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Trump announces 60 billion US dollars in China tariffs.

The US plans to impose tariffs on up to 60 billion dollars in Chinese goods and limit the country's investment in the US in retaliation for years of alleged intellectual property theft. The White House said the actions were necessary to counter unfair competition from China's state-led economy. It said years of talks had failed to produce change. China said it was ready to retaliate with "necessary measures". Beijing also said it would "fight to the end" in any trade war with the US.

Trump prepares China trade sanctions, Beijing vows retaliation

US President Donald Trump is poised to unveil sanctions against China today, for what he describes as "theft of US intellectual property and fueling fears of a trade war". The Chinese Commerce Ministry issued a pre-emptive warning, saying Beijing "will certainly take all necessary measures to resolutely defend its legitimate rights and interests".


Ringo Starr receives knighthood

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been knighted for his services to music. The Duke of Cambridge bestowed the honour on the Liverpool-born star at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The honour comes 53 years after the Beatles were all awarded 'Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire' - 'MBE'.


Warrant sought for Cambridge Analytica

The UK's Information Commissioner says she will seek a warrant to look at the databases and servers used by British firm: Cambridge Analytica. The London-based company is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members, to influence the US presidential election in 2016. Its executives have also been filmed suggesting it could use 'honey traps' and 'potentially bribery' to discredit politicians.
Cambridge Analytica denies any wrongdoing.

US punishes 19 Russians over vote meddling and cyber-attacks.

The US has imposed sanctions on 19 Russians, accusing them of interference in the 2016 US election and alleged cyber-attacks. They include 13 individuals charged last month by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accused the Russians of "destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure". He said the sanctions would target "ongoing nefarious attacks" by Russia.

Indian Chief Justice says "press cannot write anything they imagine about anyone"

Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra says, "journalism has descended into a scenario, where the press thinks they are 'sitting on some pulpit' and can write anything they imagine about anyone".
He added, “that is not real journalism, that is irresponsible reporting, sometimes whatever is written amounts to sheer Contempt of Court”


At least 8 martyred, several injured in Raiwind suicide blast on police check post in Pakistan

At least eight persons, including five policemen, lost their lives and 20 others were injured in a suicide attack which targeted a police check post in Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore. Police confirmed that it was a suicide blast which ripped through a police check post located on Raiwind Road leading towards the ground where ijtima of Tableeghi Jamaat is held. The police camp was set up for the security of an ongoing congregation of Tableeghi Jamaat.

Japan plans to lower age of adulthood to 18

Children in Japan will be considered adults when they are 18 as opposed to 20, under a new proposal that is supported by the government. If the change is approved, 18-year-olds will be able to get married, sign contracts and take out loans without the consent of their parents. But teenagers will still be banned from smoking, drinking alcohol and gambling until they are 20. If parliament votes in favour of the bill it will take effect in 2022.

Trump sacks Tillerson as secretary of state

US President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo. Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service on Twitter, Mr Trump said the new state secretary would do "a fantastic job". Mr Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was only appointed to the job just over a year ago.


Russia says it has successfully test-launched a hypersonic missile

Russia says it has successfully test-launched a hypersonic missile, one of a range of nuclear-capable weapons announced by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month. The country's defence ministry released video footage showing the missile detaching from a fighter jet and leaving a fiery trail behind it.


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