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US President Donald Trump on Friday urged China to abolish tariffs on agricultural products imported from the United States — adding that trade talks between the rival powers were going well.

Donald Trump: ISIS will be eliminated in Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump has declared that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will be eliminated from its last territory in Syria by Thursday.

ISIS-backed Boko Haram faction may have new chief

The leader of an Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram may have been replaced, sources say, against a backdrop of speculation as to his fate - and the group's future direction.
Women walk with children near the village of Baghouz in the Deir Az Zor province [Rodi Said-Reuters]

ISIS fighters ‘surrender in large numbers’ in final Syria enclave

Thousands of people, including armed fighters, have left the last area held by ISIL in Syria, a spokesperson for the US-backed Syrian forces said.
A member of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces carries a baby followed by the mother who cries and asks for help after leaving the Islamic State group's last holdout of Baghouz, in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province, on Friday. - AFP-JIJI

Syria force pounds holdout ISIS village

Kurdish-led forces backed by US warplanes rained artillery fire and air strikes on Sunday on besieged and outgunned jihadists making a desperate last stand in a remote Syrian village.
A woman holds a baby as she stands next to female fighters from Syrian Democratic Forces near Baghouz [Rodi Said-Reuters]

US-backed force expects ‘decisive battle’ against ISIS on Sunday

A US-backed Syrian force closing in on ISIL's last territorial bastion near the Iraqi border expects a "decisive battle" on Sunday after advancing slowly, a spokesperson said.

Islamic State faces final territorial defeat in Syria battle

Islamic State faced final territorial defeat on Saturday as the U.S.-backed Syrian force battling the jihadists said it was closing in on their last bastion near the Iraqi border.
Kurdish-led forces battled jihadists defending their last village on Saturday as the operation to flush out the Islamic State group from eastern Syria resumed after days of humanitarian evacuations.

Syria force battles into last jihadist pocket

Kurdish-led forces battled jihadists defending their last village on Saturday as the operation to flush out the Islamic State group from eastern Syria resumed after days of humanitarian evacuations.

Guns and milk: What ISIS women carried from fallen caliphate

Guns, laptops, gold coins and baby formula: when Syrian fighters search women emerging from the ruins of the jihadist “caliphate”, what they find is not the contents of your average handbag.
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France snubs Donald Trump’s appeal to repatriate ISIS fighters en masse

France will for now not act on U.S. President Donald Trump’s call for European allies to repatriate hundreds of Islamic State fighters from Syria, taking back militants on a “case-by-case” basis.
Members of the UAE Armed Forces demonstrate skills during the opening of the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi [Christopher Pike-Reuters]

UAE signs $1.3 billion in deals as arms fair opens amid criticism

The United Arab Emirates' years long war in Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia has bled into the start of a biennial Abu Dhabi arms fair, which saw the Emirates sign $1.3bn in weapons deals.
US President Donald Trump has demanded that Europe take in hundreds of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters captured in Syria, threatening that the United States would otherwise be forced to release them.

Trump demands Europe take hundreds of ISIS prisoners

US President Donald Trump has demanded that Europe take in hundreds of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters captured in Syria, threatening that the United States would otherwise be forced to release them.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses for a photograph after the recording of her annual New Year's speech at the Chancellery in Berlin. JOHN MACDOUGALL-AFP

Angela Merkel: US pullout from Syria risks boosting Russia, Iran influence

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Saturday that Washington’s plan to swiftly pull its soldiers out of Syria risks allowing Russia and Iran to boost their role in the region.

Election: US, UK, EU have hidden agenda – Abba Kyari

The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, says the utterances made by officials of the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union, show that there is a hidden agenda ahead of Saturday’s elections.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a 'new era of cooperation' [Petr David Josek-AP]

Mike Pompeo: ‘New era’ of cooperation needed in Middle East

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for a "new era of cooperation" in resolving Middle East challenges and said no country could afford to remain on the sidelines.
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EU adds Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, 21 others to dirty-money blacklist

The European Commission added Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Panama and other jurisdictions to a blacklist of nations that pose a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive disclosed on Wednesday.
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Venezuela’s Juan Guaido says he’s working to restore ties with Israel

Juan Guaido, Venezuela's self-declared president, has said he's working to restore ties with Israel a decade after Venezuela severed relations with it in solidarity with the Palestinians.
Patrick Shanahan (c) flew into Baghdad from Afghanistan, where he met US troops and Afghan leaders [Afghan GMIC via AFP]

Pentagon chief reaches Iraq to discuss troops’ presence

Patrick Shanahan, the acting US defence secretary, has arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit for talks on the continued United States troops presence in Iraq
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” in eastern Syria on Sunday, a war monitor said.

US backed SDF bombards IS in Syria in final push

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” in eastern Syria on Sunday, a war monitor said.

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