WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has said that the engagement between the United States and China contributed to global peace and prosperity, urging the two countries to cooperate against the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This engagement has enabled us, as well as the Asia Pacific region and the world, to enjoy unparalleled peace and prosperity," he said in a Wednesday letter to participants of a virtual dialogue on U.S.-China relations.
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BEIRUT -- Lebanese President Michel Aoun vowed on Friday that all officials responsible for Beirut's explosions will be brought to justice regardless of their positions in the government, LBCI TV channel reported.
"All public officials, including ministers and former ministers who are involved in this disaster, will be prosecuted and we will spare no one," Aoun told reporters at Baabda Palace.
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OTTAWA -- Canada has vowed to take countermeasures after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the decision to re-impose a 10-percent tariff on Canadian aluminum imports, citing national security concerns.
"In response to the American tariffs announced today, Canada will impose countermeasures that will include dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday evening.
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YAOUNDE -- Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute on Thursday appealed for "more sustained" funding from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to support African countries striken by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It must be admitted that the crisis will have a significant impact on African economies. This is why I call on the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to take more sustained and ambitious actions in favour of Africa in terms of access to funding," he said at the start of a video conference with the African governors of the World Bank Group and IMF.