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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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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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Which company just hit US$1 trillion? Google it.

As Google-parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) became yesterday the fourth US company to top market value of more than US$1 trillion, some funds holding its shares are wondering whether now is the time to cash in on the stock’s extraordinary gains.

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Ottawa dismisses as ‘nonsense’ Iran’s claim few crash victims were Canadian

Canada yesterday dismissed as “nonsense” Tehran’s insistence that only a few Canadians died last week when Iran shot down an airliner and demanded full accountability for what it called a horrible crime. The remarks by Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne were

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Australia ‘open for business’ as cool change eases bushfire threat

Australia today urged international tourists to put aside concerns about raging bushfires after the United States downgraded a travel warning, even as thick smoke disrupted preparations for the Australian Open in Melbourne. Australia is experiencing one of its most severe

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At UN, US justifies killing Iranian commander as self-defense

The United States told the United Nations yesterday that the killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani was self-defense and vowed to take additional action “as necessary” in the Middle East to protect US personnel and interests. In a letter to

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India issues travel warning on Iraq after Iran attacks

India today issued a travel warning asking its citizens to avoid “non-essential” travel to Iraq, hours after Iran launched missile attacks on US-led forces in Iraq. Iran’s attack came in retaliation for a US drone strike on an Iranian commander

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France, US set two week target for resolving digital tax spat

France and the United States have given themselves two weeks to try and resolve a row over a French digital tax, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said today. “I had a long talk with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. We

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Study finds Google system could improve breast cancer detection

A Google artificial intelligence system proved as good as expert radiologists at detecting which women had breast cancer based on screening mammograms and showed promise at reducing errors, researchers in the United States and Britain reported. The study, published in

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Kim promises ‘new strategic weapon,’ leaves room for talks

North Korea’s leader plans to further develop nuclear programs and to introduce a “new strategic weapon” in the near future, state media said today, although he signaled there was still room for dialogue with the United States. Kim Jong Un

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