U.S. President Donald Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, distancing America from its Asian allies, as China's influence in the region rises. Fulfilling a campaign pledge to end American involvement in the 2015 pact, Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office pulling the United States out of the 12-nation TPP. Trump, who wants to boost U.S. manufacturing, said he would seek one-on-one trade deals with countries that would allow the United States to quickly terminate them in 30 days "if somebody misbehaves." "We're going to stop the ridiculous trade deals that have taken everybody out of our country and taken companies out of our country," the Republican president said as he met with union leaders in the White House's Roosevelt Room. The TPP accord, backed heavily by U.S. business, was negotiated by former Democratic President Barack Obama's administration but never approved by Congress. Obama had framed TPP, which … [Read more...] about Trump pulls U.S. out of Pacific trade deal, loosening Asia ties
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Reduced to post-tropical cyclone, Irene is heading toward Canada Sunday night after inflicting less-than-expected damage on the eastern U.S. coast. Still, U.S. officials warned the storm's spell could remain with deadly floods continuing to pose hazards. "I want people to understand that this is not over," President Barack Obama said from the White House in the afternoon. "The impacts of this storm will be felt for some time, and the recovery effort will last for weeks or longer." WORST PASSED, THREATS REMAIN Irene came to the East Coast in the morning after making landfall in North Carolina as category one hurricane. It lost some strength as it hit the New York City, with winds dropping to 65 mph by 9 a.m. eastern time (1300 GMT) and was thus downgraded to tropical storm status, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). As it moved up into New England, the storm weakened even further, with maximum sustained winds dropping to 50 mph when it approaches the Canadian border by 8 … [Read more...] about Irene remains threat to U.S. even the worst is gone
The United States on Tuesday announced its fourth mad cow case found in central California, stressing that the animal with the disease did not enter food chain and there was no threat to beef or milk. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the nation's fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, commonly known as 'mad cow disease') in a dairy cow from central California," the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement. The carcass of the animal is being held under state authority at a rendering facility in California and will be destroyed, and "it was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health," the department said. Officials are still trying to determine how the cow was infected. The department said the finding was an atypical case of mad cow disease, which is very rare. Atypical cases do not come from eating infecting animal … [Read more...] about Fourth mad cow case detected in U.S.
NEW YORK, March 22 - Major U.S. transportation hubs were placed on alert on Tuesday and Denver International Airport briefly evacuated part of its main terminal in a false alarm there hours after suicide bombings in Brussels killed at least 30 people. NEW YORK, March 22 - Major U.S. transportation hubs were placed on alert on Tuesday and Denver International Airport briefly evacuated part of its main terminal in a false alarm there hours after suicide bombings in Brussels killed at least 30 people. Despite public safety concerns unleashed by the violence in Belgium's capital, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the agency had no intelligence that would point to a similar attack being plotted against the United States. But the State Department issued a travel alert warning U.S. citizens in Europe to avoid crowded places, to be vigilant when in public or using mass transit and to exercise extra caution during religious holidays and at large festivals and events. … [Read more...] about Belgium bombings raise security alerts at U.S. airports
The U.K. and the U.S. raised pressure on Russia to end support for the rebels blamed for the downing of a jetliner that killed all 298 people on board as the United Nations Security Council met to discuss the crash. The Malaysian plane was probably shot down by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired by rebels from insurgent-held territory in Ukraine, U.S. Ambassador to UN Samantha Power told the Security Council in New York. The U.S. can’t rule out the possibility of Russian assistance to the separatists, she said. “This war can be ended,” Power said today. “Russia can end this war and Russia must end this war.” The conflict in Ukraine, which has morphed into Europe’s biggest crisis since the Berlin Wall fell a quarter-century ago, catapulted to the world’s attention with the crash of the Malaysian Air plane. President Vladimir Putin, who’s denied Russian involvement in the fighting in Ukraine, said the government in Kiev bore … [Read more...] about U.S., U.K. link Russia to downed malaysian plane as UN meets