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Trump has bitter breakfast with NATO head

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/11/18, 10:41 am

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday kicked off his European visit by telling NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Germany is “totally controlled” by and “captive to Russia.” Trump tweeted a video of the exchange, which took place over breakfast. His comments about Germany referenced a pipeline project to bring gas from Russia to Germany while bypassing Eastern European nations.

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China frees widow of Nobel laureate

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/10/18, 10:52 am

China on Tuesday allowed Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, to leave the country for Germany after spending eight years under house arrest. Her brother Liu Hui confirmed on social media that she left for Europe around midday. “Thanks to everyone who has helped and cared for her these few years,” he said. “I hope from now on her life is peaceful and happy.” Veteran journalist Gao Yu and Wu Yangwei—friends of Liu Xia—said she boarded a Finnair flight that left for Berlin.

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China says U.S. is blackmailing it with trade threats

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/05/18, 01:15 pm

The Chinese Commerce Ministry on Thursday spoke out against U.S. trade restrictions, saying it would levy retaliatory tariffs if the United States made good on threats of a 25 percent tax on $34 billion in Chinese imports. “China will not bow in the face of threats and blackmail, nor will it be shaken in its resolve to defend global free trade,” said ministry spokesman Gao Feng at a news conference. “China will never fire the first shot.

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