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Trade war a reality, French finance minister warns

Trade war a reality, French finance minister warns

Business
A trade war is now a reality, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has warned as G20 ministers gather for a summit in Argentina. The current US trade policy of imposing unilateral tariffs is based on "the law of the jungle", he said. But US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the tariffs and urged the EU and China to open their markets to allow free competition.Last week, US President Donald Trump described the EU as a "foe" on trade.Mr Trump later threatened to impose tariffs on all $ 500bn (£380bn) of Chinese goods entering the US in a growing trade row.The US has large trade deficits with both the 28-member EU and China.The two-day talks in Buenos Aires bring together finance ministers and central bankers of th...
New Zealand prime minister gives birth to baby girl

New Zealand prime minister gives birth to baby girl

World
New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern has become the first world leader in nearly 30 years to have a baby while in office. The 37-year-old gave birth to a baby girl in Auckland City Hospital, becoming only the second world leader to do so while serving.Benazir Bhutto had her second child in 1990 when she was prime minister of Pakistan."I'm sure we're going through all of the emotions new parents go through, but at the same time feeling so grateful for all the kindness and best wishes from so many people. Thank you," Ms Ardern said in a statement Image: Ms Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford announced the pregnancy in January She added that both mother and daughter were doing well. The politician and her partner Clarke...
Mia Mottley becomes first female prime minister of Barbados

Mia Mottley becomes first female prime minister of Barbados

World
May 25 (UPI) -- A day after her party won all seats up for grabs in Barbados' general election, Mia Amor Mottley was sworn in Friday as the country's first female prime minister. Outgoing Prime Minister Freundel Stuart conceded defeat in the election. Mottley, 52, leader of the Barbados Labour Party, is the country's eighth prime minister. She took the oath of office before Governor General Sandra Mason and was surrounded by family, friends and party supporters. The swearing-in came about eight hours after the BPL won all 30 parliamentary seats on the ballot Thursday. Following her party's victory, Mottley said she wanted to thank the voters for doing "what is best for Barbados." Mottley was also the first woman to be appointed the country's attorney general and minister of home affairs ...
Russia-Trump inquiry: Russian foreign minister dismisses FBI charges

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russian foreign minister dismisses FBI charges

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRussia's foreign minister has dismissed as "blather" the charges levelled by the FBI special counsel against 13 Russians for election meddling. Sergei Lavrov said at a major security conference in Germany he would not comment further until he saw "facts".The charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller are seen as a major development in his continuing probe into the US 2016 election.President Trump has said the indictment shows his campaign did "nothing wrong". The Russian foreign minister was being questioned by participants at the Munich Security Conference. Asked about the charges, he said that even Vice-President Mike Pence had called the investigation into question. "So until we see the facts, everything else is just blather." But Mr Tr...
Sam Gyimah is new science minister

Sam Gyimah is new science minister

Science
Sam Gyimah has been made Universities and Science Minister for England in Theresa May's government reshuffle.Mr Gyimah's role straddles the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.He replaces Jo Johnson, who has been made Transport Minister.Mr Gyimah, 41, will work alongside the newly appointed Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, who is replacing Justine Greening. What else do we know about him?born in Buckinghamshire but spent some of his childhood in his mother's native Ghanastudied philosophy, politics and economics at Somerville College, Oxfordworked for Goldman Sachs for five years before opting for a career in politicsbecame Conservative MP for East Surrey in 2010served as a government whip and was parliamentary private secretary to the...