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China welcomes US invitation for trade talks

WASHINGTON / SHANGHAI: China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the government has received an invitation from the United States for trade talks, and welcomes it. Chinese ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the comments at a daily news briefing in Beijing. The White House’s top economic adviser said on Wednesday …

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US to cut $25 million in aid to hospitals serving Palestinians

WASHINGTON DC: The United States plans to cut $25 million in aid to six hospitals primarily serving Palestinians in Jerusalem, a State Department official confirmed Saturday. The official said the decision followed a President Donald Trump-directed review of assistance to the Palestinian Authority and in the West Bank and Gaza …

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US halts funding to UN agency helping Palestinian refugees

WASHINGTON DC: The United States announced it was halting funding for the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees Friday after declaring the organisation was “irredeemably flawed”. Washington has long been the UN Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) largest donor but is “no longer willing to shoulder the very disproportionate share …

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US-backed forces repel IS attack in east Syria: monitor

BEIRUT: US-backed forces have repelled a raid by the Islamic State group targeting barracks housing American and French troops in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday. The Syrian Democratic Forces and the US-led coalition supporting them were on high alert after the raid late Friday at …

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Trump to receive Kim letter as nuclear summit takes shape

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump was to receive a letter from his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un on Friday, a much-anticipated moment as preparations for a historic nuclear summit gain pace. Kim’s right-hand man, Kim Yong Chol, was due in the US capital a day after talks in …

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Trump hits China with $60 billion in tariffs

President Trump socked China with up to $60 billion in proposed trade tariffs, investment restrictions and plans for a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization, drawing immediate threats of retaliation from Beijing and sending the stock market into an epic nosedive Thursday over fears that the globe’s two biggest …

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