• Tillerson heads to Gulf, downbeat on Saudi-Qatar row

    October 20, 2017

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    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson played down prospects of a breakthrough in the crisis between US allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar Thursday as he prepared to travel to the Gulf over the weekend. “I do not have a lot of expectations for it being resolved anytime soon,” he said in an […]

  • May pleads for Brexit deal she can sell at home

    BRUSSELS (AFP) – British Prime Minister Theresa May pressed EU leaders Thursday for a Brexit deal she can “defend” at home as her counterparts said at a summit in Brussels that there were encouraging signs of progress in the talks. May appealed for “urgent” movement at a summit dinner, the night before her 27 counterparts […]

  • China’s Xi pledges to build ‘modern socialist country’

    October 18, 2017

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    BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a critical Communist Party Congress on Wednesday with a pledge to build a “modern socialist country” that will never copy the political systems of others and will remain open to the world, reported Reuters. Xi’s wide-ranging speech kicked off the twice-a-decade congress, a week-long, mostly closed-door conclave that will culminate […]

  • Formula One: Hamilton in driving seat for fourth world title

    October 20, 2017

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    AUSTIN (AFP) – Lewis Hamilton will seek a fifth win in six visits to Texas this weekend and hope for further Ferrari misfortune as he bids to clinch his fourth world title at the United States Grand Prix. The Briton leads nearest rival Sebastian Vettel by 59 points with four races remaining and will take […]