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Chance of world leaders reaching an agreement at G7 summit are poor

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By Dominic Waghorn, diplomatic editor It used to be a reassuring ritual. World leaders turn up at a glamorous location somewhere, agree on how to make the world better, richer or safer, and leave after issuing a heart-warming communique to that effect. How quaint. Image: Donald Trump speaking at last year’s G7 summit in Quebec Read More

Boris Johnson heading to his first international summit as PM

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By Rob Powell, political reporter Boris Johnson is heading to his first international summit as prime minister – and meetings with Donald Trump, the EU and other world leaders on the agenda. International issues such as climate change, inequality and security are likely to dominate the three-day G7 summit in the French seaside town of Read More

Brazil’s president to send army in to tackle wildfires

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Brazil’s president has signed an order deploying the military to help protect the Amazon from wildfires, a state governor in the country has said. President Jair Bolsonaro had earlier suggested troops could be sent in to battle the fires in the face of a global outcry. Antonio Denarium, the governor of the state of Roraima, Read More

Japan, U.S. reach framework trade pact, no U.S. concessions seen – Nikkei

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TOKYO (Reuters) – The United States and Japan have reached the broad framework of a trade agreement, Japan’s Nikkei business daily said on Saturday, with Tokyo making concessions on its agriculture but none immediately apparent from Washington on automobiles. FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Minister of Economic Revitalization Toshimitsu Motegi speaks during the signing agreement ceremony for Read More

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says to fight Amazon fires, blames weather

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday he will deploy federal troops with appropriate equipment to fight the fires in the Amazon rainforest, blaming dryer-than-normal weather for the spike in fire outbreaks this year. In a speech on national television, Bolsonaro said the government was very aware of the situation and Read More

Japan, U.S. reach framework trade pact, no tariff cuts on Japan cars: Nikkei

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TOKYO (Reuters) – The United States and Japan have reached the broad framework of a trade agreement, with Washington maintaining tariffs on Japanese autos but Tokyo cutting tariffs on U.S. beef and pork, Japan’s Nikkei business daily said on Saturday. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi reached the deal on Friday Read More

Japan, U.S. made ‘big progress’ in trade talks: Japanese minister

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Japan have made “big progress” in bilateral trade talks and shared the understanding of the directionality of the trade talks, Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Minister of Economic Revitalization Toshimitsu Motegi speaks during the signing agreement ceremony for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Read More

Full-on trade war: Trump jacks up tariffs on $550bn of Chinese goods, blasts ‘unfair’ response

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US President Donald Trump has announced yet another major hike of existing and future tariffs on some $550 billion in Chinese goods, criticizing Beijing’s attempt to offset the losses as ‘unfair’ and ‘politically motivated.’ Duties on $250 million worth of Chinese goods already taxed at 25 percent will increase to 30 percent starting on October Read More

Hong Kong protesters go ‘Baltic,’ but some struggle to explain why

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Demonstrators in Hong Kong formed a human chain throughout the city, inspired they say by protests in the Baltics some 30 years ago. Some of them seemed rather lost about the state of the current standoff with their government. RT America’s Sara Montes de Oca asked the protesters why they are not satisfied with the government’s Read More

Trump speaks with Brazil’s Bolsonaro, offers aid with Amazon rainforest fires

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in front of a portrait of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln prior to presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Boston Celtics legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Cousy at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Read More