Europe, Japan sign massive free trade deal

AFP 07/17/2018

The EU and Japan signed a sweeping free trade deal Tuesday that officials called a “clear message” against protectionism, as Washington imposes controversial tariffs and threatens a trade war. The deal signed in Tokyo by the EU’s…

Muslims in China fear eradication of Islam

AFP 07/16/2018

Green-domed mosques still dominate the skyline of China’s “Little Mecca,” but they have undergone a profound change — no longer do boys flit through their stone courtyards en route to classes and prayers. In what locals told…

Churches oppose Communist tax plan

AFP 07/15/2018

Czech Republic The churches in Czech Republic are up in arms against Communist Party plans to tax billions in compensation being paid by the state in return for assets, mostly land, seized by the Communists during their…

US indicts Russian intel officers ahead of Trump-Putin meet

AFP 07/14/2018

TWELVE Russian intelligence officers were charged on Friday with hacking Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic Party in a stunning indictment just three days before President Donald Trump meets with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The charges…

China’s trade surplus with US swells in June

AFP 07/13/2018

CHINA’s surplus with the United States hit a record last month, data showed Friday, adding to brewing tensions between the economic superpowers as they stand on the brink of an all-out trade war that Beijing warned would…

Thai cave rescue site to become a museum

AFP 07/12/2018

Rescuers who pulled a young Thai football team from deep inside a flooded cave were dismantling their worksite Thursday, as plans emerged to turn the spot into a museum in tribute to the daring operation. At least…

Japan rescuers go house to house as flood toll hits 156

AFP 07/10/2018

Rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches Tuesday in the increasingly unlikely hope of finding survivors after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 156 lives in Japan’s worst weather-related disaster for decades. The record downpours…

Landslide warnings as Japan digs through rain devastation

AFP 07/09/2018

Desperate relatives braced for bad news Monday as rescuers dug through landslides in the wake of severe floods that have killed 100 people and left swathes of central and western Japan under water. With the toll mounting,…

US, China economic trade war starts

AFP 07/06/2018

The US and China on Friday launched tit-for-tat tariffs on each other’s imports, the opening shots in what Beijing called “the largest trade war in economic history” between the world’s top two economies. At the stroke of…

‘Race against water’ as rain threatens Thai boys in the cave

AFP 07/05/2018

Thai rescuers on Thursday said they may be prodded into a complex extraction of 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave if forecast rains hammer the mountainside and jeopardize the rescue mission. Thirteen sets…

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