WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. and Chinese officials(negotiators) met on Thursday for the first time since late July to try to find a way out of a 15-month trade war as new irritants between the world’s two largest economies threatened hopes for progress. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer greeted […]

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Trump intervention comment may be gift to Huawei CFO

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, released on bail on Tuesday to await a ruling on U.S. extradition at one of her luxury Vancouver homes, may have received welcome ammunition in court from an unlikely source – President Donald Trump. As the hearing was winding up in a Canadian court, Trump told Reuters he would intervene in […]

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Trump says would intervene in arrest of Chinese executive

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene with the U.S. Justice Department in the case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing. “If I think it’s good for the country, if I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal […]


City sign USA keeper Steffen from Columbus Crew

Manchester City signed United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen from Columbus Crew on Tuesday. Steffen agreed a four-year contract with the Premier League champions and will move to Manchester in July as back-up to City’s first-choice keeper Ederson. The 23-year-old will remain with Columbus for the early stages of their 2019 MLS Eastern Conference campaign, which […]

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Trump to nominate State Department spokeswoman for U.N. ambassador – White House officials

President Donald Trump will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, two White House officials said on Thursday, tapping someone with no prior policy or political experience to deal with some of the world’s thorniest issues. The decision was expected to be announced on Friday morning, the officials said, […]

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Mueller to give details on Russia probe with filings on former Trump aides

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller will provide new details on Friday on how two of President Donald Trump’s closest former aides have helped or hindered his investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 election campaign. Mueller last month accused Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort of breaching a plea bargain deal by lying […]

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Philippines to deport American Catholic priest wanted for sex crimes

Philippine law enforcement agents have arrested a 77-year-old American Catholic priest on a warrant for sex crimes issued by a court in the United States, a spokeswoman for immigration authorities said on Thursday. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks is to be deported after Wednesday’s arrest at his home in Naval on the remote central island of Biliran, […]

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Five Marines missing after two U.S. aircraft collide, crash into sea off Japan

Five U.S. Marines were missing after two Marine Corps aircraft collided in mid-air and crashed into the sea off the coast of Japan during an air-to-air refuelling exercise on Thursday, Japanese and American officials said. Japan’s defence ministry said its maritime forces had so far found two of the seven Marines who were aboard the […]


Biggest test for Sarri as stuttering Chelsea host City

It has taken less than two weeks for the optimism generated by a 12-match unbeaten start to Maurizio Sarri’s reign at Stamford Bridge to fizzle out and this weekend the Italian faces his biggest test to date when Manchester City visit. In fairness to the former Napoli manager, he stressed throughout the heady days of […]

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Oil prices skid with global stock markets; U.S. supply swells

Oil prices slumped by around 2 percent on Wednesday, pulled down by swelling U.S. inventories and a plunge in global stock markets as China’s government warned of increasing economic headwinds. International Brent crude oil futures were at $60.87 per barrel at 0418 GMT, down $1.21, or 2 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas […]

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Top U.S. senators briefed by CIA blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi death

Senior U.S. senators said on Tuesday they were more certain than ever that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after receiving a CIA briefing on the matter. “You have to be wilfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organised […]


Pep would welcome probe clarity to end rumours

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes a swift conclusion to Uefa’s investigation over alleged Financial Fair Play (FFP) irregularities committed by the Premier League champions will silence the speculation surrounding the case. Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said after an Executive Committee meeting of European football’s governing body on Monday that an independent body looking into […]

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“As China-U.S. friction rises, their armies hold joint disaster drills”

Soldiers from China and the United States wrapped up a week of joint disaster relief drills on Saturday, in a display of cooperation against a backdrop of worsening ties between the two countries over trade, the disputed South China Sea and self-ruled Taiwan. Relations between the world’s two largest economies have plumbed new depths under […]