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Lawmakers call Trump's performance 'bizarre,' 'shameful'

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Bizarre." ''Shameful." ''Disgraceful."<p>That's the swift and sweeping condemnation directed at President Donald Trump on Monday after he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a stunning appearance in Helsinki — and that's just from the Republicans.<p>Lawmakers in both …

Donald Trump

U.S. import prices post biggest drop in over two years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. import prices fell the most in more than two years in June as prices for petroleum products fell and a strong dollar weighed on the costs of other goods.<p>Economists said the unexpected drop in import prices reported by the Labor Department on Friday was likely temporary …

Economy

China's imports to U.S. ports start peaking early amid tariff threat

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Chinese imports to U.S. ports rose more than expected in June, suggesting that some retailers moved up orders to insulate themselves from an intensifying trade war that threatens to send up costs on a growing number of consumer products.<p>Retailers such as Walmart Inc (WMT.N) …

China

China says both its imports and exports with the US rose in the first half of the year

China on Friday reported that both its imports and exports with the U.S. rose in the first half of 2018.<p>Exports to the world's largest economy rose …

China

Trudeau Stands Up To Trump At NATO Summit: Refuses To Increase Canadian Defense Spending

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has taken the Stance just because U.S. President Donald Trump says Canada needs to increase defense …

Canada

Najib Has Been Arrested—Now What?

More on:<p>Southeast Asia<p>Malaysia<p>Earlier this month, the Malaysian government arrested former Prime Minister Najib tun Razak on charges of corruption …

Asia

GOP growing nervous Trump’s policies will plunge party into peril

Trump and Pence trot out bad-cop, good-cop routine as fears rise over trade war and NATO spat.<p>While President Donald Trump was in Europe speaking for America’s interest in the world, Vice President Mike Pence was in the heartland speaking to its anxieties.<p>On Wednesday, as Trump excoriated America’s …

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Nigeria's President Buhari says will soon sign up to African free-trade agreement | Reuters

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday the country will sign up soon to a $3 trillion (2.27 trillion pounds) African free-trade agreement.<p>FILE PHOTO: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari attends a reception at the closing session of the Commonwealth Business Forum …

Africa

The End of the Brexit Illusion

The grand promises of withdrawal from the European Union run aground on the tedious and technical details that campaigners ignored.<p>Two British cabinet ministers have resigned within the past 24 hours, an upheaval not seen since at least 1982, according to the BBC politics desk.<p>Both resigned for the …

Great Britain

Ex-foes Ethiopia, Eritrea eye peace dividend after historic deal

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - After declaring an end on Monday to a costly two-decade military stalemate, Ethiopia and Eritrea - one a rising African star, the other among the world's most isolationist nations - appear poised to reap a lucrative peace dividend.<p>The dramatic announcement of an end to the …

Africa

Trump administration halts billions in insurance payments under Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Saturday halted billions of dollars in payments to health insurers under the Obamacare healthcare law, saying that a recent federal court ruling prevents the money from being disbursed.<p>The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which …

Health Care

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.<p>Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is …

Breast Feeding

‘Bad’ jobs don’t have to be so bad

So many policy proposals aimed at reducing economic inequality emphasize moving disadvantaged people into higher-paying, higher-skilled jobs, typically with more access to education and training.<p>We do need to invest far more in expanding opportunity for fellow citizens who have lost all hope for …

Economics

Turkey's Erdogan sworn in with new powers, names son-in-law finance minister

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan appointed his son-in-law as Turkey's finance minister on Monday hours after he was sworn in with sweeping new executive powers, promising a "strong government and a strong Turkey".<p>The lira <TRYTOM=D3>, which has lost nearly a fifth of its value against …

South Asia

France and Germany to increase defence spending amid fears Donald Trump may pull US troops from Europe

France and Germany pledged increases in defence spending as European leaders face mounting pressure from Donald Trump to pay more for their own defence ahead of this week’s Nato summit.<p>Amid fears that Mr Trump may be planning to scale down the US military presence in Europe, Emmanuel Macron will …

Military Spending

Here's How a Trade War Between the U.S. and China Could Get Ugly

The first shot of the U.S.-China trade war went off without much of a reaction from investors. The calm may be short lived.<p>For months, financial …

Economy

China's 'firefighter' vice president avoids flames of U.S. trade war

BEIJING (Reuters) - As the flames of a trade war between China and the United States lick higher, one top Chinese leader expected to help handle relations with Washington has been conspicuous for not taking a public role in the dispute - Vice President Wang Qishan.<p>Known in Chinese government …

China

Trump Administration Freezes Payments Required By The Affordable Care Act

The Trump administration said Saturday that it is temporarily halting billions of dollars of payments designed to help insurers meet the Affordable Care Act requirement that they provide coverage regardless of whether a person is healthy or sick.<p>The administration said it was withholding $10.4 …

Health Care

Hundreds of thousands evacuated in Japan as 'historic' rain falls; four dead

TOKYO (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people across a wide swathe of western and central Japan were evacuated from their homes on Friday as torrential rain flooded rivers and set off landslides, killing at least four people.<p>The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued its strongest possible …

Weather

The best place for California's water is underground

Here’s a suggestion for decision-makers on the California Water Commission who are now finalizing the distribution of $7.5 billion in bond money for storage projects: Look underground.<p>The state should give up — at last — on dated, expensive, environmentally destructive dams and instead put funds …

California

McConnell says federal efforts to prevent school shootings are limited to appropriating funds

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he doesn't think that there's much the federal government can do to ensure school safety "other than appropriate funds," according to a report by The Lexington Herald-Leader.<p>In discussing school violence in a speaking engagement with …

Mitch McConnell

Trump makes veiled WTO threat after EU warning on car tariffs

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned the World Trade Organization on Monday that "we'll be doing something" if the United States is not treated properly, just hours after the European Union said that U.S. automotive tariffs would hurt its own vehicle industry and …

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Mexico’s president-elect thanks Trump for 'very respectful' tweet

Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday said he wants to maintain “mutual respect” with the United States government and will get in touch with the Trump administration “at the appropriate moment.”<p>"We are never going to disrespect the U.S. government, because we want them to …

Donald Trump

Trump delaying NAFTA deal until after midterm elections

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump intends to delay signing a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement until after the fall midterm elections, a move aimed at reaching a better deal with Canada and Mexico.<p>Trump said in an interview that aired Sunday that he could …

Trump Administration

Exclusive: A leaked Trump bill to blow up the WTO

Axios has obtained a leaked draft of a Trump administration bill — ordered by the president himself — that would declare America’s abandonment of …

Donald Trump

Snubbed in world’s biggest war game, will Beijing make waves in South China Sea? | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

The resource-rich Spratly and Paracel archipelagos may be the main sticking points in the South China Sea territorial dispute, and this week the …

China

RBI, Finance Ministry must step in to curb rupee depreciation: Assocham

According to the chamber, further depreciation in the value of the rupee coupled with rising crude oil prices could subject India to "imported …

India

Trade War and Canadian Pride Mix in Retaliatory Tariffs Against U.S.

OTTAWA — This year on Canada Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit a former Heinz ketchup plant in Ontario and, later Sunday, meet steelworkers in Saskatchewan.<p>It’s a schedule rich with the symbolism of the moment: Sunday is also the day Canada retaliated against the Trump administration’s …

Canada

China's ZTE shakes up board in bid for U.S. ban lift

SHENZHEN, China/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms giant ZTE Corp announced a new board on Friday in a radical management shakeup as part of a $1.4 billion deal with the United States, moving it closer towards getting a devastating American supplier ban lifted.<p>The United States slapped the …

China

Justice Kennedy May Soon Find Himself Disappointed And His Legacy Undermined

For four decades, the Supreme Court has been like a balance board, tilting this way and that. And, while it has moved more and more to the right with each reset, the center has held.<p>This term, and for the foreseeable future, however, the board looks more like a slide.<p>Justice Anthony Kennedy, who …

Anthony Kennedy