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Trump needs Canada and Congress for a win on NAFTA

Dumbass Donald needs Congress and Canada for NAFTA overhaul

President Donald Trump has a lot more negotiating to do — with Congress and Canada — before he can really take credit for delivering on his campaign promise to overhaul NAFTA.

Canadian trade officials rushed back to Washington after Trump announced a NAFTA deal with Mexico on Monday, and they’re meeting with U.S. negotiators Tuesday. But it’s far from clear they’ll be on board by Trump’s self-declared Friday deadline for sending an agreement to Congress, which must approve it before it can take effect.

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US and Mexico reach partial trade deal

Mexico - US trade deal

The U.S. and Mexico struck a trade deal on Monday that paved the way to replace NAFTA, the current agreement between the two nations and Canada.

President Donald Trump said the deal would be called The United States-Mexico Trade agreement, getting rid of the NAFTA name. Trump added that the deal with Mexico is also very special for farmers and manufacturers.

Officials were in Washington trying to work out the issues as the Trump administration pushes to remake the 1994 agreement with the U.S., Mexico and Canada. There was some hope that a new NAFTA could be solidified before Mexico’s government turnover on Dec. 1.

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Ex-Vatican diplomat calls on 'sinful' Pope Francis to resign over sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis accused of knowing about sex abuses

Pope Francis should resign for his "sinful conduct" in covering up sexual abuse allegations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a retired Vatican diplomat says.

Francis had recently become pope in 2013 when he asked Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò his thoughts on McCarrick, Viganò says in a damning, 11-page open letter published Sunday.

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S.African farmers 'furious' over Trump land reform tweet

S.African farmers hit back at Trump

South African farmers have demanded Donald Trump "leave us the hell alone" after the US president criticised the country's land reform plans, accusing him of trying to deflect attention from his own scandals.

"The people were furious about Trump -- and I think they still are," said Preline Swart, a 37-year-old black woman who farms grain and cattle with her husband east of Cape Town.

"He's an outsider and he knows nothing about farming," she said on the sidelines of a summit of farmers, officials and industry players in Bela Bela, 100 miles (160 kilometres) northeast of Johannesburg.

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US cuts over $200m in aid to Palestinians

US cuts $200m in aid to Palestinians

The United States, a major ally of Israel, has cut more than $200m in economic aid to Palestinians, in a move that comes months after also drastically cutting its contribution to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

A senior US official said on Friday that President Donald Trump had ordered the State Department to "redirect" the funding for programmes in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip to unspecified "high-priority projects elsewhere".

The official added that the decision took into account "the challenges the international community faces in providing assistance in Gaza, where Hamas control endangers the lives of Gaza's citizens and degrades an already dire humanitarian and economic situation".

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Trump calls off Pompeo's planned trip to North Korea

Trump no distrusts Kim over denuclearizationU.S. President Donald Trump on Friday canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea for renewed negotiations to persuade it to abandon its nuclear weapons, citing insufficient progress on the issue.

Trump partly blamed China for the stalled momentum with North Korea and suggested talks with Pyongyang could be on hold until after Washington resolved its trade dispute with Beijing.

It was a dramatic shift of tone for Trump, who had previously hailed his June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a success and said the North Korean nuclear threat was over.

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7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes Venezuela

Venezuela has 7.3 earthquakeA magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Venezuela on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake's center was located near the town of Guiria and tremors were felt as far as the capital of Caracas, about 286 miles away.

It struck at 5:31 p.m. and had a depth of about 76.5 miles, the USGS said.

No tsunami advisories were immediately reported.

Venezuela's interior minster, Néstor Luis Reverol, wrote a tweet encouraging the people of Venezuela to remain calm, adding there hadn't been reports of any victims.

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