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US-China trade talks begin on positive note, but tech tensions loom

Joe Macdonald China has sounded a positive note ahead of trade talks this week with Washington, but the two sides face potentially lengthy wrangling over technology and the future of their economic relationship. Both sides have expressed an interest in settling their tariff fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions. Yet neither has indicated its stance

UK military could be used in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

  Britain's armed forces are preparing for contingency plans to prevent a crisis if the country leaves the European Union in March without a deal that could guarantee a smooth withdrawal. Senior British defense officials said on Sunday that contingency plans were being made so that the military could support the country in case of a

The Trump-Putin summit produces little. What can come next?

Steven Pifer Editor's Note:  After the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit, follow-on discussions between U.S. and Russian officials could begin to untangle some of the thorny problems that have brought the bilateral relationship to its lowest point in 30 years. One such area could and should be nuclear arms control, writes Steven Pifer. This

EU to meet Iran to back nuclear deal in message to Trump

 By Robin Emmott, John Irish BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - European powers will reaffirm on Thursday their support for the Iran nuclear deal that Donald Trump has rejected, EU diplomats said, on the eve of a deadline for the U.S. president to decide whether to reimpose oil sanctions lifted under the agreement. At a meeting

EU Countries Take Step Toward Deeper Security Cooperation

BRUSSELS -- The European Union has moved toward closer defense ties with more than 20 member states committing to deepen cooperation and improve coordination in the development of military hardware. Meeting in Brussels on November 13, the foreign and defense ministers of France, Germany, and 21 other member states signed a

Presidency insist IPOB remains Terrorist Group

By Joan Ejembi Despite the wide condemnation trailing its proscription of   the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Federal Government (FG) has re-affirmed its stance. Special Adviser to the President on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla,  said  that  the  FG is cowed  by the recognition accorded it by the United States of America and

European Union backs IPOB’s agitation

..... Says it’s the people’s right By Joan Ejembi The European Union (EU) on Sunday condemned the brutal attack on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members and leadership, by the Nigerian Armed Forces. President of the EU Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Junker, who conveyed the stance of the Commission, upheld that it is the people’s