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US-EU negotiate to skip trade clash

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MNA Business Desk: The United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that US has agreed to work towards lowering trade barriers with the European Union. Trump made this comment after a meeting with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. The two would work for zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto goods, he said. They also agreed to increase trade in services and agriculture, including greater US soy bean exports to the EU, reported news agency. The agreements come amid heightened tensions between the US and EU. The two leaders defused what had threatened to become a ...

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Demi Lovato awake after suspected overdose

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MNA Entertainment Desk: US pop singer Demi Lovato, who has spoken openly about her history of drug and alcohol abuse, is awake after she was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday suffering from a suspected overdose, according to media reports. Lovato, 25, a Grammy-nominated recording artist, was “okay and stable, reported People magazine, quoting an unidentified source. “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support,” Lovato’s representative told entertainment magazine in a statement. Representatives for Lovato did not respond to a request for comment. Entertainment news ...

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BRICS leaders meet as US trade war looms

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MNA Business Desk: Leaders of the BRICS emerging economies-Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa-will gather in Johannesburg on Wednesday for a three-day meeting focused on the threat of a US-led global trade war. US president Donald Trump’s hardening stance has compounded fears of an all-out trade war after he slapped levies on goods from China worth tens of billions of dollars and imposed tariffs on other international imports. China’s president Xi Jinping, Russian president Vladimir Putin, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian president Michel Temer will attend the annual summit, along with several African leaders invited as guests. ...

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Trump under fire over poll meddling comments

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MNA International Desk: There has been a barrage of criticism in the US after President Donald Trump defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 elections, reported news agency. At a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland, Mr Trump contradicted US intelligence agencies, saying Russia had no reason to meddle. The top Republican in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan, said Mr Trump must see that “Russia is not our ally”. Republican Senator John McCain said it was a “disgraceful performance”. Mr Putin denied the interference claim. The US and Russian presidents held nearly two hours of closed-door ...

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US quits UN human rights body

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MNA International Desk: The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. Standing with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo at the state department, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting US efforts to reform the council. She also criticized countries which shared US values and encouraged Washington to remain, but “were unwilling to seriously challenge the status ...

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US ‘will not be a migrant camp’: Trump

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MNA International Desk: US president Donald Trump vowed Monday that the United States would not become a “migrant camp,” as he faced soaring pressure to end the separation of immigrant families on America’s southern border. While top administration officials stood by Trump’s policy of “zero tolerance” towards unauthorized border crossers, and insisted children were being held in humane conditions, criticism swelled from rights groups and within the president’s own Republican Party. With the US border crisis shaping up as a critical challenge of his presidency, Trump stood defiant even as Democratic lawmakers accused authorities of keeping children in “cages” separate ...

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G7 finance chiefs rebuke US for metal tariffs

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MNA Business Desk: Finance leaders of the closest US allies vented anger over the Trump administration’s metal import tariffs on Saturday, ending a three-day meeting with a stern rebuke of Washington and setting up a heated fight at a G7 summit next week in Quebec. In a rare show of division among the normally harmonious club of wealthy nations, the six other G7 member countries issued a statement asking US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to convey their “unanimous concern and disappointment” about the tariffs to President Donald Trump. The 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminium tariffs were imposed this ...

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US-N Korea nuclear talks get underway

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MNA International Desk: High-ranking officials of the United States and North Korea met in New York late on Wednesday in the first of two days of talks about the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme and a possible summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, met for about 90 minutes over dinner and exited without providing any detailed remarks to reporters waiting outside. Earlier in the day, the White House left open the possibility ...

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US for more global action over Rohingya crisis

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The United States has indicated more action from the international community over Rohingya crisis and other areas of concerns in Myanmar in the coming days terming the situation ‘dire’. “Secretary (former) Tillerson had announced the finding of ethnic cleansing, and I believe it’s ethnic cleansing of a religious minority that’s taking place,” said Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. Recalling his visit to several refugee camps in Bangladesh about a month ago, Ambassador Brownback said, “The situation is dire. We must do more to help them, as they continue to be targeted for their faith.” The ...

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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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N Korea calls Pence ‘ignorant and stupid’

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MNA International Desk: North Korea called US Vice-President Mike Pence “ignorant and stupid” for his warnings over a planned summit with Donald Trump, renewing a threat to cancel as the US president said the fate of the historic talks will be decided next week, reported new sganecy. Trump is due to meet his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un in Singapore on 12 June for high stakes talks aimed at ridding the reclusive state of its newly acquired nuclear weapons and improving ties after decades of animosity. The summit announcement came after months of unusually cordial diplomacy between the historic ...

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China to cut auto tariffs on July 1

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MNA Business Desk: China announced that it would cut tariffs on auto imports from July 1, the latest sign of a thaw in trade frictions with the United States. Beijing has announced a flurry of liberalisations and reforms since coming under fire from the Trump administration and some European politicians for its protectionist policies. The planned reduction in import duties from 25 percent to 15 percent is a boon for international carmakers keen to grow sales in the world’s largest auto market but may fall short of fulfilling US President Donald Trump’s expectations that Beijing match US tariffs of 2.5 ...

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US suspends tariffs on Chinese products

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MNA Business Desk: US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin has said the US was temporarily suspending tariffs on Chinese products after an agreement was reached to reduce the bilateral trade deficit. “We are putting the trade war on hold,” Mnuchin said on Sunday in a “Fox News Sunday” television interview. “Right now, we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we try to execute the framework.” In recent weeks, president Donald Trump had threatened to slap tariffs on as much as $150 billion worth of Chinese imports to force changes in China’s trade practices, to which Beijing responded by ...

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Take ‘concrete steps’ on Rohingya rights: US aid chief to Myanmar

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The US government’s aid chief urged Myanmar on Sunday to take “concrete steps” to guarantee the rights of Rohingya Muslims and to show sincerity in that endeavour in order to encourage hundreds of thousands who have fled the country to return. Mark Green, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ended his three-day visit to Myanmar touring Rohingya and Rakhine communities in western Rakhine State, including a camp for displaced Rohingya people. Green said the refugees, whom he met during the previous leg of the trip in camps in Bangladesh, are fearful and while ...

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China-US agree to abandon trade war

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MNA Business Desk: Washington and Beijing have agreed to abandon any trade war and back off from imposing tariffs on each other, reported news agency. The announcement came after high-level talks in the US capital and followed months of tensions over what president Donald Trump has blasted as an unfair commercial relationship between the two economic giants. Vice-premier Liu He, who led Chinese negotiators in Washington said: “The two sides reached a consensus, will not fight a trade war, and will stop increasing tariffs on each other,” state-run news agency Xinhua reported Sunday. Liu called the agreement a “necessity”, but ...

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Syrian Civil War: Humanity falls victim to global politics

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MNA Feature Desk: A series of guided air strikes conducted by a coalition of US, UK and French forces on Syria added a new dimension to the ongoing civil war after tensions boiled over between the US and Russia over the Syria crisis in recent weeks. As both the powers are not intending to back off from their plans, several new developments are in the headlines every day. For the last few years, it has become a common matter of the world citizens to start their day with few depressing pictures of war victims of Syria. Once a rich country ...

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Former US first lady Barbara Bush dies

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MNA International Desk: Former US first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, triggering an outpouring of praise for the matriarch of a Republican family once at the apex of American politics. “A former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday on 17 April 17 at the age of 92,” said a statement from the office of George HW Bush. They were married for 73 years. Barbara Bush has long been considered the rock at the centre of one of America’s most prominent political ...

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Air strikes cripple Syria chemical weapons program: US

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MNA International Desk: Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s progress in the 7-year-old civil war. The United States, France and Britain launched 105 missiles overnight in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria a week ago, targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development centre in Damascus’ Barzeh district and two installations near Homs. The bombing was the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and his superpower ...

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Chinese investment in US falls sharply

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MNA Business Desk: Chinese investment in the US plunged last year as tensions between the two countries mounted. The value of deals announced in 2017 fell by more than 90 per cent from the year before, according to joint studies by the National Committee on US-China Relations and the Rhodium Group. The reports said policy shifts in both countries triggered the decline. China has curbed outbound investments, while the US is raising concerns about deals for national security reasons. “This altered policy environment has already changed patterns of two-way (foreign direct investment) and will continue to reshape investment levels and ...

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US steps up threat to quit UNHRC

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MNA International Desk: The United States warned Friday that it was losing patience and again threatened to quit the UN Human Rights Council or UNHRC after the Geneva-based body adopted five resolutions condemning Israel. US ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement that the council was “grossly biased against Israel,” noting that it had adopted only three resolutions separately targeting North Korea, Iran and Syria. “When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name,” said Haley. “Our patience is not unlimited. Today’s ...

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Trump blocks $140bn Qualcomm bid

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MNA Business Desk: US President Donald Trump has blocked a planned takeover of chipmaker Qualcomm by Singapore-based rival Broadcom on grounds of national security. His order cited “credible evidence” that the proposed $140bn (£100bn) takeover “threatens to impair the national security of the US”. Qualcomm was already trying to fend off Broadcom’s bid. Broadcom said it strongly disagreed that its proposed takeover gave any cause for concern. The deal would have created the world’s third-largest maker of microchips, behind Intel and Samsung. It would also have been the biggest takeover the technology sector had ever seen. The presidential order said: ...

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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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White House to unveil $1.5tn infrastructure plan

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MNA Business Desk: The White House on Monday will unveil its long-awaited $1.5 trillion infrastructure package aimed at overhauling US public works. The plan is structured around four goals: generate $1.5 trillion for an infrastructure proposal, streamline the permitting process down to two years, invest in rural infrastructure projects and advance workforce training, reports The Hill magazine. The Trump administration confirmed a $200 billion direct federal investment for the package, which will be included in the White House’s Monday spending blueprint for fiscal 2019. Half of the federal seed money would go toward an incentive programme to match financing from ...

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Kylie Jenner announces birth of baby girl

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MNA Entertainment Desk: US reality TV star Kylie Jenner announced on Sunday the birth of her child with rapper Travis Scott, after months of rumours surrounding her pregnancy. The 20-year-old Jenner said in a post on social media platform Instagram that her ‘beautiful, healthy baby girl’ arrived on February 1 and apologized to fans for keeping her pregnancy a secret. ‘I’m sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions,’ Jenner wrote. ‘I understand you’re used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the ...

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US shutdown ends as Congress passes bill

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MNA International Desk: The US government partial shutdown is ending after Republicans and Democrats voted for a temporary funding bill. The Democratic leadership agreed to back the bill after accepting promises from Republicans for a debate later on the future of young illegal immigrants. President Donald Trump, who signed the bill on Monday evening, took a swipe at Democrats. It is the fourth temporary measure since October because Capitol Hill cannot agree a longer-term budget. The spending bill passed the Senate by 81-18 and the House of Representatives by 266-150 earlier on Monday. The so-called continuing resolution keeps the government ...

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Govt services closed as working week begins in US

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MNA International Desk: Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work on Monday, as the US Senate struggles to end a government shutdown. The shutdown began at midnight on Friday, when lawmakers failed to agree on an extension to federal funding. Efforts to reach a compromise ahead of the working week failed late on Sunday. A vote to end the shutdown was postponed until midday (17:00 GMT) on Monday, meaning many federal government offices will remain closed. The Senate held a rare session throughout the weekend, in an attempt to reach an agreement ahead of ...

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US Government shuts down amid scrambled fund deal

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MNA International Desk: The US federal government shut down at midnight Friday as senators continued to scramble to reach a deal to fund the government. This is the first modern government shutdown with Congress and the White House controlled by the same party, and it comes on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Trump’s White House however immediately blamed Democrats for the shutdown. “Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement moments before midnight. “We will ...

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