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Xi told Trump US-China ties hit by ‘negative factors’: state media

Chinese President Xi Jinping told US counterpart Donald Trump on Monday that bilateral relations were “affected by some negative factors,” state media said following a series of US actions that angered Beijing. Xi said in a phone call that Sino-US relations “have achieved important results” since the two met at Trump’s Florida resort in April, according to broadcaster CCTV. But ...

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US pullout gives ‘global push’ to climate deal: UN chief

The US decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has given a “global push” to the deal, as other signatories have strongly recommitted to the landmark accord, UN chief Antonio Guterres said Monday.   President Donald Trump, whose country is the world’s second biggest producer of greenhouse gases after China, drew widespread criticism when he announced on June 1 ...

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Qatar responds to Gulf neighbours’ demands

Qatar has responded to a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies after they agreed to give it another 48 hours to address their grievances. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar on 5 June, accusing it of supporting terrorism. On 22 June they issued a 13-point list of demands to end the standoff and gave ...

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US no longer a ‘friend’ in Merkel election programme

In their campaign programme for the German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have dropped the term “friend” in describing the relationship with the United States. Four years ago, the joint programme of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), referred to the United States as Germany’s “most important friend” outside of Europe. ...

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Macron seeks to cut number of France MPs by a third

French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed a radical overhaul of the country’s government. Speaking at the historic Palace of Versailles, he said he planned to cut the number of lawmakers by a third. Doing so would produce a more efficient government and put France on a “radically new path”, said Mr Macron. The French president says he has a broad ...

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Japan PM’s party suffers historic defeat in Tokyo poll, popular governor wins big

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party suffered an historic defeat in an election in the Japanese capital on Sunday, signaling trouble ahead for the premier, who has suffered from slumping support because of a favoritism scandal. On the surface, the Tokyo Metropolitan assembly election was a referendum on Governor Yuriko Koike’s year in office, but the dismal showing for ...

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Hizbul chief confesses to conduct terror strikes in India

The commander-in-Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, Syed Salahuddin, has in an interview to a Pakistan news channel boasted of having carried out attacks in India.   This was Salahuddin’s first interview after the US branded him a ‘global terrorist’ in the run-up to Donald Trump – Narendra Modi meet. Salahuddin, a native of Budgam’s Soibagh area, spoke in Urdu with a ...

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Aid helicopter crash kills 8 after Indonesian volcano erupts

A rescue helicopter crashed while heading to help evacuate residents near an erupting volcano on Indonesia’s main island, killing all eight people on board, officials said Monday.   The helicopter reportedly hit a cliff about three minutes from arriving at Dieng Plateau, a popular tourist area where a volcanic crater erupted Sunday, injuring at least 10 people.   The Indonesian-made ...

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US military shoots down Syrian gov’t fighter jet

A US military aircraft shot down a Syrian government fighter jet on Sunday shortly after the Syrian plane bombed US-backed fighters in northern Syria, the U.S. military said.   The action was carried out “in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces,” US Central Command said in a statement.   The incident is the fourth time ...

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North Korea accuses US authorities of ‘mugging’ its diplomats at NY airport

North Korea accused US authorities on Sunday of “mugging” its diplomats at the John F. Kennedy airport in New York, forcibly confiscating a diplomatic package which it said raised questions about the city as the seat of the United Nations. The North’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said a delegation of the North returning from a UN conference on the rights of ...

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