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Europe Eyes United Response to U.S. Tariff Threat Against France
Europe Eyes United Response to U.S. Tariff Threat Against France

(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. If the U.S. follows through on a threat to hit France with tariffs on $2.4 billion of its exports, the European Union will react collectively and in a proportionate manner that would consider all options available, according to an official familiar with the bloc's deliberations.The EU's chief trade negotiator Phil Hogan met with French Finance Minster Bruno Le Maire on Wednesday to discuss how to react to the American threat. Hogan said in the meeting that this was a European matter and that the bloc would react as one, said the official, who asked not to be identified because...

GOP Rep. Doug Collins looked visibly annoyed during Jerrold Nadler's impeachment hearing opening statement

The impeachment hearing opening statements from House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and the panel's top-ranking Republican, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), were predictably quite different.In an attempt to highlight the seriousness of the events involving President Trump and Ukraine, Nadler, who is leading the charge for impeachment, invoked America's founding fathers' fears of foreign influence in U.S. elections. The congressman said we "will find ourselves in grave danger" if the president "opens the door" to foreign influence, which is what Trump is accused of doing.> "The patriots who founded our country were not fearful men," Rep. Jerry...

The fired Chicago police superintendent says he made a
The fired Chicago police superintendent says he made a 'poor decision' on the night he was found asleep at a stop sign with his SUV running

Former Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson said he "did not intentionally mislead or deceive the Mayor or the people of Chicago."

North Korea warned the US to expect a
North Korea warned the US to expect a 'Christmas gift' in an ominous cryptic message

Kim Jong Un told President Donald Trump in April he had until the end of 2019 to show flexibility in terms of nuclear and missile testing.

China may ban all U.S. diplomatic passport-holders from Xinjiang: Global Times editor

China might ban all U.S. diplomatic passport-holders from entering the country's western Xinjiang autonomous region, Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin said on Tuesday. Hu said in a tweet that China is also considering visa restrictions against U.S. officials and lawmakers with "odious performance" on the Xinjiang issue, in retaliation to legislation being prepared by the U.S. Congress. U.N. experts and activists say at least 1 million Uighurs, and members of other largely Muslim minority groups, have been detained in camps in the remote Xinjiang region.

Morales victim of
Morales victim of 'coup,' says AMLO during first-term celebration

The leftist president, nicknamed AMLO, celebrated his first year in office with a speech to throngs of supporters in Mexico City. While detailing the ongoing fight against corruption and budget and tax policies, Lopez Obrador touched on Mexico's foreign policy by recalling his government's decision to accept Morales as an asylum seeker while discussing Mexico's foreign policy.

11 People Injured After a Shooting Near New Orleans
11 People Injured After a Shooting Near New Orleans' French Quarter

At least two victims are in critical condition and one person has been detained

London Attack by Convicted Terrorist Disrupts U.K. Campaign
London Attack by Convicted Terrorist Disrupts U.K. Campaign

(Bloomberg) -- The man suspected of stabbing two people to death near London Bridge had been released early from jail after a terrorism conviction, allowing an attack in the heart of the city that is disrupting the U.K.'s general election campaign two weeks before the vote.Officers shot and killed the 28-year-old attacker, who was wearing a fake suicide vest after members of the public wrestled him to the ground on London Bridge, on the edge of the city's financial district. He was tackled by passersby moments after carrying out the attack at about 2 p.m. on Friday.Boris Johnson broke away from campaigning on Friday for the Dec. 12 election to rush back to Downing Street for a security...

Stock markets retreat as Trump triggers Chinese anger
Stock markets retreat as Trump triggers Chinese anger

Stock markets eased lower Thursday as China-US trade talks were jolted by legislation in Washington backing Hong Kong protests that has angered Beijing.

Syracuse students have been besieged by racist attacks, and more than a dozen told us they
Syracuse students have been besieged by racist attacks, and more than a dozen told us they're scared and angry with the school's tepid response

Insider spoke with more than 15 students about the recent spate of racist incidents to sweep Syracuse University's campus in upstate New York.

IRS whistleblower reportedly met with Senate staffers this month

A career official at the Internal Revenue Service who filed a whistleblower complaint over the summer, accusing at least one political appointee at the Treasury Department of trying to interfere with an audit of President Trump's tax returns, met with Senate Finance Committee staff members earlier this month, a congressional aide told The New York Times. The whistleblower spoke with staffers for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the chairman and ranking Democrat of the Senate Finance Committee. The whistleblower contacted the staff of the House Ways and Means Committee in July, claiming that political appointees were getting involved in the audit and putting...

Paul Erickson, Russian Agent Maria Butina
Paul Erickson, Russian Agent Maria Butina's Boyfriend, Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyPaul Erickson, the former boyfriend of convicted Russian agent Maria Butina, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering, according to a plea agreement filed in a South Dakota federal court Monday afternoon.In a two-page statement detailing the factual basis for the plea, Erickson said he conned someone only identified as "D.G." into wiring him $100,000 under the pretense that the money was for a real estate investment in North Dakota. As part of the plea filed in U.S. district court in South Dakota, Erickson admits the money was not for a real estate deal. He also notes that he wired $1,000 of the money to a person called "M.B." An...

Joe Biden leads crowded Democratic field by 20 points in new South Carolina poll
Joe Biden leads crowded Democratic field by 20 points in new South Carolina poll

A Quinnipiac University poll out of South Carolina shows Biden leading the Democratic field by 20 points including high favorablity and recognition.

Texas A&M marks 20 years since bonfire collapse killed 12
Texas A&M marks 20 years since bonfire collapse killed 12

More than 1,000 people attended a memorial Monday to honor the 12 people who died when a tower of logs collapsed at Texas A&M University 20 years ago. The Bonfire Remembrance Ceremony was dedicated to the 11 university students and one former student who died on Nov. 18, 1999, when a 40-foot bonfire structure holding about 5,000 logs collapsed while under construction. Janice Kerlee, whose son was killed in the collapse, called the 12 who died "extraordinary young people" as she spoke during the memorial.

Six killed as avalanche buries Indian patrol on disputed glacier
Six killed as avalanche buries Indian patrol on disputed glacier

An avalanche on Monday hit an Indian patrol in the world's highest militarised zone in the Himalayas, killing four soldiers and two porters, an army spokesman said. The disaster was the latest on the Siachen Glacier at more than 5,000 metres (16,500 feet) that is claimed by India and rival Pakistan. Hundreds of troops from both sides have died in avalanches and from the fierce climate in the region over the past three decades.

Obama indirectly rebukes Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren by warning donors not to be
Obama indirectly rebukes Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren by warning donors not to be 'deluded' into thinking voters want radical change

"The average American doesn't think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it," Obama said.

Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa set to become president after rival concedes defeat
Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa set to become president after rival concedes defeat

Sri Lanka's former wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was set to become president after his main rival conceded defeat on Sunday in an election that came months after bombings by Islamist militants threw the country into turmoil. Rajapaksa, who oversaw the military defeat of Tamil separatists under his brother and then president Mahinda Rajapaksa 10 years ago, has promised strong leadership to secure the island of 22 million people, the majority of whom are Sinhalese Buddhists. With half the votes counted from Saturday's election, Rajapaksa led with 50.7 percent, while his main rival Sajith Premadasa had 43.8 percent, the election commission said.

Why Aren
Why Aren't the Democratic Presidential Candidates Pushing for Bold Change in the Middle East?

Even if the proposals of many Democratic candidates were implemented, little would change in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Real estate heiress who posted $35M bail acquitted of murder
Real estate heiress who posted $35M bail acquitted of murder

A San Francisco Bay Area real estate heiress who was under house arrest on $35 million bail for more than two years plans to reconnect with her children and visit family in China after a jury acquitted her of killing the father of her kids, her attorney said Friday. After deliberating for 12 days, jurors found Tiffany Li not guilty on charges of murder and conspiring with her boyfriend to kill 27-year-old Keith Green in 2016 over a custody dispute. The case drew global attention when Li's family, who made a fortune in real estate construction in China, posted one of the highest bail amounts on record in the United States.

Two German students arrested for
Two German students arrested for 'unlawful assembly' over Hong Kong protests

Two German students were arrested in Hong Kong for "unlawful assembly" linked to ongoing unrest in the city, police said early Saturday. The students, aged 22 and 23, were arrested on Thursday for suspected participation in an illegal assembly, police said. Police did not release their identities but said the 22-year-old also faces charges of violating Hong Kong's anti-mask regulation.

Bolivia in power void as Morales, would-be successors resign
Bolivia in power void as Morales, would-be successors resign

Bolivia entered a sudden era of political uncertainty on Monday as President Evo Morales, pushed by the military and weeks of massive protests, resigned after nearly 14 years in power and seemingly every person constitutionally in line for the job quit as well. Crowds of jubilant foes of the socialist leader celebrated in the streets with honking horns and fireworks after Morales's announcement Sunday, treating as a triumph of democracy the ouster of a man who pushed aside presidential term limits and claimed victory in a widely questioned October election. "We are celebrating that Bolivia is free," said one demonstrator near the presidential palace.

Trump aides are reportedly worried about John Bolton's meeting notes

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton took a lot of notes during his time in the White House -- and that has many of President Trump's aides worried, several current and former administration officials told Axios on Sunday. Bolton was a "voracious note-taker," one person who attended several meetings with him told Axios, filling up page after page on a legal pad. On Friday, Bolton's lawyer, Chuck Cooper, sent a letter to the House of Representative's general counsel, stating that Bolton "was personally involved" in "many relevant meetings and conversations that have not yet been discussed" during the impeachment inquiry.Bolton, Axios' Jonathan Swan...


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