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    • WTO formally backs US tariffs on EU goods

      WTO formally backs US tariffs on EU goods

      The World Trade Organisation (WTO) formally ruled on Monday that the United States is free to take countermeasures against the European Union and Airbus-producing countries Britain, France, Germany, and Spain. This way the President Donald Trump administration no longer faces any legal obstacles for its set of previously scheduled sanctions on billions of dollars of European products that could now take effect on Friday.

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    • EU-US launch negotiations over access to electronic evidence

      EU-US launch negotiations over access to electronic evidence

      European Commission and US Department of Justice officials met to begin formal negotiations on an EU-US agreement to facilitate access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations. After a productive first discussion this week, an agreement was made on holding regular negotiating rounds with the view to concluding an agreement as quickly as possible. Progress will be reviewed at the next EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial in December.

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    • Trump announces 'first stage' of Japan trade deal

      Trump announces 'first stage' of Japan trade deal

      US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that Washington and Tokyo had taken a major step towards sealing a comprehensive new trade deal, after a year of negotiations between the global economic powers. Sitting next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump said the leaders "formally announce the first stage of a phenomenal new trade agreement. The pact is a rare trade success for the president who has struggled to secure pacts with other trade partners, including China.

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    • US hints at military response to Saudi attacks

      US hints at military response to Saudi attacks

      Oil prices made their biggest jump since the Gulf War on Monday after President Donald Trump warned that the United States was "locked and loaded" to respond to attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure that Washington blamed on Iran. It is the first time the president has hinted at a potential American military response to the drone attacks, which slashed Saudi oil production by half and led both the kingdom and the US to announce they may tap their strategic reserves.

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    • 46,000 GM auto workers strike in US

      46,000 GM auto workers strike in US

      The United Auto Workers union began a nationwide strike against General Motors on Monday, with some 46,000 members walking off the job after contract talks hit an impasse. The move to strike, which the Wall Street Journal described as the first major stoppage at GM in more than a decade, came after the manufacturer's four-year contract with workers expired without an agreement on a replacement.

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    • S-400 missile system in Turkey operational in April 2020

      S-400 missile system in Turkey operational in April 2020

      The delivery of a second battery of Russian S-400 missiles to Turkey was completed on Sunday with the controversial defence system expected to become fully active by April 2020. Efforts to mount the missile system and train military personnel to use it were continuing, a Turkish defence ministry statement said, despite repeated warnings from the US.

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