‘Sometimes opposites attract,’ says May in US ahead of Trump talks

‘Sometimes opposites attract,’ says May in US ahead of Trump talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday embraced U.S. President Donald Trump as a friend and ally, but cautioned him not to turn his back on global institutions and long-established political values. On her first visit to the United States as prime minister, May called the start of Trump’s term “a new era of American […]

Venezuela crisis talks resume on hostile note

Venezuela crisis talks resume on hostile note

Venezuela’s political rivals resumed fraught Vatican-backed talks Friday, as they struggle to stabilise a volatile country stricken by food shortages. The day could determine whether the sides maintain their fragile dialogue or whether antagonism and instability resurge in the oil-rich South American country. A short time before the meeting got underway, President Nicolas Maduro declared […]

Israel says ‘no’ to peace conference in Paris, favours ‘direct’ talks with Palestinians

Israel says ‘no’ to peace conference in Paris, favours ‘direct’ talks with Palestinians

Israel on Monday reiterated its strong opposition to a French plan to hold international peace talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before the end of the year, saying it preferred “direct negotiations” with the Palestinians. “It was made clear to the French envoy that Israel will not participate in any international conference convened contrary to its […]

Venezuelan opposition bicker over Vatican-mediated talks with govt

Venezuelan opposition bicker over Vatican-mediated talks with govt

Leaders of Venezuela’s opposition coalition publicly argued on Monday as its major factions turned against a surprise plan to hold talks with the unpopular government of President Nicolas Maduro. Opposition leaders were caught off guard by the announcement of the talks earlier in the day by coalition head Jesus Torrealba, splintering the disparate group just […]

Venezuela govt and opposition to hold talks as crisis deepens

Venezuela govt and opposition to hold talks as crisis deepens

Venezuela’s socialist government and the opposition on Monday announced talks for the weekend to deal with a political standoff that has intensified since the suspension of a referendum drive to remove President Nicolas Maduro. The two sides will meet on Sunday on the Caribbean island of Margarita, mediated by the Vatican, regional bloc Unasur and […]

Colombia to hold peace talks with ELN rebels

Colombia to hold peace talks with ELN rebels

  The Colombian government and the country’s second-largest rebel group, the ELN, announced Monday they would launch negotiations on October 27 in Ecuador’s capital, with President Juan Manuel Santos predicting “total peace.” Both sides have committed to doing everything in their power to “create an environment favorable to peace” once the talks begin, according to […]

US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

The United States is close to suspending talks with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, as the Kremlin vowed to press on with an assault on the city of Aleppo. Moscow and Damascus launched a campaign to recapture the rebel-held sector of Syria’s biggest city this […]

White House confirms Kerry to meet Lavrov for Syria peace talks

White House confirms Kerry to meet Lavrov for Syria peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russia’s foreign minister in Geneva about a ceasefire deal for Syria, the State Department said on Thursday in a sudden about-face after saying it did not believe a meeting was worthwhile. Less than an hour after the U.S. State Department said it had no travel to announce […]

France calls for end to EU-US TTIP trade talks

France calls for end to EU-US TTIP trade talks

France cast serious doubt on Tuesday on the prospects of an EU free trade deal with the United States, adding to opposition within Germany and growing scepticism among Americans. Washington and Brussels are officially committed to sealing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) before U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office in January, but their […]

Trump to visit Mexico for talks with President Pena Nieto

Trump to visit Mexico for talks with President Pena Nieto

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he plans to meet Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday, hours before outlining his proposals for cracking down on illegal immigration. “I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow,” Trump said on Twitter on […]

EU-US free trade talks have ‘failed’, says German minister

EU-US free trade talks have ‘failed’, says German minister

Germany’s vice chancellor and economy minister, Sigmar Gabriel, said Sunday that negotiations on a massive trade deal between the European Union and the United States were effectively dead in the water. “The talks with the US have de facto failed because we Europeans of course must not succumb to American demands,” he told public broadcaster […]

French interior minister to host talks on the future of Islam in France

French interior minister to host talks on the future of Islam in France

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will hold a day of talks on Islam in France Monday in an effort to better integrate the religion with the “values of the Republic”. Although the controversy over the burkini ban is far from over, leaders of France’s Muslim community hope that Monday’s conference will help decisively turn the […]

UN, Gulf States, US agree on plan to restart Yemen peace talks

UN, Gulf States, US agree on plan to restart Yemen peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he had agreed in talks with Gulf Arab states and the United Nations in Saudi Arabia on a plan to restart Yemen peace talks with a goal of forming a unity government. U.N.-sponsored negotiations to end 18 months of fighting in the impoverished country on Saudi […]

US, France push for aid to Aleppo as condition for new Syria talks

US, France push for aid to Aleppo as condition for new Syria talks

The United States and France pushed Tuesday for aid to reach Syria’s battlefront city of Aleppo before plans for a new round of talks can move forward. Russia, however, maintained that there should be no pre-conditions for the talks that the United Nations is hoping to reconvene in Geneva at the end of the month. […]

The world queues up to win trade deals with Britain after Brexit: America is clamouring for a deal while talks are set to begin with Australia, South Korea and India

The world queues up to win trade deals with Britain after Brexit: America is clamouring for a deal while talks are set to begin with Australia, South Korea and India

In the wake of Brexit, nations outside Europe are eyeing opportunities to increase trade with Britain for the first time in decades. The country will be free to negotiate its own deals after quitting the EU, and business secretary Sajid Javid – who campaigned for a Remain vote – is already preparing for a hectic […]

Merkel says no formal or informal talks before UK triggers Article 50 to withdraw from EU

Merkel says no formal or informal talks before UK triggers Article 50 to withdraw from EU

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy vowed Monday “a new impulse” for the EU as it reels from Brexit and told London that the bloc would make no deals before Britain formally decides to leave. The EU’s three most populous continental nations signalled that the UK must first take the plunge of invoking Article […]

US envoy talks with Venezuela President Maduro amid crisis

US envoy talks with Venezuela President Maduro amid crisis

Veteran US diplomat Tom Shannon spoke for nearly two hours with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday to re-start relations between the ideologically opposed governments amid a punishing economic crisis in the South American nation. Shannon, 57, who led a similar rapprochement last year that stalled over imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez, also met with […]