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U.S. ratchets up pressure on Canada, Mexico, trade partners


Mr. Trump notified Congress on Friday that he was moving ahead with a U.S. Economist Ben Stein discusses the trade talks between the USA and Canada. "We know a win-win-win agreement is within reach", she said. "These are deals which have been reworked to the advantage of the United States , but there are no more such renegotiations planned. Read More »

Iran says militants must be 'cleaned out' of Syria's Idlib

The Syrian government has blamed Israel for previous attacks on the airport. For months, Syria has been planning the decisive operation in Idlib, the last of its provinces that still remain under the control of militants. Last week, Iran's defense minister traveled to Damascus and signed an agreement for defense cooperation between the two countries with his Syrian counterpart. Read More »

Deputy involved in shooting at Ice Cube concert, authorities say


The concert, for which tickets were sold out, was scheduled to follow a full slate of horse races at the track, the station reported. Later that night, he posted a statement on Twitter. The department says in a news release that the man, whose name and age were not given, came to the ticket window at the Del Mar Fairgrounds about 6:40 p.m. Read More »

Focac Summit To Set New Path For China Africa Ties


But a study by the Centre for Global Development, a U.S. think-tank, found "serious concerns" about the sustainability of the sovereign debt in eight countries receiving Silk Road funds. China is on a quest to become the world's economic superpower and Africa will be its gateway into infrastructure development investment deals. The summit will conclude with the signing of a declaration and an action plan, providing guidelines for China-Africa cooperation for the next three years. Read More »

Brazil's National Museum, home to 20 million items, destroyed in fire


The museum, located in the city's north near the Maracana soccer stadium, was closed to the public when the fire sparked from a yet unknown cause. The destruction of the building, once a palace for emperors that had fallen into disrepair, was an "incalculable loss for Brazil", President Michel Temer said in a statement . Read More »

Reactions to verdict on Reuters' Myanmar journalists


He denounded the charges against the reporters as "false" and "designed to silence their reporting and intimidate the press". "I have no fear", Lone, 32, said after the verdict. The reporters were arrested on December 12 while investigating the killing of 10 Rohingya men and boys and other abuses involving soldiers and police in Inn Din, a village in Rakhine State. Read More »

Woman attacks D.C. bus in road rage incident


The violent outburst came after the woman attempted to illegally pass the Greyhound bus traveling in the 1800 block of Bladensburg Road in Northeast, according to a police report. The bus driver told the woman: "You're a insane driver, you need to get off the road". The bus driver then stands in front of her auto and makes a call, which police said was to authorities. Read More »

Speakers at McCain burial take swipes at absent Trump


Senator McCain who is survived by his wife, seven kids, five grandkids and his mother Roberta who is 106 years old, will be buried Sunday at his alma mater, the U.S. Trump also wouldn't answer Bloomberg's questions as to whether he thought McCain would have been a better president than Barack Obama , who beat the late senator in the 2008 election. Read More »

After Lula candidacy shot down, Brazil party faces replacement dilemma


Following hours of debate on Friday, Superior Electoral Court judges voted 6-to-1 against the 72-year-old Lula's candidacy, hours before television campaigning for the fall election began. Haddad campaigned Saturday in Lula's native state of Pernambuco, where he vowed the party would maintain a political and moral stance in keeping with Lula's leadership "and the desire of over 50 percent of Brazilians". Read More »

Pentagon Cancels $300 Million Military Aid To Pakistan Ahead Of Pompeo Visit


The US military has made a final decision to cancel $300m in aid to Pakistan, the Pentagon says, citing Islamabad's perceived failure to take decisive action against armed groups in the country. In the past Pakistan frequently tried to bluff its way out of trouble and commitments to the U.S by positioning itself as an indispensable gateway to landlocked Afghanistan and unsubtly threatening that it will ally itself fully with China. Read More »

Aussie Instagram model found dead on billionaire’s yacht

Local media has reported a crew member found Ms McNamara's body on the back of the boat on Friday and alerted port authorities. Watch the full story above. Ms McNamara posted on Facebook on Monday she was excited to see 'the most incredible big sister I could ever ask for'. Her last Instagram post, taken of the coastline at Komitáta in Kefalonia , has become the site of innumerable tributes from friends, fans and family. Read More »

US President Donald Trump's idea to regulate Google 'unfathomable'


Earlier this week, Donald Trump started complaining on Twitter about how Google was suppressing positive stories about his administration from conservative sites while promoting "fake news media" sources like CNN . With antitrust laws in place to make certain that companies don't become too large and place a stranglehold on competition, Donald Trump could certainly move to enforce antitrust laws with these companies. Read More »

China not exploiting Africa: Top official


Since 2009, China has become Africa's leading trading partner . The 2018 FOCAC meeting will focus on promotion of economic cooperation between China and African nations as it seeks to harmonize China's Belt and Road Initiative, the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the African Union's Agenda 2063, and development strategies of individual African countries. Read More »

Pentagon Cancels Further $300 Million In Aid to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the United States stoppage of $300 million was the money it owed to Pakistan in Coalition Support Funds (CSF), adding that it can not be described as American aid. He said another $500 million in CSF was stripped by Congress from Pakistan earlier this year, to bring the total withheld to $800 million. The US and others have long complained that Pakistan provides a safe haven to militant networks, allowing them to carry out ... Read More »

Manafort Associate Sam Patten Charged With Lobbying Law Violation


Friday's charging documents state that Patten worked with an unnamed Russian to place op-ed articles in USA media in 2017 and was paid more than $1 million for the Ukrainian opposition bloc work, including meeting with members of the executive branch, Senate Foreign Relations Committee members and other members of Congress. Read More »

Trump continues to bash Canada amid NAFTA negotiations

While U.S. officials have indicated that they are prepared to go ahead and sign a NAFTA deal only with Mexico, the U.S. business community and many lawmakers have insisted that the NAFTA deal should remain a trilateral pact. Freeland tried to brush off the controversy. "That's what I'm going to do", Trudeau said. "He has brought good faith and good will to the table". "He hates any form of decision making from outside the USA telling Americans what to do", said the NAFTA expert, who ... Read More »

Suu Kyi should have quit over crackdown: UN rights chief


The country's de facto leader has faced fierce global criticism for not condemning a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in her country. "Bangladesh would also have to decide how quickly they want the process to be completed", Suu Kyi added. Read More »

Bobi Wine cleared to travel for treatment


He added: "We thank the world for standing with us". Kyagulanyi's lawyer, last week, told Reuters that his client had been left unable to stand after being beaten while in detention. "Given the fact that he is on bail, the police is concerned and await for guidance from the relevant government department", the police said in a statement. Read More »

Global stock markets wobble on trade, currency worries


The greenback had rallied late Thursday in a safe-haven move after Bloomberg News reported that U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to move ahead on a plan to impose tariffs on Chinese imports worth $200 billion next week. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down 1.0 percent at 27,881.95, while the Shanghai Composite index fell almost 0.1 percent to 2,735.51. "Serious frictions are taking place between China and the US over tariff issues", said the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ... Read More »

EU citizens back plan to end twice-yearly clock changes


The final results of the public consultation will be published in the coming weeks. "It would be surprising if the outcome of the directive was one that doesn't make sense for European citizens and for business", spokesman Alexander Winterstein told a news briefing. Read More »

Amsterdam stabbing likely terrorist incident; Two Americans hurt: Authorities


German authorities searched his home and seized data storage devices that would be analyzed as part of the investigation, the city government statement said. A dramatic photo captured by a passerby shows two police officers pointing their pistols at a man wearing jeans and sneakers lying on the ground inside a tunnel in the station. Read More »

Washington Pays Tribute To John McCain


Bush , who went toe to toe with McCain in a bitter Republican presidential primary in 2000, spoke of his friend as a man whose valor and concern for all people should serve as an example for today's politicians. It's a politics that pretends to be fearless and tough, but is instead born of fear. "To the face of those in authority, John would insist, we are better than this". Read More »

Pres. Trump Holds MAGA Rally In Evansville, Indiana


Locals in Doonbeg are hopeful that the west Clare village will be included as part of US President Donald Trumps visit to Ireland . The announcement has proved overwhelmingly unpopular on social media, with many criticising Trump's policies. Read More »

Nation Bids Solemn, Final Farewell To John McCain


Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald shared memories of his unlikely friendship with McCain. A light rain that turned heavy fell as body bearers from various branches of the military began the solemn procession up the stairs of the Capitol to rest the casket on the stand where McCain will lie in state until Saturday morning. Read More »

Russia had Trump ‘over a barrel’, claims former British spy


President Trump and his supporters have pointed to the Ohrs as evidence that there was an improper connection between Hillary Clinton's opposition research and the Justice Department . They discussed the matter when meeting for breakfast on July 30, 2016, according to the report. "Ohr's wife was financially benefitted by Ohr, a DOJ official, advancing the Steele phony dossier". Read More »

Pro-Russian rebel leader killed in eastern Ukraine blast


Zakharchenko was prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic , which along with a separatist republic in neighbouring Luhansk has fought Ukrainian forces since 2014. He stopped short of explicitly blaming Kiev for the killing but vowed that Russian Federation would stand by the people of the region. An ambulance drives through a cordon near a cafe, where separatists leader Alexander Zakharchenko was killed, in Donetsk on Friday. Read More »

Busy Toronto mall evacuated after gunshots


Police released two suspect descriptions shortly after the shooting. Officers say the incident happened on the south-east corner of the mall. Police said two of the suspects being sought were men in their 20s and one was believed to have a black handgun. Read More »

Pakistan rally ends after Dutch cartoon contest is cancelled


While the federal government is negotiating with the TLP to diffuse the situation, it has also made preparations in the capital to avoid the entry of zealots. Pakistan's newly elected government has denounced the contest, calling it an attempt to defame Islam . Banner reads "Protest rally". "Hopefully we will spend the night at Gujrat and reach Islamabad on Thursday", Jalili said. Read More »

Japanese foreign minister calls on PM Imran Khan


Prime Minister Khan also assured General Bajwa to provide all resources required to maintain the capability and capacity of the armed forces. Islamabad rejected the United States statement as incorrect, saying that this issue was not discussed. Read More »

Trump won't say if Sessions' job is safe after November


The president made the remarks in an interview with Bloomberg released Thursday, adding "I just would love to have him do a great job". There are many reasons to dislike Sessions, from his abject racism to his attacks on criminal justice reform to his complicity in the horrific family separation crisis at the border. Read More »

Nuclear deal can be abandoned if does not serve Iran interests


Beyond the legal gestures, Tehran's leader has put his faith in Europe finding a way to save the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal despite the USA sanctions. "Our commitment in the Iran issue is to not use the dollar currency in transaction, not abiding by the U.S. sanctions", he said. Youth unemployment is as high as 25 percent. Read More »