High-stakes climate talks head for overtime

The UN climate conference is Poland is running into overtime as negotiators haggle over implementation plans for the 2015 Paris agreement. They’re likely to extend into Saturday at least. The latest: “Preparing for more lengthy debate, organizers extended the close of the meeting by two days, until Sunday. Some of the key issues at the…

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U.S.-China Trade Talks Get Under Way

WASHINGTON—The U.S. and China started the latest round of trade talks with a phone call involving Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. The three senior officials discussed Chinese purchases of agricultural products and changes to fundamental Chinese economic policies during the phone call, said people familiar…

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Yemen’s warring sides meet face-to-face at Sweden peace talks

Rimbo, Sweden – Yemen’s warring sides are holding face-to-face discussions over a planned prisoner swap, one of several confidence-building measures aimed at ending more than three years of war that has ravaged the impoverished country. Since talks began last week, United Nations officials have been shuttling between delegations from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government and the Houthi rebels. But…

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Trump Projects Optimism on China Trade Talks

Trump administration officials said they planned to take a tough stand in their 90-day trade negotiations with China or impose further tariffs, as optimism over a truce gave way to uncertainties about how the two sides could find agreement on a wide range of issues. Having emphasized last weekend the possibilities for a wide-ranging deal,…

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Trump asks Pakistan PM for help with Afghan peace talks: minister

US President Donald Trump has sought Pakistan’s help with Afghan peace talks in a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, the South Asian nation’s information minister, Fawad Chaudhry, has said. “President Trump has written a letter,” Chaudhry told Reuters news agency on Monday. “He has asked for Pakistan’s cooperation to bring the Taliban into talks.”…

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Ukraine’s Poroshenko for ‘Normandy format’ talks with Russia

Kiev, Ukraine – Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has said Kiev is ready to hold talks with Russia in “the Normandy format” to de-escalate the conflict between the two countries in the Kerch Strait. Poroshenko’s remark came on Sunday, a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the possibility of four-way talks between Ukraine,…

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Afghan president announces team to hold peace talks with Taliban

Geneva, Switzerland – The Afghan government has formed a 12-member team to hold peace talks with the Taliban, President Ashraf Ghani announced in the Swiss city of Geneva on Wednesday. “I’m pleased to announce today that after several months of intensive consultation with our citizens across the country, we have formulated a road map for…

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Leaders of Turkey, Syria, France and Germany hold Syria talks

A four-way summit on Syria has ended with no major breakthrough, even as the leaders of Turkey, Russia, Germany and France agreed that a fragile ceasefire in Idlib should be preserved and said a committee tasked with drafting the war-torn country’s new constitution needs to convene by the end of the year. Saturday’s meeting in Istanbul was…

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