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December 13, 2019 | Via USA TODAY

Donald Trump Prepares to Cancel New China Tariffs

President Donald Trump is preparing to cancel tariffs scheduled to take effect Sunday on $160 billion worth of Chinese goods and roll back existing duties on billions of dollars of other imports as officials said the two countries are moving closer to a “Phase One” trade deal. The tariff relief appears to signal an easing of tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

December 13, 2019 | Via Reuters

Britain Speeds Towards Brexit as Johnson Wins Large Majority in Election

Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory on Friday that will allow him to end three years of political paralysis and take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31. “We will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes,” a triumphant Johnson told supporters at a rally in London.

December 13, 2019 | Via BBC

New Jersey Attack ‘May be Domestic Terror Fuelled by Anti-Semitism’

A gun attack on a Jewish supermarket in New Jersey is being investigated as domestic terrorism driven by anti-Semitism and hatred of police, officials say. The FBI is now overseeing the investigation into the attack in Jersey City, where four people were killed. US media have reported that one of the suspects had made anti-Semitic and anti-police social media posts online before the attack.

December 13, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Aung San Suu Kyi Pleas with Court to Dismiss Genocide Claims

In a defiant closing address to the UN’s highest tribunal, Aung San Suu Kyi has pleaded with its 17 international judges to dismiss allegations that Myanmar has committed genocide and urged them instead to allow the country’s court martial system to deal with any human rights abuses. The Nobel peace prize winner’s decision to attend the court in person has astounded human rights groups.

December 13, 2019 | Via Al Jazeera

World’s ‘Oldest Artwork’ Uncovered in Indonesian Cave

An Indonesian cave painting depicting a prehistoric hunting scene could be the world’s oldest figurative artwork dating back nearly 44,000 years, pointing to an advanced artistic culture, according to new research. Discovered two years ago on Indonesia’s island of Sulawesi, the 4.5 metre (13 foot) wide painting features wild animals being chased by half-human hunters wielding what appear to be spears and ropes.

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