" so far. "We're negotiating NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) and…

Dozens injured as protests turn violent ahead of Trump’s maiden G20

HAMBURG: Demonstrations turned violent late Thursday ahead of a tricky first G20 summit for US President Donald Trump, as German police clashed with a hard core of masked anti-capitalist activists hurling bottles and stones. What should have been a peaceful march by around 12,000 people in Hamburg protesting against globalisation was halted as police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse around 1,000 far-left militants. Seventy-six police officers were injured, a spokesman for Hamburg's police told AFP. "Police…

Trump to meet Putin at G20, seek ‘more constructive’ ties

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will hold his first face-to-face with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of next week's G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, the White House said on Thursday. Trump's National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said Putin would be among the "many world leaders" meeting the US president during the summit, taking place on July 7 and 8. One of the goals of the president's trip, McMaster said, will be "to develop a common approach to Russia." "As the president has made clear, he…