Americas


    •  Brazil's new far-right president promises sweeping changes

      Brazil's new far-right president promises sweeping changes

      Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician vowing a crackdown on crime and corruption, was sworn in Tuesday as Brazil's new president in front of Congress in Brasilia. The 63-year-old former paratrooper and deputy for the past 27 years pledged to uphold the constitution as he embarked on his four-year mandate at the helm of Latin America's biggest economy. He vowed to free Brazil of "ideology" in what was viewed as a swipe at the left.

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    • Trump defends his Syria policy during a surprise visit to Iraq

      Trump defends his Syria policy during a surprise visit to Iraq

      The US President Donald Trump defended his disputed decision to withdraw troops from Syria during a surprise visit to Iraq on Wednesday, where he met with US troops. "The US cannot continue to be the policeman of the world. We don't want to do that. We want to protect our country," he told US troops during a three-hour visit to Ain al-Assad Air Base in western Iraq.

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    • US government partially shuts down

      US government partially shuts down

      A partial shutdown of the US federal government began at midnight after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach an agreement over President Donald Trump‘s demands that Congress assign $5bn for a wall along the border with Mexico, news wires reported.

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    • US officials: American troops to be pulled from Afghanistan

      US officials: American troops to be pulled from Afghanistan

      The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, US officials said Thursday, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration's policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table after more than 17 years of war. One official said the troops could be out by summer, but no final decision has been made.

       

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    • Trump withdraws US forces from Syria

      Trump withdraws US forces from Syria

      US President Donald Trump has ordered staff to execute the "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from Syria, bringing a sudden end to a military campaign that largely vanquished the Islamic State, yet ceding a strategically vital country to Russia, Turkey and Iran. 

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    • Mexico to build an $8bn refinery

      Mexico to build an $8bn refinery

      Mexico will start awarding the construction of its seventh refinery as soon as March 2019, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced at an event at the Dos Bocas port, in the Gulf of Mexico. Revealing his plans for the country’s refining system Lopez Obrador also said Mexico will invest $8bn in the new processing facility at Dos Bocas, which will have crude processing capacity of 340,000 daily barrels, making it Mexico’s biggest refinery.

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    • Trump to name Heather Nauert next UN ambassador

      Trump to name Heather Nauert next UN ambassador

      US President Donald Trump is expected to nominate State Department spokeswoman and ex-TV host Heather Nauert to be his new ambassador to the UN, positioning a relatively inexperienced newcomer in one of the most high-profile positions in US diplomacy, numerous media outlets state. According to sources Nauert has already accepted the job and now Trump will make the announcement official through his favourite social media - Twitter later today.  

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    • NATO gives Russia 60 days to comply with INF treaty

      NATO gives Russia 60 days to comply with INF treaty

      Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday warned that the US will suspend its obligations under the Cold-War era nuclear pact, dubbed Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in the next 60 days, in case Russia doesn't come back into compliance. The 60-day grace period was granted by the US as a concession to European partners who wanted to give Moscow a last chance. 

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    • Mexico new president vows to end 'rapacious' elite in first speech

      Mexico new president vows to end 'rapacious' elite in first speech

      Veteran leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office as Mexican president on Saturday, vowing to see off a “rapacious” elite in a country struggling with corruption, chronic poverty and gang violence on the doorstep of the United States. Backed by a gigantic Mexican flag, the 65-year-old took the oath of office in the lower house of Congress, pledging to bring about a “radical” rebirth of Mexico to overturn what he called a disastrous legacy of decades of “neo-liberal” governments.

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