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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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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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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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Germany will Supply Military Hardware to Saudi Arabia and the UAE


BERLIN – Germany will continue to allow the export of certain military equipment and technology to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a move that was approved by the country’s National Security Council, NewEurope reported Tuesday. Germany will provide Kamag military vehicles to Saudi Arabia, via a French exporter, …

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Minister Zarif Asks Europe to Read the Context of JCPOA


TEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday urged European states to read the context of their joint global action plan with Iran, IRNA reported Monday. Reminder to our E3 partners in #JCPOA: There is NO ban on uranium enrichment by Iran under #NPT, #JCPOA or UNSCR 2239. …

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World powers blackmailing Pakistan on IMF bailout


ISLAMABAD – Foreign powers want Pakistan to either slow down work on the CPEC or come out of it, eminent economist and Dean of Special Sciences and Humanities in the NUST Dr Ashfaque Hasan Khan said Monday. Dr Ashfaque said Pakistan simply could not get out of this project of …

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Report Says North Korean Leader to Hold First Summit with Putin Next Week

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PYONGYANG – North Korean chief of diplomacy Kim Jong-un may hold his first ever summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week, when he will travel to the Far East to attend an international conference in China, sources said Monday at the Yonhap news agency. “Russian President Vladimir Putin is …

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UN Urges France to Act on ‘Dire’ Living Conditions of Refugees


NEW YORK – France must act on the “dire” living conditions of refugees and migrants sleeping rough in Calais and stop systematically evicting people from tents in violation of the right to adequate housing, the United Nation’s housing envoy has said Friday. Daily Guardian reported that Leilani Farha, the UN’s …

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