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China pledges $20bn in loans for Arab states

China pledges $20bn in loans for Arab states

China will provide Arab states with $20 billion in loans for economic development, President Xi Jinping told top Arab officials Tuesday, as Beijing seeks to build its influence in the Middle East and Africa. The money will be earmarked for “projects that will produce good employment opportunities and positive social impact in Arab States that […]

John Cena is inspired by Shah Rukh Khan and we have proof

John Cena is inspired by Shah Rukh Khan and we have proof

Everyone knows about Shah Rukh Khan’s large fan following but did you know that actor and WWE superstar John Cena also counts among his advisors. Cena may have seen SRK’s Ted Talks because he couldn’t resist sharing a quote said by the Bolly hero.Shares Cena, “Neither power nor poverty can make your life more magical […]

U.S. Pulls More Americans Out of China as Mysterious ‘Health Attacks’ Persist

U.S. Pulls More Americans Out of China as Mysterious ‘Health Attacks’ Persist

At least three have been sent back to the U.S., believed to be the first affected in Beijing  BEIJING—The U.S. has evacuated at least three Americans from Beijing after they reported unusual health symptoms, in the latest evacuations since unexplained health incidents first affected U.S. diplomatic personnel stationed in Cuba in 2016.In a U.S. Embassy […]

North Korea Submarine Development Signals Increased Nuclear Threat

North Korea Submarine Development Signals Increased Nuclear Threat

Pyongyang is thought to be working on a new submarine capable of launching nuclear-armed ballistic missiles SEOUL—North Korea is thought to be developing a new submarine capable of launching nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, a senior South Korean lawmaker said, signaling an increased threat to U.S. and allied forces while raising doubts about the regime’s pledges to […]

Pompeo Maintains Optimism on Nuclear Talks With North Korea

Pompeo Maintains Optimism on Nuclear Talks With North Korea

Secretary of state disputes Pyongyang’s statement that his visit had been ‘regrettable’ and raised the ‘risk of war’ TOKYO—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted on Sunday that nuclear talks with North Korea had advanced after a two-day trip to the country, disputing Pyongyang’s statement that the visit had been “regrettable” and raised the “risk of […]

North Korean Ex-Diplomat Says Blackmail Is Part of Regime’s Playbook

North Korean Ex-Diplomat Says Blackmail Is Part of Regime’s Playbook

Defector’s tale of asking $1 billion from Israel to halt missile sales to Iran holds lessons for U.S SEOUL—In a Stockholm cafe one winter’s day in 1999, North Korea’s ambassador to Sweden made a proposal to his Israeli counterpart, according to a former Pyongyang diplomat: Give North Korea $1 billion in cash and we will […]

Miss America Organization Split by #MeToo Era Swimsuit Decision

Miss America Organization Split by #MeToo Era Swimsuit Decision

Nearly half of state pageant leaders call for Gretchen Carlson’s ouster as chairwoman Nearly half of Miss America’s board has quit or been forced to resign in the wake of the organization’s decision to eliminate the swimsuit competition from the contest, and 22 state pageant leaders are seeking to oust Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson over concerns […]

North Korean Denuclearization Talks Uncertain After Pompeo Visit

North Korean Denuclearization Talks Uncertain After Pompeo Visit

Pyongyang accuses U.S. of ‘gangster-like tactics’ but says it maintains trust in Trump TOKYO—The path ahead for talks with North Korea appeared uncertain after a weekend visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ended with Pyongyang accusing the U.S. of “gangster-like tactics” and increasing the “risk of war,” but saying it retained confidence in President […]

Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Falls in Hong Kong Trading Debut

Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Falls in Hong Kong Trading Debut

Company’s performance could affect other tech companies looking to list in the city  Shares of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. , which raised US$4.7 billion in one of Hong Kong’s largest tech initial public offerings in recent years, fell on their debut Monday as the broader market rose.The lackluster start came after Xiaomi priced its IPO at the low […]

Thais fight water and oxygen levels in cave as diver dies

Thais fight water and oxygen levels in cave as diver dies

Thai authorities overseeing the rescue operation for 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in the country’s north said they have a “limited amount of time” to get them out, as they raced on Friday against worsening weather and lowered oxygen levels in the underground complex. The massive operation inside and around Tham […]

Two critically ill in UK due to ‘unknown substance’

Two critically ill in UK due to ‘unknown substance’

AMESBURY: Two people are critically ill in hospital after suspected exposure to an “unknown substance” near the English town where a former Russian spy was poisoned with a nerve agent,officials said on Wednesday. Counterterrorism police, who the led the investigation into the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, said they were assisting local police […]

Trapped Thai team gets diving lessons as rescuers weigh extraction

Trapped Thai team gets diving lessons as rescuers weigh extraction

CHIANG RAI: Rescue teams in northern Thailand were giving crash courses in swimming and diving on Wednesday as part of complex preparations to extract a young soccer team trapped in a cave, and hoping for a swift end to their harrowing 11-day ordeal. Divers, medics, counsellors and Thai navy SEALS were with the 12 schoolboys and […]