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    • 16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

      16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

      A coalition of sixteen US states filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's administration over his decision to declare a national emergency in order to use emergency funds to spend billions of dollars on his border wall with Mexico. First announced by Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra, the suit alleges that the president's order violates the Constitution as it is contrary to the Presentment Clause that outlines legislative procedures and the Appropriations Clause, which defines Congress as the final arbiter of public funds.

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    • Global trade growth to slide further in 2019

      Global trade growth to slide further in 2019

      A quarterly leading indicator of world merchandise trade slumped to its lowest reading in nine years on Tuesday, which should put policymakers on guard for a sharper slowdown if trade tensions continue, the World Trade Organisation said on Tuesday, 19 February.

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    • EU to act swiftly if Trump hits it with car tariffs

      EU to act swiftly if Trump hits it with car tariffs

      The European Union said on Monday it will act in a “swift and adequate” manner if President Trump decides to slap tariffs on imported vehicles to the US. The announcement was made by EU Spokesman Margaritis Schinas, who warned that in case Trump went ahead with “actions detrimental to European exports, the European Commission would react in a swift and adequate manner.”

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    •  Trump urges Europe to take back 800 captured ISIS fighters

      Trump urges Europe to take back 800 captured ISIS fighters

      President Trump urged Europe late on Saturday to take back around 800 captured ISIS fighters from the continent, or risk the US being forced to release them. According to Trump, the fighters, captured by US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, could be released if European nations do not take them in and put them on trial, risking further IS backed attacks on the continent.

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    • Trump launches ‘American AI Initiative’

      Trump launches ‘American AI Initiative’

      The US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order creating the “American AI Initiative” - a high-level strategy, designed to guide AI development within the country, The Verge reports. The initiative will redirect federal funding and resources towards AI research, as well as call for the creation of US-led international standards in AI, and new research into the retraining of American workers.

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    • US, South Korea reach deal on military costs

      US, South Korea reach deal on military costs

      The United States and South Korea struck a one-year deal on the shared costs of their military alliance on Sunday, removing a potential vulnerability in an upcoming US-North Korean presidential summit later this month. Under the new agreement, South Korea will contribute about $890m a year for the US military presence, which represents an 8.2% increase from the previous five-year deal which expired at the end of 2018.

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    • US military to be out of Syria by April

      US military to be out of Syria by April

      The US military is reportedly preparing to withdraw all of its forces from Syria by the end of April, the WSJ has announced, citing former and current US officials. Unless the Trump administration changed course, the military plans to pull a significant portion of its 2,000 troops out by mid-March, with a full withdrawal coming by the end of April. However, a key concern for the US's Kurdish partners has yet to be addressed: Striking a deal to safeguard Kurdish allies from Turkish forces after the US leaves Syria. 

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    • Trump announces second NK-US meeting

      Trump announces second NK-US meeting

      A brand new Donald Trump spoke to the country on Tuesday night on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington. During his annual State of the Union speech, the world saw a man who didn't use his usually aggressive rhetoric and did not bring the Republican conference to its feet chanting “Build that wall”. On the contrary, the US president delivered an insecure, low-energy address, with a punchline that any American politician could have used: “Let's work together and compromise, so we could make America truly safe.”

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    • Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week

      Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week

      US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday invited President Trump to deliver the State of the Union address on 5 February. The invitation for the annual speech, given by the president to outline the administration's priorities for the coming year, comes after the previously scheduled 29 January date was postponed due to the partial government shutdown.

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