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UC Irvine professor Peter Navarro lands newly created role in Trump administration

Economist Peter Navarro was a key economic advisor to the president-elect throughout the campaign, and he's a noted China hawk who's argued the U.S.is at economic war with China and needs to adopt a more aggressive stance. Mr. Navarro has argued that valued-added taxes (VATs), such as Canada's goods-and-services tax, act like a back-door tariff on USA imports and a subsidy on exports by other countries.



Parties trade blows after Sao Tome cuts ties

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying did not mention any potential links between the tiny African nation and Beijing , but offered appreciation for Sao Tome and Principe's "return to the right track". China resumed relations with another former Taiwan ally in Africa, The Gambia, in March, though The Gambia had severed its relations with Taipei back in 2013.


Corey Lewandowski Launches Consulting Firm a Block From the White House

Corey Lewandowski Launches Consulting Firm a Block From the White House

Bennett told CNN that Lewandowski first spoke with Trump, incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and Bannon before announcing the launch of his lobbying firm. He also stressed that "It is necessary to have strong, organized outside groups who can help ensure the President-elect's agenda is achieved". "My goal is to make sure the priorities of the Trump agenda become reality", he said.


Top EU court says data retention illegal

Top EU court says data retention illegal

The challenge was originally brought in the U.K.by Watson and Conservative party lawmaker David Davis and was referred to the European Union court by appeals court judges. "It makes clear that blanket and indiscriminate retention of our digital histories - who we interact with, when and how and where - can be a very intrusive form of surveillance that needs strict safeguards against abuse and mission creep", wrote Camilla Graham Wood, a legal officer at the UK-based charity Privacy ...



Government borrowing higher than expected in November

The deficit rose to £12.6bn, with borrowing to fund everyday government spending accounting for £9.9bn, according to data from the Office for National Statistics. VAT receipts were up 4.4% year-on-year in November and corporation tax receipts were up 22.9% year-on-year, showing that economic activity remained robust.


Berlin Attack: The Polish Man

Berlin Attack: The Polish Man

The Polish owner of the lorry that ploughed into a Berlin Christmas market, killing at least nine people in what police said was a possible terror attack, confirmed his driver was missing. One investigator said it would have been "very hard for someone who didn't know what they were doing to drive an articulated truck through the streets of Berlin".