Americas


    • US cuts Syria stabilisation funding

      US cuts Syria stabilisation funding

      The US will withhold the $200m that had been planned for war-ravaged Syria stabilisation efforts, warning that future reconstruction assistance hinges on UN certification that a "credible irreversible" transition to democracy is underway, according to State Department officials.

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    • Hundreds of newspapers unite against Trump

      Hundreds of newspapers unite against Trump

      More than 350 news outlets have devoted print space to to defend the role of a free press and counter President Trump's ongoing attacks on the news media as part of a coordinated defence campaign. The project spearheaded by The Boston Globe had pledged to write an editorial "on the dangers of the administration's assault on the press" on 16 August, and asked others to do the same. It had made the call last week, using the hashtag #EnemyOfNone.

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    • Bolton to meet with Russian officials next week

      Bolton to meet with Russian officials next week

      Kremlin confirmed on Wednesday that preparations are underway for a meeting in Geneva next week between Russian officials and White House National Security Adviser John Bolton, the first top level meeting since the Russian and US presidents met in Finnish capital Helsinki in July.

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    • US, China preparing for new round of trade talks

      US, China preparing for new round of trade talks

      A Chinese delegation led by Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen will travel to the United States for trade talks later this month to discuss "economic and trade issues" between both countries, China's Ministry of Commerce announced on Thursday. The ministry, however, stated point-blank that Beijing welcomes dialogue, but will not bow to any unilateral trade measures.

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    • Brazil's homicide toll hits new record

      Brazil's homicide toll hits new record

      Brazil broke its own record for homicides last year, according to new figures which showed that 63,880 people were killed in 2017 – an almost 3% increase from 2016, making it the deadliest year in the country's history. Data from the independent Brazilian Forum for Public Security released Thursday said that the average national homicide rate of 30.8 killings for every 100,000 inhabitants shot up to 68 per 100,000 in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. In comparison, drug-scarred Mexico, which also suffered a record number of murders in 2017, had a homicide rate of around 20 per 100,000 people.

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    • US slaps sanctions on Russia over Novichok use

      US slaps sanctions on Russia over Novichok use

      The US will impose more sanctions on Russia under a chemical and biological warfare law after determining it used nerve agent against a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain earlier this year. In a brief statement the US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert revealed the Trump administration had made this decision on Monday, and accused Russia of violating international law.

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    • Ivan Duque sworn in as Colombia's 60th president

      Ivan Duque sworn in as Colombia's 60th president

      Colombia's President-elect Ivan Duque has been sworn as the country's 60th president on Tuesday, amid concerns over the influence he will have on the controversial peace accord with the Marxist rebels. “I want to govern Colombia with unbreakable values and principles, overcoming left and right divisions. I want to govern Colombia with the spirit of building, never of destroying,” Duque said in an address before dignitaries, after receiving the presidential sash in Bogota’s Plaza Bolivar.

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    • California declares largest wildfire in state's history

      California declares largest wildfire in state's history

      The Mendocino Complex Fire in California, have grown to become the largest active wildfire in state history, officials said on Monday. The fire that is a conglomerate of two separate fires burning through rural Lake, Colusa and Mendocino counties grew to span 283,000 acres on Monday when two wildfires merged, because of the hotter, drier and windier weather to the area, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

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