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China mulls lifting restrictions on US poultry products
China's General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs are reviewing lifting restrictions on US poultry exports to China.
Over the past two weeks, China and the US have agreed to cancel the additional tariffs in different phases, said Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng on Thursday. (Xinhua)
Judge orders Trump to pay $2M for charity foundation misuse
A New York judge on Thursday ordered US President Donald Trump to pay $2 million to an array of charities to resolve a lawsuit alleging he misused his own charitable foundation to further his political and business interests.
Judge Saliann Scarpulla said Trump breached his fiduciary duty to the Trump Foundation by allowing his campaign staff to plan a fundraiser for veterans’ charities in the run-up to the 2016 Iowa caucuses.
The event, which passed money through Trump’s non-profit, was designed “to further Mr. Trump’s political campaign,” Scarpulla said. (AP)
IAEA verifies Iranian uranium compound transfer to Fordow nuclear facility
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed on Thursday that Iran had transferred Uranium Hexafluoride to the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP).
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Thursday that they started pumping uranium gas into the centrifuges at the Fordow nuclear plant.
Iran's move came as the fourth step to scale back its commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal after the US reneged on the deal in 2018. (Xinhua)
EU cuts economic growth forecast for 2019, 2020
The European Commission said on Thursday that euro area gross domestic product (GDP) is forecast to expand by 1.1 percent in 2019 and by 1.2 percent in 2020 and 2021.
The European economy is in its seventh consecutive year of expansion, but the bloc now "looks to be heading towards a protracted period of more subdued growth and muted inflation," the commission said in a statement.
The commission said trade tensions between the United States and China and high levels of policy uncertainty, especially with respect to trade, have dampened investment, manufacturing and international trade. (Xinhua)
Essex lorry victims confirmed to be Vietnamese nationals
All 39 people found dead in the Essex lorry incident were confirmed to be Vietnamese nationals, Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security announced on Thursday.
The victims were from six Vietnamese localities including Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Thua Thien Hue, the ministry said on its website.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said their government strongly condemns acts of trafficking and calls on countries in the region and the world to step up cooperation, and resolutely prevent and combat this particularly dangerous crime to prevent the same tragedy from happening again. (Xinhua)
Baghdadi's wife, child held by Turkey: Erdogan
The wife and a DNA-confirmed child of killed leader of Islamic State (IS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have been held by Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed on Thursday.
The total number of Baghdadi's relatives that Turkey has captured is almost "in double-digit numbers," but Ankara does not want to announce them all at the moment, Erdogan said.
Turkey captured al-Baghdadi's sister and her husband in Syria on Monday, Turkish officials announced. (Xinhua)
US scientists identify new HIV strain, first in nearly 20 years
A team of US researchers have identified a new strain of HIV, the first time a new subtype of HIV-1 has been identified in nearly 20 years.
The study published online on Wednesday in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes described the previously unidentified strain of HIV under the Group M, which is responsible for the vast majority of human infections.
The researchers from Abbott Laboratories and the University of Missouri independently discovered three cases of the new strain: all three samples were discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1983, 1990, and 2001. (Xinhua)
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