Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank Plan to Announce Formal Merger Talks

Deutsche Bank AG and German rival Commerzbank AG plan to announce formal merger talks as soon as today, according to people familiar with the matter. The planned announcement signals that discussions between the two banks that already had started informally are entering a new phase. The Wall Street Journal and other media reported last week…

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No breakthrough but US, Taliban hail progress in Doha talks

After 16 days of discussions, US and Taliban negotiators have wrapped up their longest round of talks yet hailing progress on some key issues – but without producing a major breakthrough. In separate statements released on Tuesday, both Taliban and US officials said the marathon negotiations in Qatar produced developments on the withdrawal of US…

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Deutsche Bank Executives Agree to Informal Merger Talks With Commerzbank

Deutsche Bank AG’s top executives have agreed to hold discussions with rival Commerzbank AG about a potential merger, as Germany’s two biggest banks explore strategic options after suffering prolonged performance and share-price declines, people close to the banks said. The informal talks reflect a deepening willingness by Deutsche Bank’s management board to engage in a…

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Even Before Trump and Kim Met, Nuclear Talks Had Run Aground

HANOI—Weeks before President Trump journeyed to Vietnam for his second summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, there were unmistakable signs the historic meeting might not yield an agreement. The U.S. team of diplomats, sanctions officials, nuclear experts and missile specialists taking part in working-level talks had identified a major stumbling block: North Korea expected…

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Afghanistan’s persecuted Hazaras have little hope in peace talks

Kabul, Afghanistan – On September 5 last year, a Wednesday, coach Ghulam Abbas, 58, heard gunfire at the Maiwand Wrestling club in Dash-e-Barchi, a neighbourhood in Kabul’s west home to a sizeable Hazara community. A guard yelled “suicide attacker!” and Abbas ran towards the emergency exit door, slamming it shut behind him. But the attacker’s foot was…

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U.S. Bets on China’s Special Envoy in Trade Talks

WASHINGTON—As U.S.-China trade talks reach a pivotal point, the Trump administration is counting on the Chinese leader’s special envoy, Liu He, to get Beijing to accept tough new strictures that are increasingly controversial in Beijing. High-level negotiations resumed in the executive office building next to the White House on Thursday, with both sides focused on…

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Trump-Kim summit: North Koreans pessimistic about ‘gimmick’ talks

Seoul, South Korea – Sae In Han is a 24-year-old high-school graduate who fled North Korea with her mother and sister in 2012. Unlike a big number of North Koreans who have escaped the country, Han is hopeful the upcoming talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will bring…

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Trump Gives Upbeat Assessment of Trade Talks With China

WASHINGTON—The U.S. and China moved closer to settling their trade dispute, with President Trump saying he expects to meet again with Chinese President Xi Jinping to resolve the conflict that has rattled the global economy. Mr. Trump’s upbeat assessment came as he met Thursday with Vice Premier Liu He of China in the Oval Office…

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