Saturday, 23 June 2018
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Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:16 WIB

The European Union is set to impose tariffs Friday on billions of dollars worth of American goods -- including jeans, bourbon and motorcycles. The action is the latest retaliation against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to slap import tariffs on steel and aluminum from around the globe. The U.S. is scheduled to start taxing more than $30 billion in Chinese imports in two weeks. China has promised an immediate retaliation, a measure that would put the world's two largest economies at odds. John Murphy, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce senior vice president, estimates that $75 billion in...

Pentagon Confirms It Will House Up to 20,000 Migrant Children
Friday, 22 June 2018 19:08 WIB | Global

The Pentagon has agreed to house on military bases as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children who illegally crossed the U.S. southern border. Pentagon spokesman Army Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis told VOA Thursday that the Defense Department had accepted a request for assistance with migrant detainees from the Department of Health and Human Services. The Defense Department is now figuring out the logistics of how to provide up to 20,000 temporary beds for the migrant children. The government has looked at three bases in Texas and one in Arkansas as possible housing locations. Davis...

Turkey Getting F-35 Jets, Despite Congressional Objections
Friday, 22 June 2018 10:04 WIB |

Despite opposition in Congress, Turkey will receive its first F-35 Joint Strike fighter jet this week, Pentagon and aviation industry officials tell VOA. Lockheed Martin, maker of the F-35, will hold a ceremony Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas, for Turkey's new jets, according to a company spokesperson. Both House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contain restrictions on Turkey's participation in the F-35 program. U.S. lawmakers are concerned about Ankara's imprisonment of an American pastor and its plans to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system, which...

White House to Propose Education, Labor Department Merger, Reports Say
Friday, 22 June 2018 00:07 WIB |

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to propose a merger of the Education and Labor departments, according to several media reports. The plan, which could be announced as early as Thursday, would be part of a broad overhaul of the federal government with the goal of merging duplicative programs and eliminating others the administration considers unnecessary. The proposal, first reported by Education Week, would allow the administration to concentrate vocational training programs in one place. The plan was developed in response to a directive Office of Management...

EU ready to open talks with U.S. to fix trade row: Malmstrom
Thursday, 21 June 2018 19:39 WIB | Global

The European Union is ready to engage with the United States to solve a trade row triggered by Washington's decision to impose metal impose tariffs, E.U. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Thursday. 'We are always open to talk with the U.S. The whole EU is based on the idea that we talk,' she told a seminar. She described the tariffs as 'illegal' as they contravened World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. She also said the WTO needs rules to address China's subsidies and dumping of its goods in markets. Source: Reuters

Canada to Legalize Marijuana October 17
Thursday, 21 June 2018 11:03 WIB |

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that marijuana will be legal nationwide beginning October 17. The declaration comes after both houses of parliament voted to legalize the drug for recreational use, making Canada the first G-7 country to do so, and the second in the world following Uruguay. Trudeau welcomed the vote, tweeting: "It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana ” and for criminals to reap profits. Today, we change that." The law allows Canada's 10 provinces and three territories to set their own regulations regarding the sale and distribution of...

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US Issues List of Russian Politicians, Oligarchs But No New Sanctions
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 01:01 WIB

The U.S. Treasury Department has released a congressionally mandated list of Russian politicians and business figures who are close to President Vladimir Putin's government, along with their...

Riots Roil India Ahead of Controversial Movie Release
Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:25 WIB

Riots broke out in cities across India as angry protestors torched cars and damaged movie theaters a day before a controversial film is set to be released. A day before 'Padmaavat', a movie based...

FBI Deputy Director Stepping Down
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:27 WIB

Andrew McCabe, the FBI's No. 2 official whom President Donald Trump publicly criticized for alleged political bias, stepped down from the bureau Monday, several weeks ahead of his retirement, an FBI...