2018.07.05

News Headlines - 05 July 2018

Trump’s Trade War With China Is Officially Underway - The New York Times

A trade war between the world’s two largest economies officially began on Friday morning as the Trump administration followed through with its threat to impose tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products, a significant escalation of a fight that could hurt companies and consumers in both the United States and China.
The penalties, which went into effect at 12:01 a.m., prompted quick retaliation by Beijing, which said it immediately put its own similarly sized tariffs on American goods. Previously, the Chinese government had said it would tax pork, soybeans and automobiles, among other products

British PM May admits to World Cup penalty nerves | AFP.com

England's World Cup penalty shootout win against Colombia proved to be almost as nerve-wracking for British Prime Minister Theresa May as for Gareth Southgate's players in Russia... "She did see some of (the match)," said a Downing Street spokesman. "She actually said earlier, she struggles to watch penalties because it's a nerve-wracking time." May appeared buoyed by the team's victory at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.

Japan-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro honored by the prefecture and city of his birth | The Japan Times

Japan-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro, 63, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, was named an honorary citizen by the Nagasaki prefectural and city governments in a ceremony in London on Tuesday.

Bombardier and Hitachi in joint bid to build HS2 trains in UK

Train building rivals Bombardier and Hitachi will join forces to bid for a £2.75bn contract to build high-speed trains in the UK.
They had previously submitted separate bids for the contract.to design, build and maintain at least 54 new high-speed trains.
The trains will be used for phase 1 of the £55.7bn high-speed (HS2) railway, which will link London and Birmingham from December 2026.

Trophy hunting: Outrage after American woman kills 'rare' giraffe

Photos of an American hunter posing with the dead body of a "rare" black giraffe she had just killed during a hunt in South Africa have sparked outrage.
The pictures emerged after they were posted on Twitter by the South Africa-based AfricLand Post website. Accompanying the post, which shows two pictures of Tess Thompson Talley of Kentucky, were the words: “White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share”.


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