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Factbox: China, US trade talks – what the two sides proposed

Top officials from China and the United States reached a consensus on some aspects of the China, US trade talks, but disagreements over other issues remain “relatively big”, according to the Chinese government on Friday. The talks over the past two days have involved a high-level US trade delegation led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and senior Chinese officials, and followed months of threats and counter-threats from both sides in a series of disputes over trade practices. Below are some key points from…

Proposed tax measures to enable Pakistan to achieve sustainable economic growth: Dar

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar on Friday expressed the confidence that the measures announced in the budget will enhance the welfare and prosperity of the general public. “The tax measures proposed in the budget for the next fiscal year will enable Pakistan to achieve higher, sustainable economic growth,” he said while presiding over a meeting in Islamabad. He said that the government will welcome all constructive and positive suggestions regarding the budget from parliamentarians during the ongoing…

FIFA reveals proposed slots for 48-team 2026 World Cup

ZURICH: World soccer’s ruling body FIFA announced its proposed slot allocation for the expanded 48-team World Cup on Thursday, including an automatic place for Oceania, 16 places for Europe - up from 13 - and a six-team inter-zonal playoff tournament for two more spots. The proposals will be submitted to the FIFA Council at its next full meeting in Bahrain in May for a final decision, FIFA said. Under the proposal, made by the FIFA Bureau, for the enlarged tournament beginning in 2026, Europe would get 16 direct places,…