Trump invites Putin to visit US

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…Eleven dead as US ‘duck boat’ capsizes***

US President Donald Trump has invited Russian leader Vladimir Putin to visit the US in the autumn, his press secretary says.

Sarah Sanders tweeted that discussions for the visit were already under way.

Earlier Mr Trump rejected a proposal by Mr Putin to allow Russia to question US citizens.

The two leaders held a summit in Finland on Monday but few details of what they discussed have emerged.

There has been no word from Russia about a second Trump-Putin meeting.

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Controversy has raged over the Helsinki summit, with Mr Trump having to correct his own words from the press conference which followed.

But on Thursday Mr Trump said the talks had been a “great success” and he was looking forward to their next meeting.

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The announcement appeared to come as a surprise to US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who was told about it during a live interview at the Aspen Security Forum in the state of Colorado.

He laughed and said: “That’s going to be special.”

He added that he did not yet know what Mr Trump and Mr Putin had discussed during their meeting, at which only their interpreters were also present.

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called for Mr Trump to reveal what he had discussed with Mr Putin.

“Until we know what happened at that two-hour meeting in Helsinki, the president should have no more one-on-one interactions with Putin,” he said. “In the United States, in Russia, or anywhere else.”

In the meantime, at least 11 people have died after an amphibious “duck boat” carrying tourists sank in stormy weather in the US state of Missouri, police say.

The vessel was carrying about 30 people on Table Rock Lake, a popular tourist attraction near the town of Branson, when it capsized, local media say.

Divers have been searching the lake for about five others who are missing.

Seven people were taken to hospital, one of whom was seriously injured, police said.

Emergency crews said they responded to the incident shortly after 19:00 (00:00 GMT) on Thursday.

It happened as a line of powerful thunderstorms rolled through the American Midwest, prompting a weather warning.

Video footage shot by a witness on shore showed two duck boats struggling through choppy waters and spray.

One of the boats made it to shore but the other was driven back by the wind and gradually swamped.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said one of his deputies was on board at the time and had helped to rescue some of the passengers.

Local media said that some of those on board were children.

Amphibious vehicles are popular with tourists but have been involved in a number of fatal accidents.

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