Republicans attack Biden, defend record on racism as Trump launches bid for second term | AFP

US Republicans launch their national convention with a full-throated endorsement of President Donald Trump’s record, while attacking Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Trump blames the “plague from China” for derailing his administration’s progress, and his right-wing firebrand son Donald Jr says Joe Biden is “basically the Loch Ness Monster”.

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Trump talks climate, Syria and Russian ties at Elysee presser

US President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his son Donald Jr who is under fire for accepting a meeting with a Moscow lawyer during the US election campaign last year. In a joint press conference with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Trump also hinted he could change position on Paris climate accord, and said the Syria ceasefire showed talks with Vladimir Putin were a success.