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US, China to resume trade talks in Washington amid low expectations

Washington: US and Chinese officials are set to resume contentious trade talks on Wednesday under the cloud of a prediction by US President Donald Trump that there would be no real progress. The discussions among mid-level officials could set a framework for further negotiations as each country prepares to hit the other with new tariffs on Thursday in a deepening ...

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Pope’s Ireland visit: John Pauls reflect on their name

John-Paul Feeley is a solicitor, a councillor for Cavan County Council, a member of Fianna Fáil and Shannon Gaels GAA, a Cavan supporter… and a proud Catholic. “I was born in 1981 and I was a seventh son,” he says. “I was named after the Pope and I wasn’t alone. There were John Pauls in my school and there were ...

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New Zealand’s Minister for Women gives birth to baby boy after cycling to hospital

By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced on Wednesday that she had delivered her first child, a baby boy, after cycling to hospital and becoming the country’s second member of the government, after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to give birth this year. Genter gave birth to her son on Tuesday evening at ...

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Koreas to shut down some guard posts on DMZ

North and South Korea have agreed to close some guard posts along their border on a trial basis, Seoul’s defense minister told parliament Tuesday amid a rapid diplomatic thaw. The Demilitarized Zone that has divided the peninsula since the end of the Korean War in 1953 is, despite its name, one of the most fortified places on earth, with the ...

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Malaysian PM says China-financed projects canceled

BEIJING (AP) – Multibillion-dollar China-financed projects in Malaysia have been canceled because they aren’t needed and will saddle the country with an unsustainable amount of debt, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad told reporters on the final day of a visit to Beijing on Tuesday. Mahathir told Malaysian reporters that both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li…

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