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The #SmartList: Trump defends Putin meeting and more of today's must-reads

Microsoft News 22 hrs ago

It’s hump day and yet another Trump day (and, for some, kind of a grump day). We’ve got you covered with the latest from the president, the Thai soccer team, royal drama and more. Check out all of the big news in Wednesday’s #SmartList!

(1) Trump keeps up defense of Helsinki performance (CNN)

President Trump continued to defend his much-criticized meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, tweeting “people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki” and his buddy act with Putin “truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match.”

(2) Boys rescued from Thai cave tell their story in public debut (NBC News)

The 12 Thai boys rescued from a cave made their first public appearance Wednesday and talked about their harrowing, 10-day ordeal. When they were finally found, one of them said, “We were not sure if it was a hallucination.”

(3) New forensic tests suggest Shroud of Turin is fake (Reuters)

The mysterious linen some Christians believe is Jesus’ burial cloth is most likely a fake, according to a high-tech forensic study of the blood flows on the Shroud of Turin. Skeptics claim the cloth is a masterful medieval forgery.

(4) Samantha Markle blasts sister Meghan (Wonderwall)

“If our father dies I'm holding you responsible, Meg!" Meghan’s sister Samantha ranted on social media. And that was hardly all she had to say.

(5) DeMar DeRozan expresses anger at trade to Spurs (NBC Sports)

Toronto’s star NBA player, DeMar DeRozan, is displeased he has been traded from the city he has come to call home. “Ain’t no loyalty in this game,” he said. “Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing.”

Well, we're not going to sell out you, our loyal readers. We'll have more great reads in tomorrow's #SmartList. See you then!

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