The US has slapped 25% tariffs on European Union goods including single-malt Scotch whisky, French wine and Italian cheese. German coffee and EU-produced pork sausage and other pork products, other than ham, will also be hit. The Speciality Food Association said there were 14,000 US specialty food retailers that would be affected by these tariffs as well as over 20,000 other food retailers.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday declared a curfew in Baghdad until further notice after at least seven people were killed and more than 400 were injured during two days of nationwide anti-government protests. Curfews were imposed earlier in three southern cities while elite counter-terrorism troops opened fire on protesters trying to storm Baghdad airport.
Bernie Sanders experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event Tuesday evening and had two stents inserted to address a blockage in an artery, his campaign announced. At 78, Sanders is the oldest candidate in the Democratic field. “Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days,” senior adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement Wednesday.
Donald Trump has been accused of “incitement to violence” and threatened with obstruction charges in the fast-escalating battle over impeachment, as the president maintained his aggressive counter-attack against Democratic leaders and the whistleblower who precipitated the inquiry. “We’re not fooling around here,” Adam Schiff, the chair of the powerful House intelligence committee, said in Washington on Wednesday.
A London court has ruled that £35m ($42m) held in a UK bank account must go to the descendants of an Indian royal, and not to Pakistan. The dispute began in 1948 when the last Nizam (king) of Hyderabad deposited £1m in the UK account, held by the then Pakistan high commissioner. With interest, the sum has grown to £35m. The origins of the dispute go back to the 1947 partitioning of British India.