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Alibaba’s Ma says 1m US jobs pledge thwarted by trade row

Alibaba founder Jack Ma said his ambitious pledge to create one million jobs in the US had been scuppered by the trade row between Beijing and Washington, Chinese state news reported Thursday. The billionaire owner of China’s largest online shopping portal made the headline-grabbing promise to Donald Trump last year, as Beijing courted the then-newly elected president. But Ma told ...

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Israel blames Syria for Russian aircrew deaths but ‘expresses sorrow’

In a rare statement detailing its operations over Syria, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said: “Israel expresses sorrow for the deaths of the aircrew members of the Russian plane that was downed due to Syrian anti-aircraft fire. “Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident.” The statement also laid blame on ...

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Kavanaugh decision moment: A horrendous act or a monstrous lie

(CNN)The Brett Kavanaugh hearings feel like a decision moment in American life when everyone has to choose where they stand. The problem is wherever that position is, it is permeated with doubt. The Supreme Court nomination of Kavanaugh had been pretty much going as planned until news broke that he is accused by Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault. They ...

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EU lays out WTO reform ideas to rein in U.S., China

By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission published its ideas on Tuesday for reforming the World Trade Organization to counter market distortions, such as in China, and to discourage the United States from pulling out of the body. A day after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his trade war with China by imposing 10 percent tariffs on $200 ...

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Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan faces rape accuser in court

Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan was due to face one of his rape accusers in a French court Tuesday as he seeks bail after seven months in custody on charges he furiously denies. Ramadan, a frequent TV commentator, was a professor at Oxford University until he was forced to take leave when the rape allegations surfaced at the height of ...

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