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E-cigarette usage nearly doubles in U.S. high-schools: survey

The percentage of high school seniors who used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days nearly doubled to 20.9 percent from last year, results of a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed on Monday. The increase in vaping by 10th and 12th graders was the largest year-over-year jump for any substance ever measured by the survey, which started 44 years ago. The annual survey, which also measures use of other substances including marijuana, alcohol and opioids, questioned more than 44,000 students from 8th,…

US welcomes Pakistan cooperation in peace talks with Taliban

WASHINGTON: The United States has welcomed Pakistan's cooperation to promote peace talks between Afghan government and the Taliban, a media report said on Monday. The US acknowledgement came after Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier announced that Pakistan had arranged a round of talks between the US and Taliban officials. The PM however did not say anything about the venue. A spokesperson of the US embassy has said that US special representative Zalmay Khalilzad had met all the sides of Afghan problem and will hold…

PM says US accepted his stance on Afghanistan issue

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed 'satisfaction' as the United States (US) accepted his stance for bringing peace back in Afghanistan, ARY News reported on Thursday. Expressing his views during the cabinet meeting here in Islamabad today, PM said Pakistan has always played an active role to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and it felt 'good' that the world powers particularly the United States, has recognized Pakistan's contribution to this effect. The premier said US special envoy on…

China, US trade showdown looms at fractious G20 summit

BUENOS AIRES: The United States and China, the world's two largest economies, will see Saturday if they can find a breakthrough to exit a spiraling trade war as their presidents meet at a tense G20 summit. With markets watching nervously, US President Donald Trump has described the Buenos Aires summit of the 20 leading economic powers as a deadline for China to meet his demands or risk even further pressure. The summit itself, with leaders from France, Russia and Saudi Arabia among those attending, has been struggling…

Two U.S. Navy ships pass through Taiwan Strait, opposing China

WASHINGTON : The U.S. sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday in the third such operation this year, as the U.S. military increases the frequency of transits through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China. The voyage risks further raising tension with China but will likely be viewed in self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from U.S. President Donald Trump’s government amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing. “The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S.…

Breakthrough or breakdown: G20 sets trade war turning point

PARIS : The United States and China have in the coming week what may be their last chance to broker a ceasefire in an increasingly dangerous trade war when their presidents meet in Buenos Aires. With global growth increasingly suffering from frictions between the two biggest economies, tensions will come to a head when Donald Trump and Xi Jingping meet on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina. Washington is set to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 percent from 10 percent in January if…

Trump dismisses report he is unhappy with Treasury’s Mnuchin

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Friday that he was quite happy with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s performance, after The Wall Street Journal reported that the president was dissatisfied with Mnuchin. “I am extremely happy and proud of the job being done by @USTreasury Secretary @stevenmnuchin1,” Trump said in a tweet. The Journal reported that Trump blames Mnuchin for the appointment of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who has been steadily raising U.S. interest rates. Trump is concerned…

China wants trade talks with United States to be equal, mutually beneficial

BEIJING: Trade talks between the United States and China should be equal and mutually beneficial, Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said on Friday, adding that he hoped the two countries can find ways to manage their differences through dialogue. U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are expected to hold talks during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires next week as trade ties between the world’s two largest economies become increasingly fraught. “We hope that, on the basis of equal…

US considers adding Venezuela to terrorism sponsors list: source

WASHINGTON: The United States (U.S) is considering adding Venezuela to its list of state sponsors of terrorism but no final decision has been made, a person familiar with the deliberations said on Monday. Adding Venezuela to the list could limit U.S. economic assistance and impose financial restrictions on a country already suffering from hyperinflation, mass migration and shortages of food and medicine. Discussions on the issue have moved forward in recent days with strong lobbying from Republican Senator Marco Rubio,…

‘Trump tirade a lesson for Pakistani leaders who appeased US’

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Monday said recent outburst of US President Donald Trump against Pakistan should be a lesson to those leaders of the country who continued to appease the United States after 9/11. Reacting over Trump's tirade in her tweeter handle, the minister said the policies of the United States do not match with country’s strategic interests and the war on terror after the 9/11 led to death and destruction in Pakistan, adding the U.S. policies with regard to China and…