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TRADE WAR Chinese and U.S. trade negotiators are discussing ways to resolve disputes ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Japan later this week, a Chinese official said. The sides were seeking to “consolidate the important consensus reached between the two leaders” in a telephone call last week, Wang Shouwen, a Commerce Ministry vice minister, told reporters. 

CAMBODIA Rescuers yesterday found two survivors in the rubble of a building that collapsed two days earlier while under construction in a Cambodian beach town, killing 28 workers and injuring 26 others as they slept in the unfinished condominium that doubled as their housing.

HIMALAYAS Bad weather has delayed the recovery of the bodies of international climbers who went missing while attempting to scale an unclimbed Himalayan peak in northern India, officials said. Veteran British mountaineer Martin Moran was leading a team which included three other Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian on the expedition on Nanda Devi East.

USA President Donald Trump will sign an executive order that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar (pictured) told reporters the idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to keep costs down.

USA Four people, including three children, found dead in South Texas near the border with Mexico likely died of dehydration and heat exposure after crossing the Rio Grande into the U.S. A law enforcement official close to the investigation told The Associated Press the four were overcome by the heat and foul play is not suspected. 

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (pictured) stepped up his attacks yesterday on front-runner Boris Johnson in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, challenging him to face public scrutiny amid the fallout from a reported quarrel with his girlfriend that prompted a police visit. Writing in the Times of London, Hunt said Johnson needs to earn the public’s trust by facing television debates before the Tories’ vote. 

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