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The US and Japan on Wednesday reached a trade agreement in agriculture, industrial goods and digital trade. Japan will eliminate or lower tariffs for some US agriculture products and will set quotas for other products from the US, which will lead to more than 90 percent of US food imported into Japan being duty free [...]

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The General Court of the European Union on Tuesday struck down an order from the European Commission for Starbucks to pay €30m in back taxes to the Netherlands. The Netherlands entered into an advance pricing agreement (APA) with Starbucks in 2008, but the Commission later found in 2015 that the APA “constituted aid incompatible with [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland on Friday dismissed claims against § 1-212.1 of the Health Occupations Article of the Maryland Code banning sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors. Christopher Doyle, the plaintiff and a therapist, alleged that this ban violated his First Amendment rights to speech, to receive [...]

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US President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Robert O’Brien, current top hostage negotiator, will be named as the new National Security Advisor. This comes following the firing of John Bolton from the post last week. This will be Trump’s fourth National Security Advisor, following Bolton, Michael Flynn, and HR McMaster. O’Brien was recently involved with [...]

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The US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Edward Snowden for publishing a book, Permanent Record, in violation of non-disclosure agreements he had with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA). The complaint alleges that the book was published without first being submitted to the agencies for review. Snowden allegedly [...]

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Con Edison and eight other electric utility companies, as the Power Companies Climate Coalition, announced a petition Monday challenging President Donald Trump’s new Affordable Clean Energy Rule, which replaced Obama’s tougher Clean Power Plan. Con Edison stated that they believe this is “the wrong approach to combating climate change, and will undermine the company’s own [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday heard complaints from Ukraine about Russian involvement in the military coup and subsequent Russian annexation of Crimea. From Feburary 27, 2014, Russia has exercised control over the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Ukraine alleges that there was a practice of killing Ukrainian military and officers of law enforcement [...]

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The US House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a “Resolution for Investigative Procedures” into the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump. The investigation is looking into “alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump, his associates, and members of his Administration.” Specifically, the resolution cites instances of Trump attempting [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday opened the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council with an update on various human rights situations and the role of climate change. Bachelet stated that climate change affects every region of the world with catastrophic implications. She stated, “storms are rising and tides could [...]

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