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December 24, 2020 | Via BBC

Boris Johnson Set to Unveil Trade Deal with EU

Boris Johnson is expected to announce later that the UK has reached an agreement with the EU over post-Brexit trade and security. Officials in Brussels are believed to be finalizing the details of a deal that will come into force when the UK leaves EU trading rules next week. It follows months of often fraught negotiations between the two sides.

December 24, 2020 | Via CNN

Trump Issues 26 New Pardons, Including for Stone, Manafort and Charles Kushner

President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening announced 26 new pardons, including for longtime ally Roger Stone, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s father, Charles. The pardons of Manafort and Stone reward two of the most high-profile and widely condemned former advisers of the President, both of whom were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

December 24, 2020 | Via NBC News

China Launches Antitrust Investigation into Tech Giant Alibaba

China has launched an antitrust investigation into Alibaba Group regulators said on Thursday, in the latest blow for Jack Ma’s e-commerce and fintech empire. The probe is part of an accelerating crackdown on anticompetitive behavior in China’s booming internet space, and the latest setback for Ma. It follows China’s dramatic suspension last month of Ant’s planned $37 billion initial public offering, which had been on track to be the world’s largest

December 24, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Pakistan Court Orders Release of Man Charged over Daniel Pearl Murder

A court in Pakistan has ordered that a British-born Islamist militant charged with the 2002 kidnapping and murder of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl should be freed, his defense lawyer has said. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was sentenced to death in 2002 for masterminding Pearl’s murder but the conviction was overturned this year. Sheikh’s role in the murder of Pearl has long been disputed.

December 24, 2020 | Via Reuters

Ex-Japan PM Abe Says Sorry Over Political Funding Case

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday apologized for denying allegations that his office may have possibly violated Japan’s strict political funding laws and admitted he was unaware what his office had done. Abe said he will correct his false statements in parliament on Friday, marking a stunning reversal of fortunes for Japan’s longest-serving premier and one of its political bluebloods.

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