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Forging Trump’s peculiar isolationism

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 00:00

Perhaps Donald Trump’s most famous catchphrase all along his campaign trail was his “America First” slogan. A vague concept at the time, it has now translated itself into economic protectionism and political isolationism. Of course the two are two sides of the same coin, the latter manifest in Trump’s recent tariffs on imports and the former visible in Trump’s repeated threats to withdraw from international organizations – ironically organizations that have mostly been designed and promoted by the US.

Iran launches secondary currency market

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 00:00

Iran’s top banker says a secondary currency market meant to ease tensions around the prices of the US dollar has started to work.    

Trump administration rolls back college racial diversity guidelines

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 00:00

The Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded an extensive set of guidelines put in place under President Barack Obama that had called on colleges and universities to consider race as a way of promoting diversity.

UN envoy holds 'fruitful' talks with Yemen's Houthi leader

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 00:00

The United Nations' envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, says he has held "fruitful" talks with the leader of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, amid efforts to end fighting in the Red Sea port of Hudaydah.

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Iran says Trump’s oil bans to backfire on US

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 00:00

Iran says the US would eventually shoot itself in the foot if it sanctions purchases of Iranian oil by international corporations.  

Airstrikes kill 11 PKK terrorists in SE Turkey, northern Iraq

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 00:00

Turkish military aircraft have killed nearly a dozen members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group when they separately carried out a string of airstrikes against terrorist hideouts in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region as well as southeastern Turkey.

Trump: EU 'possibly as bad as China' on trade

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 00:00

US President Donald Trump says the European Union is "possibly as bad as China" on trade, as possible trade wars loom with both the Asian giant as well as longtime allies in Europe and Canada.

Army forces, allies launch operation to capture Daesh militants in central Iraq

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 00:00

Iraqi government forces, backed by allied voluntary fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, have mounted a large-scale offensive in the central part of the war-ravaged Arab country to hunt down the remnants of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.