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China vows to fight back as the trade war escalates

China on Wednesday said tit-for-tat tariffs will "destroy" trade between the world's top two economies, after Washington fired the next shot in a ballooning trade war , readying fresh levies on $ 200 billion in Chinese goods. "This new round of proposed tariffs takes the fight onto yet another level from which it is going to be hard for either side to make a graceful retreat", said Eswar Prasad, former head of the International Monteary Fund's China division. Read More »

Pence Cheers 'Pro-Life Administration' While Dodging Q's On Kavanaugh

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But the bigger unknown is now centered around Kavanaugh's so far undisclosed position on abortion rights and the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Pence said that Kavanaugh had 12 opinions that were later adopted by the Supreme Court, and rebuffed Schumer and his Empire State colleague Sen. "What we don't want is to have people go to the courts with a specific objective or policy criteria". Read More »

'Reckless': Trump escalates trade war with another $US200b in Chinese tariffs

The 200-page document, released on Tuesday by the US Trade Representative's office, gives notice to those who wish to comment on the proposal and lists hundreds of products that would be subjected to the new tariffs . He added however that the move was still "a very sobering reality check as to just how fragile sentiment around trade war rhetoric is". The proposed list of goods includes consumer items such as clothing, television components and refrigerators as well as other high-tech items, ... Read More »

Palestinians to keep paying prisoner stipend despite…

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Roughly 35,000 families benefit from the stipends that are paid to families of Palestinians killed, wounded or imprisoned by Israel, according to the Times of Israel . Abbas defiantly told a meeting of Fatah party leaders that the Palestinian government would pay "our martyrs and prisoners and wounded people" as it had since 1965. Read More »

Matt Le Tissier's plan for England to reach the World Cup final

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In recognition of Gareth Southgate's fantastic leadership and his now iconic wearing of a waistcoat during the tournament so far, Leeds City Council staff are also being offered the chance to join supporters across the country by putting on their own waistcoat attire, taking part in "Waistcoat Wednesday". Read More »

Trump blasts Germany at NATO: 'Totally controlled' by Russian Federation

Donald Trump opened his visit to Europe with a ideal presidential touch, describing our close ally Germany as being "totally controlled by Russia " because it buys natural gas from the Kremlin. He added that it's "not fair to the taxpayers of the United States and we're going to make it fair". "We're discussing military expenditure. talking about trade", Trump told reporters who were allowed in to the meeting room. Read More »

Shark bites University of Miami student in Bahamas

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The group passed an area in the ocean where several nurse sharks were swarming, and since it was promoted that swimming with these creatures was a safe and normal activity in the area, Katarina chose to hop in and get some photos (Note: a warning sign by the pool of sharks clearly stated that the animals "can and do bite" on occasion). Read More »

American tourist killed by stray bullet in Mexico City

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The city prosecutor's office believe the men meant to target a bouncer working at a bar in the area when Ms Mirutenko was struck in the head by a bullet. The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs confirmed the death and released the victim's name, Tatiana Mirutenko, in a statement. "She would give 200 percent", Natalie Mirutenko told the news station. Read More »

World's Ugliest Dog Zsa Zsa Passes Away

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She won the title of World's Ugliest Dog just last month at the Sonoma Marin Fair. The nine-year-old English Bulldog whose lolling tongue and crooked underbite made her the victor back in June died in her sleep, the post stated. Brainard found Zsa Zsa on a pet-finding website. "We were all saying our goodbyes". "She's been staying over at my dad's house", Brainard said in the report. Read More »

Airbus boss Enders backs UK PM May's latest Brexit position

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Nigel Farage said he was pleased former Brexit Secretary David Davis and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had resigned. Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns said she believed that Mrs May's time as Prime Minister was "over", telling BBC Radio 4's Today programme that she wanted a premier who would "provide true leadership and a positive post-Brexit vision for our country". Read More »

Trump, NATO head Stoltenberg have testy exchange at summit

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They got rid of their coal plants, they got rid of their nuclear, they're getting so much of their oil and gas from Russian Federation. And he vowed not to be "taken advantage" of by the European Union , which he accuses of freeloading by relying on the United States for its defence while restricting USA imports into the bloc, the world's biggest market. Read More »

Facebook BROKE LAW in personal data controversy, says watchdog

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Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham launched a probe after it emerged an internet personality quiz was able to gather the data of up to 87 million Facebook users, by accessing not only the details of people taking the test who gave their consent, but that of their "Facebook friends", who had not agreed. Read More »

Facebook to be fined £500,000 over data breaches

The data regulator found that the social network failed to safeguard users' information and allowed people's personal data to be harvested by others, constituting a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. The region's competition chief said the social media company had provided misleading information about its privacy promises during its 2014 acquisition of the messenger app WhatsApp. Read More »

Treacherous Thai cave rescue bid enters day two

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Reuters could not confirm the identity of the two people brought out in the evening and the chief of the rescue mission, Narongsak Osottanakorn , asked about the two, declined to comment, saying a news conference would be held soon. There was no word on the condition of any of the people brought out on Monday. All but the last of the boys rescued today have reached the top provincial hospital 60 kilometers away. Read More »

Trump Supreme Court Announcement

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A senior White House official says President Donald Trump intends to nominate influential conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as he seeks to shift the balance of the court further to the right. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told NPR's Morning Edition . "I am thinking about this person". Trump made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon (NZ time ). Read More »

Turkey sacks 18,500 officers, soldiers and academics in coup crackdown

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Erdogan will take his oath in the Turkish parliament, followed by a lavish ceremony at his nearby palace in Ankara . The current parliamentary system will end on Monday after constitutional changes were approved in a 2017 referendum. According to the report, in line with decree No. 701, 3077 members of the Turkish land forces, 8998 from the security general directorate, 240 from the directorate of religious affairs (Diyanet), 1052 from the ministry of justice and 1126 from the naval forces ... Read More »

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to reinforce Russia's threat in talks with Trump, Trudeau says

Trump left that meeting without signing the joint statement from the seven nations and antagonizing important USA allies, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Asked if May should remain in power, Trump said "that's up to the people". Might a reordering, or even a reduction, of US forces in Europe be in the cards? It is not a protection scheme where the allies pay the United States. Read More »

Tell people not to come to our country illegally

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Though Trump signed an executive order on reuniting families last month, the government missed a court-mandated deadline of Tuesday to reunify about 100 children under the age of five with their parents. Sabraw said Monday that he was " very encouraged " by the Trump administration's "real progress" in reuniting the families. The family-separation issue has prompted protests around the country against the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Read More »

US lists US$200b in Chinese goods to be hit with tariffs

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The list includes agricultural products, minerals and consumer goods such as handbags, among other items. The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it had has begun the process of implementing fresh tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported Chinese goods. Read More »

ANP leader Haroon Bilour among 12 killed in Peshawar blast, police say

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The death toll is feared to go up as at least 20 of the injured have been stated to be in a critical condition. His father, Bashir Bilour, also a prominent ANP politician, was killed by a suicide bomber in 2012. Bashir was targeted in the Qisa Khwani Bazaar during an electioneering rally. The blast left more than 25 people injured, in the first major incident of violence ahead of general elections in Pakistan. Read More »

Nobel widow Liu Xia leaves China after 8 years' house arrest

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But now, Liu Xia is reported to have been allowed to leave China. "I hope she can improve her health condition and adjust her mood ... after leaving here, and then gradually start her new life." Her departure, following a year of pressure on Beijing from activists and rights groups, comes at the end of a visit to Germany by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, during which the two countries signed commercial deals worth more than $30 billion US. Read More »

Trump to Announce His Supreme Court Nominee Tonight

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Wade , a handful of Democrats will be key in deciding whether the president gets his pick confirmed to the high court, because of the razor-thin partisan divide in the Senate. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen. The two have supported access to abortion services. Read More »

Giant Diaper-Clad ‘Trump Baby’ Blimp Now Set for a World Tour

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Trump's visit to the U.K.is expected to be met with significant protests from left-wing activists, promoted by members of the left-wing Labour Party who have repeatedly called for Trump to be uninvited , particularly due to his administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policies that separated children from their families at the border. Read More »

Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law arrested following conviction in corruption case

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Last week, in a verdict which will echo across the political landscape of the country for decades, the accountability court hearing the Avenfield reference sentenced Nawaz to 10-years imprisonment and Maryam to seven years. "After continued raids of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) at his houses in Abbotabad, Mansehra and Haripur, Captain Safdar made a decision to surrender before NAB", the anti-graft watchdog said. Read More »

Eight boys brought safely out of flooded Thai caves in two days

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Thailand's Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda has revealed the same divers who rescued the four boys will also conduct the next operation due to their knowledge of the terrain. Each had to wear an oxygen mask to enable normal breathing, authorities said. Four more boys and the coach remain in the cave. The aide, Sitthichai Klangpattana, didn't comment on the boys' health or say how well the operation has gone. Read More »

Illinois cop on desk duty after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

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In the video , an older, unidentified white man, is seen provoking Irizarry and aggressively asking why she is wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt in America. Filing a formal complaint against the officer. Irizarry recorded the encounter on her phone, saying she felt threatened, and posted the video to Facebook. Read More »

Australian rangers trap big crocodile near tourist gorge

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NT Parks and Wildlife rangers caught the record-size saltie 60km downstream from the Katherine township. The largest crocodile ever captured in Australia measured 6.4 meters, according to records. This has sent them farther upstream into freshwater areas. "That sort of croc, in my opinion, is the most risky to people", Webb said. She said that rangers found the average size of crocodiles in the area was about 4.2 metres. Read More »

Four boys rescued from flooded Thai cave

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The first four boys who were trapped in the cave in Thailand have been rescued and are in "perfect" health. Karadzic said the British divers are the most skilled in the group - "when it comes to cave diving, the U.K.is the best", he said - and acted as beginning-to-end "buddy" escorts for those rescued Sunday. Read More »

Trump Zings NATO, and EU Chief Zings Back

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At the time , Trump ignored his national security advisers and congratulated Putin on what was widely believed to be a sham reelection victory. Bumping defense spending up to to 2 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) is a goal that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have until 2024 to meet. Read More »

Green Day's 'American Idiot' climbs United Kingdom charts ahead of Trump visit

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According to a notice posted on the embassy's website on Tuesday, "Numerous demonstrations are being planned for July 12 to 14, 2018, surrounding" Trump's visit. Trump arrives in Britain on Thursday after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and thousands of protesters are expected to join demonstrations during his visit, including plans to fly a blimp over parliament portraying Trump as an orange, snarling baby. Read More »