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Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, while signs emerged that Moscow and Washington want to pull back from the worst crisis in their relations for years.

Putin made his remarks in a telephone conversation with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani after the United States, France and Britain launched missile strikes on Syria on Saturday over a suspected poison gas attack.

West weighs Syria attack

British ministers planned to gather on Thursday to discuss whether to join the United States and France in a possible military attack on Syria that threatens to bring Western and Russian forces into direct confrontation.

Algerian military plane crashes in a field, killing 257

An Algerian military plane carrying soldiers and their families crashed soon after takeoff on Wednesday into a field in northern Algeria, killing 257 people in what appeared to be the North African nation's the worst-ever plane crash.

Algeria's Defense Ministry said those killed included 247 passengers and 10 crew. The cause of the crash was unclear and an investigation has been opened. Algerian authorities did not mention whether there were any survivors but one witness reported seeing some people jump out of the aircraft before it crashed at 7:50 am on Wednesday.

China’s president offers US likely trade concessions

Chinese President Xi Jinping set the stage  on Tuesday for a possible effort to resolve a worsening clash with Washington over technology and trade by promising to cut auto import taxes, improve intellectual property protection and boost imports.

Xi’s pledges at a business conference came as China filed a World Trade Organization challenge over one aspect of its sprawling conflict with President Donald Trump — last month’s US tariff hike on steel and aluminum.

India, Egypt hold talks on providing new investment opportunities

 India and Egypt today held talks on providing new opportunities for investments in IT, education and health, and discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral ties.

The talks were held between India's Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya and Alexandria Governor Mohamed Sultan on the sidelines of celebration the an India Day held in the coastal city of Alexandria.

UN should play its part on Kashmir issue: Pak PM tells Sec Gen

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today met UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in China and urged the world body to play its part in stopping "Indian atrocities" in Kashmir and accused New Delhi of "unprovoked ceasefire violations", which he warned can dangerously escalate the situation along the LoC.

According to an official statement from the Pakistan Prime Minister's Office, Abbasi met Guterres on the sidelines of BOAO Forum for Asia being held in the southern Chinese city of Boao.

Israel blamed for missile strike in Syria; 14 reported dead

Russia and the Syrian military blamed Israel for a pre-dawn missile attack on Monday on a major air base in central Syria that reportedly killed 14 people, including Iranians, while international condemnation grew over a suspected poison gas attack over the weekend that was blamed on the Syrian government.

Opposition activists said 40 people died in the chemical attack, blaming Syrian government forces. The UN Security Council planned to hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the chemical attack.

Trump Vows China ‘Will Take Down Its Trade Barriers’, reach deal on IP

US President Donald Tru­mp said Ch­ina will relax its tra­de restrictions in response to US pressure “because it’s the right thing to do,” as the world’s largest economies teeter on the brink of a trade war that’s unsettled global financial markets and sent the US stock market reeling. “China will take down its Trade Barriers because it is the right thing to do,” Trump said on Twitter early on Sunday. “Taxes will become reciprocal & a deal will be made on Intellectual Property.”

China hits soybeans, aircraft in counter-punch to Trump tariffs

China hit back quickly on Wednesday against the Trump administration’s plans to slap tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods, retaliating with a list of similar duties on key US imports including soybeans, planes, cars, beef and chemicals.

The speed with which the trade struggle between Washington and Beijing is ratcheting up – China took less than 11 hours to respond with its own measures – led to a sharp selloff in global stock markets and commodities.