How strong is Trump’s hand in US-China trade war?

How strong is Trump’s hand in US-China trade war?

A week ago, it looked like the world's two biggest economies were close to resolving their ongoing trade dispute. Now, the United States and China are teetering on the verge of a fresh escalation, with another round of punishing tariff hikes on Chinese goods set to take effect on Friday. Eleventh-hour negotiations got under way on…
North Korea fires unidentified projectile: South’s military

North Korea fires unidentified projectile: South’s military

North Korea has fired at least one unidentified projectile from a location in the country's northwest towards the east, South Korea's military says. The South's Joint Chiefs of Staff had no other immediate details of the Thursday afternoon launch, which was the second such incident in the past five days. "We are still analysing whether…
South Africa elections: Polls close after national vote

South Africa elections: Polls close after national vote

Johannesburg, South Africa - Voting stations have closed following South Africa's general election on Wednesday, 25 years after the country's transition from apartheid to democracy. Provisional polling numbers will arrive by Thursday afternoon local time, according to Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials, with final results due to be announced on Saturday; South Africa's new president will…
Liverpool stun Barcelona to reach Champions League final

Liverpool stun Barcelona to reach Champions League final

Liverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history to beat Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday, overturning a three-goal first-leg deficit and advancing to their second successive final with a 4-3 aggregate victory. Two goals each from stand-in forward Divock Origi and half-time substitute Georginio Wijnaldum left Lionel Messi and Barcelona utterly shell-shocked after…
Barcelona’s Suarez: I will not celebrate against Liverpool

Barcelona’s Suarez: I will not celebrate against Liverpool

Barcelona is looking to make its ninth Champions League final as it heads into the second leg of its semi-final against Liverpool with a commanding 3-0 lead. Play gets under way at Anfield stadium on Tuesday at 8pm local time (19:00 GMT). Lionel Messi scored his 599th and 600th goals for Barcelona to subdue a…
Pakistan: Explosion near major Sufi shrine in Lahore

Pakistan: Explosion near major Sufi shrine in Lahore

Islamabad, Pakistan - At least eight people have been killed and more than 24 wounded in a blast outside a prominent Sufi shrine in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, rescue and police officials said. The blast took place on Wednesday morning targeting a police security vehicle outside the Data Darbar shrine in Pakistan’s second…
US: House panel votes to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt

US: House panel votes to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt

Washington, DC - Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday to recommend a contempt citation against US Attorney General William Barr, setting the stage for a constitutional confrontation with the White House over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full Russia report. The 24-16 vote by the key Judiciary Committee came along party lines with all…
Haftar’s forces say they shot down a military plane near Tripoli

Haftar’s forces say they shot down a military plane near Tripoli

Forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar have shot down a warplane belonging to the internationally-recognised Government of National Accords (GNA), Haftar's forces said. Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) said in a statement on Tuesday it brought down the aircraft in Tripoli's southern al-Hira district, alongside photos of what it said was the…
US seizes North Korean coal vessel accused of violating sanctions

US seizes North Korean coal vessel accused of violating sanctions

In an unusual civil forfeiture action, the US Department of Justice announced on Thursday it has seized a major cargo vessel belonging to North Korea known as the "Wise Honest", which officials allege violated US and United Nations sanctions by illicitly shipping coal from North Korea. The ship, which was first confiscated by other foreign…
Venezuela detains senior opposition leader Edgar Zambrano

Venezuela detains senior opposition leader Edgar Zambrano

Venezuelan agents have detained a top aide of opposition leader Juan Guaido, using a tow truck to drag his vehicle away with him inside, in the first major detention since a failed attempt last week to spark a military uprising to bring down President Nicolas Maduro's government. Edgar Zambrano, vice president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, said…

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‘This is not a peace plan’: Palestinians shun Bahrain conference

‘This is not a peace plan’: Palestinians shun Bahrain conference

The Palestinian leadership has not been consulted about a US-led conference in Bahrain next month in support of Washington's Middle East peace plan, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said. Washington announced the conference on Sunday, describing it as the unveiling of the first part of US President Donald Trump's long-awaited proposal for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.…
Some Republicans unsettled by Trump’s sweeping claims of immunity

Some Republicans unsettled by Trump’s sweeping claims of immunity

The handling of Robert Mueller's conclusions motivated one Republican lawmaker, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, to call for the president's impeachment over the weekend. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Senior House Republicans are breaking with Donald Trump over the president’s legal claims that Congress can’t investigate whether a commander-in-chief violated the law. That view, advanced…
DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

President Felix Tshisekedi has named Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba as the new prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The move was announced on Monday by presidential spokesman Kasongo Mwema Yambayamba, who said Ilukamba was appointed under a political agreement between Tshisekedi and his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. Ilukamba was previously the head of the DRC's national railway company. He also…