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US, China back off on tariffs, easing trade tensions

ISLAMABAD(AFP) – US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed Sunday that Washington and Beijing have agreed to back off from imposing tariffs on each other, a day after reaching an accord on slashing the American trade deficit with China. “We have made very meaningful progress and …

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Afghan cricket stadium attack leaves 8 dead, 45 wounded

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AFP) – Eight people were killed and 45 wounded in a series of explosions targeting a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said Saturday, the first attack since the holy month of Ramazan began. The blasts exploded among spectators …

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Over 12 dead in Texas high school shooting

Over 12  people were killed when a male student opened fire at a Texas high school on Friday, a local sheriff said, as President Donald Trump expressed his “heartbreak” over the “horrific” shooting. The incident took place at Santa Fe High School in the city …

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Erdogan hosts Islamic summit to back Palestinians, condemn Israel

ISTANBUL (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday hosts for the second time in half a year a summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic group seeking to show solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn Israel after its deadly shootings of Gaza protesters. Erdogan …

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With friends like Trump, who needs enemies: EU chief

SOFIA (AFP) – The European Union’s top official launched a stinging attack Wednesday on President Donald Trump, slamming his “capricious assertiveness” and saying the US leader acted more like an enemy than a friend. EU president Donald Tusk urged leaders meeting in Bulgaria to form …

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Israel hits Hamas base but Gaza protests fade

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel hit a Hamas base in an air raid Thursday in response to gunfire from the Gaza Strip, but weeks of deadly mass protests and clashes along the border may be reaching an end as Ramadan begins. Tens of thousands have protested …

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52 Palestinians killed on deadliest day since 2014

At least 52 Palestinians have been killed and 2,400 wounded by Israeli troops, Palestinian officials say, on the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war. Palestinians have been protesting for weeks but deaths soared on the day the US opened its embassy in …

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US set for deeply controversial Jerusalem embassy move

JERUSALEM (AFP) – The United States moves its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on Monday after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump’s decision tossing aside decades of precedent. While a White House delegation and Israeli officials …

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Europe has 60 days to give nuclear ‘guarantees’: Iran

BRUSSELS -AFP-UNS : European countries have 60 days to provide “guarantees” to safeguard Iran’s interests after the United States withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal, parliament’s website said quoting an Iranian official. “The Europeans have between 45 and 60 days to give the necessary guarantees …

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Iran conservatives attack government over nuclear deal

TEHRAN: As Iran s foreign minister embarked on a diplomatic tour Sunday to save the nuclear deal, his government faced mounting pressure from hardliners at home who say the West should never have been trusted. Ayatollah Ali Jannati, the ultra-conservative head of the Assembly of …

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