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Russia Ready to Exchange Ambassadors with Ukraine: Lavrov

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MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Moldovan President Igor Dodon at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on January 30, 2019. Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said that the Kremlin was ready to exchange ambassadors with Ukraine, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported …

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Macron and Trump Declare Truce in Digital Tax Dispute

Macron

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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Pakistani Delegation Arrives in Beijing for FATF Meeting

FATF

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani delegation landed in Beijing for a Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting later this month, during which the organization would examine the country’s attempts to implement strict funding regulations of terrorism and money laundering. According to a source, the FATF working committee will be informed by the …

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France Deploys an Aircraft Carrier in the Middle East

France

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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Macron to Rush Parliamentary Pension Bill Into General Strike

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PARIS – France’s general strike has reached its 41st day, with the government accused of deliberately creating confusion, leading to growing disunity between unions. The administration of President Emmanuel Macron issued what it claimed to be a compromise – a withdrawal of a 2-year raises at retirement age – but …

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King Abdullah of Jordan Warns Daesh Again

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PARIS – King Abdullah of Jordan warned on Monday that the Daesh group was regrouping and was increasing again in the Middle East. Months after last year’s ousting of ISIS from their last Syrian heist, Abdullah said that “his main concern is that over the past year we have seen …

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Putin, Macron Discuss Libya, Syria, Ukraine

Libya

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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49 Journalists Killed, 389 Jailed Worldwide in 2019: RSF

Journalists

PARIS – In 2019, 49 reporters worldwide were killed, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Tuesday, the lowest death toll in 16 years. Most of the “historically low” number died covering conflicts in Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan, the watchdog based in Paris said, warning that “journalism remains a dangerous profession.” Over …

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Massive Chaos As Largest Strike in Years Hits France for 2nd Day

France

PARIS – A nationwide general strike has hit France for a second day in a row over planned pension reforms by the government, causing chaos across the country, Press TV reported Friday. Schools remained closed on Friday and hospitals were understaffed. Reports said the cancellation of rush-hour trains into Paris …

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