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CHOGM18: PM participates in retreat sessions, holds meetings with world leaders

LONDON: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on the second day of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) in London joined the leaders of Commonwealth countries at three retreat sessions of the summit. During the retreat sessions held in Windsor Castle, the prime minister interacted and had detailed discussion on various issues of mutual interest with several leaders from Commonwealth of Nations. The retreat sessions held discussions on the challenges of 21st century and other topics such as health and…

Without naming Trump, Twitter says it will not block world leaders

WASHINGTON: Twitter has announced it would not block the accounts of world leaders even if their statements are "controversial," citing a need to promote a "public conversation" on political issues. The announcement came just days after a tweet from President Donald Trump hinting at the use of US nuclear weapons sparked criticism that the social network was allowing threats of violence. "Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation. Elected world leaders play a critical role in that…

Syria drops off the radar at UN assembly

UNITED NATIONS: Syria’s war has taken a new turn with the expected recapture of Raqa from the Islamic State, but world leaders gathered at the United Nations assembly this week seem to be paying little attention. Once the focal point of a myriad of high-powered meetings during the United Nations General Assembly, Syria this year dropped off the diplomatic agenda, dwarfed by the crisis over North Korea and the Iran nuclear deal. Last year, tensions were running high at the United Nations assembly, with Western powers…

All eyes on Trump as world leaders gather at UN

NEW YORK: Donald Trump takes center stage at the United Nations next week when world leaders gather in New York, anxious to hear the US president outline how he is reshaping Washington’s role in global affairs. The nuclear crisis with North Korea, the future of the Iran nuclear deal and Myanmar’s military crackdown against Rohingya Muslims are expected to top the agenda at the world’s biggest diplomatic gathering. Trump will deliver his first address to the annual General Assembly high-level debate, which kicks off…

Trump talks to world leaders amid alarm over Muslim immigrant policy

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Saturday with various world leaders, amid growing international alarm and a legal challenge over his moves to drastically limit Muslim immigration to the United States. In a flurry of calls that started early in the morning and rounded out an already frantically paced week, Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has calls planned for later in the day with French President Francois…

Trump to call Japan’s Abe, other world leaders on Saturday

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will call almost half a dozen counterparts from around the globe Saturday, among them Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the first foreign leader with whom he met after his election. The conversation comes just days after Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a vast trade deal encompassing a dozen nations that Abe has backed enthusiastically. US participation is seen as key to the agreement and Abe said he would keep trying to convince Trump…

APEC leaders vow to fight protectionism, look to China on trade

LIMA: Pacific Rim leaders vowed on Sunday to fight protectionism and Chinese officials said more countries are looking to join a China-led trading bloc after Donald Trump's election victory raised fears the United States would scrap free trade deals. Trump campaigned for US president on a promise to pull out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, and also threatened to impose steep tariffs against China and Mexico. Regional leaders responded on Sunday, saying they would push ahead with the TPP.…