Ali only had two hours to save his baby’s life. He careened through traffic and sped along highway

s to an east Tehran government pharmacy. When he saw some 800 people queued outside the fac

ility, he dropped to his knees. Like him, they were waiting to obtain state-funded medications.

  ”I cried and screamed, begging people to let me get through,” Ali — whom we have not fully identified for security reasons — recalls.

  Eventually, he skipped the line and returned with the medicine in time for his one-year-old daughter, Dory, to recover.The incid

ent happened just as Iran’s landmark nuclear deal with six world powers led by the US was being sig

ned in 2015. It was a moment when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had promised Iranians an easier life, free of me

dicinal and food shortages, and where desperate scenes such as Ali’s outside the pharmacy would become a thing of the past.

  Iran was halting its nuclear program in exchange for international sanctions relief, appearing to turn the pa

ge on a 36-year history of diplomatic and economic

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  But dreams of a new reality for Iran screeched to a halt in May 2018 when President Donald Tr

ump pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal. Despite repeated certifications that Iran was

sticking to its end of the bargain, Trump unleashed several rounds of stinging sanctions on the country.

  The US president said the penalties aimed to force Iran to end its military adventurism in the region, a demand that Iranian officials have repeatedly brushed off.

  Officially, the sanctions exempt humanitarian goods, such as food, medicine and medicin

al instruments. But in reality, shortages in essential goods have affected households across the country.

  Ali now gets the medicines to treat his daughter’s rare genetic disease, from friends living abr

oad. Her medical bill has more than doubled, forcing him to sell his car, work two jobs, and accu

mulate loans. He says that his entire salary from his day job as a waiter goes toward Dory’s treatment.

  ”I am a wedding singer at night. I try to stay cheery and

keep a smile on my face, but on the inside all I can think about is my daughter,” says Ali.

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  emerged online in late January. The news report — misidentified on You

Tube as dating from 1995 — shows Lorber, Lebow and Trump in discussion with Mo

scow’s then deputy mayor, Vladimir Resin, and his staff, with Geovanis looking on from the background.

  Blocked numbers and ‘dirt’ on Clinton

  Lorber has already been linked to the Senate investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. The New York Times n

amed him earlier this month as one of the Trump family associates who spoke with Donald Trump J

r. from blocked numbers around the time of a highly scrutinized 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York.

  That meeting was attended by top Trump campaign advisers –— Trump Jr., the Presid

ent’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Manafort — and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskya, who had pr

omised dirt on Trump’s election opponent, Hillary Clinton. Lorber has not responded to multiple calls for comment.

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  Russian passport in 2014. He was last seen by family members in the US in early 2017 after the death of his mother.

  He is not believed to have returned to the US since then, and his decision to remain in M

oscow means US congressional investigators can’t easily find out what he knows.

  In 2017 Geovanis was reemployed by Lebow to set up the Russian arm of another venture, Somerset Coal Inter

national, an energy technology company which claims to “clean” coal by washing it at high pressure.

  Among those approached by Geovanis for investment was Deripaska, the billionaire m

etals and mining magnate, for whom Geovanis worked in the mid-2000s, according to a person fa

miliar with Somerset Coal’s business plan, speaking on condition of anonymity.

  Deripaska is so closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the US sanctioned

him and his companies in order to punish the Russian government for its activities around the 2016

election. The Trump administration lifted sanctions on three of those companies last month.

  A spokesperson for Deripaska did not return CNN’s requests for comment.

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  ealed in a report in January in an effort to draw some of the energy out of the opposition campaign to unseat him and President Jovenel Moise.

  But his mention of Roberto was seen as nothing more than lip service in the Miron slum, where Roberto and his mother s

hared one room. She and her family now believe whoever killed her son may seek them out for revenge if they keep talking.

  ”Ever since his death they’ve been threatening us. They said that if we don’t shut up about this case we will get it, ‘We know where you work’. That’s what they said.”

  ”They’ve been threatening us by phone. They said that, ‘We know you work at the hosp

ital so if you don’t shut up about this case we will find you’. That’s what they said,” Pricil insisted.

  A surviving son, Jovency Journal, 24, showed CNN text messages in Creole.

  ”I see you have been active on the Roberto case. Be careful not to follow him,” said one.

  Another threatened: “We’ll do to you worse than what happened to Roberto – they might not even be able to find your body”.

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Friday to continue high-level trade negotiations. His new title as Chinese President Xi Jinpi

ng’s special envoy indicates the importance and authoritativeness of the talks. As pre

paration for the event, consultations at vice-ministerial-level between China and the US were recovered on Tuesday.

The world’s stock markets surged Monday due to the optimistic prospects on the deals that Beijin

g and Washington are expected to make. US President Donald Trump praised “big progress” in the

trade deal on Twitter. His words further stoked the stock markets of the US, which reached the highest in two m

onths and so increased pressure on the Trump administration to close the deal with China.

Analysts believe that if the two countries couldn’t come to an agreement, and as a result the US imposes more tariffs on Chinese prod

ucts while China responds with fiercer countermeasures, it would be a catastrophic strike to global stock markets.

In terms of avoiding such blows, the Trump administration is probably the most pres

sured. Thus in general, by the end of the trade negotiations, China and the US have become more psychologically equal.

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pledged $20 billi

on investment in Pakistan during his trip to the South Asian country over the we

ekend, the first leg of his Asian tour that also includes stops in neighboring India and China.

The unprecedented Saudi investment, half of which will support a refiner

y and petrochemicals complex in the port of Gwadar, is expected to shore up Pa

kistan’s economy hurt by widening current account and fiscal deficits and strengthen trade ties between the two countries.

Some observers are quick to compare the Saudi investment with the China-Pakistan Economic Cor

ridor (CPEC) project under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But for Prime Minister Imran Khan, both are welcome.

“We have CPEC. We have links with China. So we welcome Saudi Arabia to participate with us,” he said.

The crown prince also stressed the potential of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which will contribute to the development and prosperity of the region.

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as well as between Pyongyang and other stakeholders on the Korean Peninsula, if Japan maintains

its conservative strategy for North Korea, its overall Northeast Asia diplomacy will be affected.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would find it hard to shore up d

omestic support through vibrant diplomacy. Tokyo can take advantage of the positive si

gnals the next Trump-Kim summit generates to win the opportunity to boost its ties with North Korea.

If Washington-Pyongyang ties are significantly enhanced, it will send a conciliatory messag

e to Tokyo. Under the US-Japan-South Korea alliance and under the framework of US-Japan m

ilitary cooperation, if North Korea is still hostile toward Japan, it may find it hard to get a multilateral diplomatic fo

othold in East Asia. In fact, Pyongyang hopes to talk to Tokyo. North Korea’s geopolitics depends on support from tra

ditionally friendly states such as China and Russia. Meanwhile, it also desires to enhance relations with South Korea and Ja

pan, so as to gain maximum advantage in multilateral geopolitics and security in East Asian and Asia-Pacific regions.

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ically possible, it does not make any sense from a commercial or political point of view.

Such a practice would be tantamount to suicide for a high-tech giant. If the Chinese governme

nt forced Huawei to do this, it would be stifling the country’s emerging industries. But intelligence can

not be mentioned in the same breath as Huawei’s contribution to China’s industrial prosperity and national interests.

Hyping the alleged Huawei threat has violated the basic spirit of seeking truth from facts. The West is prioritizing ide

ology and considering excluding China as political correctness. Many people in Europe are aware of the lies, but

still beating the drum for a certain value orientation rather than conducting an objective analysis.

The world is changing, and if Europe keeps prioritizing ideology and political correctness in dealing with every new situation, that would be dangerous.

What Europe needs is not only the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, but also the co

urage to make its own independent choices. Europe’s cooperation with Huawei on construction of a 4G

network is already an established fact, but it seems now that beneficial collaboration has become one of the biggest risks.

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Recently, China and India were engaged in a jagged excha

nge of words over Modi’s visit to South Tibet, a mountainous region under substantial dispute b

etween the two Asian giants. Although China’s stance on the boundary issue is cons

istent and crystal-clear that it has never recognized the so-called “A

runachal Pradesh” and is firmly opposed to any Indian leaders’ presence there, it was Modi who has repeatedly touched the raw nerve.

Such exchange – though it has happened in the past during China’s Spring Festivals in February 2015 and February 2018 – is p

articularly noteworthy: Modi’s latest visit followed the in

formal leadership summit in Wuhan in April 2018 which was widely seen as the key effort

from both sides to improve diplomatic ties and rebuild trust since the 73-day-long armed standoff in Doklam.

Such actions by Modi would inevitably affect the progress

ade by both sides, further complicating the boundary issue and exacerbating mutual suspicion.

Modi’s recent presence in South Tibet was largely driven b

y electoral considerations, aimed at mobilizing support for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahe

ad of the general elections, which are due in India in April and May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha.

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