THE first political talks for more than two months are to begin again today as part of a fresh bid to restore power-sharing.A series of meetings between Secretary of State Karen Bradley and Stormont's five main parties are being billed as 'exploratory talks' aimed at establishing whether there is a basis to reconvene substantive negotiations.The last round of talks broke down in mid-February when the DUP said it was unable to sign up to a deal that included an Irish language act.A Northern Ireland Office source said Mrs Bradley would "hear the parties' reflections on past discussions and see how we can move the process forward".However, Sinn Féin has warned the secretary of state that the Tories' deal with the DUP cannot be allowed to frustrate efforts to restore power-sharing.Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O'Neill said the political process should not be held up by what she termed "the DUP's anti-rights agenda"."I will be telling the British secretary of state that we need … [Read more...] about ‘Exploratory’ Stormont talks to begin today
The Afghan Taliban chief, Hibatullah Akhundzada, renewed calls this week for direct discussions with the United States to end the nearly 17-year-old war — this time in a statement personally signed by the leader stressing that the withdrawal of “occupying forces” is the “only path” towards peace. On Tuesday, the Taliban leader declared:The only path to rescuing ourselves from all these calamities is for all American and other occupying forces to leave our country and for an independent, Islamic, intra-Afghan government to take root. Our Jihad began for this exact purpose and in conjunction to our armed Jihad, we have kept the doors of understanding and negotiations open to reach this objective and appointed the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate as the exclusive avenue of activity in this regard. If the American officials truly believe in a peaceful end to the Afghan imbroglio, then they must directly present themselves to the negotiation table so … [Read more...] about Taliban Renews Calls for Direct Talks with U.S.
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Facing a March deadline, talks aimed at ending a trade war between China and the U.S. are underway, with the world's two biggest economies expressing optimism over the potential for progress but neither indicating its stance has changed. Cooling economic growth in both countries is increasing pressure to reach a settlement. As the talks began Monday at the Chinese Commerce Ministry, Beijing complained about a U.S. warship in what it said were Chinese waters, but it was unclear if that would disrupt the proceedings. Both sides have provided scant information about their discussions. The talks went ahead despite tensions over the arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada on U.S. charges related to possible violations of trade sanctions against Iran. The American delegation is led by a deputy U.S. trade representative, Jeffrey D. Gerrish, and includes agriculture, energy, commerce, treasury and State Department officials. President Donald Trump imposed tariff increases of up to 25 … [Read more...] about US-China Trade Talks Start Amid Cooling Economic Growth
Sep 25, 6:13 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Mike Smith 09/25/19 AT 6:08 AM Israel's president meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his challenger Benny Gantz on Wednesday as the clock begins ticking on a one-week deadline for him to name someone to form a government.President Reuven Rivlin will receive official results from Israel's deadlocked September 17 election on Wednesday afternoon, beginning the one-week timeframe, while his three-way meeting is set for 6 pm (1500 GMT).He could name someone to try to form a coalition as early as Wednesday, and speculation has run rampant over whether he will do so or wait until after the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which falls on Monday and Tuesday.In either case, the person selected will face what could turn out to be an impossible mission: forming a governing coalition when neither man has a clear path to a majority.Gantz's centrist Blue and White and … [Read more...] about Netanyahu, Gantz Set For New Talks On Israel Vote Deadlock