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How Trump split Mexico and Canada in NAFTA talks

MEXICO CITY: A day after winning the Mexican presidential election, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took a congratulatory call from US President Donald Trump. But Trump had something more important on his mind: Would Mexico’s new president consider a bilateral trade deal? Lopez Obrador responded he would be “open to the possibility” in the absence of a trilateral agreement that also included Canada, said Hector Vasconcelos, a foreign policy advisor to Lopez Obrador’s campaign who listened to the call on July 2. Lopez…

Split families in limbo amid Trump immigration chaos

EL PASO, United States: The fate of 2,300 children wrested from their parents at the US border with Mexico remained unclear Friday two days after Donald Trump ended migrant family separations, as the president accused Democrats of spinning "phony" tales of suffering for electoral gain. While the US leader bowed to global outrage over the splitting of families, government agencies were unable to say what would happen to the children already sent to tent camps and other facilities around the country while their parents were…

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik announce split in loving messages

LOS ANGELES: Celebrity couple Zayn Malik and supermodel Gigi Hadid on Tuesday announced they had split up after two years of dating, with both posting statements of mutual love and respect. Malik, a former member of British boy band One Direction, and Hadid, a model for Victoria’s Secret, Fendi and Tommy Hilfiger, gave no reason for the split. Malik, 25, said in a Twitter statement that he and Hadid “had an incredibly meaningful, loving and fun relationship” and that he had huge admiration for her “as a woman and a…

‘Get Out’ scares off competition to top box office

LOS ANGELES: Jordan Peele's socially conscious horror film "Get Out" scared off the competition to grab the top spot at North American box offices on its debut weekend, industry data showed Monday. Peele's feature directorial debut -- the actor is half of the comedy duo "Kay and Peele" -- follows a young African American (Daniel Kaluuya) who is so nervous about meeting the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams), he fails to realize the menace lurking at their mansion. Generating critical acclaim on top of…

‘Lego Batman’ beats ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ at US box office

LOS ANGELES: "The Lego Batman Movie" dominated "Fifty Shades Darker" in a battle of new releases at North American box offices over the weekend, industry data showed on Monday. The Warner Bros spinoff of the "Lego Movie" finished on top with $53 million, against $46.6 million for the second in the steamy franchise based on the novels of E.L. James, box office monitor Exhibitor Relations said. Featuring the voice of Will Arnett as the caped crusader, the new Lego offering is a 3D, computer-generated comedy that follows…

Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ again rules North America box office

LOS ANGELES: "Split," the M Night Shyamalan thriller about a man with multiple personalities who locks three teenage girls in an underground bunker, held onto the top spot in the North American box office for a third weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday. The movie -- by the director of the classic horror film "Sixth Sense" -- stars James McAvoy as a man with 23 personalities who preys on young girls. It earned an estimated $14.6 million in ticket sales over a three-day weekend in which sales were slowed by football's…

Shyamalan thriller ‘Split’ claims US box office crown

LOS ANGELES: "Split," a thriller about a man who imprisons three teenage girls in an underground bunker, debuted as the top ticket seller at North American movie houses, preliminary Hollywood figures showed on Sunday. The protagonist in the film is afflicted with a personality disorder, with one particularly violent alter ego known as "The Beast." The movie -- directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the Indian American director also responsible for the "Sixth Sense" and other films in the horror genre -- grossed an estimated…

Samsung Electronics considers split as investor pressure builds

SEOUL: Tech giant Samsung Electronics, under pressure from shareholders to improve investor returns, said on Tuesday it will consider creating a holding company in what would be the biggest shake-up in its 47-year history. The move and a plan to raise dividends come after US hedge fund Elliott Management in October called for the South Korean firm to split itself into a holding vehicle and an operating company. However, the world's top maker of smartphones, memory chips and televisions, said it was "absolutely neutral"…

Samsung Electronics to consider split, says newspaper report

SEOUL: South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will consider splitting itself into two as proposed by US activist hedge fund Elliott Management, Seoul Economic Daily reported on Monday citing an unnamed source. A split would allow the heirs of the founding Lee family to strengthen their grip on the global smartphone leader, the crown jewel of the Samsung Group business empire. Elliott proposed a split in October to boost shareholder value. Samsung's board of directors will meet on Tuesday and respond to Elliott's…