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China's trade surplus with U.S. soars 19.4% in first quarter China's trade surplus with U.S. soars 19.4% in first quarter
- April 19, 2018

Tougher times may await should Xi's so-called critical battles against financial risk and pollution bite deeper or if trade tensions with the United States intensify. Its imports from the USA rose 8.9 percent in the quarter and 3.2 percent in March. "We don't strive for a favourable balance of trade (for China), the current state of trade affairs are shaped by the market", said Huang. (more...)
Hannity Is One of Trump's Least Sycophantic Advisers Hannity Is One of Trump's Least Sycophantic Advisers
- April 19, 2018

Foxnews claimed on Tuesday it did not learn about television host Sean Hannity's "casual connection" with donald-trump's individual attorney Michael Cohen . Media analyst Andrew Tyndall told Politico that "i$3 f Cohen is telling the truth and Hannity is a bona fide client of his, then Hannity's oversight, not mentioning, is completely inexcusable and under any normal organization would be a firing offense". (more...)
Starbucks to close 8000 stores for racial bias training Starbucks to close 8000 stores for racial bias training
- April 19, 2018

Two men entered the Starbucks on Thursday asking to use the bathroom. The incident illustrated the bias that can affect even the most normal activities such as meeting someone for coffee in the USA public spaces. The company-wide training was scheduled to happen the afternoon of May 29. "What can Starbucks , given our resources, and the capabilities we have - they have an interest in real estate - what can we do to help advise them and support their own business endeavors", he said. (more...)
Tax Day is here Tax Day is here
- April 19, 2018

For hours, online tax filers trying to use the IRS.gov website early Tuesday to view an outstanding balance, make a direct payment or set up a payment plan encountered the following message: "This service is now unavailable". They are working to resolve the issues and ask taxpayers to file their returns as you normally would. An IRS spokeswoman would not comment on when the problem would be resolved. (more...)
Barbara Bush through the years Barbara Bush through the years
- April 18, 2018

She will now focus on comfort care . During her husband's tern as the vice president, she was also the 33rd Second Lady of the United States. She is a fourth cousin, four times removed, of Franklin Pierce and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. "Barbara and I talked to her last night, she's in great spirits and she's a fighter, she's an enforcer ". "I'm not sure God will recognize me; I have so many new body parts!" she joked. (more...)
Twitter freaks out thinking Stormy Daniels sketch looks like Tom Brady Twitter freaks out thinking Stormy Daniels sketch looks like Tom Brady
- April 18, 2018

Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti , who appeared with Daniels on The View , offered a $100,000 dollar reward to anyone who can identify the man in the sketch. Daniels said the 2011 threat in Las Vegas rattled her, but she did not file a police report at the time. Daniels said she is getting more bookings in the wake of the news of her alleged affair with Trump and the payment she received from Trump's lawyer before the election, but that wasn't the goal. (more...)
Barbara Bush is 'alert', talking - and enjoyed a glass of bourbon Barbara Bush is 'alert', talking - and enjoyed a glass of bourbon
- April 18, 2018

As first lady from 1989 until the start of 1993, Bush was a popular national figure known for her sometimes blunt talk and self-deprecating wit. Bush would not seek further medical treatment and has instead made a decision to seek "comfort care" as her health fails. (more...)
ZTE seen missing shipments on USA export ban as brokerages slash estimates ZTE seen missing shipments on USA export ban as brokerages slash estimates
- April 17, 2018

The ministry also reported that the Shenzen-based company has worked in co-ordination with a lot of U.S. Companies and has contributed a lot of revenue to the country's job money creation fields. In Britain, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said: "NCSC assess that the national security risks arising from the use of ZTE equipment or services within the context of the existing United Kingdom telecommunications infrastructure can not be mitigated". (more...)
Pence NSA Pick Withdraws After Trump Tried to Block Him Pence NSA Pick Withdraws After Trump Tried to Block Him
- April 17, 2018

The appointment of Mr Jon Lerner to Mr Pence's team was one of the more short-lived personnel moves in a White House known for turbulent staff turnover and infighting, and the first to envelope the vice-president, who works hard to stay out of the drama. (more...)
Jeremy Corbyn demands law banning PM from military action without MP vote Jeremy Corbyn demands law banning PM from military action without MP vote
- April 16, 2018

But Mr Corbyn called for the introduction of a War Powers Act to stop governments launching military action in most circumstances without the backing of MPs. The attack killed "up to 75 people", according to the government. The government said it is "highly likely" that Assad is responsible for the Douma attack, with ministers agreeing "it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged". (more...)
Blood samples show nerve agent, chlorine in Syria gas attack Blood samples show nerve agent, chlorine in Syria gas attack
- April 16, 2018

According to the sources, the specific response being considered in the event of US military action against Syria is Japan's "support for the USA resolve to fulfill its responsibility to prevent the use of chemical weapons". The French president does not need parliamentary permission to launch a military operation. Echoing the United States stance, France said Assad's government had reached a "point of no return" with repeated use of chemical weapons. (more...)
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Voices Support for Military Strikes in Syria Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Voices Support for Military Strikes in Syria
- April 16, 2018

We thank them both. They "are responsible for the regional consequences of this adventurist action", it said, condemning a "clear violation of worldwide rules and laws". "Tonight, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom enforced that line", another Israeli official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. (more...)
Lewis Hamilton reveals the real reason he struggled in Chinese Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton reveals the real reason he struggled in Chinese Grand Prix
- April 16, 2018

They're all pretty fun. In order to allow the track marshalls to clean up the debris, the safety vehicle was deployed. The Red Bull man was unsurprisingly handed a ten-second penalty but that was of absolutely no concern to team-mate Ricciardo as he found an impossible gap to take Bottas and the race lead. (more...)
On the Chemical Attack in Douma On the Chemical Attack in Douma
- April 15, 2018

Trump warned there would be a "big price to pay" and called Assad an "animal". "Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria". - OPCW establishes a fact-finding mission in response to persistent allegations of chemical weapon attacks in Syria, "to establish facts surrounding allegations of the use of toxic chemicals, reportedly chlorine, for hostile purposes in the Syrian Arab Republic". (more...)
President Trumps Homeland Security Adviser Resigned President Trumps Homeland Security Adviser Resigned
- April 15, 2018

Schadlow is the third senior national security official to leave the administration this week following Bolton's arrival - and she will likely not be the last. In addition, Trump's Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert , resigned on Tuesday. His sudden resignation, if forced, suggests that Bolton may be intent on ensuring that Bossert's replacement on cyber and counterterror strategy reports directly to him. (more...)
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to convene emergency meeting on Syria North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to convene emergency meeting on Syria
- April 15, 2018

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the members of the organisation to show moderation in the prevailing "dangerous" climate and to respect global law. "No. Actually on the contrary, I think if we have just been silent, and accepted the use of chemical weapons, it would have undermined the efforts to find a political solution". (more...)
Trump Pardons Ex-Cheney Aide Who Lied To FBI Trump Pardons Ex-Cheney Aide Who Lied To FBI
- April 15, 2018

Libby was convicted of making false statements, perjury and obstruction of justice in the 2007 investigation of Plame, a former covert Central Intelligence Agency agent and the wife of former ambassador Joseph Wilson IV. Last year, he pardoned Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona sheriff who campaigned for Trump, less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling. (more...)
Justice Department inspector general says McCabe repeatedly mislead Justice Department inspector general says McCabe repeatedly mislead
- April 15, 2018

Mr. Trump responded to Comey's book for the first time Friday, calling him a "LEAKER & LIAR" and saying he "should be prosecuted". "The core weakness of the OIG report is the lack of any understandable motive for his alleged wrongdoing", said the statement in part. (more...)
Knightdale Police investigate infant death, parents are father and daughter Knightdale Police investigate infant death, parents are father and daughter
- April 14, 2018

In that 911 call, obtained by WNCN , Steven's mother told the dispatcher her son said he had killed the baby. The child's grandmother, Steven Pladl's mother, had become concerned after he collected Bennett from her so alerted the police. (more...)
Woman who drove SUV with family off Mendocino Co. cliff was drunk Woman who drove SUV with family off Mendocino Co. cliff was drunk
- April 14, 2018

Members of the Hart family pictured at the annual celebration of "The Goonies" movie in Astoria. The Washington woman behind the wheel of an SUV that went over a cliff in California, presumably killing an entire family of eight, was drunk at the time, California Highway Patrol said Friday. (more...)