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Concrete progress made for ‘phased deal’ to end US-China trade war

PTI Beijing China and the US made “concrete progress” in many areas and laid foundation for signing of a “phased deal” at their latest round of talks to resolve the bruising trade war, China’s chief negotiator and Vice Premier Liu He has said. US President Donald Trump, who had launched the trade war last year demanding China to reduce massive …

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Turkey to restart Syria operation if deal not respected

Istanbul: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned that Ankara would restart its operation against Kurdish forces in Syria on Tuesday evening if they do not withdraw from a “safe zone”. After US Vice President Mike Pence came to Ankara for talks with Erdogan on Thursday, the NATO allies agreed Turkey would suspend its offensive for five days in …

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Deadly air strikes shatter truce

Tal Tamr: Deadly Turkish air strikes on Friday shattered an hours-old US-brokered deal to stop Ankara’s military offensive against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria. The ceasefire announced late Thursday was meant to provide a pause for the evacuation of Kurdish fighters from the battleground border town of Ras al-Ain and other areas Turkey wants to control along its border with …

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G7 warns against Libra launch until risks ‘adequately addressed’

Washington: Facebook should not launch its global digital currency Libra until proper regulations are in place to handle the potential risks, the Group of Seven said Thursday. And France’s Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire warned that a currency like Libra could undermine sovereign nations’ control over their exchange rates. “It’s a matter of democracy, not just a simple economic question,” …

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Kashmiri Pandits brief US lawmakers on situation in J&K

Washington: Ahead of the next week’s Congressional hearing on human rights situation in South Asia, Kashmiri Pandits residing in various parts of the US held a briefing for US lawmakers and their aides on ground realties in the Valley and violations of their rights for the past several decades. Indian American Congressman Ro Khanna, Congressmen Mike Thompson, Zoe Lofgren, Mark …

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India calls for steps to promote fair, ethical recruitment of migrants

Dubai: India has called on the member states of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) for taking steps to promote fair and ethical recruitment of migrants as well as safe and legal migration. In his address at the Ministerial Consultation of ADD held on October 16-17 in Dubai, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan spoke about the ongoing efforts …

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Officials: blast at Afghan mosque kills 62

Kabul: An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered to offer Friday players, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, said the militant attack wounded 36 others. He said it was not immediately clear if the mosque was attacked by a suicide …

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In a first, Mexico deports 311 Indians

Mexico City: In a first, Mexico’s migration authorities deported 311 Indians, including a woman, from various parts of the country amidst its stepped up efforts to check people illegally crossing its borders following pressure from the US. According to a press release issued by the National Migration Institute (INM), the Indian nationals, who did not have a condition of regular …

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Northern Irish rejection threatens Brexit deal as EU leaders meet

BRUSSELS: Britain’s efforts to agree an amicable divorce from the European Union were hanging by a thread Thursday as leaders headed to Brussels for a crunch summit. EU and UK negotiators had worked overnight on a compromise withdrawal deal that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hoped to present to his counterparts. But, as dawn broke over Brussels, Northern Ireland’s Democratic …

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Fuel tanker explosion kills two in southern Nigeria

Abuja: Nigerian presidency confirmed on Thursday two people were killed in a fuel tanker explosion which wreaked havoc in the southern state of Anambra. A woman and her child were confirmed killed as the tanker fell and spilled its content on a busy road in Onitsha, a commercial city of Anambra, according to a statement from the presidency. “I am …

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