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Pakistan and Iran Discuss Barter Trade Mechanism


ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Iran are considering the establishment of barter trade and the promotion of cooperation in the fields of customs, agriculture, trade and industry, said Thursday a senior official. Pakistani Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce Aliya Hamza Malik told the National Assembly that the Pakistani and Iranian authorities have …

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Top EU Diplomat Visits Iran Amid Nuclear Tensions


BRUSSELS – European Union (EU) Foreign Minister Josep Borrell is on his way to Iran, it is his first trip since coming to power in December, with the aim of reducing tensions over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. During his two-day trip which started on Monday, Borrell will meet with …

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Boris Johnson to Set Out Vision for EU Trade Deal

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LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out his vision for a trade deal with the EU today, insisting there is “no need” for the UK to follow Brussels’ rules. According to the BBC, the Prime Minister will call for a Canada-style free trade agreement, while vowing to …

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US Hits Russian Railroad with Sanctions Against Crimea


WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on a private Moscow-based railway company that opened passenger services between Russia and Crimea. The sanctions target Grand Service Express, its CEO and seven people who were slapped by EU sanctions earlier this week for their role in organizing the Russian …

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Post-Brexit UK always Welcome Back in EU: Timmermans


LONDON – Brexit has badly hurt Britain and “more will follow,” the European Commission vice-president wrote to the British people in a “love letter” in which he promises a warm welcome back if attitudes change. Frans Timmermans, who is the Deputy of Ursula von der Leyen in her capacity as …

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Europe ‘Will Feel’ New Refugee Wave: Erdogan


ANKARA – A new humanitarian crisis has been identified by the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as thousands of Syrians escape renewed bombing in Idlib. Yet he cautioned that Turkey “will not bear such a migrant burden on its own.” On Sunday, Erdogan said his country could not accommodate a …

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Johnson Plans Brexit Law Guarantee in New No-Deal Threat


LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will amend the law to ensure that the Brexit transition phase is not prolonged, establishing a new cliff edge with the European Union at the end of next year. Boris Johnson intends to fulfill his election promise to ratify a new free trade …

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