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Trump Levies 25 Per Cent Tariff On Up To $50 Billion Worth Of Chinese Imports

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he is levying a 25 per cent tariff on up to $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, instantly escalating a trade dispute between the world's two largest economies. He has vowed to cut US trade deficits and protect the nation's high-tech "crown jewels".

Trump said he was fulfilling a campaign pledge to crack down on what he contends are China's unfair trade practices and efforts to undermine US technology and intellectual property. During an impromptu appearance on the White House North Lawn, the president hailed his "very big tariffs" on China. "You know we have the great brain power in Silicon Valley, and China and others steal those secrets. And we're going to protect those secrets. Those are crown jewels for this country," Trump said on "Fox & Friends".

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German Prosecutors Thwart Islamic Extremist Plot To Launch An Attack With Deadly Toxin Ricin

New Delhi: German prosecutors said Thursday they’ve thwarted an Islamic extremist plot to launch an attack with the deadly toxin ricin. They said a 29-year-old Tunisian, identified only as Sief Allah H., who was arrested Wednesday, started procuring material online including seeds needed for the creation of ricin in mid-May.

The suspect succeeded in creating the toxin this month and investigators found it in a search of his Cologne apartment, federal prosecutors in Karlsruhe said in a written statement. “He procured 1,000 castor bean seeds online as well as an electronic coffee grinder,” they said. The shell of the castor bean plant seed is highly poisonous and can be used to create ricin.

The authorities are still investigating exactly how the suspect planned to use the toxin, but said he was working on a “biological weapon” attack in Germany.

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UNGA Adopts Arab-Backed Resolution Of 120 Countries Condemning Israel

New Delhi:United Nations General Assembly adopted by a strong majority of 120 countries an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza. They have rejected the United State bid to put the blame on Hamas for the situation to reach such a pass.

At least 129 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during protests near the border with Gaza that began at the end of March. No Israelis have died.The resolution put forward by Algeria and Turkey on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries won 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with 8 votes against and 45 abstentions.

An amendment presented by the United States condemning Hamas for "inciting violence" along the border with Gaza failed to garner the two-third majority needed for adoption.Addressing the assembly, US Ambassador Nikki Haley dismissed the resolution as biased against Israel and accused Arab countries of trying to score political points at home by seeking to condemn Israel at the United Nations.

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US President Donal Trump Calls Kim Jong-un A Very Talented Leader

New Delhi:  So much changes in international relations in a short time. Things, however, started changing from March 2018 when US President Donald Trump readily accepted an offer for direct talks from Kim Jong-un via a South Korean official. And finally when Trump met Kim at the Capello Hotel in Singapore and had a number of rounds of meeting with him, he felt the latter is a "very talented man" who "loves his country very much".

So much changes in international relations in a short time. In September 2017, US President Donald Trump had referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as "Rocket man" in a Twitter post and it was understandably in reference to the latter's insatiable hunger for more nuclear power. Trump also ripped North Korea apart in an aggressive speech that he delivered at the UN General Assembly the same month.

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After Six-Year’s Self-Imposed Isolation, Kim Jong Un To Show Negotiation Tactics

New Delhi: After six years of self-imposed isolation from the world, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has demonstrated a surprisingly well stocked toolbox of negotiating tactics in high-stakes summits with the presidents of South Korea and China over the past two months.

What might he try out in Tuesday's summit with President Donald Trump?

Here's a quick playbook of some of the tactics Kim might be expected to lean on and how they might play out when he sits down for his highest-stakes meeting yet.