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U.S. Puts ‘Trade War’ Against China on Hold, Mnuchin Says

U.S. Puts ‘Trade War’ Against China on Hold, Mnuchin Says

The Trump administration won’t impose tariffs on Chinese products for now, after the two nations made progress on trade issues during two days of talks, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
Trump Vents About ‘$20 Million Witch Hunt’ After Gulf-Ties Story

Trump Vents About ‘$20 Million Witch Hunt’ After Gulf-Ties Story

President Donald Trump reacted angrily to a report that his campaign was offered help by two Middle Eastern countries in the run-up to the 2016 vote, deriding a “soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt” in
Italy's Populists Seek New Premier Amid Euro Warning

Italy's Populists Seek New Premier Amid Euro Warning

Italy’s two populist parties agreed on a prime minister, sealing a government deal amid a warning by France to avoid putting the euro area’s stability at risk.
Venezuelans Vote in Election Overshadowed by Crisis

Venezuelans Vote in Election Overshadowed by Crisis

Venezuelans went to the polls Sunday in an election ignored by much of the country, but one that could set its path for decades to come.
Rajoy's Catalan Challenge Returns With Threat to Budget

Rajoy's Catalan Challenge Returns With Threat to Budget

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces a resurgent confrontation with Catalonia over the regional government’s choice of leaders, threatening passage of his 2018 budget.
Ethiopia Lobbies for Release of Billionaire in Saudi Arabia

Ethiopia Lobbies for Release of Billionaire in Saudi Arabia

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he’s “sure” Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi will be released and returned to Ethiopia “soon” following discussions with Saudi Crown Prince
Saudi Crackdown Is a ‘Chilling Smear Campaign,’ Rights Group Says

Saudi Crackdown Is a ‘Chilling Smear Campaign,’ Rights Group Says

Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on prominent women’s rights advocates is a “chilling development” for independent critics of the government, Amnesty International said in a statement.
Ghana Ex-President Won't `Disappoint' Supporters on Vote

Ghana Ex-President Won't `Disappoint' Supporters on Vote

Ghana’s former President John Dramani Mahama said he won’t "disappoint" his supporters who are calling on him to stand as a presidential candidate in the 2020 elections.
Veterans of Default Stay in Charge Under Putin

Veterans of Default Stay in Charge Under Putin

Russia’s economy has long moved past the government’s 1998 debt default, but President Vladimir Putin may never get over what a witness to the events calls the “terrible humiliation.”
Talk to Taliban or Fight Endless Afghan War, Russia Tells U.S.

Talk to Taliban or Fight Endless Afghan War, Russia Tells U.S.

Russia said the U.S. will have to drop its opposition to negotiating directly with the Taliban on the eventual pullout of American troops from Afghanistan or face a grinding and bloody war for years
Duterte Says Philippines Won't Oppose China on Sea Activity

Duterte Says Philippines Won't Oppose China on Sea Activity

Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated that he would not provoke China into a war following reports that the Chinese military landed long-range bombers on an airport in the South China Sea.
China Will ‘Significantly’ Boost U.S. Purchases. By How Much is the Question

China Will ‘Significantly’ Boost U.S. Purchases. By How Much is the Question

China will “significantly increase purchases” of U.S. goods, the White House said as Beijing’s special envoy at talks in Washington declared a trade war has been averted between the world’s two
Greece Moves Closer to Bailout Exit After Deal With Creditors

Greece Moves Closer to Bailout Exit After Deal With Creditors

Greece and its creditors agreed on the next steps for completing the country’s final bailout review, a key milestone for exiting the program and striking a deal on debt relief.
NRA Appeals Ruling Over Anonymous Teens in Florida Gun Case

NRA Appeals Ruling Over Anonymous Teens in Florida Gun Case

The National Rifle Association is appealing a federal judge’s decision barring two 19-year-old gun enthusiasts from using pseudonyms as a way to avoid public scrutiny in a lawsuit over Florida’s new
U.K. Labour Party Vows ‘Crackdown’ in Audits After Carillion

U.K. Labour Party Vows ‘Crackdown’ in Audits After Carillion

The opposition U.K. Labour Party proposed a complete overhaul of regulation for corporate auditors and accountants after the collapse of government contractor Carillion Plc exposed shortcomings.
Trump Welcomes Wife Home in Tweet That Misspells Her Name

Trump Welcomes Wife Home in Tweet That Misspells Her Name

Washington (AP) -- Melania Trump returned to the White House in "high spirits" on Saturday following a weeklong hospitalization for kidney treatment, a lengthy stay that raised questions about whether
Gaza, Guns and the Balkan Flank: Balance of Power Weekend Reads

Gaza, Guns and the Balkan Flank: Balance of Power Weekend Reads

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Merkel to Seek China as Free-Trade Ally on Beijing Trip

Merkel to Seek China as Free-Trade Ally on Beijing Trip

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she’ll renew efforts to enlist China as an ally on free trade when she visits leaders including President Xi Jinping in Beijing next week.
South Africa’s Civil Servants to Get Above-Inflation Wage Increase

South Africa’s Civil Servants to Get Above-Inflation Wage Increase

Unions representing South African civil servants and the government agreed to above-inflation increases for workers, the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council said.
Venezuelans Head to the Polls for a Vote That’s All But Won

Venezuelans Head to the Polls for a Vote That’s All But Won

Amid boycotts and humanitarian crisis, Venezuelans head for a vote