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Washington and Pyongyang get down to 'nitty gritty' in nuclear talks

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 8:12pm
U.S. and North Korean officials have set up working groups to deal with “nitty gritty stuff” including verification of efforts to achieve denuclearization, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Saturday, the second day of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang.

California wildfire claims season's first fatality

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 7:09pm
Crews fighting a fast-moving Northern California wildfire on Friday discovered the charred remains of a person apparently caught in the flames, sheriff's officials said, marking the first fatality in a particularly intense fire season across the state.

BP in lead to acquire BHP's U.S. onshore shale assets: sources

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 4:15pm
BP Plc is in the lead to acquire the U.S. onshore shale oil and gas assets of BHP Billiton Ltd after submitting an offer worth well in excess of $10 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

U.S. jobs growth lifts Wall Street, offsetting tariffs

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 4:13pm
U.S. stocks climbed on Friday, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hitting their highest levels in two weeks, as strong U.S. jobs growth blunted the impact of an escalating U.S.-China trade dispute.

South Syrian rebels agree surrender deal, Assad takes crossing

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 3:48pm
South Syrian rebels agreed to give up arms in a Russian-brokered ceasefire deal on Friday, rebel sources said, surrendering Deraa province to the government in another major victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies.

May wins support from divided UK government on Brexit plan

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 3:44pm
British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a cabinet agreement on Friday for her plans to leave the European Union, overcoming rifts among her ministers to win support for "a business-friendly" proposal aimed at spurring stalled Brexit talks.

Dueling tariffs raise fears of long U.S.-China trade battle

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 3:39pm
A U.S.-China trade fight resulting in duties on $34 billion worth of each other's imports was seen dragging on for a potentially prolonged period, as Washington and Beijing flexed their muscles with no sign of negotiations to ease tensions.

PM May will sack foreign minister Johnson if he undermines Brexit deal: Times

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 3:38pm
British Prime Minister Theresa May has told senior allies she will sack her foreign minister if he seeks to undermine a Brexit negotiating position agreed by her cabinet on Friday, the Times newspaper reported without citing sources.

Factbox: Key points from PM May's Brexit negotiating position

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 3:23pm
British Prime Minister Theresa May secured cabinet agreement on Friday for her plans to leave the European Union, overcoming deep rifts among her ministers to win support for "a business-friendly" proposal to try to spur stalled Brexit talks.

World stock markets edge higher as U.S.-China trade tariffs kick in

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 3:21pm
World stock markets rose and the euro climbed to a three-week peak on Friday as the threat of tariffs by the United States and China on billions of dollars of trade became a reality, though concerns about the conflict escalating capped the appetite for risk.

Factbox: What will British ministers discuss at crunch Brexit meeting?

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 3:11pm
British Prime Minister Theresa May will gather her senior ministers for talks on Friday that she hopes will settle differences in her fractious cabinet about Brexit and unblock stalled talks with the European Union.

U.S. job growth underscores economy's strength, tariffs a threat

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 2:52pm
The U.S. economy created more jobs than expected in June, but steady wage gains pointed to moderate inflation pressures that should keep the Federal Reserve on a path of gradual interest rate increases this year.

Tariffs on U.S.-made models will mean pricier BMWs in China

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 2:51pm
German luxury automaker BMW said on Friday that it will be unable to "completely absorb" a new Chinese 25 percent tariff on imported U.S.-made models and will have to raise prices on the vehicles it makes in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

USTR sets 90-day deadline for China tariff exclusion requests

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 2:51pm
Companies seeking product exclusions from tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the United States will get 90 days to file such requests, until Oct 9, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Friday.

Syrian army seizes border crossing with Jordan - Hezbollah-run media

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 2:11pm
Syrian government forces seized control of the Nassib border crossing with Jordan on Friday, a military news service run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah said, after Russia concluded a surrender agreement with rebels in the area.

Convoy with Syrian and Russian flags advancing near Nassib border crossing - witnesses

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 2:11pm
Hundreds of troops in a large military convoy with Russian and Syrian flags are close to Syria's Nassib border crossing with Jordan, witnesses said.

Russia will guarantee return of displaced Syrians in south - rebel sources

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 2:11pm
Syrian civilians who fled a government offensive in southwestern Syria will be able to return to their homes with Russian guarantees of protection as part of a deal brokered by Russia on Friday, rebel sources said.

Israeli air strike hits Syria at Golan frontier

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 2:11pm
The Israeli air force struck a position on Friday on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights frontier, sources on both sides said.

Jordan says return of displaced Syrians in southern Syria is top priority

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 2:11pm
Jordan's foreign minister said on Friday the return of tens of thousands of displaced Syrians in southern Syria is the kingdom's top priority and he had discussed "practical guarantees" with concerned parties.

Inside Qatar's charm offensive to win over Washington

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 2:05pm
There was much bonhomie as a few dozen people, including members of Congress and U.S. administration officials, gathered last week for dinner in a posh Washington neighborhood in honor of Qatar's foreign minister.