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White House: Trump will not immediately bolt from NAFTA

However a withdrawal would "be disgraceful and a disaster". Canada said it was ready for talks on NAFTA. Some were gunning for Trump to sign a draft order this week, while others were weighing the complications surrounding withdrawing from or renegotiating the deal without Congress fully onboard. Read More »

Trump summons entire Senate to WH briefing on N. Korea

While North Korea has in the past staged nuclear tests to mark the day, this year it conducted a live-fire exercise. The commander of U.S. Pacific Command said North Korea doesn't have a weapon that can threaten the group. "What we are endeavoring to do is work with partners in the region and others to isolate the North Korean ballistic missile program and the nuclear program from any sort of external support", the official continued. Read More »

US strike in Syria 'foreign interference': Pak Defence Minister


Russia should spearhead the process of bringing stability to Afghanistan, while Pakistan will support all of Russia's initiatives towards reaching this goal, Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said Wednesday at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the sidelines of VI Moscow Conference on International Security. Read More »

Japan's diplomatic skills called into question as tensions rise over N. Korea


In Pyongyang's latest display, leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw the country's largest-ever firing drill to mark the founding anniversary of its military, state-run media said yesterday. In 1998, North Korea demonstrated that its missiles were capable of reaching Japan when it fired a missile to launch a satellite across Japan that landed in its its economic zone on the Pacific Ocean side. Read More »

Korea: New missile defence system ready in days


Harris scoffed at Chinese objections, saying he believed it was "preposterous" that Beijing would try to push South Korea against a system to defend itself, and suggested Beijing should focus on trying to influence North Korea. Yet South Korea is still reeling from the recent impeachment of its president, and Japan does not have the military might to counter North Korean aggression. Read More »

Canadian dollar, Mexican peso gain on news Trump won't immediately terminate NAFTA

The late-night announcement was made in a read-out of calls between Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena. He blames Nafta for the loss of millions of USA industrial jobs, mostly to Mexico. Since the time NAFTA came into effect, merchandise trade among the three members had more than tripled, reaching US$946.1 billion in 2008. In January Trump pulled the U.S. Read More »

FAST FACTS: New lumber tariff could increase home prices


The Trudeau government is resisting the urge to drop the rhetorical gloves, sticking to its muted, don't-offend-Trump message discipline. "There are millions of good U.S.jobs that depend on the smooth flow of goods, services and people back and forth across our border", Trudeau said during a news conference. Read More »

'The Simpsons' needles Trump ahead of 100-day milestone


Trump begins listing his accomplishments, which includes increasing his Twitter followers and shooting hibernating bears. In the next episode of The Simpsons , an ominous thunderstorm is brewing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. In 2016, writer-producer Dan Greaney said that a 2000 episode he penned, in which Mr Trump was the President, was meant to serve as a "warning to America" , rather than an accurate prediction. Read More »

French election turns dirty at tumble dryer factory


Presitrack said in its survey on Thursday that 59 percent of votes would be cast for the long-time favourite Macron versus 41 for Le Pen, compared with 60 percent and 40 percent respectively reported in its poll a day earlier. "It's not a done deal". It prompted him to make his own trip to the factory a few hours later - which quickly looked like he had fallen into a trap set by Le Pen. Read More »

Former British Leader Blair Hints at Comeback as Brexit Roils Elections

The Prime Minister used a political meeting of the Cabinet at 10 Downing Street to remind ministers that polls had proved wrong "repeatedly" in the European Union referendum, the 2015 general election and the USA presidential election. According to an ICM opinion poll for the Guardian newspaper released on Monday, 48 percent of British voters said they would vote for the Conservative Party, while support for Labour hovered at around 27. Read More »

China scraps tourism to North Korea as threat of nuclear war looms


Experts say the North may soon carry out its sixth nuclear test. Mattis credited China with trying to help get the North Korea situation "under control" with the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. But the Trump administration has made it clear this policy is now over, and has not ruled out military action. But the United States wanted to see a "tangible signal" from North Korea that it is serious about engaging in talks. Read More »

Russia says US airstrike on Syria damages peace process


Assad has claimed that Syria has no chemical weapons and that reports that his forces used sarin gas in Khan Sheikhoun were "100% fabricated", the BBC reported. "The Kremlin thinks as before that the only way to restore the truth of what happened in Idlib is impartial global investigation". Sufferers were taken to hospitals across the border in Turkey. Read More »

Takes on the #AustralianValues in Turnbull's new citizenship test


Activist group GetUp said Turnbull's conservative government "accuses all immigrants. of not adhering with some confected notion of Australian values". Examples would include evidence of employment, membership of community organizations and school enrolment for all eligible children, a government statement said. Read More »

Trump administration briefs lawmakers on DPRK 'provocations'


USA troops began delivering a missile defence system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday , amid heightened tensions over the North's nuclear ambitions. Sen. South Korea's defence ministry said some elements of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system were moved to the site on what had been a golf course in the county of Seongju in the country's southern region. Read More »

'The Simpsons' parodies Trump's first 100 days in new episode


With thunder cracking and hardwood floors creaking, the clip starts with a scary, cartoon look of the White House. A lifeless Sean Spicer hangs from the rafters next to his podium. Mrs. Simpson whips out a near-empty bottle of Prozac to help offset any anxiety she is feeling. "Give the president of the United States some time". The minute-and-a-half clip ends with the message that the clip was paid for by the 'Anybody Else 2020?' campaign. Read More »

Trump plan would cut taxes for companies - and people, too

The Trump administration pitched a tax reform outline Wednesday that calls for big corporate rate cuts, a simpler tax code, and big increases in standard deductions - a pricey package that could face an uphill climb in Congress. "I actually believe it could stimulate the economy and get the economy moving", he said. "Now, whether 15 percent is the right figure or not, that's a matter to be determined". Read More »

Launched the first aircraft carrier from China

The new carrier still has a way to go before it's operational. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, meanwhile, reiterated China's adherence to peaceful development, adding that the country follows a national defense policy that is defensive in nature. Read More »

Mobile added more than 1 million subscribers last quarter


At the entertainment division, which includes DirecTV and AT&T's fixed residential business, revenues were flat year-on-year at United States dollars 12.6 billion. VOX now has a Zacks ETF Rank #3 (Hold) with a Medium risk outlook. In the current market, most of the consumers already have cellphones, which is a problem for the wireless carriers. Read More »

Bouchard urges life ban for 'cheater' Sharapova


Bouchard said the Women's Tennis Association was sending the wrong message in allowing the five-time Grand Slam-winner to come back from her 15-month suspension. Williams, who has just regained the world number one slot, revealed last week that she is expecting her first baby and will not play again this year. Read More »

EPA to reduce workforce with buyouts, early retirement plan


O'Grady, standing with Schakowsky and Krishnamoorthi, said such huge cuts would mean fewer EPA employees in the field to test water, air and soil - meaning less data and less ability to enforce existing laws. Pruitt responded Wednesday, saying he would delay compliance with the rule while EPA reconsiders the restrictions. "It bears mentioning that EPA Region 5 is not just the largest - it's also got a reputation for being one of the best in terms of enforcement and getting out there in ... Read More »

Moving beyond China and Mexico, Trump targets Canada trade


Canada and the industry say the U.S.is completely wrong and that the U.S. Lumber Coalition is not using the same types of logs for comparison when arguing Canadian prices are lower. "I think the President showed his leadership this week", Perdue said. While he has often assailed China, Mexico and others for their trade practices, he seemed to have forged a strong relationship with Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau. Read More »