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    • US will sanction all countries importing Iranian oil

      US will sanction all countries importing Iranian oil

      In a move intended to further ramp up pressure on Iran by strangling the revenue it gets from oil exports, The US State Department is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from US sanctions if they continue to import oil from the Islamic country. The plans to not renew sanctions waivers for the five countries when they expire on 2 May are expected to be announced today by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The other countries no longer exempt would be China and India.

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    • US-China trade talks nearing 'final round'

      US-China trade talks nearing 'final round'

      US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday that a US-China trade agreement would go “way beyond” previous efforts to open China’s markets to US companies and expressed hope that the two sides are edging “close to the final round” of negotiations. He also called the agreement under discussion “the most significant change in the trading relationship in 40 years,” adding that it would have “real enforcement on both sides.”

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    • ICC rejects probe into US actions in Afghanistan

      ICC rejects probe into US actions in Afghanistan

      A panel of judges at the International Criminal Court has rejected a request to proceed with investigating possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, including those allegedly involving US armed forces and the CIA. This comes in response to a request from ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in 2017, a prospect that US officials have strongly criticised.

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    • Kim Jong-un tightens leadership over North Korea

      Kim Jong-un tightens leadership over North Korea

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has further cemented his grip on power, in a big reshuffle of the country's leadership this week. Kim, however, didn't signal a retreat, either from negotiations with the US or a self-imposed moratorium on testing of missiles and nuclear bombs, something Pyongyang said last month he had been considering. Instead, Kim's remarks pointed to economic belt-tightening in an attempt to ride out economic sanctions - and perhaps the Trump administration, too - while hanging on to his country's nuclear arsenal.

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    • EU countries approve launch of US trade talks

      EU countries approve launch of US trade talks

      EU Member States gave the green light on Thursday for Brussels to open trade talks with Washington, ending months of stalemate due to opposition from France. Yet, France said it would nonetheless make a show of opposing the start of the talks when the negotiating mandate is put to a vote of EU agriculture ministers on Monday, seen as largely symbolic.

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    • US warns of new tariffs on EU goods

      US warns of new tariffs on EU goods

      The United States is threatening to slap tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of imports from Europe, in retaliation for what it calls unfair subsidies of Airbus jets. The proposed tariffs would cover not only aircraft but also wine, cheese, woolen suits, Swiss knives and other signature European products. The proposed levies were announced by President Donald Trump, who argued on Twitter that the EU has "taken advantage of the US on trade for many years" and is now time for a change.

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    • Trump, Moon to discuss nuke diplomacy next week

      Trump, Moon to discuss nuke diplomacy next week

      The US President Donald Trump will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House for a summit amid uncertainty over the future of nuclear negotiations with North Korea. According to White House's Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Moon and Trump are scheduled to hold talks 11 April in Washington to "discuss the latest developments regarding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) as well as bilateral matters."

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