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US and China Want to Sign Trade Deal By End of May


BEIJING – The United States and China are considering two rounds of face-to-face meetings to try to reach a trade deal with negotiators looking for a signing ceremony in late May or early June, Novinite.com said quoting the US state officials. According to people who have requested anonymity to discuss …

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European Parliament Adopts Strict Rules for the Removal of Online Terrorist Content

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BRUSSELS – The European Parliament has voted to force social media companies to remove the terrorist content within an hour of receiving the order, The National said Thursday. The bill, which was passed Wednesday night, requires social media companies to remove or deny EU users access to the content. Companies …

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China Welcomes Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir at 2nd Belt and Road Forum


BEIJING – China welcomes the participation of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in the Second International Belt and Roads Cooperation Forum to be held in Beijing in late April, Xinhua news reported Wednesday. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks Tuesday during a meeting with the …

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Pakistan’s Economy will Weigh on Growth in the Region: IMF Official


WASHINGTON – The Pakistani economy is expected to slow considerably and weigh on the overall growth rate of the region, said Jihad Azour, director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund. In a recent discussion on MENAP’s economic prospects (Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan …

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European Parliament Supports Whistle-Blower Law


BRUSSELS – The European Parliament voted in favor of an EU law to protect whistle-blowers on Tuesday, EU observer reported Wednesday. With the widespread support of 591 MEPs, the EU directive lays down rules to protect whistle-blowers from retaliation and provides them with a safe means of reporting breaches of …

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Polling Stations Close in Indonesia


JAKARTA – The presidential and parliamentary elections closed Wednesday in Indonesia after a campaign in the vast equatorial archipelago dominated by economic issues, Reuters reported Wednesday. The eight-hour vote on a country stretching more than 5,000 km between its western and eastern extremes was both a Herculean logistical feat and …

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Trump Shows “Reasonable Approach” to S-400: Turkish Minister


ANKARA – US President Donald Trump is demonstrating a reasonable attitude towards the purchase of S-400 Russian air defense systems by Ankara, Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said on Tuesday. “During the meeting, Trump has shown a reasonable approach to the need to buy the S-400, and he may meet …

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Airstrike Kills IS Senior Leader in Somalia


XIRIIRO, Somalia – A United States airstrike killed a senior leader of the extremist rebels of the Islamic State (IS) in Somalia, involved in attacks in northern Somalia, U.S. military and a Somali official said Monday. The U.S. Africa Command said in statement that it carried out an airstrike near …

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Kartarpur Corridor: Pakistan and India Discuss Project Plan


LAHORE – The Pakistani and Indian delegations held zero-point talks to discuss the Kartarpur corridor project plan, Pakistan Today reported Tuesday. According to media reports, technical experts and foreign policy officials from both countries took part in the meeting and discussed the road map and closure. Official sources said the …

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Iraq, Syria Working on Joint Railway Project with Iran


TEHRAN – Syria and Iraq have discussed the establishment of rail connections with each other and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian media reported on Tuesday. The issue came up for discussion in a meeting of the Iraqi-Syrian Joint Commission. Head of Iraq’s National Railway Company Taleb al-Husseini said talks …

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