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Trump calls off trip to London, blaming Obama for Bush embassy decision

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President Trump said he canceled a planned trip to London because he doesn’t want to cut the ribbon at the new U.S. Embassy there that he described as a “bad deal.” Trump’s on-again, off-again visit to the United Kingdom had been in the planning stages but hadn’t been officially announced. The latest cancellation is sure to increase tensions with a vital ally that has broken with Trump recently over his anti-Muslim rhetoric. Some neighborhoods in London declared themselves off-limits to the president. Trump confirmed his decision on Twitter late Thursday night after British newspapers reported that fears of mass protests had scuttled the trip. A poll from last year found that about 4% of Britain’s population — roughly 2.5 million people — would protest a state visit by Trump. But he gave a different reason, blaming former President Obama.

U.N., African countries blast Trump’s ‘racist’ words in angry global backlash

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President Trump’s purported crude comments about immigrants provoked a global backlash Friday from the United Nations, African nations and other countries against his “racist” remarks. The torrent of criticism began within hours of reports that Trump, meeting with several lawmakers to discuss immigration Thursday, questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway. On Friday, Trump appeared to deny he had used those exact words. Sen. Dick Durbin, D.-Ill., who was in the room for the meeting, confirmed that the president had, in fact, employed the vulgar phrase several times. Officials and representatives of the target countries responded quickly and sharply. Rupert Colville, a human rights spokesman for the United Nations, said: “If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States, I’m sorry but there is no other word for this but racist”.

Trump: Why allow immigrants from ‘shithole countries’?

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In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation. Trump’s contemptuous description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist. The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome “those who can contribute to our society”.

Corporations may dodge billions in U.S. taxes through new loophole: experts

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A loophole in the new U.S. tax law could allow multinational corporations like Apple Inc to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes on profits stashed overseas, according to experts. Stemming from a Republican overhaul of international business taxes, the loophole involves the tax rates – 15.5 percent or 8 percent – that companies must pay on $2.6 trillion in profits they are holding abroad. By manipulating their foreign cash positions, a determining factor under the new law, a U.S. multinational could potentially save money by shifting profits to the lower rate from the higher one, according to Stephen Shay, a senior lecturer at Harvard Law School.

Trump is about to put his mark on the US nuclear arsenal

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The Pentagon is putting the finishing touches on the first comprehensive review of US nuclear forces in nearly eight years. It’s shaping up as President Donald Trump’s signature nuclear weapons initiative in the face of a growing North Korean nuclear threat. The review, which may allow Trump to put his mark on the nuclear inventory for decades to come, could lead to more than $1 trillion in spending over nearly 30 years. There have been three such reviews since the end of the Cold War, the most recent in 2010 under President Barack Obama.

USA: each day, 120 ‘dreamers’ lose protection from deportation

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PHOENIX — Each day, about 120 of the young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers” lose their temporary protection from deportation. The reason boils down to simple math: When President Trump announced on Sept. 5 that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on March 5, his administration gave DACA recipients with permits set to expire before then only one month to apply for a 2-year renewal.

USA: Kushner’s Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even With Mideast Diplomatic Role

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Last May, Jared Kushner accompanied President Trump, his father-in-law, on the pair’s first diplomatic trip to Israel, part of Mr. Kushner’s White House assignment to achieve peace in the Middle East. Shortly before, his family real estate company received a roughly $30 million investment from Menora Mivtachim, an insurer that is one of Israel’s largest financial institutions, according to a Menora executive. The deal, which was not made public, pumped significant new equity into 10 Maryland apartment complexes controlled by Mr. Kushner’s firm. While Mr. Kushner has sold parts of his business since taking a White House job last year, he still has stakes in most of the family empire — including the apartment buildings in and around Baltimore.

nequality gap, irrepressible; the country is further divided

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The inequality gap in Mexico has increased, with higher per capita income growth in the most developed entities, in contrast to those that have lagged behind. In the last 13 years, the states with the highest per capita income have recorded higher growth rates in this indicator than those that are lagging behind, which has exacerbated the regional inequalities that exist in the country.

At least 9 sectors are against the new Criminal System Code

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Various sectors of the population, such as doctors, transport workers, churches, teachers, civic groups, trade unions, some public universities, journalists’ associations and the Central Obrera Boliviana have declared themselves on alert for the contents of the new Criminal System Code, because they consider that the rule violates your rights. President Evo Morales denounced that there is an attempt to destabilize his government with the argument of the abrogation of the new Criminal System Code and announced that he will take legal action to re-establish medical care in the country’s hospitals.

First phase of Trump border wall gets $18 billion price tag, in new request to lawmakers

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The Trump administration has told lawmakers that it wants $18 billion over the next decade for the initial phase of a Mexico border wall, laying out for the first time a detailed financial blueprint for the president’s signature campaign promise. The money would pay for 316 miles of new fencing and reinforce another 407 miles where barriers are already in place, according to cost estimates sent to senators Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. If the work was completed, more than half of the 2,000-mile border with Mexico would have a wall or other physical structure by 2027.

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