• Why President Trump's obsession with German cars is misplaced
Why President Trump's obsession with German cars is misplaced

German business and current affairs magazine Wirtschaftswoche reported that President Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron in April that he would push German automakers out of the USA market altogether. Those brands collectively turned out roughly 804,000 cars from their factories in the US, but also shipped over 657,000 vehicles from ...

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  • Trump tweets he wishes he didn’t pick Sessions as AG
Trump tweets he wishes he didn’t pick Sessions as AG

Mr. Trump's tweet quoted Rep. Trey Gowdy , South Carolina Republican , who was interviewed on " CBS This Morning" earlier on Wednesday. "I am even more convinced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Dona...

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  • Study hikes Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria death toll to 4,645
Study hikes Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria death toll to 4,645

The Harvard study notes that in Puerto Rico every disaster-related death must be confirmed by the Institute of Forensic Sciences. That number, which researchers say could itself be a "substantial underestimate", is over 70 times higher than the official death toll of 64 released by Puerto Rico's government.

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  • Trump hits Canada, Mexico, EU with steel, aluminum tariffs
Trump hits Canada, Mexico, EU with steel, aluminum tariffs

United States leaves us no choice but to proceed with a WTO dispute settlement case and the imposition of additional duties on a number of USA imports. For the European Union, a decision on just how far to push back will require agreement among the 28 member states that make up the world's biggest trade bloc.

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  • Spanish PM Rajoy ousted by absolute majority, replaced by Socialist leader
Spanish PM Rajoy ousted by absolute majority, replaced by Socialist leader

The no-confidence vote was tabled by the opposition Socialist Party whose leader Pedro Sánchez needs a majority of 176 votes to become leader. The 46 year-old Sanchez is now the prime minister in waiting. The move to topple Rajoy comes with Sanchez's Socialists trailing both the Popular Party and the upstart center-right Ciudadanos (Citizens) i...

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  • Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez becomes Spanish prime minister
Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez becomes Spanish prime minister

In parliament, the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV ) said its five lawmakers would vote against Rajoy, who was conspicuously absent from the lower house after earlier launching a staunch defence against the motion, scheduled for Friday. In a bid to secure the PNV's support, Sanchez vowed to stick to Rajoy's 2018 budget, which included concessions to...

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  • 'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko is alive :: Kenya
'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko is alive :: Kenya

To the gasps, whoops and applause of stunned colleagues, Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko walked into a news conference Wednesday, less than a day after police in the Ukrainian capital said he had been assassinated. Mr Babchenko , a former soldier in the Chechen war, became one of Russia's best-known war correspondents. Video shared on ...

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  • Large corporations inform United Kingdom they want 'frictionless' commerce with EU
Large corporations inform United Kingdom they want 'frictionless' commerce with EU

This must be frictionless as with a customs union . "We need to approach these discussions with the interests of citizens at heart". In a statement issued following the meeting with business executives, May's office said it was working to ensure that future trade is "as frictionless as possible".

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  • Journalist Beaten to Death in Mexican Border State -- 3rd in May
Journalist Beaten to Death in Mexican Border State -- 3rd in May

Murders in Mexico reached record highs in 2017 according to official data, Reuters reports . This week, Gonzalez became another victim of what he once described as "the crisis of insecurity" in Tamaulipas . Mexico is one of the most risky countries in the world for journalists . Gonzalez wrote about security and politics - two notoriously...

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  • Anti-Putin campaigner Bill Browder arrested in Spain
Anti-Putin campaigner Bill Browder arrested in Spain

He wrote on Twitter: "In the back of the Spanish police vehicle going to the station on the Russian arrest warrant, they won't tell me which station". Browder has previously claimed that Putin has tried multiple times to use Interpol, the multinational police organization, to target him overseas. After Hermitage's offices were raided in 2007 and...

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  • Trump says he may pardon Martha Stewart
Trump says he may pardon Martha Stewart

The president could change his mind about Stewart after reviewing a photo of her flashing her middle finger in the direction of a poster of his face a year ago. Trump told reporters that he had spoken personally with D'Souza 'for three minutes last night, ' adding that 'he nearly had a heart attack'. "What should have been a quick minor fine, lik...

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  • Taiwan sends top military officials to US Pacific Command ceremony in Hawaii
Taiwan sends top military officials to US Pacific Command ceremony in Hawaii

Pentagon officials say the command's new name also recognizes India's growing role in providing regional security and forces military thinkers to consider the broader region. Mattis stressed the USA desire "to seek opportunities for cooperation and open dialogue with our competitors when it aligns with our worldwide interests and the interests of...

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  • Judge readies for update on Trump personal lawyer probe
Judge readies for update on Trump personal lawyer probe

Avenatti is not admitted to the bar in New York State, so he filed paperwork asking the judge to allow him to appear in court specifically for this case, but the judge made it clear that would she would not tolerate any attempts by Avenatti to seek "publicity" from his appearance in her courtroom.

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  • Iran Turns Constructive After US Withdrawal From Nuclear Deal - Turkish Diplomat
Iran Turns Constructive After US Withdrawal From Nuclear Deal - Turkish Diplomat

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who will host the SCO summit in the port city of Qingdao, has strongly supported the nuclear deal. The Russian, Iranian, Kazakh and Kyrgyz presidents will visit China and take part in a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi said at Monday's briefing, TASS ...

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  • USA pauses new North Korea sanctions as officials try to reset summit
USA pauses new North Korea sanctions as officials try to reset summit

They discussed their shared goal of achieving "the complete and permanent dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and ballistic missile programs". Details of those talks hadn't emerged yet. Despite Kim's apparent eagerness for a summit with Trump, there are lingering doubts on whether he would ever agree to fully ...

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  • Journalist details how he staged his fake death
Journalist details how he staged his fake death

The Kremlin denies this. Babchenko is now living in a secure apartment and says he plans to "get some decent sleep, maybe get drunk and then wake up in two or three days". While "still pretending to be dead", Babchenko said that he was taken in an ambulance to the morgue, CNN reported . Borys Herman, who according to Ukrainian authorities is...

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  • Did Trump Fire Comey Over the Russia Inquiry or Not?
Did Trump Fire Comey Over the Russia Inquiry or Not?

Trump pushed back on Thursday. "The Corrupt Mainstream media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!" Comey was leading the investigation into whether Mr. McCabe and the Justice Department declined to comment to the Times . "Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he was with me".

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  • Denmark passes law banning face veil in public spaces
Denmark passes law banning face veil in public spaces

Few Muslim women in Denmark wear full-face veils, reported The Guardian . Amnesty International has described the Danish vote as a "discriminatory violation of women's rights". A 2010 report estimated that up to 200 women in Denmark, a country of 5.7 million, used full-face veils. The full-face veil is a hot-button issue across Europe .

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  • Trump Administration Hits Canada, Mexico, EU with Steel and Aluminum Tariffs
Trump Administration Hits Canada, Mexico, EU with Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

It comes a day before an exemption to the planned tariffs is due to expire. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said that these tariffs were important for national security. "We continue to work closely with our European Union partners and will consider carefully the EU's proposals in response". The tariffs - 25 percent on imports of steel an...

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  • Assad threatens to expel US troops from Syria by 'force'
Assad threatens to expel US troops from Syria by 'force'

He said it was down to "the wisdom of the Russian leadership" that a confrontation did not happen. "Because the majority of them are Syrians, supposedly they like their country, they don't like to be puppets to any foreigners", Assad said. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin N...

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