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Trump meets Pacific islands leaders to boost US ties

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump met Tuesday at the White House with the leaders of the tiny, but strategic states of Micronesia and other Pacific island nations to underline the leading US role in the region. The …

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For many Democrats desperate to beat Trump, Biden’s their man

by Michael Mathes PHILADELPHIA, United States (AFP) — The crowded 2020 presidential race features six women, three African Americans and a dozen youthful contenders. But Denise Haley is going old school, supporting white male frontrunner Joe Biden as the Democrat …

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US to launch economic workshop as part of Middle East peace plan

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States will host a conference in Bahrain next month focused on the economic aspects of the Middle East peace plan promised by President Donald Trump, which aims to achieve Palestinian prosperity. The workshop …

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I.M. Pei, a pillar of modern architecture, dies at 102

by Maggy Donaldson, with Michael Langan in Washington NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — I.M. Pei, the preeminent US architect who forged a distinct brand of modern building design with his sharp lines and stark structures, has died in New …

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Huawei becomes flashpoint in China-US economic showdown

by Paul HANDLE WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US crackdown on Huawei has made the Chinese telecommunications giant the flashpoint in a monumental economic and technological showdown between the two superpowers that is testing allies of both. One day …

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Trump to visit S. Korea for talks on North’s nukes: White House

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump will visit South Korea in June to meet with his counterpart Moon Jae-in over their efforts to persuade North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons arsenal, the White House said Wednesday. It …

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Trump bars US companies from foreign telecoms posing security risk

by Sebastian Smith WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Wednesday barring US companies from using foreign telecoms equipment deemed a security risk — a move that appeared aimed at Chinese giant Huawei. The order …

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Statue of Liberty museum set to open amid immigration debate

by Catherine TRIOMPHE NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The Statue of Liberty, which has welcomed generations of immigrants to US shores, is getting a new museum at a time when immigration is an explosive topic. The $100 million Statue …

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Putin meets Pompeo as US seeks ‘a way forward’ in ties

  by Shaun Tandon Agence France Presse SOCHI, Russia (AFP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the highest-level talks between the rival powers in nearly a year as they see if …

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Five dead, one missing in floatplanes collision in Alaska

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Five people died and one person was missing Monday after two floatplanes collided mid-air in Alaska while carrying passengers from a cruise ship’s sightseeing expedition, officials said. The two aircraft — a Beaver floatplane and …

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Trump warns China not to retaliate against US trade tariffs

WAHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump on Monday warned China not to retaliate after Washington raised punitive duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 percent from 10 percent. “China should not retaliate-will only get worse!” …

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Ignoring critics, Trump to welcome Hungary’s Orban to White House

by Francesco FONTEMAGGI WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump on Monday will host Hungarian leader Viktor Orban — an anti-immigration firebrand and one of his few European admirers — at the White House, despite criticism of the …

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