Nationals activate RHP Strasburg, 1B Zimmerman from DL

The Washington Nationals officially activated right-hander Stephen Strasburg from the 10-day disabled list before his scheduled start Friday evening against the Atlanta Braves.

Lawyer Cohen taped Trump discussing payment to Playboy model: NYT

U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Trump before the 2016 presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Trump, the New York Times reported on Friday.

U.S. lawmakers cut anti-ZTE measure from must-pass defense bill

U.S. lawmakers who reached an agreement on a must-pass defense bill cut from the legislation a measure that would have made it harder for the president to undo sanctions slapped on China’s ZTE Corp , a top Democrat in the Senate said on Friday.

Senators propose bill to restrict international development loans to Turkey

Six U.S. senators introduced bipartisan legislation on Thursday to restrict loans from international financial institutions to Turkey “until the Turkish government ends the unjust detention of U.S. citizens”, a senate committee statement said.

Republicans to hold 2020 convention in North Carolina

Republicans on Friday voted to hold their 2020 presidential nominating convention in Charlotte, making North Carolina the road to U.S. President Donald Trump’s re-election.

Weak UK growth and tax revenues put the squeeze on Hammond

Smaller reduction in June spending deficit will restrict chancellor’s budget plans

Weak economic growth and sluggish tax revenues prevented the government from reducing its spending deficit in June by as much as anticipated, squeezing the chancellor’s ability to revive ailing public services in the autumn budget.

City analysts expected the deficit to decline by more than £1bn compared with June 2017, following a steep fall in interest payments on the government’s total debt bill and a cut in EU budget contributions the Treasury sends to Brussels.

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U.S. attorneys summoned to court to account for separated families

Attorneys for the U.S. government were due in court on Friday to update a federal judge on efforts to reunite some 2,500 immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration.

Russia ready to discuss Putin Washington visit: Ifax

Russia is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, Interfax news agency cited Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday.