LUSAKA — The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Friday called on all stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to refrain from acts of violence while the final results of the country’s presidential vote are pending.

“SADC calls upon all stakeholders with concerns, including regarding the accuracy of the results, to pursue any election dispute about the provisional results, peacefully, through avenues provided by the existing national legal framework, and resolve their differences through political dialogue among all stakeholders,” said Zambian President Edgar Lungu, also chairperson of the SADC.
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NEW YORK — “Looking ahead this year, I think the key words or catchwords in the international economic diplomacy or relationship would be talks rather than wars,” said Lu Feng, director of the China Macroeconomic Research Center at Peking University, during a panel discussion in New York on Thursday.

The China-U.S. trade relations have seen twists and turns after Washington announced high tariffs on Chinese products worth hundreds of billions of U.S. dollars in 2018.
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WASHINGTON — “Trump is facing a Democratic majority in the House that has no interest in funding a wall, or anything like a wall that could give Trump a win,” said Christopher Galdieri, an assistant professor at Saint Anselm College.

“Trump has decided that it’s a wall or nothing, but he has yet to offer House Democrats anything in exchange for it,” Galdieri added.
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KIEV — The Ukrainian economy, which lost one-fourth of its industrial output due to the crisis and once faced default risks in recent years, has stepped out of the “risk zone,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

“Through the joint efforts, we have managed to ensure macro-financial stabilization and pull out Ukraine from the risk zone,” Poroshenko wrote on Facebook on Friday. Enditem

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