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China to halt added tariffs on US-made cars in easing of trade tensions

The Ministry of Finance said it hopes China and US can speed up negotiations to remove all additional tariffs on each other's goods as it reduces tariffs from 40 per cent to the 15 per cent level that was levied before the current trade fight began.

Ranil Wickremesinghe likely to take oath as Sri Lanka’s PM tomorrow

President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly agreed to reinstate ousted Prime Minister Wickremesinghe in the post after a discussion with him over the phone on Friday, Colombo Page reported.

Donald Trump plan for census citizenship question poised for trial

US District Judge Richard Seeborg on Friday rejected the administration's request to throw out the lawsuit. He says the state had presented enough evidence to support its authority to challenge the plan.

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: PM Scott Morrison

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in October he was open to shifting Australia's embassy from Tel Aviv.

Washington: 7-year-old Guatemalan girl appeared healthy to Border Patrol agents; hours later she was dead

The death of the Guatemalan girl is the latest demonstration of the desperation of a growing number of Central American families and children showing up at the US-Mexico border, often hoping to claim asylum.

‘Of course’ Donald Trump knew hush payments to women were wrong: Michael Cohen

Cohen was speaking publicly for the first time since he was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to helping to arrange payments to the two women, a violation of campaign finance law.

US federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

US District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of 20 states that a change in tax law last year eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidated the entire Obamacare law.

Nobel laureate Nadia Murad to build hospital in her hometown in Iraq

Murad was one of about 7,000 women and girls captured in northwest Iraq in August 2014 and held by Islamic State in Mosul, where she was tortured and raped. She escaped after three months and reached Germany.

Mahinda Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka’s premier to end crisis

The country runs the risk of being unable to use state funds from Jan. 1 if there is no government to approve the budget. It also has a foreign debt repayment of $1 billion due in early January and it is unclear if it can be serviced without a lawful finance minister.

Trump appoints budget director Mulvaney as acting chief of staff

He will be the third man in Trump's two years in office to take on what is seen as one of the most important jobs in Washington: the gatekeeper to the president charged with marshalling the resources of the office to carry out priorities.

Brazilian president orders extradition of Cesare Battisti

Battisti was eventually released from jail, but was arrested again in 2017 after he was caught trying to cross the Brazil-Bolivia border carrying the equivalent of about $7,500 in undeclared cash.

Climate talks progress after days of deadlock

Some negotiators and observers, however, were of the opinion that the draft represented good progress on some contentious issues, but needed improvement before it could be agreed to by developing countries.