US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

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The world's two biggest economies are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after making...


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Maduro wins Venezuela election challengers call illegitimate In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks US relations under Trump dominate Mexico presidential debate US office overseeing fight against IS gets reprieve 83...


In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance

North Korea Nuclear Site

TOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un’s planned summit with President Donald Trump next month....


Portuguese director drops out of Israel festival over Gaza

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Portuguese theater director has cancelled his attendance at a major cultural festival opening in Jerusalem this week over Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Tiago Rodrigues said he was dropping out of the Israel Festival so that his work will not “condone and promote a...


83-year-old Palestinian leader still in hospital after fever

Palestinians Abbas

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian president remains in hospital after being taken there with a fever following a minor ear procedure. The 83-year-old leader has endured a series of recent health scares which have revived anxiety over who will succeed him. Mahmoud Abbas was hospitalized on Sunday...


US relations under Trump dominate Mexico presidential debate

Mexico Presidential Debate

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s turbulent relationship with the U.S. government under President Donald Trump dominated the country’s second presidential debate Sunday. The debate in the border city of Tijuana focused on issues of foreign policy, immigration and border security. The relationship with...


US office overseeing fight against IS gets reprieve

United States Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration plan for the unit’s imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a speedy U.S. exit from Syria. A...


Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

South China Sea Watch

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a weekly...


Manila takes non-confrontational stand vs China in sea feud

South China Sea Watch

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government is taking “appropriate diplomatic action” to protect its claims in the South China Sea but did not elaborate or name China in a non-confrontational policy that immediately sparked criticism. China landed long-range bombers on one of its occupied...


Nepal official says 2 foreign climbers died on Mount Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Two foreign climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest have died on the world’s highest peak, a Nepal mountaineering official said Monday. Members of their expedition teams reported a Japanese climber died Monday and a Macedonian died on Sunday, said Gyanendra Shrestha, who...


Transgender people in Iran face discrimination despite fatwa

APTOPIX Iran Transgender

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Nahal smokes yet another cigarette on her mother’s balcony overlooking Tehran, one of the few peaceful places the 19-year-old transgender woman has in Iran, where her identity can bring harassment and prying, judging eyes on the street. Nahal recalled how she had hardly started...

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