China seeks influence in European business deals

PRAGUE — When Xi Jinping became the first top Chinese leader to visit the Czech Republic, he was accompanied by a mysterious Chinese tycoon with big political ambitions, money to burn and strong ties to the Czech president. Ye Jianming was the sole businessman among the group of Chinese and Czech government officials who gathered two years ago outside the presidential summer residence where Mr. Xi and Milos Zeman, his Czech counterpart, planted ginkgo trees. For Mr. Ye, it was recognition of his role as a major power broker in…

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Paul Pogba pulled out Barcelona transfer offer

The France international has been tipped to quit Old Trafford for the Nou Camp. Barca can sign the 25-year-old before the end of the month when their transfer window closes, however, United will not be able to sign a replacement. Pogba had numerous bust-ups with Jose Mourinho last season, with the Red Devils boss axing the £89m midfielder from his starting line-up after a poor run of form. However, Mourinho handed the former Juventus star the captain’s armband for United’s 2-1 win against Leicester on Friday night. And ex-Red Devils…

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Gilgit Baltistan seeks UN help to get Independence

Gilgit Baltistan seeks UN help to get Independence from illegal occupation of Pakistan Taking a strong exception to “grave” human rights situation in Pakistan-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan (PoGB), Balawaristan National Front (BNF) chairman Abdul Hamid Khan has appealed to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the UN, and the European Union (EU) to exert pressure on Pakistan to end the “illegal occupation of Gilgit-Baltistan” and withdraw its civilians and forces by fulfilling its obligations to the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP) resolutions. Taking a strong exception to “grave” human…

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