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Don’t play with lion’s tail: Rouhani to Trump

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MNA International Desk: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday warned US President Donald Trump not to “play with the lion’s tail”. Addressing his US counterpart Trump, Rouhani said: “You declare war and then you speak of wanting to support the Iranian people. “You cannot provoke the Iranian people against their own security and interests,” he said in a televised speech at a gathering of Iranian diplomats in Tehran. Rouhani repeated his warning that Iran could shut down the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for international oil supplies, AFP reports. “We have always guaranteed the security of this ...

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US lists $200bn more Chinese goods for tariffs

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MNA Business Desk: The Trump administration raised the stakes in its trade war with China on Tuesday, saying it would slap 10 per cent tariffs on an extra $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. US officials released a list of thousands of Chinese imports the administration wants to hit with the tariffs, including hundreds of food products as well as tobacco, chemicals, coal, steel and aluminium. It also includes consumer goods ranging from car tires, , furniture, wood products, handbags and suitcases, to dog and cat food, baseball gloves, carpets, doors, bicycles, skis, golf bags, toilet paper and beauty products. ...

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Trump makes veiled WTO threat after EU warning on car tariffs

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MNA Sports Desk: US President Donald Trump warned the World Trade Organization on Monday that “we’ll be doing something” if the United States is not treated properly, just hours after the European Union said that US automotive tariffs would hurt its own vehicle industry and prompt retaliation, reported news agency. Trump, speaking to reporters during a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the White House, said, “The WTO has treated the United States very, very badly and I hope they change their ways.” His comments came after the Axios news website reported that Trump’s administration has drafted proposed ...

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‘I can send you 25 million Mexicans’: Trump to Abe

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MNA International Desk: The United States President Donald Trump threatened Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he would ship 25 million Mexicans to his country, one of a series of bizarre missives that jarred fellow leaders at last week’s acrimonious G7 meet. The Group of Seven summit gathering of top industrialized democracies finished in disarray after the US president abruptly rejected its consensus statement and bitterly attacked Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, reported news agency. Behind the scenes, Trump’s counterparts were dismayed by verbal jabs on topics ranging from trade to terrorism and migration, The Wall Street Journal said, quoting European ...

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World escaped nuclear weapons threat: Moon

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MNA International Desk: South Korean President Moon Jae-In said on Thursday the world had escaped the threat of war after this week’s Singapore summit, echoing US President Donald Trump’s upbeat assessment of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump and Kim issued a joint statement after their historic meeting that reaffirmed the North’s commitment to “work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”, an end to joint US-South Korean military exercises and gave US guarantees of security to North Korea. “There have been many analyses on the outcome of the summit but I think what’s most important ...

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Trump says summit with Kim is back on

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MNA International Desk: Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June is back on, the US president says, a week after it was scrapped. Mr Trump made the announcement after talks with a senior North Korean envoy at the White House. The envoy, General Kim Yong-chol, hand-delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to President Trump. Mr Trump at first said the letter was “very interesting” but later said he had not yet opened it. He also said the issue of formally ending the Korean War would be on the table in Singapore. The 1950-53 conflict ...

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N Korea summit could still possible: Trump

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MNA International Desk: One day after abruptly pulling the plug on a high-stakes summit with North Korea, US president Donald Trump said Friday the meeting with Kim Jong Un could go ahead after all-and would “likely” happen on the originally scheduled date of 12 June. The summit would be an unprecedented meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, which Washington hopes will result in the full denuclearization of the reclusive state. Trump said in a tweet that “very productive talks” were ongoing with North Korea about reinstating the summit. “If it does happen, will likely remain ...

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Trump welcomes ‘historic’ Korea summit

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MNA International Desk: US president Donald Trump on Friday hailed the “historic” summit between the two Koreas, saying that “good things” are happening on the peninsula ahead of his own highly anticipated meeting with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un. “After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!” he tweeted. Kim met Friday with South Korean President ...

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Vladimir Putin: Russia’s action man president

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MNA Feature Desk: Russian President Vladimir Putin, a judo black belt, appears to symbolise two of the martial art’s key qualities – guile and aggression. His swift military interventions in both Ukraine, annexing Crimea in March 2014, and Syria, bombing anti-government rebels in a move that bolstered Syrian government forces, stunned many observers. Mr Putin, 65, has made no secret of his determination to reassert Russian power after years of perceived humiliation by the US and its Nato allies. US prosecutors accuse a longstanding Putin ally – oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin – of orchestrating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election ...

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US Trade Show starts on Thursday

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MNA Business Desk: A three-day trade show will begin in the capital tomorrow to showcase American products and services in Bangladesh and give a boost to the bilateral trade. The show jointly organised by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham) and the US embassy in Dhaka starts at Sonargaon hotel in Dhaka tomorrow. The show will exhibit more than 150 US companies, represented by 43 exhibitors from home and abroad, Shadab Ahmed Khan, acting president of the chamber, said at a media briefing. Companies like Bell Helicopter are coming to showcase their products in the 25th US Trade ...

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6,900 Syrians shield from US deportation

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MNA International Desk: Some 7,000 Syrians can live another 18 months in the United States as the Trump administration has extended temporary protection for them. They were shielded from deportation under a humanitarian programme, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), reported news agency. Since 2011, Syria has been embr54oiled in a civil war that has caused millions to flee and hundreds of thousands of deaths. Protections were set to expire for Syrians on 31 March, but with the extension will now last at least another 18 months. The president has cancelled TPS programmes for various countries in recent months, affecting immigrants from ...

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US ambassador to Panama resigns

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MNA International Desk: US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, saying he no longer felt able to serve President Donald Trump. Feeley’s departure had been communicated to State Department officials on Dec 27 and was not a response to Trump’s alleged use of the word “shithole” to describe Haiti and African countries at a meeting on Thursday, US officials said. Trump denies using the term, reported news agency. Feeley, one of the department’s Latin America specialists and among its senior most officers, made clear that he had come to a ...

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Bannon backs off comments about Trump’s son

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MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon on Sunday backed away from derogatory comments ascribed to him about Trump’s son in a new book that sparked White House outrage and could threaten Bannon’s influence as a would-be conservative power broker. Bannon, ousted from the White House in August, was quoted in ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,’ by journalist Michael Wolff, as saying a June 2016 meeting with a group of Russians attended by Donald Trump Jr. and his father’s top campaign officials was ‘treasonous’ and ‘unpatriotic.’ The president responded by saying Bannon had lost ...

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UNGA to meet on Jerusalem status

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MNA International Desk: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim states on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking a warning from Washington that it will “take names.” Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour said the General Assembly would vote on a draft resolution calling for Trump’s declaration to be withdrawn, which was vetoed by the United States in the 15-member UN Security Council on Monday. The remaining 14 Security Council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did ...

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Woman seeks docs on Trump’s misconduct

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MNA International Desk: A woman who has said that US president Donald Trump groped her during a 2007 meeting has subpoenaed his presidential campaign for any documents concerning similar allegations, according to a subpoena filed in New York State Supreme Court. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice,” sought all documents from his campaign pertaining to “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately,” identifying nine by name, the subpoena said. Trump has denied Zervos’ accusation in the past. On Monday, asked about the subpoena at an impromptu White House news conference, Trump ...

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Eminem rebukes ‘racist’ Donald Trump

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Rapper Eminem rebukes US President Donald Trump as a racist and a reckless leader in a rap video that aired on Tuesday night during the Black Entertainment Television Hip Hop Awards. Eminem told his fans in the four-minute unaccompanied vocal they must choose whether to support him or the president. “Racism is the only thing that he’s fantastic for,” Eminem rapped in the video that was taped on Friday in a Detroit parking garage. Trump has previously dismissed accusations of racism. For example, he said in February he is “the least racist person.” Representatives for ...

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Trump, Erdogan discuss regional security

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MNA International Desk: US president Donald Trump spoke by telephone Saturday with Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan and discussed working more closely with its NATO ally to improve regional security, reported news agency. “President Trump emphasised the common commitment of the United States and Turkey to work together to increase regional stability,” a White House statement said. The phone call came amid a backdrop of deteriorating relations between Washington and Ankara, NATO allies whose relations have soured over the US decision to arm Kurds in Syria to fight Islamic State. Turkey regards the Kurdish militias as “terrorists.” Turkey has also repeatedly ...

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Trump shared info with Russians in Oval Office: Officials

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MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump shared highly classified information to Russia’s foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation, two U.S. officials said on Monday, plunging the White House into another controversy just months into Trump’s short tenure in office. The intelligence, shared at a meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, was supplied by a U.S. ally in the fight against the militant group, both officials with knowledge of the situation said. The White House declared the allegations, first reported by the Washington Post, incorrect. “The story that came out tonight ...

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Federal judge temporary blocks Trump travel ban

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MNA International Desk: A federal judge in Seattle on Friday ordered a temporary, nationwide halt to President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, in the most severe legal blow to the controversial measure. The temporary restraining order issued by US District Judge James Robart will remain valid nationwide pending a full review of a complaint by Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson. “The constitution prevailed today,” Ferguson said, describing the judge’s decision as historic. “No one is above the law—not even the president.” “I said from the beginning it is not the loudest voice that prevails in a ...

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President Trump nominated judge Gorsuch for US Supreme Court

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MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump nominated federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court Tuesday, as the new Republican leader seeks to tilt the balance of the court back in the conservatives’ favor. In a prime-time address that was part jurisprudence and part reality TV, Trump tapped the 49-year-old Gorsuch from Denver, Colorado to fill the bench slot made vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia nearly a year ago. Like Scalia, Gorsuch is considered to be an “originalist”—guided in his legal reasoning by what he believes to be the constitution’s original intent and meaning. The elegant, ...

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Green card holders will need additional screening: White House

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MNA Editorial Desk: US green card holders will require additional screening before they can return to the United States, the White House said on Saturday. Earlier, a Department of Homeland Security official said people holding green cards, making them legal permanent US residents, were included in President Donald Trump’s executive action temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. “It will bar green card holders,” Gillian Christensen, acting Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, said in an email. A senior White House official later sought to clarify the situation, saying green card holders who had left the ...

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Trump invites Modi to visit US later this year

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MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump spoke by phone Tuesday with India’s prime minister Modi and invited him to visit the United States later in the year. Trump told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the U.S. considers India “a true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world,” a White House statement said. The two leaders resolved to “stand shoulder to shoulder in the global fight against terrorism.” They also discussed cooperation in economy and defense, and security in South and Central Asia. Trump looked forward to hosting Modi in the United States later this year, the statement said. ...

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Donald Trump – 45th President of the United States

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MNA Editorial Desk: Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Friday, vowing to drain power from Washington elites and always put “America first” in its dealings with the world at a moment of transformative political change. He arrived at the White House for the first time as President just before 5 p.m. ET following a day of tradition marking the power shift in the nation’s capital. In a time-honored ceremony on the flag-draped West Front of the Capitol earlier in the afternoon, Trump placed his left hand on a family Bible and another that belonged to ...

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Rights activists detained over Trump’s Attorney General pick protesting

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MNA International Desk: Police in Alabama arrested six civil rights activists staging a sit-in at Senator Jeff Sessions’ office on Tuesday to protest his nomination for U.S. Attorney General, criticizing his record on voting rights and race relations. Sessions, 70, has a history of controversial positions on race, immigration and criminal justice reform, reported news agency. Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had vowed to occupy Sessions’ Mobile, Alabama office until the conservative Republican lawmaker either withdrew as a candidate or they were arrested. In the end, Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the ...

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The eleventh-hour push to stop Trump

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MNA International Desk: Many liberals and progressives are still clinging to one faint, almost-certainly-doomed hope that Donald Trump can be blocked from the presidency through the Electoral College. That’s because the November 8 vote was technically not to make Trump president, but only to determine who 538 electors in various states across the country will be. It is those electors who will cast the votes that legally elect the president on Monday, December 19. In modern times, the casting of electoral votes has been a purely ceremonial occasion in which the state results from Election Day have been rubber-stamped. Thirty-seven ...

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Putin was world’s most powerful man in 2016: Forbes magazine

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MNA International Desk: Vladimir Putin was the world’s most powerful person for a fourth straight year in 2016, with US president-elect Donald Trump in second place, Forbes magazine said Wednesday in its annual rankings, reported news agency. “Russia’s president has exerted his country’s influence in nearly every corner of the globe,” the US business magazine wrote. The 64-year old Russian leader is “unconstrained by conventional global norms (and) his reach has magnified in recent years,” Forbes said. The magazine wrote that at number two, Trump, who takes over the US presidency in a little more than a month, “has a ...

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CIA concludes Russia interfered to help Trump

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MNA International Desk: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has determined that Russia did in fact try to help Donald Trump win the US presidency rather than work to simply interfere with the election, according to a secret report conducted by the agency. A secret CIA assessment found that Russian operatives covertly interfered in the election campaign in an attempt to ensure the Republican candidate’s victory, the Washington Post reported, citing officials briefed on the matter. A separate report in the New York Times said intelligence officials had a “high confidence” that Russia was involved in hacking related to the election. ...

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