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United States President Donald Trump is on the defensive after admitting he misspoke during a news conference in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On Monday in Helsinki, Trump would not say if he believed US intelligence officials’ assessment that Russia meddled in his country’s election, an election he won. His misstep caught admonition from both Democrats and Republicans, and put the White House on the defensive.

On Tuesday Trump attempted to correct the error, telling reporters, “I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t. The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.'”

We’ll examine the fallout of the meeting, and if the president can rebound from a news conference politicians have called “shameful”, “disgraceful”, and even “treasonous.”


Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant has resigned following days of riots sparked by the government’s decision to raise fuel prices. The violent protests started on Friday, July 6 after officials announced an increase in prices of up to 50 percent for gasoline, diesel and kerosene.

Several people were killed in the riots as demonstrators took to the streets blocking roads, burning tires, and vandalising shops.

Much of the island is still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, which struck in 2016 and roughly 40,000 people still live in makeshift camps following an earthquake eight years ago.

We’ll take a look at the aftermath of the protests, and why some United Nations officials believe the government should have anticipated the backlash.


A wave of protests across southern Iraq has now expanded across the country.

The demonstrations, which begun in Basra entered a second week despite the government’s attempt to contain the unrest. At least eight people have been killed in clashes with security forces.

Protesters are upset over the lack of benefits they’re receiving from the country’s vast oil wealth. They blame government corruption and mismanagement for the lack of services and jobs.

We’ll discuss the continued criticism from protesters, and what the government is doing to contain the mounting anger.

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