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U.S. Imposes Visa Bans on International Criminal Court Investigators – Pompeo

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will withdraw or deny visas to any International Criminal Court personnel investigating possible war crimes by U.S. forces or allies in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday” writes Min Read for reuters.com. The Trump administration threatened in September to ban ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the United States and sanction funds they have there if the court launched a probe of war crimes in Afghanistan.With 123 member states, including the entire European Union, the ICC was established in 2002 to…

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Accused NZ shooter claimed he used guns to provoke US race war

“There were five guns used by the primary perpetrator,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reported at a Saturday morning press conference in Wellington” reports washingtonexaminer.com. He didn’t settle on five firearms because he thought they’d cause maximum damage, however — he allegedly used guns in an attempt to provoke a race war by sowing further division in the United States. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Pompeo rebukes senators who voted to end US involvement in Yemen civil war

“The senators who voted ‘aye’ say they want to end the bombing in Yemen and support human rights” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Pompeo took a defiant posture two days after a bipartisan majority of the Senate called for President Trump to end U.S. involvement in airstrikes launched by the Gulf coalition that has intervened in the war.”The civil war in #Yemen has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis w/ nearly 16 million people on the verge of starvation- almost 2.5 times the population of [Indiana],” Sen.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday…

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Venezuela under attack: 7 notes on electric shock 

“The ongoing dirty war was alerted by both sides of the geopolitical conflict over Venezuela” reports tehrantimes.com. The operation is not only of electricity war because its consequences cover all the routine activities of Venezuelan society, to which access to the food, to hospital service and to basic communications is obstructed.President Nicolás Maduro, in the evening hours of March 9, was certain that this was the biggest attack against Venezuela in the last 200 republican years, after the attack on the national electrical system was extended intermittently at 60 hours.Trump’s…

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Why Hammond’s Brexit war chest is smaller than it looks

“A tantalising glimpse of a golden future is on offer, if MPs play their cards right” writes Tim Wallace for telegraph.co.uk. Easy cash is within their grasp, just waiting to be unlocked.Philip Hammond dangled the prospect of £26.6bn before their eyes, telling Parliament that if they behave themselves and back a Brexit deal the taps can be turned on.The ‘end of austerity’ can turn from simply an end to restraint into a new age of cash for all. “If we leave the EU with a deal and an orderly transition…

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Why U.S. growers are betting the farm on soybeans amid China trade war

“Growers are also confident their government-subsidized crop insurance plans will soften the blow if soy prices fall” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Soybeans were the single most valuable U.S. agricultural export crop and until the trade war, China bought $12 billion-worth a year from American farmers.That means farmers will plant soybeans in the hope that the trade war ends, or that they will be compensated by another bailout or crop insurance schemes. Source: 95kqds.com

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Spotify files antitrust complaint against Apple over its ‘app tax’

“Spotify has declared war on Apple over the fees it charges for access to the iPhone App Store in a move that that could have far-reaching consequences for the media and technology industries” writes James Cook for telegraph.co.uk. The music streaming business has also complained that its service is locked out of Apple devices including the HomePod smart speaker and Apple Watch. Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez said he believed the business was losing out commercially because of Apple’s policy of taking a 30 pc cut… Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Trump is on the cusp of a second trade war — and it could severely hurt his chances of winning the first one

“In the 1960s and 1970s, developed countries unilaterally extended preferential market access to poorer countries to spur economic growth and development” writes Kimberly Ann Elliott for businessinsider.com. The move would also end Turkey’s preferential market access to the United States.India, one of those early members in the international trade regime, is illustrative of the difficult questions around these trade preferences for developing countries.Politically, however, the Trump administration appears to be on the cusp of another trade war with another country, this time the world’s second most populous one. Source: businessinsider.com

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Market report: Shipbroker sinks to a two-month low

“Shipbroker Clarkson sank to a two-month low after warning that it was navigating choppy waters as the industry grapples with the US-China trade war and the fallout from the Vale dam disaster in Brazil” writes Andy Critchlow for telegraph.co.uk. Chairman Bill Thomas admitted that “geopolitical uncertainty” stoked by trade tensions and Donald Trump’s oil sanctions on Iran had weighed on its performance this year.Its dry cargo business has also been affected by Brazilian mining giant Vale disrupting the iron ore market by curbing production in the wake of the fatal…

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She said the Syrian ruler should be held accountable “if the evidence is there” on chemical weapons.

“Assad has been engaged in a years-long civil war against his own people” writes Senior Reporter for huffpost.com. “I think that the evidence needs to be gathered and, as I have said before, if there is evidence that he has committed war crimes, he should be prosecuted as such,” Gabbard, a military veteran, said when asked about her opinion of the Syrian ruler during a CNN Town Hall at the South by Southwest Conference. Source: huffpost.com

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