Florida suspect in Haiti president killing deepens mystery

The arrest of a failed Haitian businessman living in Florida who authorities say was a key player in the killing of Haiti’s president deepened the mystery Monday into an already convoluted plot surrounding the assassination.

Haitian authorities identified the suspect as Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 62, who once expressed a desire to lead his country in a YouTube video. However, he is unknown in Haitian political circles, and associates suggested he was duped by those really behind the assassination of President

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Saudi Arabian, American foreign ministers discuss regional challenges in phone call

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and his U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken discussed by phone the “strategic” partnership between their countries and cooperation in dealing with regional and global challenges, Saudi state TV reported on Thursday.

Blinken ended a Middle East tour on Thursday aimed at shoring up a ceasefire that ended the worst fighting in years between Israel and Palestinian militants. He visited Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo and Amman.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned

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China stocks end lower on soft bank lending, Sino-U.S. tensions; Shanghai Composite Index closes 1% lower

SHANGHAI: China stocks ended lower on Thursday after the country’s latest bank lending data missed forecasts, and as Sino-U.S. tensions weighed.

The blue-chip CSI300 index fell 1.0 per cent to 4,992.97, while the Shanghai Composite Index shed 1 per cent to 3,429.54 points.

Chinese banks extended 1.47 trillion yuan ($227.91 billion) in new yuan loans in April, down from March, missing analysts’ expectations.

Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted new yuan loans would drop to 1.6 trillion yuan in April,

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China, Hong Kong stocks fall on soft bank lending, Sino-US tensions

SHANGHAI: China and Hong Kong stocks fell on Thursday, after the former’s latest bank lending data missed forecasts, and as Sino-U.S. tensions weighed.

** The CSI300 index fell 0.8% to 5,003.72 points at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.7% to 3,437.14 points.

** The Hang Seng index dropped 0.9% to 27,970.78 points, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index lost 1.2% to 10,434.23.

** Chinese banks extended 1.47 trillion yuan ($227.74 billion) in

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