Top40 News for 07/26/2018

#33 Pompeo Defends Trump With ‘Proof’ of Administration’s Actions vs. Russia

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WASHINGTON — Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, told skeptical senators on Wednesday that the Trump administration has taken a truckload of punitive actions against Moscow as “proof” it is tough on Russia as the White House walked back an invitation for President Vladimir V. Putin to visit Washington this fall.

Yet during a combative three-hour Senate hearing, Mr. Pompeo repeatedly declined to provide specifics about a one-on-one meeting between President Trump and Mr. Putin last week in Helsinki, Finland — including the possibility of relaxing sanctions on Moscow, military cooperation in Syria or the future of Crimea.

Mr. Pompeo angrily dismissed questions about the deep gulf between the administration’s tough policies on Russia and Mr. Trump’s own warm statements about Mr. Putin.

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#34 Laos scrambles for food, medicines, coffins after dam burst

Intro: Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number believed dead after a partly-constructed hydropower dam in southeast Laos collapsed, sending flash floods surging through six villages on July 24. Rescue efforts are underway. 

(Pictured) Villagers evacuate after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province on July 24. 

People on a boat are evacuated in the floodwaters from a collapsed dam in southeastern Laos on July 24. 

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Troops searched for survivors in the remote southern tip of Laos on Thursday, three days after the collapse of a hydropower dam sent a torrent of water across paddy fields and through villages, as rescuers rushed aid to thousands of homeless.

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