Trump threatens EU, China tariffs over lobster duties

Bangor (United States) (AFP) President Donald Trump threatened Friday to impose tariffs against the European Union and China in retaliation for duties imposed on imports of US lobster. At a meeting with fisheries representatives in Bangor, Maine, Trump instructed his hawkish trade advisor Peter Navarro to look into punitive tariffs on EU cars and on … Continue reading Trump threatens EU, China tariffs over lobster duties

NBA legend Jordan donating $100 million to social justice groups

Los Angeles (AFP) Michael Jordan said Friday he is making a record $100 million donation to groups fighting for racial equality and social justice amid a wave of protests across the United States. The NBA legend said in a statement his Jordan Brand would distribute the money over 10 years to different organisations in a … Continue reading NBA legend Jordan donating $100 million to social justice groups

US planning to slash troops in Germany: report

Washington (AFP) US President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to slash the number of troops it maintains in Germany by more than a quarter in the coming months, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The newspaper said the Defense Department would cut the number of military personnel by 9,500 from the current 34,500 permanently … Continue reading US planning to slash troops in Germany: report

Freiburg hand Gladbach Champions League setback

Berlin (AFP) Borussia Moenchengladbach's push for a Champions League place was stalled by Freiburg who clinched a 1-0 win in the Bundesliga on Friday. Gladbach, enjoying their best season since 1984, remain in fourth place - the final Champions League qualifying spot - on 56 points. Waiting game: Freiburg coach Christian Streich (left) sits on … Continue reading Freiburg hand Gladbach Champions League setback

Marriott ceases Cuban operations after new Trump sanctions

Havana (AFP) Marriott has been ordered by the US Treasury Department to close its Four Points Sheraton hotel in Havana by the end of August and abandon plans to open others in Cuba, a spokeswoman for the American hotel group told AFP on Friday. "We entered the Cuban market in 2016, with permission from the … Continue reading Marriott ceases Cuban operations after new Trump sanctions

Trump declares America back after good jobs report

Washington (AFP) President Donald Trump declared the US economy in "rocket" mode Friday after data showed a surprising recovery in the coronavirus-ravaged jobs market -- lifting his own sinking reelection chances in the process. "This is a rocket ship," Trump said in a hastily convened celebratory statement in the White House's Rose Garden. US President … Continue reading Trump declares America back after good jobs report

French forces kill al Qaeda’s North Africa chief in Mali, ministry says

French forces have killed al Qaeda's North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel in northern Mali, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Friday. (FILES) In this file photo taken on November 19, 2010, a man looks at a picture of Abdelmalek Droukdel, aka Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, head of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) seen on … Continue reading French forces kill al Qaeda’s North Africa chief in Mali, ministry says

Solskjaer encouraged by return of ManUtd ‘edge’

London (AFP) Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident his side will hit the ground running when the Premier League resumes later his month. The English top-flight will be back in action in two weeks after several months of coronavirus-enforced inactivity. Confident - Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Oli SCARFF AFP/File United are … Continue reading Solskjaer encouraged by return of ManUtd ‘edge’

Egypt agrees on $5.2 bn aid package: IMF

Washington (AFP) An IMF team has agreed on a one-year, $5.2 billion financing package for Egypt to help the country alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fund announced Friday. The IMF board must still approve the financing from the fund's Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI), which allows nations to circumvent the lengthy negotiations … Continue reading Egypt agrees on $5.2 bn aid package: IMF

Iran FM throws ball back in Trump’s court on nuclear deal

Washington (AFP) Iran's foreign minister Friday threw the ball back into the US president's court on reaching a new nuclear agreement, after the two countries carried out a prisoner swap. President Donald Trump had voiced hope for progress with Iran a day earlier, after the Islamic republic released a US Navy veteran and the United … Continue reading Iran FM throws ball back in Trump’s court on nuclear deal

A near-private encounter with ‘Las Meninas’ as Madrid’s Prado reopens

Madrid (AFP) A moment of almost-total silence contemplating Velazquez's "Las Meninas" is the rare opportunity offered by Madrid's Prado museum as it reopens its doors to a handful of visitors Saturday after a three-month closure. In its vast central gallery which is bathed in natural daylight, Spain's biggest museum has put together more than 200 … Continue reading A near-private encounter with ‘Las Meninas’ as Madrid’s Prado reopens

Republic Records removes ‘urban’ descriptor at label

New York (AFP) The label Republic Records -- home to top artists including Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift -- on Friday vowed to ban the word "urban" as a generalization for hip-hop and R&B. Many see it as an antiquated umbrella term -- it is still used to describe many awards at the Grammys -- … Continue reading Republic Records removes ‘urban’ descriptor at label