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Venezuela crisis: US threats, border tensions & humanitarian aid provocations

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While the White House is applying maximum pressure on Maduro to force ‘humanitarian’ convoys into Venezuela, Juan Guaido sneaked into a concert in Colombia in hopes of returning to his supporters with a shipment of US aid. The US-backed, self-proclaimed leader of Venezuela set February 23 as his flashpoint date for a showdown with the Read More

Trump says inclined to extend China trade deadline, to meet Xi soon

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday there was “a very good chance” the United States would strike a deal with China to end their trade war and that he was inclined to extend his March 1 deadline to reach an agreement. U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Read More

Trump says he'll maintain some troops in Syria, media says 400 ‘peacekeepers’ to stay

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The US plans to keep a total of 400 troops in Syria, half in the Kurd-held northern part of the country and half at the southeastern border, at Al-Tanf base, a media report says citing an administration official. Earlier, Washington said it was planning to downsize its military presence in the north of Syria to Read More

U.S., China struggle to bridge trade gaps, more time seen likely

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators met on Friday to wrap up a week of talks that have seen the two sides struggle over the details of structural reform commitments by China, increasing the likelihood of extending the March 1 U.S. deadline for a deal. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer Read More

‘Semi-fascist’ attack on minorities: Hungarian official slams Ukraine’s education reform

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A Hungarian official has branded Ukraine’s education law “semi-fascist,” saying it “tramples” on the rights of minority citizens living in the neighboring country to have access to education in their own language. Gergey Guiyash, who heads Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s administration, used the harsh words during a media conference in Budapest on Thursday. Also Read More

France wants agriculture kept out of a EU-U.S. trade deal: Elysee

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PARIS (Reuters) – France opposes including agricultural products in any trade deal between the United States and the European Union, a source at French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Friday. “The president has said it already, France is opposed to signing any EU-US trade deal that would include agricultural products. It’s an absolute red Read More

EU drafting retaliatory tariff list hitting Caterpillar, Xerox, Samsonite: Bloomberg

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FILE PHOTO – Caterpillar Inc. equipment is on display for sale at a retail site in San Diego, California, U.S., March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The European Union is drafting a list of retaliatory tariffs that would target Caterpillar Inc, Xerox Corp and Samsonite International if U.S. President Donald Trump imposes Read More

EU debates when to start trade talks with Trump

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BUCHAREST (Reuters) – European Union ministers began debating on Friday when to start trade negotiations with the United States, aware that U.S. President Donald Trump may impose punitive tariffs on EU car imports if they wait too long. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about trade relations with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Read More

FATF says EU dirty money list risks undermining its work

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U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin talks to Financial Action Task Force President Marshall Billingslea as they pose for the official photo at the G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 21, 2018. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci PARIS (Reuters) – A European Union blacklist of nations it considers as anti-money laundering and terrorism-financing Read More

A Fed pivot, born of volatility, missteps, and new economic reality

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve’s promise in January to be “patient” about further interest rate hikes, putting a three-year-old process of policy tightening on hold, calmed markets after weeks of turmoil that wiped out trillions of dollars of household wealth. FILE PHOTO: A screen displays the headlines that the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest Read More