Jun. 26, 2019

REUTERS

The United States hopes to re-launch trade talks with China after President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping meet in Japan on Saturday, but Washington will not accept any conditions around the U.S. use of tariffs in the dispute.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will have an hour-long meeting on the sidelines of a G20 summit on June 28 in Osaka in Japan, a Kremlin aide said on Wednesday, in their first official encounter for almost a year.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was "not talking boots on the ground" if military action were necessary against Iran, and said any conflict would not last long.

President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked "anything American," in a new war of words with Iran which condemned fresh U.S. sanctions on Tehran as "mentally retarded."

Iran said on Wednesday it will accelerate its enrichment of uranium as of Thursday, a date it has previously suggested could see its stock of enriched uranium exceed a cap imposed by its nuclear deal with major powers.

The first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday will give contenders struggling to break through in the crowded field an opportunity to step out of the shadow cast by front-runners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, who take the stage a day later.

Political newcomer Tiffany Caban, a progressive Democrat endorsed by U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, declared victory in a close-run primary race for district attorney in the New York City borough of Queens.

The German charity ship Sea-Watch with 42 migrants aboard entered Italian waters on Wednesday, defying an order from Rome to stay away, the ship's press office said.

New York City will host 4 million visitors this week to celebrate World Pride for both a celebration of advancements in LGBTQ rights and a call to action in the face of anti-LGBTQ policies enacted by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Britain does not expect the United States to request that the United Kingdom joins a war with Iran and London would be unlikely to agree to join such a conflict, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday.

Illinois became the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the regulatory bill legislators passed at the end of May. Legal recreational marijuana sales will begin in Illinois on January 1, 2020.

Prosecutors alleged in a Monday court filing that Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., used campaign funds to carry out multiple affairs over at least seven years with congressional staffers and lobbyists.

The US sanctions slapped Monday on Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other officials will block "literally billions" in Iranian assets, US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said.

Mexico's National Guard, accused of being heavy-handed in its efforts to curb migrant flows, employed a lighter touch on the U.S. border on Tuesday after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said they did not have orders to detain migrants.

Sri Lanka's president on Wednesday signed death sentences for four people convicted of drug-related offences in a decision analysts said is aimed at boosting his chances of re-election later this year.

NATO urged Russia on Tuesday to destroy a new missile before an August deadline and save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response in the region.

Nineteen U.S. billionaires are calling for a new wealth tax on their holdings to battle income inequality in the nation and boost public revenue to make America a better place.

An accidental discovery of a 19th-century clock in a dusty church storage room in Paris has sparked hopes it can be used to replace a timepiece destroyed in the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral.

Humira maker AbbVie is set to acquire Botox maker Allergan in another move toward consolidation for the pharmaceutical industry. The deal calls for North Chicago, Illinois-based AbbVie to pay cash and stock worth about $63 billion for Dublin-based Allergan.

Former Staff Sgt. David Bellavia fought back tears as President Trump awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to him in a ceremony at the White House. Bellavia is the only living serviceman to receive the honor for fighting in the Iraq War. The ceremony was held at the White House in front of some of members of his squad that he fought with 15 years ago.

BBC

Democrats in the US House of Representatives have approved $4.5bn in humanitarian aid for the southern border. Several migrant deaths, coupled with reports of "severely neglected" children at a Texan border patrol station, have helped shape the debate.

China has suspended some pork imports from Canada, adding to tensions between the two countries. The move comes after Chinese authorities found a banned feed additive in a batch of pork products exported from Canada to China.

Zimbabwe's government has taken the controversial decision to ban local trading in foreign currencies, including the US dollar, with immediate effect.

Two-thirds of children forced into online sex abuse videos in the Philippines are exploited by their own parent or family member, it is claimed. Much of the trade is driven by people in the West paying adults to make the films - many of whom say they need the money to survive.

WND

A key measure of the American economy, The Conference Board's consumer confidence index, slipped this month after three consecutive months of increases as consumers saw the trade war with China as an increased risk.

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