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Initial NAFTA Talks Conclude Amid Signs Schedule Could Slip

The United States, Canada and Mexico wrapped up their first round of talks on Sunday to revamp the NAFTA trade pact, vowing to keep up a blistering pace of negotiations that some involved in the process said may be too fast to bridge deep differences. In a joint statement issued at the end of five days of negotiations in Washington, the top trade officials from the three countries said Mexico would host the next round of talks from Sept. 1 to 5. The talks will move to Canada later in…

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Colleges brace for more violence amid rash of hate on campus

AP Photo/Teresa Crawford BOSTON (AP) — Nicholas Fuentes is dropping out of Boston University and heading south, pressing ahead with his right-wing politics despite receiving online death threats. The 19-year-old joined a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend and posted a defiant Facebook message promising that a “tidal wave of white identity is coming,” less than an hour after a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters. Now, he’s hoping to transfer to Auburn University in Alabama. “I’m ready to return to … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Colleges…

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3 charities cancel Mar-a-Lago events amid Trump backlash

AP Photo/Alex Brandon FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s comments about the white nationalist rally last weekend are hurting not just his political standing, but his pocketbook. Three charities announced Thursday that they were canceling fundraisers at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, a sign the president’s business is starting to suffer backlash from his comments Tuesday about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Cleveland Clinic said in a statement that it decided not to hold its annual event at his Palm Beach resort after … Read the referenced┬ástory here: 3…

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Amid US Racial Divisions, Auschwitz Memorial Issues Warning

The memorial site of Auschwitz-Birkenau is weighing in on the anti-Semitic and racially charged violence that has erupted in the United States, noting that hatred comes from people who promote it. The state museum, which preserves the site of the former Nazi German death camp, wrote Thursday on Twitter: “One of the hardest lessons for us today. Perpetrators were people. They accepted an ideology that rationalized and promoted hatred & evil.” With the words is a photo of Auschwitz officers and guards smiling and having fun. The message was posted…

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US, China Sign Communication Deal Amid Heightened Tensions on Korean Peninsula

Top U.S. and Chinese military officers have signed an agreement aimed at improving communication amid tensions over North Korea’s missile program and China’s controversial claims in the South China Sea. Speaking in Beijing with Chinese General Fang Fenghui, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford said the two countries have “many difficult issues” to work through. Tuesday’s signing of the Joint Strategic Dialogue Mechanism opens the door for building trust and understanding between the two militaries, “but it will only be useful if it results in…

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Belgian And Dutch Officials Point Fingers Amid Egg Contamination Scare

Enlarge this image Eggs are being progressively reintroduced in Dutch markets, including this one in Alkmaar, after a contamination scare prompted supermarkets in several European countries to pull their supplies of eggs. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption John Thys/AFP/Getty Images One thing, at least, is not in dispute: Supermarkets in several countries across Europe have pulled eggs from their shelves for fear they were contaminated with Fipronil, an insecticide that’s typically used to kill lice and ticks — and that has the potential to harm humans. The contamination…

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