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Hong Kong Leader Calls for Peaceful End to University Standoff

Hong Kong

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam called for a peaceful resolution Tuesday to a standoff between police and pro-democracy protesters still trapped within a university. Lam said during a news conference that roughly 100 protesters were still holed up in Hong Kong Polytechnic University after 600 had …

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Pakistan, China Agree to Bolster Cooperation

China

ISLAMABAD – China and Pakistan have agreed to bolster cooperation in matters pertaining to economy, politics, accountability, climate change as well as the ongoing smog crisis. All these matters were discussed in a meeting of Chairperson of the Senate Special Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Senator Sherry Rehman …

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China Sentences 9 to Jail for Smuggling Fentanyl to US

Fentanyl

XINGTAI, CHINA – Nine people, one with a suspended death sentence, were imprisoned by a Chinese court on Thursday for smuggling fentanyl into the United States, saying that this was the first such case on which the two countries worked together. China faced US criticism for not doing enough to …

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China Asks WTO for $2.4 Billion Sanctions Against US

China

BEIJING – China seeks $2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions against the United States for failing to comply with a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling in a case highlighting the White House’s claims against the US world trade organization. The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) will examine the case that dates …

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China to Attract Foreign Investment with Better Business Environment

Taiwan

BEIJING – China will introduce more measures and foster a more enabling business environment to facilitate foreign investment, according to State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, Xinhua news reported Thursday. The meeting decided to open up more areas. Restrictive measures outside the national and pilot free trade …

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2.5 Million Muslims Begin Hajj Pilgrimage

Hajj

MECCA, Saudi Arabia – Muslims gathered from around the globe in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia have begun this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. According to local media, about 2.5 million believers are participating in the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which started on Friday. Each and every able-bodied Muslim, male …

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China Warns India on Consequences of Huawei Ban

Huawei

BEIJING – The Chinese government increased its pressure on India not to heed US warnings and ban Huawei from selling its network gear in the country due to security concerns, indicating it could retaliate against Indian companies doing business in China, Reuters reported. Sources told the news agency, that “Chinese …

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255 Terrorists Neutralized in Northern Iraq in 3 Months

Iraq

ANKARA – In the last three months, 255 terrorist operations have been “neutralized” by Turkey in northern Iraq, the Turkish Ministry of Defense said on Saturday. In a Twitter article, the ministry provided the latest figures on “neutralized” terrorists in counter-terrorism operations, including Operation Claw in northern Iraq. 34 terrorists …

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North Korea Fires Short-Range Missiles Into the Sea

North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea on Thursday launched two short-range missiles into the sea, expressing anger at joint US-South Korean joint military exercises, TRT reported Thursday. It was the first missile test in the North since an impromptu meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim …

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Trump meets GOP Senators on the purchase of Turkey by the S-400

Trump

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump met with Republican senators on Tuesday at the White House to discuss Turkey’s purchase of the Russian air defense system S-400, Anadolu Agency reported on Wednesday. The meeting with 45 Senators, including Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Todd …

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