Sweden questioning seven people over deadly truck attack -police

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish police have brought in seven people for questioning over an apparent terror attack in which a hijacked delivery truck mowed down pedestrians in Stockholm, killing four people, authorities said on Sunday.


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Lewis Hamilton leads from start to finish to continue Chinese GP success

  • Mercedes driver caps dominant weekend with race victory
  • Opening round winner Sebastian Vettel comes second in Shanghai

Lewis Hamilton started on pole position at the Shanghai International Circuit and never relinquished his lead as the Mercedes driver picked up his fifth Chinese Grand Prix win – and his 54th career win – on Sunday.

It was Hamilton’s second straight pole of the season, but this time he was able to hold off Sebastian Vettel, winner of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix a fortnight ago.

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America owes China $1tn. That’s a problem for Beijing, and Trump knows it

The leaders shared steak in Florida, but the stakes in trade talks are much higher for China, which would struggle to find a better export market

Forget the warm handshake. Take with a pinch of salt Donald Trump’s talk of his “very, very, great relationship” with Xi Jinping. The idea that Washington has ceased to harbour deep suspicions of Beijing just because the presidents of the world’s two biggest economies shared pleasantries over steak in Florida is fanciful.

Xi will certainly be hoping Trump’s cordial welcome was for real, because China has much more to lose economically from a trade war than America does. This might sound counter-intuitive given that Beijing can deploy the economic nuclear option if Trump makes good on his campaign pledge to slap whopping tariffs on Chinese imports. The US owes China more than $1 trillion and Xi could send America’s economy into a tailspin by sanctioning a dumping of US Treasury bonds.

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US navy strike group to move towards Korean peninsula, official says

Donald Trump speaks to acting leader of South Korea after Syria missile strike described by North as ‘intolerable act of aggression’

The US navy will move a strike group towards the western Pacific Ocean to provide a presence near the Korean peninsula, a US official said on Saturday.

Related: Trump tells Japan ‘all options on the table’ in face of North Korea provocation

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Trump's U.N. envoy says ouster of al-Assad is a priority of U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview that she sees regime change in Syria as one of the Trump administration’s priorities in the country wracked by civil war.


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Air strike kills 18 in Syria's Idlib province: Observatory

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Air strikes killed at least 18 people including five children in a town in Syrian rebel-controlled Idlib province on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the civil defense rescue service reported.


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Abe praises Trump's security commitment after call on Syria, North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday praised the “strong commitment” of President Donald Trump to global and allied security after his second call with the U.S. leader in four days.


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Bannon and Kushner agree to 'bury the hatchet' after White House peace talks

Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus tells the feuding pair to end the ‘palace intrigue’ after weeks of damaging infighting

White House aides Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner have met and agreed to “bury the hatchet” over their differences, a senior administration official said, in a bid to stop infighting that has distracted from Donald Trump’s message.

Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, and Kushner, an influential adviser and Trump’s son-in-law, met on Friday at the request of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus who told them that if they have any policy differences, they should air them internally, the official said.

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Justin Rose scents Masters glory but Jordan Spieth eyes redemption

• Englishman shares lead with Sergio García going into final round
• American Spieth keen to make up for last year’s horrific collapse

As Jordan Spieth’s Sunday playing partner, Justin Rose was afforded a closer look than anyone at a record-breaking procession towards Masters glory in 2015. Even as a fellow contender, Rose was taken aback. Twelve months have now passed since Spieth’s horrible, unforeseen capitulation when being denied successive triumphs.

The Masters has a wonderful habit of throwing up recurring themes. As Spieth charged through the field on Saturday, making a 68 to propel himself to four under par, Rose was not of a mind to play second fiddle again. This time in the group immediately behind Spieth, the Englishman signed for a 67 – the lowest score of the day – and a minus six total.

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Phil Mickelson’s rash gamble a fitting end to his uneasy Masters week | Andy Bull

American avoided a court appearance in the prosecution of a celebrity gambler but his luck ran out on the 3rd in a wildly inconsistent display at Augusta

In New York on Friday, a jury finally returned a verdict in the case of William “Billy” Walters. He was convicted on fraud and conspiracy charges. According to prosecutors, Walters made more than $40m through insider trading between 2008 and 2014. This was the fourth time the authorities had gone after him and the first time they had succeeded. Walters, 70, is one of the most famous gamblers in the US today. He once made $400,000 on a single hole of golf, and a flat million on a round. On Saturday, outside the Manhattan federal court, he told reporters he had “just lost the biggest bet of my life”. All of which would have nothing much to do with the Masters, if it were not for the fact Phil Mickelson was named as a potential witness in the case.

According to the prosecution, Mickelson got a stock tip from Walters. Mickelson agreed to turn over the $1m profit he made on the trade and was not charged with any wrongdoing. He wasn’t called, either, after his lawyers said he would plead the fifth. During jury selection, the judge presiding over the case, P Kevin Castel, decided to dismiss one person from the jury pool because “a look of rapture” came over his face when Mickelson’s name was first mentioned. Which sounds about right. Mickelson is still one of the most popular golfers in the US, always a top draw at Augusta. And in the third round here, Lefty was paired with one of the few men who contend with him on that score, Jordan Spieth, so the galleries around him were thicker than ever.

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