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Trump threatens tariffs on all $500 billion of Chinese imports Trump threatens tariffs on all $500 billion of Chinese imports
- July 22, 2018

Earlier this month, the United States imposed 25% tariffs on $34bn of Chinese imports. US President Donald Trump says he is ready to intensify his trade war with China by slapping tariffs on all $500bn of imports from the country. (more...)
North Korea, Eritrea have highest rates of modern slavery North Korea, Eritrea have highest rates of modern slavery
- July 22, 2018

These talks have focused on denuclearisation and military issues rather than human rights issues such as slavery. "Even now, there are 300,000 North Korean defectors in China , and 90 percent of them are being trafficked". "The presence of state-imposed forced labor undermines at best, and at worst renders meaningless, any government response to modern slavery", according to the report, which notes North Korea has shown the weakest response both at home and overseas. (more...)
Bernie Sanders: Trump 'Really Sold the American People Out' in Helsinki Summit Bernie Sanders: Trump 'Really Sold the American People Out' in Helsinki Summit
- July 21, 2018

Democrats attempted to subpoena Trump's interpreter, Marina Gross, to learn what was discussed during the meeting, but the order was shut down by House Republicans on Thursday. It restated the US intelligence community's assessment that Moscow did extensively interfere, and continues to interfere. And he seethed at the lack of support he believed he received from congressional Republicans. (more...)
Myanmar army made 'systematic' Rohingya crackdown plan - Rights group Myanmar army made 'systematic' Rohingya crackdown plan - Rights group
- July 21, 2018

Beginning in October 2016, Myanmar's military and local officials methodically removed sharp tools that could be used for self-defence by the Rohingya, destroyed fences around Rohingya homes to make military raids easier, armed and trained ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, and shut off the spigot of worldwide aid for the impoverished Rohingya community, the Fortify Rights report says. (more...)
Spain drops extradition requests for Carles Puigdemont, other Catalan separatists Spain drops extradition requests for Carles Puigdemont, other Catalan separatists
- July 21, 2018

Spain has dropped its attempt to extradite a former Catalan minister from Scotland over her role in last year's controversial independence referendum. The Spanish charges of rebellion are not recognised in Germany and the German statute against treason does not apply because Puigdemont's actions "did not raise any kind of violence". (more...)
Senators plan to resurrect resolution backing intelligence community on Russian Federation Senators plan to resurrect resolution backing intelligence community on Russian Federation
- July 21, 2018

But he accused this resolution of "simply bringing the hatred of the president to the Senate floor". The U.S. Justice Department indicted 12 Russians on charges related to the 2016 email hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and 20 state election boards just three days before the meeting. (more...)
How will the Trump-Putin summit affect US policy overseas?
- July 21, 2018

By Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a clarifying statement: "It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it". Trump tweeted that the two men discussed Ukraine but has not mentioned a referendum or revealed specifics of the Ukraine discussions. Parts of the regions that are controlled by Russia-backed separatists - the rebel "people's republics" of Donetsk and Luhansk - held their own referendums ... (more...)
US auto import probe draws wide criticism at hearing US auto import probe draws wide criticism at hearing
- July 21, 2018

The idea has also prompted widespread opposition in the US. That's probably little consolation to the auto workers whose jobs could be on the line if Trump presses forward with the tariffs. In a soon-to-be published paper, excerpts of which were shared with reporters, the Peterson Institute for International Economics forecasts potential tariffs would raise vehicle prices between $1,400 and $7,000 for top-selling models, depending on a variety of factors including size. (more...)
Trump tweets reaction to news of Michael Cohen secret recording Trump tweets reaction to news of Michael Cohen secret recording
- July 21, 2018

The recording about the former Playboy model, Karen McDougal , which occurred prior to the election, was among the troves of documents and materials that the FBI seized from Cohen's office, home and hotel in NY back in April amid a criminal investigation of Cohen by the United States attorney's office for the Southern District of NY. (more...)
Busses Evacuate Shia Towns in Syria's Idlib; Long Besieged by Militants Busses Evacuate Shia Towns in Syria's Idlib; Long Besieged by Militants
- July 21, 2018

Both militiamen and regular civilians could be seen on board the vehicles, as well as stacks of personal belongings. The first batch of the buses reached the Eis area in the southern countryside of Aleppo province on their way to the capital city of Aleppo, the source said, on condition of anonymity. (more...)
Trump rips Fed again for hiking interest rates
- July 21, 2018

China exported goods worth $505.5bn to the U.S. in 2007, compared to $129.9bn of American goods sent to China. "The Fed's independence from short-term political pressures is critical to enabling it to take the longer-run perspective that is essential for achieving its legislated dual mandate for jobs and price stability", said Donald Kohn, a former Fed vice chairman who is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington . (more...)
Novichok victim released from United Kingdom hospital Novichok victim released from United Kingdom hospital
- July 21, 2018

Sturgess died on July 8 and counter-terror detectives have launched a murder probe. 'We continue to think of Charlie and of Dawn's family, and support them as they go through the hard process of coming to terms with her death. Matthew, from Warminster, Wilts, said his brother recalled that Dawn had sprayed the perfume on both of her wrists . Health officials insist Mr Rowley's release "does not pose any threat to the public". (more...)
Nine Family Members Killed When Branson Boat Capsized Nine Family Members Killed When Branson Boat Capsized
- July 21, 2018

There are already several community fundraisers and GoFundMe pages created to help victims of the duck boat tragedy , but Ingrid Coleman said her family had not yet decided what they ultimately might need. Five people may be still missing, Rader said. "I find it unconscionable that a federal agency recommends safety procedures, and the duck boat industry refuses to follow them", he says . (more...)
Cohen recorded Trump discussing payment to ex-Playmate Cohen recorded Trump discussing payment to ex-Playmate
- July 21, 2018

If it does air, the interview would be Cohen's second major one with a major network this month, following his sit-down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos. Media captionWas Trump's Stormy Daniels payment legal? He said the tape would show that Trump makes it clear that if there is going to be a payment, it should be done by check, which would be easily traced. (more...)
Trump claims ex-lawyer's phone-taping is 'perhaps illegal'
- July 21, 2018

The New Yorker magazine reported in February that Trump had an affair with McDougal at the same time he had a relationship with porn star Stormy Daniels and that the National Enquirer prevented McDougal's story being made public. But the outlet never published the piece. Ms McDougal says she had a 10-month affair with Mr Trump in 2006, a year after he Wednesday Melania Trump . (more...)
ISIS follower found guilty of terror plot to kill British PM ISIS follower found guilty of terror plot to kill British PM
- July 21, 2018

Details of the violent plans of Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman were heard at the Old Bailey where he has been on trial with another man, 22-year-old Mohammad Aqib Imran, accused of planning to travel overseas either to Libya or Syria to engage in terrorism. (more...)
Authorities identify suspects in Novichok poisoning Authorities identify suspects in Novichok poisoning
- July 21, 2018

The Press Association said investigators believe Sturgess was exposed to at least 10 times the amount of nerve agent as the Skripals came into contact with. Since then, a British woman, Dawn Sturgess , died this month after coming across a small bottle containing Novichok near Salisbury where the Skripals were struck down. (more...)
Could this newly discovered shipwreck contain 200 tonnes of gold? Could this newly discovered shipwreck contain 200 tonnes of gold?
- July 21, 2018

Shinil was founded on June 1 reportedly with about 100 million won ($87,800). Jeil Steel, a company in which Shinil recently acquired shares, saw a surge in its stock prices after Shinil announced that it had located the sunken treasure. The company said in a statement: "We spotted things that look like treasure boxes, but we have not opened them yet". Shinil Group has also launched a cryptocurrency exchange linked to the ship's discovery. (more...)
SingHealth hack 'worrying' for Singapore but govt response lauded SingHealth hack 'worrying' for Singapore but govt response lauded
- July 21, 2018

According to the findings of a preliminary investigation, hackers had breached MOH's systems last month, and had exfiltrated data from June 27 to July 4, when officials discovered the breach. Singapore's health minister said the strike was "a deliberate, targeted, and well-planned cyberattack and not the work of casual hackers or criminal gangs". (more...)
Pompeo, Haley step up pressure to support Trump's talks on North Korea Pompeo, Haley step up pressure to support Trump's talks on North Korea
- July 21, 2018

The scope and scale of that is agreed to. He said that such " conversations are incredibly important " as well as " valuable to the people of the US " as he spoke of a recent summit of the two leaders in Helsinki. Both Moscow and Beijing have called for the relaxation of sanctions on North Korea. Citing a China-based source, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported on Thursday that China has almost doubled its exports of crude oil to North Korea since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ... (more...)
Israel demolished 63 Palestinian facilities in Jerusalem in 2018 Israel demolished 63 Palestinian facilities in Jerusalem in 2018
- July 21, 2018

The law stipulates that "Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it". DAP urged the global community today to pressure Israel to abolish its newly-passed legislation that essentially defines the country as a Jewish state. (more...)
White House rejects Putin idea for Ukraine referendum White House rejects Putin idea for Ukraine referendum
- July 21, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki , Finland, July 16, 2018. A number of key United States intelligence, defense, and diplomatic leaders have reportedly been left in the dark on what President Donald Trump spoke about with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their private meeting in Helsinki on Monday. (more...)
USA officials in the dark over Trump's Helsinki deals
- July 21, 2018

The Kremlin has yet to formally respond to the proposal, but Mr Trump has said he is looking forward to his second meeting with Mr Putin. But that was not how it was being portrayed back home.On the long flight back to Washington, the president began dialing around to allies and aides and started to stew about negative media coverage, even from usually friendly Fox News, according to five outside allies and Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private ... (more...)
Intelligence Director on Putin Invite: 'Say That Again?' Intelligence Director on Putin Invite: 'Say That Again?'
- July 21, 2018

Trump reportedly asked Putin not to announce the proposal at the summit's press conference in order to have time to consider it, according to one of the sources. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Trump's goal was to "redirect" two countries "that'd been on a bad path". "I don't know what happened in that meeting". (more...)
Trump on Putin meeting: it wasn't all rosy Trump on Putin meeting: it wasn't all rosy
- July 21, 2018

A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told Bloomberg that "some new ideas were discussed" in Helsinki and "they will be worked on", but he refused to go into detail about what Putin had said about Ukraine at the summit. election. Last week, Trump said Germany was wrong to allow a new $11-billion (£8.4 billion) Baltic Sea pipeline to import even more Russian gas, while being slow to to meet targets for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending. (more...)
Montenegro more puzzled than affronted by Trump's attention Montenegro more puzzled than affronted by Trump's attention
- July 21, 2018

Speaking to the BBC , Ranko Krivokapic, who is president of Montenegro's opposition Social Democratic Party, called Trump "the strangest president in the history of the United States". It joined the alliance despite the strong objections from Russian Federation and opposition from the large Serbian community in the country. After traveling to Belgium and Britain, Trump stunned the world in Finland on Monday by failing to hold Putin accountable for meddling in the 2016 US election as the ... (more...)
Trump threatens to hit all $505bn of Chinese imports with tariffs
- July 21, 2018

After the interview, Trump reiterated criticism of planned interest-rate hikes by the Federal Reserve , saying in a Twitter post that tightening policy would diminish any U.S. But, she said, "I'm not filling myself with expectations or predictions" for Juncker's trip. -China trade war and a host of other conflicts that Trump has ignited between the United States and key trading partners, including Canada and the European Union. (more...)
Putin's Meddling Might Help Get Trump Reelected Putin's Meddling Might Help Get Trump Reelected
- July 21, 2018

Putin and Trump sat down for their first summit in Helsinki on Monday, an event that sparked a storm of criticism in the United States after Trump refused to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the 2016 US election, something Putin denies. (more...)
Trump invites Putin to USA as Democrats call for Helsinki details Trump invites Putin to USA as Democrats call for Helsinki details
- July 21, 2018

Trump clapped back at his critics and said he was "far tougher on Russia " than his predecessors. "I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine , Middle East peace, North Korea and more". (more...)
Bus passengers injured in knife attack, suspect in custody
- July 21, 2018

German police say several people have been injured on a busy bus in an attack in the northern city of Luebeck, and a suspect has been arrested. Witnesses said the man pulled the knife from a backpack and started cutting passengers. Germany had long warned of the threat of more violence after several attacks claimed by ISIS, the bloodiest of which was a truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market in December 2016 that left 12 people dead. (more...)

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