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Trump makes cryptic ‘calm before the storm’ remark

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump made a cryptic remark Thursday about the present time possibly representing the “calm before the storm,” but declined to specify what specific crisis — if any — he was referring to. Trump made the remark during a photo opportunity at the White House as he and ...

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Trump to make decision on Iran deal in ‘coming days’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will reveal his decision on the future of the Iran nuclear deal in the coming days, the White House said Thursday. “The president is going to make an announcement about the decision that he’s made on a comprehensive strategy that his team supports, and we’ll ...

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More centres of Violence Against Women to be set up: CM

LAHORE: A maiden meeting of the Punjab Women Protection Authority was held here on Thursday with Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in the chair. The meeting accorded approval to a proposal of bringing all the district-level Dar-ul-Aman institutions under the control of the Punjab Women Protection Authority. It also approved ...

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US stocks end at fresh record peaks; Nasdaq +0.8pc

NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks surged to fresh records again Thursday amid growing confidence in the US corporate earnings outlook and the prospects of President Donald Trump’s tax cut plan. All three major indices finished at new all-time peaks for the fourth straight session, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ...

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Romania rejects all bids for Feb. 2019 treasury bonds

BUCHAREST: Romania rejected all bids at a tender to sell Feb. 2019 treasury bonds on Thursday, central bank data showed. Debt managers, who had planned to sell 400 million lei worth of the paper, last issued the bond in August at 1.27 percent. The finance ministry last rejected all bids ...

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Putin, Saudi king agree on need to fight terror: Lavrov

MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa and agreed on the need to fight terrorism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. King Salman, the first ever Saudi monarch to visit Russia, and Putin ...

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Russian inflation hits post-Soviet low of 3pc in Aug

MOSCOW: Russian consumer price growth slowed to a post-Soviet low of 3.0 percent in year-on-year terms in September, data from the Federal Statistics Service showed on Thursday. In monthly terms, Russia recorded a deflation rate of 0.1 percent in September after 0.5 percent deflation in the preceding month, data showed. ...

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Gulf mostly lower, Kuwait’s Zain up on Omantel rumour

DUBAI: Most Gulf stock markets fell on Thursday, with Qatar falling for a third straight session to a new five-year low, but shares in Kuwaiti telecommunications operator Zain jumped on a rumour that Oman Telecommunications might expand its stake in the firm. The Saudi index lost 0.4 percent, with the ...

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