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  • UPDATE 1-Trump, Abe say U.S. and Japan have agreed in principle on trade deal

    The United States and Japan agreed in principle on Sunday to core elements of a trade deal that U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said they hoped to sign in New York next month. The agreement, if finalized, would cool a trade dispute between the two allies just as a trade war between the United States and China escalates. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the deal covered agriculture, industrial tariffs and digital trade.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 22:32:25 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Hong Kong police arrest 36, youngest aged 12, after running battles with protesters

    Hong Kong police said on Monday they arrested 36 people, the youngest aged 12, after violence during anti-government demonstrations escalated as protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at security forces who responded with water cannon and tear gas. Sunday's protests saw some of the fiercest clashes yet between police and demonstrators since protests escalated in mid-June over a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong people to be sent to mainland China for trial. Police fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas in running battles with brick-throwing protesters on Sunday, the second day of violent clashes in the Chinese-ruled city.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 22:07:13 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Saudi-led coalition forms a committee with UAE to stabilize Yemen ceasefire

    The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said a joint committee was formed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to stabilize a ceasefire in the Yemeni provinces of Shabwah and Abyan, state TV and state news agency said on Monday. In a joint statement run early on Monday, the governments of Saudi Arabia and the UAE urged all parties to cooperate with the joint committee to achieve disengagement and redeployment of troops as part of the coalition's military efforts. The statement, issued by the foreign ministries of both countries, called for quick engagement in the dialogue that Saudi Arabia called to address the causes and repercussions of the events in some southern provinces.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 21:57:08 -0400
  • China state media blasts U.S. after Trump threats

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    Chinese state media on Monday blasted the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump announced additional tariffs on goods from China and lashed out at China and ordered U.S. companies to find "alternatives" to China. The world's two largest economies have been locked in an increasingly bitter trade war which has seen them level tariffs on each other's exports.Trump announced an additional duty on some $550 billion in targeted Chinese goods on Friday, hours after China unveiled retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. goods.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 21:53:44 -0400
  • China state media blasts U.S. after Trump threats

    Chinese state media on Monday blasted the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump announced additional tariffs on goods from China and lashed out at China and ordered U.S. companies to find "alternatives" to China. The world's two largest economies have been locked in an increasingly bitter trade war which has seen them level tariffs on each other's exports. Trump announced an additional duty on some $550 billion in targeted Chinese goods on Friday, hours after China unveiled retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. goods.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 21:49:11 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares slugged, bonds bought amid trade gloom

    Asian shares sank on Monday as the latest salvo in the Sino-U.S. trade war shook confidence in the world economy and sent investors steaming to the safe harbours of sovereign bonds and gold, while slugging emerging market currencies. There was some relief that China fixed the yuan's midpoint at a relatively steady 7.0570 per dollar when it had been trading as weak as 7.1850 offshore, countering concerns Beijing would let the currency slide to keep exports competitive. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan still shed 2.0%, and Australia 1.5%.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 21:46:33 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Israeli air strikes hit Palestinian military position in Lebanon - reports, security source

    Israeli air strikes hit a military position belonging to a Palestinian group in Lebanon, near the Syrian border, early on Monday, a security source and Lebanon's An-Nahar news said. The position belonged to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and there were no injuries, the Lebanese security source and newspaper said. An official from the Palestinian position in the Lebanese town of Qusaya said three air strikes hit it, causing only material damage.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 21:29:42 -0400
  • Turnaround may prove tricky for new Virgin Australia CEO Scurrah

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    Shareholders will press Virgin Australia Holdings' new CEO Paul Scurrah to present a robust strategic plan on Wednesday, when the airline is expected to report its seventh consecutive annual loss, on top of $1.2 billion worth of red ink over the previous six years. With shares trading near all-time lows, Scurrah's options include cutting costs, restructuring management, rebranding its underperforming budget carrier Tigerair Australia, ending loss-making flights to Hong Kong and tightening control over the loyalty division, seven current and former managers told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Borghetti transformed the former budget airline into a more serious rival to his former employer, Qantas Airways Ltd , for lucrative corporate traffic, but in doing so he sometimes made hasty decisions that proved costly for Virgin in the long term, five of the people said.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 21:11:07 -0400
  • FOCUS-Turnaround may prove tricky for new Virgin Australia CEO Scurrah

    Shareholders will press Virgin Australia Holdings' new CEO Paul Scurrah to present a robust strategic plan on Wednesday, when the airline is expected to report its seventh consecutive annual loss, on top of $1.2 billion worth of red ink over the previous six years. With shares trading near all-time lows, Scurrah's options include cutting costs, restructuring management, rebranding its underperforming budget carrier Tigerair Australia, ending loss-making flights to Hong Kong and tightening control over the loyalty division, seven current and former managers told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 21:03:47 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares sink, bonds surge as trade fears mount

    Asian shares were a sea of red on Monday as the latest salvo in the Sino-U.S. trade war shook confidence in the world economy and sent investors steaming to the safe harbours of sovereign bonds, gold and the Japanese yen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 0.8%, and Australia 1.7%. Japan's Nikkei lost 2.3%, while E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 were down 1.0%.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 20:25:43 -0400
  • ANALYSIS-Battered Hong Kong faces economic recession, existential crisis

    As one of the world's most important trade and business hubs, Hong Kong was always going to struggle this year because of the escalating U.S.-China tariff war. The world's biggest equity deal this year was to unfold in Hong Kong later this month but has been put on hold. Hong Kong is facing its first recession in a decade, with all its growth pillars under significant stress.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 20:05:53 -0400
  • Four Florida nursing home workers face charges in post-hurricane deaths

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    Police in Florida have issued arrest warrants for four nursing home workers accused of criminal conduct in the death of a dozen elderly patients exposed to sweltering heat with little or no air-conditioning after Hurricane Irma struck in 2017, defense lawyers said on Sunday. The employees of the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills were expected to surrender to police on Monday morning and make their initial court appearance before a Broward County judge in nearby Fort Lauderdale, the defense attorneys said. Two of the defendants, the nursing home's administrator, Jorge Carballo, and the charge nurse on duty at the time, Sergo Collin, are expected to be booked on 12 counts of manslaughter, according to their lead attorney, David Frankel.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 19:59:20 -0400
  • Four Florida nursing home workers face charges in post-hurricane deaths

    Police in Florida have issued arrest warrants for four nursing home workers accused of criminal conduct in the death of a dozen elderly patients exposed to sweltering heat with little or no air-conditioning after Hurricane Irma struck in 2017, defense lawyers said on Sunday. The employees of the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills were expected to surrender to police on Monday morning and make their initial court appearance before a Broward County judge in nearby Fort Lauderdale, the defense attorneys said. Two of the defendants, the nursing home's administrator, Jorge Carballo, and the charge nurse on duty at the time, Sergo Collin, are expected to be booked on 12 counts of manslaughter, according to their lead attorney, David Frankel.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 19:55:38 -0400
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    A psychologist at the federal detention center in New York City where financier Jeffrey Epstein was jailed on sex-trafficking charges had approved his removal from suicide watch before he killed himself, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. The disclosure came in a letter dated on Thursday from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd and addressed to the leaders of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, seeking details about the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death earlier this month.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 19:53:09 -0400
  • Reuters World News Summary

    Following is a summary of current world news briefs. U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe showed their differences over the seriousness of North Korea's series of short-range missile launches on Sunday, while maintaining that they would remain in synch on the issue.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 19:53:08 -0400
  • FOREX-Yen surges, offshore yuan tumbles as trade war intensifies

    The yen surged on Monday as investors flocked to safe-haven assets after a sharp re-escalation in the U.S.-China trade war, which whacked investor confidence and darkened the global economic outlook. The Swiss franc and gold, two assets sought during times of heightened risk aversion, shot up in early Asian trade. Financial markets could be in for a rough ride in the near future as investors are likely to shift money from stocks to less risky assets, such as debt, gold and safe-haven currencies.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 19:30:48 -0400
  • Target teams up with Disney to open shops

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    Target is hoping to bring the magic of such characters as Mickey Mouse and Elsa to its own customers by opening permanent Disney shops at a cluster of stores starting this fall. As part of the collaboration with The Walt Disney Co., the Minneapolis-based discounter says it will open 25 Disney-branded stores starting on Oct. 4, with 40 additional locations opening by October 2020. Target is also launching a Disney-focused online experience on its site on Sunday.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 19:11:18 -0400
  • RPT-COLUMN-Trump must choose between economy and trade war: Kemp

    The White House is becoming increasingly volatile and erratic in its pronouncements about the economy and trade as the internal contradictions between its policies become obvious. U.S. interest rates are too high. The U.S. dollar is too strong.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 19:01:00 -0400
  • California parents charged with hate crime for kidnapping boy found hiding in teen daughter's closet, police say

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    The parents of a 15-year-old California girl are being charged with a hate crime after they allegedly kidnapped and abused their daughter's boyfriend after they found him hiding in the home, according to police. On Thursday afternoon, the 17-year-old victim went to police to report that he'd been held against his will, assaulted and threatened by three people at a home in San Bruno, about 12 miles south of San Francisco, according to a news release by the San Bruno Police.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 18:48:15 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares shaken, yen jumps on China-U.S. trade jitters

    Asian shares seemed set for a turbulent start on Monday as the latest salvo in the U.S.-China trade war shook confidence in the world economy and sent investors steaming to the safe harbour of sovereign bonds and the Japanese yen. Nikkei futures pointed to an opening fall of more than 3%, while E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 were trading down 1.2%. Wall Street nose-dived on Friday when President Donald Trump announced a 5% additional duty on $550 billion in targeted Chinese goods, hours after China unveiled retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. products.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 18:38:00 -0400
  • U.S. equity futures reopen lower, U.S.-China trade relations at new low ebb

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    White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham sought on Sunday to clarify comments from Trump, saying the president wished he had raised tariffs on Chinese goods even higher last week, even as Trump signaled he did not plan to follow through with a demand he tweeted on Friday that U.S. firms find ways to close operations in China.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 18:23:38 -0400
  • Heard for miles: Gas explosion hits office, shopping complex

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    A powerful natural gas explosion badly damaged a Maryland office complex and shopping center Sunday morning, ripping away part of the facade and exposing twisted metal, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the thundering blast, which occurred at about 8 a.m. It came after authorities said they had evacuated the area around the complex because of a suspected early morning gas leak near the complex in Columbia, Maryland. "It was so powerful it could be heard in communities many miles away," said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball in a statement.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 18:21:07 -0400
  • Berlin could cap rents at 7.97 eur per square metre-Tagesspiegel

    Berlin's city government plans to cap rents at 7.97 euros ($8.88) per square metre per month as part of a rent freeze agreed earlier this year, newspaper Tagesspiegel reported, citing a draft law. Katrin Lompscher, Berlin's Senator for Urban Development, plans to apply the cap to flats built until 2013, the report said, adding flats built from 2014 would be exempted. Berlin's city government in June decided to freeze rents for five years, heeding complaints from residents that their once famously affordable city was pricing them out.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 17:54:48 -0400
  • Atlanta lawyer killed victim with Mercedes after car was struck with golf ball, prosecutors say

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    An Atlanta attorney has been charged with murder after he fatally rammed his Mercedes sedan into a real estate investor, according to authorities. The encounter began after 60-year-old Hamid Jahangard "accidentally" hit the 2011 Mercedes CLS550 belonging to corporate lawyer Bryan Schmitt with a golf ball on July 30, according to a news release from the Fulton County District Attorney. Schmitt then "purposely steered" the luxury car into Jahangard in the driveway of one of his rental properties on River Valley Road in Sandy Springs, prosecutors said.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 17:36:00 -0400
  • Disney to launch 25 stores inside Target nationwide on October 4

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    Walt Disney Co and Target Corp announced a collaboration on Sunday that will open 25 Disney stores inside select Target locations nationwide on Oct. 4, with plans for 40 additional sites by October next year. Disney said in a statement that the "shop-in-shop" would feature an array of more than 450 items from the company, including more than 100 products previously only available at its locations. Disney stores will launch inside Target in major cities such as Philadelphia, Denver and Chicago.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 17:35:25 -0400
  • UPDATE 3-Warplanes dump water on Amazon as Brazil military begins fighting fires

    BRASILIA/PORTO VELHO, Brazil, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Brazilian warplanes are dumping water on the burning forest in the Amazon state of Rondonia, responding to a global outcry over the destruction of the world's largest tropical rain forest. As of Sunday, President Jair Bolsonaro had authorized military operations in seven states to combat raging fires in the Amazon, responding to requests for assistance from their local governments, a spokeswoman for his office said. Reuters accompanied a firefighting brigade near the state capital of Porto Velho, where there were areas larger than football fields that had been charred, but active fires were contained to small areas of individual trees.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 17:25:24 -0400
  • Man wanted for killing parents in Minnesota arrested in Mexico

    A man wanted on charges of killing his mother and father, a retired NFL player, in Minnesota was arrested in Mexico's beach resort city of Cancun and handed over to the FBI, Mexican officials said on Sunday. Dylan John Bennett, 22, was identified in Cancun after police received reports of aggressive behavior, the prosecutor's office in the state of Quintana Roo said in a statement. Bennett's parents, Barry and Carol Bennett, were found dead from gunshot wounds in their home on Wednesday, according to the Todd County Sheriff's Department in Minnesota.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 17:09:21 -0400
  • Man wanted for killing parents in Minnesota arrested in Mexico

    A man wanted on charges of killing his mother and father, a retired NFL player, in Minnesota was arrested in Mexico's beach resort city of Cancun and handed over to the FBI, Mexican officials said on Sunday. Dylan John Bennett, 22, was identified in Cancun after police received reports of aggressive behavior, the prosecutor's office in the state of Quintana Roo said in a statement. Bennett's parents, Barry and Carol Bennett, were found dead from gunshot wounds in their home on Wednesday, according to the Todd County Sheriff's Department in Minnesota.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 17:02:03 -0400
  • Innocent man jailed for 82 days and loses jobs for bringing three jars of honey back to US

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    Leon Haughton likes honey in his tea.Which is why during his Christmas visit to relatives in Jamaica, he made his regular stop and bought three bottles from a favourite roadside stand before heading home to Maryland.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 17:00:52 -0400
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    Congolese authorities and health workers vaccinated more than 200,000 people against Ebola in August, the government said on Sunday, using a Merck vaccine they hope will help rein in the world's second worst epidemic. Figures released by the government's Ebola committee showed that 204,044 people had been inoculated since August 8. Five pharmaceutical companies said on Friday they have filed a complaint in a Canadian court challenging the constitutionality of new Canadian regulations meant to lower patented drug prices, setting up a fight with the federal government ahead of an Oct. 21 election.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 16:58:38 -0400
  • Five Turkish generals handed in resignations - Cumhuriyet paper

    Five generals from the Turkish army have handed in resignations in the wake of a military council meeting earlier this month, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said on Sunday. The Supreme Military Council (YAS), chaired by President Tayyip Erdogan, convened to discuss promotions, dismissals and placements of the high-ranking military personnel on Aug 1. The resignations by one major general and four brigadier generals were submitted as a reaction to council decisions which were described by retired military officers as an attempt to make the Turkish army smaller, the unsourced Cumhuriyet report said.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 16:54:06 -0400
  • Authorities: Los Angeles deputy lied about sniper assault

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    A Los Angeles County deputy lied when he said he was shot in the shoulder while standing in a sheriff's station parking lot last week and will face a criminal investigation, authorities said. "The reported sniper assault was fabricated" by Deputy Angel Reinosa, Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon said at a news conference late Saturday. Reinosa, 21, made a frantic radio call Wednesday claiming he'd been shot by someone in a nearby building as he walked to his car outside the Lancaster station, prompting a huge police response.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 16:49:37 -0400
  • Illinois trooper killed in line of duty remembered at church

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    An Illinois state trooper who was fatally shot while serving a search warrant is being remembered as a caring family man who went the extra mile. The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports roughly 100 people attended a Sunday service at a park to remember Trooper Nicholas Hopkins. The 33-year-old trooper was a state police officer for 10 years.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 16:49:27 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Trump, Abe say U.S. and Japan have agreed in principle on trade deal

    The United States and Japan agreed in principle on Sunday to core elements of a trade deal that U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said they hoped to sign in New York next month. The agreement, if finalized, would cool a trade dispute between the two allies just as a trade war between the United States and China escalates. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the deal covered agriculture, industrial tariffs and digital trade.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 16:44:16 -0400
  • 'We are all at risk,' says St. Louis mayor as string of fatal child shootings climbs to 9

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    For the second time since classes resumed at public schools in St. Louis this month, grief counselors will be on hand at an elementary school on Monday to comfort friends of 8-year-old Jurnee Thompson, a third-grader gunned down while standing in front of a restaurant with relatives following a football game. Since April, nine children under the age of 17 have been killed by gun violence in the city of St. Louis, and authorities say no one has been charged in any of the slayings. "We are all at risk," a frustrated St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said at a news conference on Saturday.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 15:46:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Coalition destroys missiles fired by Houthis at Saudi Arabia -spokesman

    A Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthis intercepted and destroyed six ballistic missiles fired by the Iran-aligned group targeting civilians in Jizan, southwest of the kingdom, Saudi state news agency SPA said on Sunday. Earlier, the military spokesman for the Iran-aligned Houthi movement said the group fired 10 Badr-1 ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia's southwestern Jizan airport, adding that the attack had killed and wounded dozens. The attack is part of an escalation of cross-border assaults in the four-year-old conflict between the Houthis and coalition forces.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 15:37:54 -0400
  • Belgian festival draws criticism over blackface "Savage" character

    Hundreds of spectators cheered and applauded as the chief protagonist of a Belgian parade - "the Savage" - appeared in the town of Ath on Sunday, but anti-racism groups strongly criticised the character and his blackface disguise. The folk festival called Ducasse d'Ath, which traces its roots back to the 16th century and is endorsed by UNESCO as a cultural heritage, takes place every August in the small town about 60 km (40 miles) west of Brussels. On Sunday, as it does every year, the effigy parade featured "the Savage", a white man clad in a black costume, his face and hands covered in black body paint, his head adorned with a feathered war bonnet, a chain hanging from his neck and a golden piercing protruding from his nose.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 15:34:28 -0400
  • Pimco sticks to Danish mortgage-backed covered bonds as returns plunge: Bloomberg

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    Pacific Investment Management Co is one of the investors embracing Danish mortgage-backed covered bonds, even as negative interest rates mean investors face built-in losses on some bonds, Bloomberg reported on Sunday. "We like the asset class," said Peder Beck-Friis, a portfolio manager and economist at Pimco in London, referring to the $500 billion market. Bloomberg also cited data from Danske Bank , Denmark's largest lender, that showed mortgage-backed bond issuers are offering up to six times as many fixed-rate bonds a day as during a more normal cycle.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 15:28:15 -0400
  • Warplanes dump water on Amazon as Brazil military begins fighting fires

    Brazilian warplanes are dumping water on the burning forest in the Amazon state of Rondonia, responding to a global outcry over the destruction of the world's largest tropical rainforest, according to a government video. As of Sunday, President Jair Bolsonaro had authorized military operations in seven states to combat raging fires in the Amazon, responding to requests for assistance from their local governments, a spokeswoman for his office said. The video posted by the Defense Ministry on Saturday evening showed a military plane pumping thousands of liters (thousands of gallons) of water out of two giant jets as it passed through clouds of smoke close to the forest canopy.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 15:03:47 -0400
  • Houthis say they struck Saudi's Jizan airport, coalition says it intercepts missiles

    Yemen's Houthis fired 10 Badr-1 ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia's Jizan airport, the group's military spokesman said on Sunday, adding that the attack left dozens killed and wounded. The military spokesman for the Iran-aligned Houthi movement described the attack as 'the largest operation with medium ballistic weapons' since the beginning of Yemen's war. A Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis later said it had intercepted and destroyed six missiles fired at the kingdom.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 14:54:06 -0400
  • Sudan's sovereign council declares state of emergency in Port Sudan

    Sudan's newly-created sovereign council formally declared a state of emergency in the city of Port Sudan on Sunday, following tribal clashes that police say have killed at least 16 people. The acting governor and the head of the national security service for the eastern Red Sea state, of which Port Sudan is the capital, were both dismissed, said Brigadier Altahir Abuhaja, spokesman for the sovereign council. This comes at a delicate time for Sudan, following the signing of a power-sharing agreement earlier this month.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 14:50:44 -0400
  • Trump suggests 'second thoughts' about China tariff war, triggers confusion at G-7 summit

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    President Trump triggered a wave of confusion at the Group of 7 summit Sunday when he seemed to express second thoughts about increasing tariffs on China and setting off a tailspin in the global markets. "Yeah, sure," Trump said when asked if he had second thoughts about his escalating trade war with China. The president's comments, over breakfast with new United Kingdom prime minister Boris Johnson, appeared to be the first time there were any hints of regret over the trade war with China.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 14:28:00 -0400
  • Joe Biden touts electability amid verbal stumbles in important New Hampshire

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    Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden came to New Hampshire this weekend drawing contrasts to his rivals and touting himself as the candidate best positioned to beat President Donald Trump in November 2020. Biden crisscrossed the state on four different campaign stops from Hanover to Keene on Friday and Saturday before attending a fundraiser in New York City. The trip was vintage Biden: folksy anecdotes, lots of handshakes and a few gaffes.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 14:26:35 -0400
  • Paris celebrates its liberation from Nazis, 75 years on

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    Paris celebrated the American soldiers, French Resistance fighters and others who liberated the City of Light from Nazi occupation exactly 75 years ago on Sunday, unleashing an eruption of kissing, dancing, tears and gratitude. Firefighters unfurled a huge French flag from the Eiffel Tower, recreating the moment when a French tricolor stitched together from sheets was hoisted atop the monument 75 years ago to replace the swastika flag that had flown for four years. Dozens of World War II-era jeeps, armored vehicles, motorcycles and trucks and people dressed in wartime uniforms and dresses paraded through southern Paris, retracing the entry of French and U.S. tanks into the city on Aug. 25, 1944 .

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 14:07:10 -0400
  • WRAPUP 5-Hezbollah leader says Israeli army to face quick retaliation to drone "attack" in Beirut

    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday warned the Israeli army stationed along the border with Lebanon that his movement was preparing an imminent response to two Israeli drones which crashed overnight in a suburb of Beirut. Nasrallah, whose Iran-backed movement fought a one-month war with Israel in 2006, issued the toughest warnings to his enemy in years.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 14:02:38 -0400
  • France says it told G7 partners "early enough" of Iran's Zarif visit

    France told its G7 partners of the Iranian foreign minister's surprise visit for side talks at a summit as soon as it was possible, a French official said on Sunday, after the White House said the move had surprised President Donald Trump. Asked why other countries weren't told earlier of the surprise visit, the Elysee official said: "They were informed early enough," adding that the diplomatic situation was too sensitive. Iran's foreign minister flew in for side talks at the G7 summit on Sunday as host France ramped up efforts to ease tensions between Tehran and Washington.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 14:01:00 -0400
  • Pompeo voices support for Israel after Israeli air strikes in Syria

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Israeli air strikes in Syria, expressed Washington's support for Israel's right to defend itself from the threat posed by Iran's Revolutionary Guard, the State Department said on Sunday. "The secretary and the prime minister discussed how Iran is leveraging its foothold in Syria to threaten Israel and its neighbors," the State Department said in a statement.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 13:58:11 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Hezbollah leader says Israel should be on high alert after Beirut, Syria attacks

    The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah vowed to down any Israeli drones in Lebanese airspace and warned Israel's military to be ready for a response after what he said was an Israeli drone attack in Beirut on Sunday. Hassan Nasrallah's words also followed overnight strikes claimed by Israel that he said killed two members of Hezbollah forces in Syria.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 13:55:21 -0400
  • EXPLAINER-Why are the Amazon fires sparking a crisis for Brazil - and the world?

    A record number of fires ravaging the Amazon has drawn international outrage because of the rainforest's importance to the global environment and prompted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to dispatch the military to assist in firefighting. WHY DOES THE AMAZON MATTER? The Amazon - 60% of which is in Brazil - is the world's largest tropical rainforest.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 13:51:23 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Italy's 5-Star, PD struggling to find deal on new govt ahead of deadline

    Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star party and the main centre-left opposition PD are struggling to break a logjam over who could lead a new government as a deadline to avoid early elections draws near. The two parties kicked off talks on Friday to find common ground for a new government after the ruling coalition of 5-Star and right-wing League collapsed last week, forcing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to resign. Without an agreement on a new coalition, Mattarella is likely name a caretaker government to run the country up to a new vote.

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 13:50:07 -0400
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