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Trump, the WTO and defending global trade

Trump, the WTO and defending global trade

If re-elected, Donald Trump has promised a 10 per cent tariff on all goods coming into the United States — a tax on imports — and a 60 per cent tariff on Chinese goods. That’s not quite the shock to the system of the US Smoot-Hawley tariffs of close to 20 per cent that exacerbated and prolonged the Great Depression in the 1930s, but it’s very close. What made things worse in the 1930s was the retaliation from much of the rest of the world, ratcheting up tariffs and restrictions…

Saudi Arabia Takes Its Money and Influence to Miami

Saudi Arabia Takes Its Money and Influence to Miami

Dozens of U.S. financiers and investors attended the Future Investment Initiative to deepen their business ties with the kingdom. Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, with President Biden in 2022. The prince didn’t attend a big investor conference in Miami last week, but his name was on the lips of attendees.Saudi Royal Court/Via Reuters Toeing the line in Miami Beach America’s corporate elite were everywhere in Miami at the Future Investment Initiative conference, Saudi Arabia’s latest bid to showcase its extensive wealth and deepen ties with Western business. The…

Navalny about to be freed in prisoner swap, ally says

Navalny about to be freed in prisoner swap, ally says

Published 5 minutes ago Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing Image source, Reuters By Laura Gozzi BBC News Alexei Navalny was about to be freed in a prisoner swap when he died, according to his ally Maria Pevchik. She said the Russian opposition leader was going to be exchanged for Vadim Krasikov, a Russian hitman who is serving a life sentence for murder in Germany. Two US citizens currently held in Russia were also going to be part of the deal, Ms Pevchik claimed. She added that…

Amy Schumer reveals she has Cushing’s Syndrome

Amy Schumer reveals she has Cushing’s Syndrome

Published 13 minutes ago Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing Image source, Getty Images By Helen Bushby Culture reporter Actress and director Amy Schumer has revealed she has Cushing’s Syndrome, caused by an over-abundance of the hormone cortisol in her body. She revealed the condition after being swarmed by comments about her face, with fans saying it looked “puffier” during recent TV interviews. In her initial response, Schumer attributed the change in her appearance to endometriosis. The subsequent Cushing’s diagnosis left her feeling “reborn”, she said. “There…

Watch: Brussels police fire water cannon at burning tyres

Watch: Brussels police fire water cannon at burning tyres

Footage from the Belgian capital shows police firing water cannon at a pile of tyres set alight by protesters. Protesting farmers, who have driven their tractors into the heart of the city and filled streets with manure, are angry at low food prices, cheap imports and new EU environmental measures. Police are on high alert and barbed wire has been placed outside EU institutions.This post was originally published on this site

Your Inhalers and EpiPens Aren’t Very Healthy for the Environment

Your Inhalers and EpiPens Aren’t Very Healthy for the Environment

Single-use insulin pens changed Brian Brandell’s life. Growing up with Type 1 diabetes in the 1970s, he had to carry glass syringes and vials of insulin wherever he went. So in 1985, when Novo Nordisk debuted a disposable prefilled pen that combined several doses of medication with a syringe, Mr. Brandell readily adopted the new device. “They were a godsend,” he recalled. Brian Brandell, a biomedical engineer, is trying to do something about plastic waste from discarded single-use injector pens.Tojo Andrianarivo for The New York Times But more recently, he…

Billionaire Koch brothers’ network stops Haley cash

Billionaire Koch brothers’ network stops Haley cash

Published 1 hour ago Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing Image source, Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and US By Tom Geoghegan BBC News A libertarian conservative organisation founded by the billionaire Koch brothers will no longer spend on Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign. The decision by Americans for Prosperity Action (AFP) to pull the plug is another setback for Ms Haley as she seeks the Republican nomination. She lost her home state of South Carolina on Saturday to former President Donald Trump, his fourth successive victory…

Can You Recycle Medical Devices Like Insulin Pens, Inhalers and Covid Tests?

Can You Recycle Medical Devices Like Insulin Pens, Inhalers and Covid Tests?

Inhalers, EpiPens, home tests for flu or Covid, mouth guards. They accumulate in our homes, and recycling methods and advice can be tricky to pin down. Most of the plastic in your medicine cabinet is high-quality, medical grade — and devilishly difficult to safely dispose of, let alone recycle. The sorting equipment at standard recycling centers typically can’t handle small items, and wishfully including them only prolongs the sorting process that then increases the recyclers’ costs without salvaging the plastic. Some at-home medical products, like needles that have come into…

Giving Big, a California Couple Gets Gratitude and Scrutiny

Giving Big, a California Couple Gets Gratitude and Scrutiny

Lynda and Stewart Resnick have directed their pistachio fortune toward large, transformational gifts, but also drawn some criticism for their water use in an often parched state. Standing on the grand staircase of Lynda and Stewart Resnick’s opulent Beverly Hills mansion at a party last fall — where Diane Keaton, Bob Iger and Brian Grazer were among the luminaries making small talk over crudités and Sazerac cocktails — the author Walter Isaacson took a moment to thank his hosts. Not only were the Resnicks giving the party to celebrate his…

Japan Moon lander survives lunar night

Japan Moon lander survives lunar night

Published 17 minutes ago Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing Image source, JAXA By Greg Brosnan BBC News Climate and Science Japan’s Moon lander has survived the harsh lunar night, the sunless and freezing equivalent to two Earth weeks. “Last night, a command was sent to #SLIM and a response received,” national space agency Jaxa said on X. The craft was put into sleep mode after an awkward landing in January left its solar panels facing the wrong way and unable to generate power. A change in…

Thousands stuck on cruise ship over cholera fears

Thousands stuck on cruise ship over cholera fears

Published 32 minutes ago Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing Image source, Getty Images Danai Nesta Kupemba BBC News Mauritius has denied a Norwegian cruise ship permission to dock at the capital Port Louis over fears of a potential cholera outbreak on board. At least 15 people on the Norwegian Dawn have been in isolation over suspected illness. Mauritian authorities said the decision to block the ship was “taken in order to avoid any health risks”. Samples were taken for testing yesterday, with results expected to be…

Chinese allegedly barred from German military plane

Chinese allegedly barred from German military plane

Published 46 minutes ago Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing Image source, Getty Images By Tessa Wong & Peter Hoskins BBC News, Singapore Visitors from China have claimed they were banned from a German military plane at a recent airshow, prompting an apology from manufacturer Airbus. The incident allegedly took place at the Singapore Airshow, one of the region’s largest exhibitions of commercial and military aviation. The claims have gone viral on Chinese social media, sparking controversy. German officials have yet to comment. Airbus said it was…

The Indians ‘duped’ into fighting for Russia in Ukraine

The Indians ‘duped’ into fighting for Russia in Ukraine

Published 2 hours ago Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing By Imran Qureshi and Neyaz Farooquee BBC News At least a dozen Indians have been duped by agents into fighting for Russian forces in the country’s war with Ukraine with reports saying one of them was killed in a missile strike. Hemal Ashwinbhai from Gujarat state died in a missile attack last week, The Hindu newspaper reported over the weekend. Hemal’s father had told the BBC on 23 February that he spoke to his son three days…

Geopolitics and global slowdown weigh on South Korea’s economy

Geopolitics and global slowdown weigh on South Korea’s economy

After expanding by 2.6 per cent in 2022, South Korea’s economy cooled in 2023. Waning global demand for South Korean exports, continuing geopolitical challenges and weakening domestic demand saw growth decelerate to an estimated 1.4 per cent. While economic growth is expected to pick up in 2024, over the long term South Korean economic growth will be weighed down by structural challenges from the country’s changing demographics. Heavily dependent on trade for economic growth, South Korea saw exports and imports decline in 2023. Exports finished down 7.4 per cent with only exports of automotives…

Pakistan woman in Arabic print dress saved from mob

Pakistan woman in Arabic print dress saved from mob

Published 17 minutes ago Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing Image source, Shalik Riyadh/Instagram By Caroline Davies Pakistan correspondent An angry mob in Pakistan accused a woman who wore a dress adorned with Arabic calligraphy of blasphemy, after mistakenly believing them to be Quran verses. She was saved by police who escorted her to safety after hundreds gathered. The dress has the word “Halwa” printed in Arabic letters on it, meaning sweet in Arabic. Blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan. Some people have been lynched even…

Runaway Indian train travels 70km without driver

Runaway Indian train travels 70km without driver

Published 54 minutes ago Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing Image source, ANI By Meryl Sebastian BBC News, Kochi The Indian Railways has ordered an investigation after a freight train travelled more than 70km (43.4 miles) without drivers. Videos shared on social media showed the train zooming past several stations at high speed. Reports say the train ran without a driver from Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir to Hoshiarpur district in Punjab on Sunday. The railways says the train was brought to a halt and no-one was…

Police search for missing Sydney couple’s bodies

Police search for missing Sydney couple’s bodies

Published 2 hours ago Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing Image source, Jesse Baird By Hannah Ritchie BBC News, Sydney Australian police have been searching a remote property for the bodies of a TV presenter and his boyfriend, after their suspected murders last week. Detectives allege Jesse Baird and Luke Davies were killed by a serving police officer in a Sydney house last Monday. Senior constable Beaumont Lamarre-Condon, who once dated Mr Baird, has been charged with two counts of murder. He has not commented on the…

Gaza children search for food to keep families alive

Gaza children search for food to keep families alive

Published 25 minutes ago Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing By Fergal Keane BBC News, Jerusalem In certain places at certain times, just staying alive is something for a boy to be proud of – let alone going out every day to find the food that keeps your family from starving. Every morning, Mohammed Zo’rab, 11, goes out into the southern Gaza city of Rafah on a mission. He takes a big plastic bowl and heads to schools that have become refugee centres, and to makeshift camps…

‘My bank manager stole $1.9m from my account’

‘My bank manager stole $1.9m from my account’

Published 37 minutes ago Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing Image source, Shveta Sharma By Geeta Pandey BBC News, Delhi An Indian woman has accused a manager at one of the country’s largest banks of defrauding her by siphoning off 160m rupees ($1.9m; £1.5m) from her account. Shveta Sharma says she had transferred money to the ICICI bank from her US account, expecting it to be invested in fixed deposits. But she alleges that a bank official created “fake accounts, forged her signature, took out debit cards…

Brazil ex-leader Bolsonaro denies coup allegations

Brazil ex-leader Bolsonaro denies coup allegations

Published 24 minutes ago Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing This video can not be played To play this video you need to enable JavaScript in your browser. By Ione Wells South America Correspondent in São Paulo Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has claimed he has been a victim of political persecution since leaving office just over a year ago. He told tens of thousands of supporters in São Paulo that coup allegations against him were a “lie”. He also called for an amnesty for hundreds of…