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China tells Japan 'negative' moves prevent improvement in ties

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BEIJING China has told Japan that "negative" moves by Tokyo on major issues are preventing an improvement in bilateral ties, but there are now opportunities to improve China-Japan relations.

Trump's team in disarray, U.S. Senator McCain tells Europe

MUNICH, Germany Republican Senator John McCain broke with the reassuring message that U.S. officials visiting Germany have sought to convey on their debut trip to Europe, saying on Friday that the administration of President Donald Trump was in "disarray". | Video

World, 18 Feb 2017

Europe must spend more on defence, development aid also vital - Germany's Gabriel

BONN, Germany Europe needs to spend more on defence but tackling poverty and climate change also contribute to world peace, Germany's foreign minister said on Friday, responding to U.S. President Donald Trump's calls for greater European military spending. | Video

World, 17 Feb 2017

China says common interests outweigh differences with U.S.

BEIJING The common interests between China and the United States far outweigh their differences, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday in their first face-to-face meeting since Tillerson took up his job. | Video

World, 17 Feb 2017

U.S.' Tillerson calms allies on Syria ahead of Geneva talks

BONN, Germany U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, trying to reassure allies that Washington was not tilting towards Moscow over the Syrian conflict, told them on Friday that the United States backed U.N. efforts to broker a political solution to the war, officials and diplomats said.

World, Syria, Middle East 17 Feb 2017

U.S. urges China to use 'all tools' to moderate North Korea's behaviour

BONN, Germany U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged China to do all it could to moderate North Korea's destabilising behaviour after Sunday's ballistic missile test by Pyongyang, Tillerson's spokesman Mark Toner said.

World, 17 Feb 2017

Merkel to meet IMF's Lagarde next Wednesday - spokeswoman

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde next Wednesday for talks, a German government spokeswoman said on Friday.

World, IMF 17 Feb 2017

France says U.S. position on Middle East peace 'confused and worrying'

BONN, Germany France considers the U.S. position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "confused and worrying", its foreign minister said on Thursday, reacting to U.S. President Trump's dropping of the America's commitment to a two-state solution.

World, Israel, Middle East 17 Feb 2017

Germany urges fair business environment for its carmakers in China

BONN, Germany Germany wants China to create a fairer business environment for foreign companies, especially German carmakers seeking to tap into Beijing's drive for greener cars, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday.

Business, 17 Feb 2017

Germany says building more Israeli settlements may end two-state solution

BONN, Germany Germany's foreign minister on Thursday warned that building more Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories could end the prospect of a two-state solution and fuel conflict in the region.

World, Israel, Middle East 16 Feb 2017

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Global GDP comparison

A graphical look at the world's top economies by size and per-capita production.  Interactive