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Iran considers dual nationals on downed Ukrainian plane to be Iranians

Iran considers dual nationals aboard a Ukrainian plane that was shot down accidentally this month to be Iranian citizens, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said today. Iran does not recognise dual nationality. Many of the 176 people killed in the disaster

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Trump promises farmers that China trade deal to be good for them

US President Donald Trump sought yesterday to assure American farmers and ranchers hit by a protracted tariff war with China that a trade agreement he signed with Beijing will lead to major purchases of US agricultural products. Trump’s remarks in

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Eleven US troops injured in Jan 8 Iran missile attack in Iraq

The US treated 11 of its troops for symptoms of concussion after an Iranian missile attack on an Iraqi base where US forces were stationed, the US military said yesterday, after initially saying no service members were hurt. The attack

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Mexico and US plan to reduce illegal arms and drug trade

Mexico and the US have agreed on a plan to combat illicit trafficking of arms, drugs and money, the Mexican government said yesterday, following meetings between US Attorney General William Barr and top Mexican officials. The two neighbouring countries also

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China posts weakest growth in 29 years as trade war bites

China’s economic growth slowed to its weakest in nearly 30 years in 2019 amid a bruising trade war with the United States and sputtering investment, and more stimulus steps are expected this year to help avert a sharper slowdown. But

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Trump impeachment: Trial opens as watchdog faults White House on Ukraine

The Senate impeachment trial on whether to remove US President Donald Trump from office formally began yesterday even as a congressional watchdog found that the White House broke the law by withholding security aid for Ukraine approved by Congress. The

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Oil prices rise as China agrees to more US energy purchases

Oil prices rose today, propelled higher by the long-anticipated signing of an initial trade deal between Washington and Beijing that sets the stage for a potentially huge increase in energy supplies from the US to China. Brent LCOc1 was 33

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US and China tiptoe around holes in the new trade agreement

The United States and China signed an initial trade deal yesterday that will roll back some tariffs and boost Chinese purchases of US products, defusing an 18-month row between the world’s two largest economies but leaving a number of sore

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Sanders, Warren voice out about chances of a woman defeating Trump

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders disagreed in a Democratic presidential debate yesterday over whether he once told her a woman could not win the White House in 2020, underlining an emerging rift between the progressive allies as the first voting

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Trump ex-adviser Flynn seeks to withdraw guilty plea

Lawyers for Michael Flynn, US President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, yesterday said in a court filing that he would seek to withdraw his guilty plea in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the

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