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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Sept 8, 2018 (News Wires) - Neymar and Brazilian teammates showed young American players how large a gap they must overcome.

Roberto Firmino scored in the 11th minute off a cross from Douglas Costa, who burst down a flank past 21-year-old left back Antonee Robinson. Neymar added a penalty kick in the 44th minute after a debatable foul call, and Brazil overwhelmed the rebuilding US 2-0 in an exhibition Friday night.

"I don't think we were afraid. I think just maybe a little nervous here and there," interim US coach Dave Sarachan said. "There could have been a situation where maybe the shoulder slump, the confidence, was blown."

The US has two wins, two losses and three ties under Sarachan, who took over last October after the Americans failed to qualify for the World Cup. New general manager Earnie Stewart said this week a permanent coach will be announced later this year.

Just 32,469 attended the match at MetLife Stadium, a possible site of the 2026 World Cup final, and Brazilian supporters outnumbered Americans by about a 10-1 margin. When Brazil beat the US 2-0 in August 2010 shortly after the venue opened, the game drew 77,223.

BEIJING, Sept 8, 2018 (News Wires) - China's trade surplus with the United States ballooned to a new record $31 billion in August despite a raft of US tariffs, official data showed Saturday, adding fuel to the flames of a searing trade war.

The figures were released hours after President Donald Trump threatened to slap tariffs on the totality of Chinese goods imported into the United States, worth half a trillion dollars.

The world's two biggest economies have been locked in a months-long trade dispute, with negotiations going nowhere and fears that it could damage the global economy.

Trump imposed customs duties of up to 25 per cent on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods in July, and on another $16 billion in August, triggering swift tit-for-tat responses from Beijing.

But the tariffs do not appear to have dented the appetite for Chinese-made products in the United States.

Chinese exports to the United States rose to $44.4 billion in August, a 13.2 per cent increase from the same period last year, according to customs data. Imports from the United States reached $13.3 billion, a two percent increase from the previous year.

China's trade surplus with the United States reached $31 billion in August, an 18.7 percent increase from the same month last year and up from its previous record, $28.9 billion, in June this year, according to customs data.

While China's trade surplus with the United States grew again, it remained stable with the rest of the world at $27.9 billion in August.

Global exports increased by 9.8 per cent while its imports rose by 20 per cent compared to the same month last year, according to customs data.

The figures were well below July's performance, when exports had jumped 12.2 per cent and imports grew 27 per cent.

WASHINGTON, Sept 8, 2018 (MENA) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that since 1994, the US provided $6.3 billion in aid to support the Palestinian people.

Iran’s regime provided Palestinians with just $20,000, via UNWRA from 2008 to 2017, Pompeo said on his Twitter account on Friday.

Iran’s regime provided hundreds of millions in aid to terrorists who endanger the Palestinians’ lives and livelihoods, Pompeo added.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that reaching a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians is tougher than he had thought.

Trump pointed out that he has decided to cut aid to the Palestinians to put pressure on them so that they would return to negotiations with Israel.




CAIRO, Sept 8, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday had talks with the chairman of the US Central Command, said Presidential Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radi.

The president discussed with the US commander means of boosting joint military cooperation, the spokesman pointed out.

The visiting US commander underlined the importance of Bright Star 2018 joint drills in light of the current regional situation, added the spokesman.



WASHINGTON, Sept 7, 2018 (Reuters) - Canada is increasingly optimistic it can reach a deal with the United States to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement, although it may take until the end of September, a source with direct knowledge of the talks said on Friday.

US and Canadian officials resumed their negotiations this week to modernize the 1994 pact, which governs $1.2 trillion a year in trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs.

President Donald Trump has struck a trade deal with Mexico and threatened to push ahead without Canada, a move that would kill NAFTA.

The talks in Washington are focused on Canada's dairy supply system, which the United States says hurts its exports, Ottawa's desire to keep NAFTA's Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism and Canadian media laws that favor domestically produced content.

The Canadian source, who declined to be named given the sensitivity of the situation, said Canadian negotiators thought it was quite possible the talks would continue until the end of this month.

A US official told Reuters on Thursday that Canada needed to move further on dairy. In its recent trade deal with the European Union, Canada made concessions on dairy imports.

"We're down to three issues: Chapter 19, the cultural issues and dairy. We've created leverage and driven Canada to the table," the US official said. "Part of our problem is that Canada has been backsliding on its commitments (on dairy)."

Trump has targeted what he sees as "unfair" trade as part of his "America First" agenda to boost US manufacturing and jobs, imposing tariffs on trading partners, including Canada, China, the EU and Mexico. That has prompted retaliation.

Tens of billions of dollars in Chinese imports have been slapped with US tariffs and a new round of duties are due to be triggered soon.

Both Canada and Mexico want Trump to agree to permanently exempt them from US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Washington has used those tariffs as leverage in the NAFTA talks.

Canada has used the provisions of NAFTA's dispute resolution mechanism to defend its lumber exports to the United States. Washington charges that Canadian lumber unfairly undercuts prices on US lumber.

Trump appeared to set a deadline for a deal this week, prompting aides to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland to work well into the evening on Thursday to find ways to move forward.

The Republican chairman of the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Kevin Brady, a powerful voice in Congress on trade, told reporters differences remained between the two sides over Canada's dairy quota regime, a trade dispute resolution settlement procedure and "other longstanding issues."

SEOUL, South Korea, Sept 7, 2018 (News Wires) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday that he is pushing for "irrevocable progress" in efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons by the end of this year as he prepares for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Earlier this week, Moon sent special envoys to Pyongyang to help resolve the nuclear stalemate. After returning home, the envoys said Thursday that Kim still has faith in US President Donald Trump and reaffirmed his commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, although he expressed frustration over skepticism about his sincerity.

Trump later responded by tweeting, "Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims 'unwavering faith in President Trump.' Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!" Moon said the outcome of his envoys' Pyongyang trip was "much more than what was expected."

The next step in nuclear diplomacy is uncertain. Negotiators seem deadlocked over whether North Korea truly intends to denuclearize as it has pledged numerous times in recent months. North Korea has dismantled its nuclear and rocket engine testing sites, but US officials want more serious, concrete action taken before North Korea obtains outside concessions.

Kim told the South Korean envoys that he is willing to take stronger steps if his "goodwill" measures are met in kind, according to chief envoy Chung Eui-yong. Kim has repeatedly said he wants a step-by-step disarmament process in which each of his actions is reciprocated with corresponding outside concessions.

North Korea, which says its nuclear program is aimed at countering US military threats, has demanded the United States jointly declare an end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which was halted by an armistice, not a peace treaty.

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