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Iran’s teetering nuclear deal atop EU agenda as new report looms

The European Union’s top defence and diplomatic officials convene in Vienna on Thursday with the teetering Iran nuclear agreement and West Asia stability at the top of their agenda.

The meetings coincide with publication of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s quarterly Iran inspections report, which is due by Friday and will likely show the Islamic Republic continues meeting nuclear obligations made under an agreement jettisoned by President Donald Trump in May.

Iran-based political influence operation bigger, persistent, global

An apparent Iranian influence operation targeting internet users worldwide is significantly bigger than previously identified, Reuters has found, encompassing a sprawling network of anonymous websites and social media accounts in 11 different languages.

Facebook and other companies said last week that multiple social media accounts and websites were part of an Iranian project to covertly influence public opinion in other countries.

A Reuters analysis has identified 10 more sites and dozens of social media accounts across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Trump Dents Hopes for a China Deal After Agreement With Mexico

US President Donald Trump said it’s not the right time for trade negotiations with China, denting expectations for a near term deal after a breakthrough agreement between the US and Mexico.

Speaking to reporters during his announcement Monday of the new Mexico accord, Trump said he is rejecting overtures from China to negotiate as he tries to achieve a less

“one-sided” trade policy. "They want to talk," Trump said. But “it’s just not the right time to talk right now, to be honest”.

Prosecute Myanmar army chief for genocide: UN

UN investigators called on Monday for Myanmar’s army chief to resign and for him and five other top military commanders to be prosecuted in an international court for genocide against the country’s Rohingya minority.

The call prompted Facebook, which has been criticised for allowing hate spee­ch against the Rohingya to flourish, to ban the army ch­i­ef and remove other pages tied to the country’s military.

Mexico trade deal near; Nafta hurdles seen easing, says Trump

President Donald Trump said the US may be on the verge of a “big trade agreement” with Mexico as the Nafta representative of that nation’s president-elect signaled that the thorny issue of rules for the energy industry seems to be resolved. Trump emphasised the collaboration with the current and incoming Mexican administrations. “Our relationship with Mexico is getting closer by the hour,” he tweeted early Saturday. “Some really good people within both the new and old government, and all are working closely together.”

Trump bravado faces new test as Cohen plea opens two-front war

Donald Trump once boasted during his run for president that he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and not lose voters.

Now that sense of invulnerability is in for its biggest test, as he suddenly must defend against grave threats on two fronts.

On one side, he’s contending with the Russia probe led by Robert Mueller, newly energized after the conviction of Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. On the other, he potentially faces a separate federal investigation into campaign violations sparked by the guilty plea of his former lawyer Michael Cohen.

Trump vows no concessions to Erdogan for US pastor's release

US President Donald Trump on Monday ruled out agreeing to any demands from Turkey to gain the release of a detained American pastor and said he was not concerned that his tough stance could end up hurting European and emerging market economies.

Next China tariffs will cost Americans from cradle to grave, warn US firms

A broad cross-section of US businesses has a message for the Trump administration: new tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports will force Americans to pay more for items they use throughout their daily lives, from cradles to coffins.

Six days of public hearings on the proposed duties of up to 25 per cent will start on Monday in Washington as part of President Donald Trump’s and the US Trade Representative’s efforts to pressure Beijing for sweeping changes to its trade and economic policies.

Imran announces 21-member Cabinet

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced his Cabinet comprising 21 members, the majority of whom previously held key posts in the regime of former military dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.

Out of the 21 names announced, 16 will be ministers while five others will perform their duties as advisers to the prime minister, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday.