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Macron and Trump Declare Truce in Digital Tax Dispute


PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday he had a “great conversation” with US President Donald Trump about a digital tax planned by Paris and said the two countries would work together to avoid raising tariffs. Macron and Trump agreed to suspend a possible tariff war until the end …

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Iran Warns of “Effective Measure” If JCPOA Demands are Not Met


TEHRAN – Iran has warned Britain, France and Germany about their recent decision to trigger a dispute settlement mechanism in the 2015 nuclear deal, saying Tehran will consider taking another “effective measure” if its requirements under the agreement are not met. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi has dismissed claims …

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France Deploys an Aircraft Carrier in the Middle East


PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron said that France will deploy the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its battle group from January to April to support French military operations in the Middle East. He further said, that, the aircraft carrier will support Chammal (Middle East) operations from January to …

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Russia Urges Gulf States to Form Common Security Mechanism


MOSCOW – Russia has urged the Gulf states to consider a common security mechanism for the region, said the country’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday, adding that the time for unilateral action is over. “We have suggested to the Gulf countries to think about collective security mechanisms … starting …

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Germany Says Trump’s Iraq Sanctions Threat ‘Not Helpful


BERLIN – US President Donald Trump’s threat of sanctions on Iraq was “not very helpful”, Germany’s foreign minister said on Monday. The United States president had warned Baghdad could be hit by sanctions “like they’ve never seen before” if US forces were forced to leave. “I don’t think it works …

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China, Iran Ministers Meet, Criticize ‘Bullying Practices’


BEIJING – China’s foreign minister denounced international “bullying practices” during his meeting with his Iranian counterpart on Tuesday in the country’s latest criticism of US foreign policy under the Trump administration. Wang Yi reaffirmed the strength of bilateral ties in his opening remarks at the start of talks with Mohammad …

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Putin, Macron Discuss Libya, Syria, Ukraine


MOSCOW – Russian and French presidents spoke on the phone about the ongoing crisis in Libya plus Syria and Ukraine, Russia’s state-run TASS news agency said Wednesday. The agency reported that Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron emphasized the importance of resolving the crisis in Libya through diplomacy. “In this regard, …

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China, Russia Propose Lifting North Korea Sanctions


NEW YORK – On Monday, China and Russia proposed to relax UN sanctions against the ailing economy of North Korea in the face of concerns that the US-led negotiations with the hermit nation had gained little traction, Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday. Beijing and Moscow exchanged in the Security Council a …

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