Highlights: The Trump presidency on April 25 at 2:22 p.m. EDT/1822 GMT

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Posted: Apr 25, 2017 2:30 PM

(Reuters) - Highlights for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday:

NORTH KOREA

North Korea conducts a big live-fire exercise to mark the anniversary of its military's founding as a U.S. submarine docks in South Korea in a show of force.

RETREAT ON THE WALL

The threat of a U.S. government shutdown this weekend appears to recede after Trump backed away from a demand that Congress include funding for his planned border wall with Mexico in a spending bill.

TRADE

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vows to stand up for his country's interests after the United States imposed new tariffs on softwood lumber and trade tensions between the two countries escalated, sending the Canadian dollar to a 14-month low.

The Senate Finance Committee approves Trump's choice for U.S. trade representative, bringing Robert Lighthizer a step closer to taking office as disputes with Canada and Mexico heat up.

NATO

Two of the Air Force's newest and most advanced jets land in the Baltic state of Estonia for the first time, a symbolic gesture meant to reinforce the United States' commitment to the defense of NATO allies that border Russia.

RUSSIA

Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn likely broke the law by failing to get permission to be paid for a trip to Russia in 2015, the leaders of the House of Representatives oversight panel say.

Two former U.S. officials, intelligence director James Clapper and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, will testify next month in a Senate investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Senate Judiciary Committee says.

IVANKA TRUMP

Ivanka Trump is booed in Berlin when she describes her father as a "tremendous champion of supporting families" and says she is still fine-tuning her role as first daughter and informal White House adviser.

JAILED FATHER AND SON

The lawyer of an American-Iranian father and son jailed in Iran calls on Trump to get his officials to press at nuclear talks with Tehran on Tuesday for the men's release.

(Compiled by Jonathan Oatis; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and James Dalgleish)