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Talks launched for ‘ambitious’ EU-Australia trade deal

EU Trade Cecilia Malmstroem met with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Monday to officially launch negotiations for a comprehensive trade agreement between the EU and Australia.

Trump, Kim seek ‘new relations’ in latest denuclearization agreement

The signatures of US President Donald Trump (L) and North Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un (R) are seen on a document held up by Trump following a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.

IMF chief tells bankers to not dismiss cryptocurrency

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has a message for the world's central bankers: Don't be luddites.

Nuclear threat at highest level since Cold War

President Donald Trump threatened the “total destruction’” of North Korea if the nation’s “Rocket man” leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons.

BRICS nations to stand up against western protectionism

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday called for the world to reject protectionism even as American and European pressure mounts on Beijing to lower market barriers.

European banks exit Honduras dam project

Two European development banks financing construction of a controversial dam project in Honduras have pulled out following the murders of local activists including Berta Caceres, a 2015 winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.

Why do 71 nations don’t want to ban nuclear weapons?

To loud applause, Elayne Whyte Gomez, president of the UN conference that has been negotiating the legally binding treaty, announced the results of the “historic” vote — 122 nations in favor, the Netherlands opposed, and Singapore abstaining.

US military shoots down Iranian-made drone in Syria

It's the third time this month that that the US has downed aircraft affiliated with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.

Is the world really a better place these days?

Devastating conflicts, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan had left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016.

Suicide bombing on kindergarten in eastern China

Kindergartens, elementary schools and students in China have been attacked several times before by suspects authorities have said were mentally ill.

Media in BRICS nations vow deeper cooperation

BRICS comprises five major developing countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

EU warns Israel against new settlement units

Earlier this week, an Israeli panel approved construction of approximately 1,800 new settlements in the West Bank.

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