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On Sunday, President Trump appeared to walk back his comments supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin against allegations that the Russian government hacked the US election. Previously, Trump had said that Putin insisted to him that Russia was not involved in election meddling, telling reporters "And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it." Sunday morning, at a news conference in Vietnam, Trump clarified “I believe that [Putin] feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election. As to whether I believe it, I’m with our agencies. As currently led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies." Officials at the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia did interfere in the elections to help Trump win, and are still investigating whether or not Trump's campaign had any knowledge or involvement. Trump later asked on Twitter "when will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There always playing politics — bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!" — CNN

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Hours after taking to Twitter to blast North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, President Trump suggested the two could someday be friends. A North Korea statement on Saturday described Trump's Asia trip as “a warmonger's trip for confrontation with our country, trying to remove our self-defensive nuclear deterrent," and referred to the President as "an old lunatic." In response, Trump tweeted, “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend — and maybe someday that will happen!” Speaking with reporters in Vietnam on Sunday, the President again insisted he'd prefer to be friends with Kim. "Certainly, it is something that could happen. I don’t know that it will, but it would be very, very nice if it did." In 2014, a North Korean statement referred to President Obama as a "dirty fellow" and suggested former Secretary of State John F. Kerry had a "hideous lantern jaw." U.S. leaders typically have not responded publicly to the name-calling. — WAPO

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One week after a gunman killed more than two dozen people and injured 20 others, leaders of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, in Texas, said the church would reopen to the public as a memorial. "This is our church, but it is not just us that are suffering. This tragedy has rocked our nation, and has had an impact on all Americans and our country as a whole. It is our hope that this will be healing for everyone," the church's associate pastor Mark Collins said in a statement. Church pastor Frank Pomeroy, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in the shooting, previously suggested tearing down the church and replacing it with a prayer garden. Pomeroy said the building is "too stark of a reminder" of what happened. Pomeroy also said, “There’s too many that do not want to go back in there. We will probably turn it into a memorial for a while. We’re playing it day by day.” Following a tour with the news media, the memorial is set to open at 5 p.m. local time Sunday and offer public hours during weekdays. — NPR

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At the Dubai Air Show on Sunday, Boeing announced carrier Emirates would buy 40 of its 787 Dreamliners in a deal worth about $15 billion. The Chicago-based company was chosen over France-based Airbus' A350 model. "We were comparing the two apples,” Emirates CEO and Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said of Boeing and Airbus. He added that the Boeing 787 is “the best option ... given its maintenance and so on.” Emirates is the largest Middle East airline and already has 165 of Boeing's 777 aircrafts with 164 on order. Delivery of the aircrafts is expected to begin in 2022. Boeing makes its 787 airliners at a plant in North Charleston, South Carolina. Boeing also recently sealed deals with Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines in deals worth a combined $51 billion. — USA TODAY

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Iran has rejected a call for negotiations on its missile program, initiated by French leaders. Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said talks were "not negotiable" and cited a 2015 deal the country had signed with other nations. French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said he was "very concerned" about Iran's missile program after Saudi Arabian leaders claimed their country intercepted a missile from Yemen. US authorities have said the missile was supplied by Iran. — AL JAZEERA

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Several women inside a San Diego immigrant detention center became ill Friday night after fumes from cleaning chemicals overwhelmed the facility. At least 20 women fainted or vomited at the Otay Mesa Detention Center. After visiting the facility on Saturday, Luis Guerra, a legal representative with the United Farm Workers Foundation, said officials only moved the women out once the guards showed symptoms, "even though the women had been telling them they couldn't breathe." The center is run by private company CoreCivic, which claims it is investigating the incident. — BUZZFEED

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More than 20 children and two adults were injured Saturday night after a platform and staircase collapsed at an indoor parkour facility in San Diego. Some of the victims suffered spinal injuries after a 10-foot-by-30-foot wooden platform collapsed. At least 100 children were estimated to have been inside when the incident occurred. A parent said the stairwell collapsed after several children were running up and down to get pizza. Video of the incident shows broken wood and shattered glass as parents moved children away from the area. Police said it is unclear if poor construction or weight on the platform caused the collapse. — LA TIMES

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On "Meet the Press," Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey called for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to "step aside." Toomey suggested Alabama Sen. Luther Strange should run a write-in campaign for the December special election against Democratic candidate Doug Jones. “This is a terrible situation — nearly 40-year-old allegation — we'll probably never know for sure exactly what happened. But ... the accusations have more credibility than the denial." Toomey also did not rule out the possibility that Republicans could refuse to seat Moore if he wins. Moore has denied allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl almost 40 years ago, calling it "completely false and untrue.” Toomey said, "Republicans have addressed this in a thoughtful and responsible way." — NBC

On "This Week," Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said Tuesday's election shows that "Democrats can compete and win everywhere." Perez highlighted New Jersey and Virginia, but also said the party won big in "mayor's races and state senator races." Perez said the national party has increased investment in state parties by one-third "because when we are investing and organizing ... we can compete everywhere." — ABC

On "Face the Nation," South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott said if sexual assault allegations against Roy Moore are true, "there's no doubt that he should step aside — and not for the party, but for the American people." Scott said politicians need to find a way to "restore trust and confidence in our elected officials." Scott called Moore's case "compelling" and said the "judge and the jury in this case will be the people of Alabama." The Republican Party should be "a party focused on principles and we should govern according to those principles." — CBS

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