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Asia fears that US tariffs on washing machines and solar panels are "just the start" of more to come

South Korea and China protested today against US President Donald Trump slapping steep import tariffs on washing machines and solar panels. It was a move that stirred fears in Asia of more protectionist measures lined up, to come out of Washington. For all his rhetoric to win votes, Trump’s actions on trade during his first year had been less alarming than many outside the US had feared - UNTIL NOW. The tariffs on washing machines, have dealt a heavy blow to South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. China, the world’s biggest solar panel producer, branded the move an “over-reaction” that would harm the global trade environment for the products affected.

US shutdown ends as Congress passes bill

The US government partial shutdown is ending after Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill. Senator Chuck Schumer said Democrats agreed to back the bill if Republicans would address a programme that shields young immigrants from deportation.


Bangladesh says Rohingya return to Myanmar is delayed

Bangladesh says the repatriation of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar will be delayed amid the huge task of preparing Transit Centres and approving Lists of Returnees. Bangladesh's Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner has not given a revised starting date for the repatriation of some 750,000 refugees who fled unrest and a military crackdown in the Rakhine state in Myanmar.The entire repatriation process is expected to take two years.

With no deal in sight, US Congress faces looming government shutdown

The Republican-controlled Senate's bid to avert a US government shutdown, is teetering on the brink of collapse, as it races against a midnight deadline. The House of Representatives voted on Thursday night for a budget bill, to extend funding until next month.


South Korea 'clear-eyed' about talks with North Korea

South Korea says it will continue high-level talks with North Korea with "clear eyes", amid global warnings that Pyongyang might be playing for time to continue its nuclear-arms programme. The talks come as the US and its allies vowed to put pressure on North Korea. US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has expressed confidence that ‘pressure’ would eventually force North Korea to the negotiating table over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. Speaking to the media, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha said, "we have to make the most of the opportunity".

The two Koreas to carry a single Olympic flag

North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a ‘single unified Korean flag’, at next month's Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea. They also agreed to field a Joint Women's Ice Hockey Team, after talks at the truce village of Panmunjom. These were the first high-level talks between the two Koreas in more than two years. The Games will take place from the 9th to the 27th of next month, at Pyeongchang, in South Korea.

White House doctor says Trump's cognitive ability is normal.

US President Donald Trump has shown no abnormal signs following a cognitive exam and is in excellent health, his White House doctor says. Ronny Jackson said yesterday that he has no concerns about his cognitive ability or neurological functions.


Deal Finalized - Rohingya repatriation to be completed within 2 years

Bangladesh and Myanmar today finalized the text of the Physical Arrangement which will facilitate the return of Rohingyas to Myanmar. The Physical Arrangement stipulates that the Repatriation Process would be completed, preferably within two years, from the commencement of repatriation. The decision was taken at the first meeting of the Joint Working Group, on the return of the displaced Rohingyas from the Rakhine State. Modalities for the repatriation of orphans and children born out of unwarranted incidence have been incorporated in the said arrangement.

Venezuela helicopter attack: Pilot Oscar Pérez in bloody siege

Officials say that two police officers and several "terrorists" have been killed in an operation to capture a helicopter pilot accused of leading an armed rebellion in Venezuela last year, . Venezuelan forces surrounded a house in the town of El Junquito, near the capital, Caracas, as they targeted the "cell" linked to pilot Oscar Pérez.


Chile churches attacked before Pope’s visit

Several churches in Chile have been attacked or vandalized, ahead of a visit by Pope Francis, due next week. Three churches in the capital Santiago were damaged by firebombs. Some flyers left behind warned that the next one was for the Pope. The attacks could not yet be linked to a particular group. Chilian President Michelle Bachelet described the incidents as "very strange". Speaking to the media she said, in a democracy, people can express themselves, as long as they do it in a peaceful way.

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