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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the city of Sopron Monday to commemorate a pivotal moment in the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989.

Trump hails 'very good' discussions with the Taliban

US President Donald Trump on Sunday hailed progress in negotiations on an Afghanistan peace deal, saying that talks with both the Taliban and the Afghan government are going well.

Netanyahu visits Ukraine ahead of September poll

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarked Sunday on an official visit to Ukraine -- from which many Israelis hail -- a month ahead of the Jewish state's elections.

Presidential frontrunner says Argentina 'virtually' in default

The frontrunner in Argentina's presidential race, Alberto Fernandez, said in local press interviews that the country is "virtually" in default and should renegotiate its bailout loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

UK's Johnson to visit European capitals seeking Brexit breakthrough

Boris Johnson will visit European capitals this week on his first overseas trip as British leader, as his government said Sunday it had ordered the repeal of the decades-old law enforcing EU membership.

Sudan to name ruling council after landmark signing

Sudan was expected to form its sovereign council Sunday, the first step after the signing of a transitional constitution triggered unprecedented celebration in Khartoum.

A bad year for Xi clouds Communist China's 70th birthday celebrations

It was meant to be an unabashed celebration of the triumph of Communism in China, and of President Xi Jinping's authority as the country's undisputed leader for years to come.

Op-Ed: Yemen's Southern Separatists aim to occupy all of South Yemen

The Southern Transitional Council (STC), a large separatist movement that wants an independent Southern Yemen has rejected demands to give up Aden that it has seized from the Saudi-supported internationally recognized government

British MPs press Johnson to recall parliament over Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under pressure Sunday to immediately recall lawmakers from their summer holiday so parliament can debate Brexit.

Argentine economy minister resigns amid deepening crisis

Argentina's Economy Minister Nicolas Dujovne resigned Saturday after a week of economic tumult caused by President Mauricio Macri's defeat in a primary poll ahead of a general election.

Iraq demands an end to all unauthorized US flights in the country

The US-led coalition in Iraq has issued a statement indicating that they intend to comply with demands from the PM Adel AbdulMahdi respecting the use of Iraqi airspace for US warplanes.

Op-Ed: Trump to meet with top officials on Afghan peace plan

US President Donald Trump will meet today with a number of top national security officials that will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and John Bolton. The focus is expected to be on the Afghanistan peace deal.

EPA's biofuel waiver decision influenced by Trump phone call

A phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump last week ended a nearly two-month-long review of the nation’s biofuels program, three sources familiar with the matter said, with the White House siding in favor of oil refiners over corn growers.

US lawmaker says no visit to West Bank under 'oppressive' Israel conditions

Palestinian-American lawmaker Rashida Tlaib on Friday rejected Israel's offer to allow her to visit her grandmother in the West Bank, blasting the "oppressive conditions" set for the visit as humiliating.

Israel to allow barred US lawmaker for 'humanitarian' West Bank visit

Israel said Friday it will allow barred US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib who is of Palestinian origin to visit her elderly grandmother in the occupied West Bank, following a pledge she would respect its conditions.

China media says Hong Kong response 'won't repeat' Tiananmen

Chinese state media vowed Friday there "won't be a repeat" of the Tiananmen Square crackdown if Beijing moves to quash Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests.

Op-Ed: Panama Canal Authority will not block Venezuelan vessels

The Panama Canal will still allow vessels from Venezuela to pass through the canal provided they have the necessary paperwork, the chief of the waterway said yesterday. So far, new US sanctions appear not to stop Venezuelan vessels from using the Canal.

US lawmaker barred by Israel calls move 'chilling' insult

House Democrat Ilhan Omar called Israel's decision Thursday to ban her from visiting the country "chilling," saying it was an "insult to democratic values" to deny entry to sitting members of the US Congress.

Gibraltar orders Iranian tanker release despite US detention bid

Gibraltar's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favour of releasing an Iranian supertanker seized on suspicion of shipping oil to war-torn Syria in breach of international sanctions, in a blow to the United States which had tried to block the vessel's d...

Israel bars visit by two US congresswomen after Trump call

Israel said Thursday it will bar a planned visit by two US congresswomen who have supported a boycott of the country over its treatment of the Palestinians, a decision strongly encouraged by President Donald Trump.

South Korea's Moon offers olive branch to Japan

South Korean President Moon Jae-in struck a conciliatory tone towards Japan on Thursday, offering to "join hands" if Tokyo chooses dialogue as relations between the US allies dip to fresh lows.

China says it won't 'sit by' on Hong Kong, Trump expresses concern

China warned Thursday that it will not "sit by and watch" the unrest unfolding in Hong Kong, as US President Donald Trump expressed concern over the risk of a violent response to pro-democracy protests.

Norwegian mediators arrive in Venezuela to boost crisis talks

Representatives from Norway are in Venezuela to try to kick-start crisis talks between the government and opposition, parliament speaker Juan Guaido said on Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Reports of US scaling back operations in Afghanistan untrue

There have been hopes for a new peace deal soon in Afghanistan, and also reports that the US military was scaling back further operations including support and advisory missions.

UK opposition seeks to oust PM to avoid no-deal Brexit

Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn urged parliament Wednesday to oust Prime Minister Boris Johnson before he takes the splintered country out of the EU without a deal.

Canada's Trudeau rebuked on ethics ahead of election

Canada's ethics watchdog slammed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, concluding in the lead-up October elections that he broke rules by arm-twisting his attorney general to settle a criminal case against engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

New EU chief treads carefully as she builds team

While others spend August on the beach, EU president-elect Ursula von der Leyen works on the delicate task of building a team to run the bloc's executive for the next five years.

Iran's Khamenei meets Yemen rebels after blow for Saudi coalition

Iran's supreme leader has held talks with a senior Yemeni rebel official just days after the long-running intervention against the rebels by its regional foes Saudi Arabia and the UAE suffered a major setback.

Russia and China claim US promotes protests in their countries

While the State Department urges US citizens to avoid unauthorized protests in both China and Russia, both countries have claimed the US promotes protests.

Trump assailed for hands-off stance on Hong Kong

President Donald Trump was assailed Tuesday for his hands-off approach to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, avoiding criticizing Beijing even as he cited US intelligence reports of Chinese troops moving to the territory's border.

Trump administration postpones tariffs on some Chinese goods

The Trump administration will delay proposed tariffs on many consumer electronics goods a move that will help sales of Chinese manufacturers of such goods during the holiday shopping season.

Argentine frontrunner says Bolsonaro 'misogynist, racist'

Argentina's leftist presidential frontrunner, Alberto Fernandez, on Tuesday branded Brazil leader Jair Bolsonaro as "misogynist, racist and violent" in the latest shots of a diplomatic spat between the two South American powers.

New Guatemalan leader demands respect from Trump

Guatemala's president-elect Alejandro Giammattei said in an interview with AFP he would not seek confrontation with President Donald Trump over Central America's migration crisis but would demand respect from his US counterpart.

Recession if Italy holds snap elections: ex-PM Renzi

Snap elections called for by far-right leader Matteo Salvini would plunge Italy into recession, former Democratic Party (PD) premier Matteo Renzi warned Tuesday, calling instead for a transitional government.

Paris urges Putin to reply to Ukraine 'offers' ahead of Macron talks

France hopes President Vladimir Putin will respond positively to moves by his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to end the five-year-old conflict in the country's east, a French presidency official said Tuesday.

'When will you die?' Hong Kong leader grilled at press conference

When Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam appeared before the press on Tuesday, she appeared to be expecting to deliver a brief statement and move on. Instead she faced a media onslaught.

Argentina turns back to Peronism in rebuke to Macri

Juan Domingo Peron died 45 years ago but his legacy lives on in Argentina where his disciples continue to dominate politics while representing a wide spectrum from left to right.

Australia offers $500 million to fight climate change in Pacific

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seeking to head off criticisms of Australia's climate change policies by offering $500 million to Pacific Islands for renewable energy projects and to help its neighbors prepare for the impact of climate change,

Brazil's Bolsonaro warns of Argentina exodus after Macri defeat

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday warned of a possible exodus from Argentina after the country's center-right leader Mauricio Macri suffered a major defeat in weekend party primaries.

Bolton says US to 'move very quickly' on post-Brexit trade deal

US National Security Advisor John Bolton said Monday that Washington wanted "to move very quickly" on a trade deal with Britain after it leaves the EU, and that the White House would wait until after Brexit to address various security concerns.

UAE prince visits Saudi, urges dialogue to solve Yemen tensions

Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince visited Saudi Arabia on Monday and called for dialogue to resolve tensions in Yemen, after deadly clashes there between government loyalists and UAE-backed forces.
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