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Multiple injuries, suspect arrested in Virginia municipal center shooting

(Reuters) - Multiple people were injured in a shooting at a municipal center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Friday and one suspect has been taken into custody, police said. The Virginia Beach Police Department said in a series of posts on Twitter that it was responding to an “active shooter situation” at building no. 2 of the town municipal center, and advised the public to avoid the area. Further official details of the gun violence were not immediately available, but a public works employee told a local NBC television news affiliate that employees were at their desks when gunshots rang out, and recounted seeing a badly injured…

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Trump to formally launch 2020 campaign on June 18 in Orlando, Florida

FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump delivers the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy's graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday he will be formally launching his 2020 re-election campaign on June 18 in Florida, beginning what may prove to be a difficult bid for another four years at the White House. In a tweet, Trump said he would hold a rally with his wife, Melania, Vice President Mike Pence and Pence’s wife Karen at the 20,000-seat Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. “Join us for this historic rally!” he wrote.…

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Target Trump’s base if trade spat worsens, Mexican farm lobby says

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican government should target agricultural goods produced in states that have voted for U.S. President Donald Trump’s Republican Party if the trade conflict between the two neighbors worsens, the head of Mexico’s main farm lobby said on Friday. Bosco de la Vega, head of Mexico’s national farm council CNA, told Reuters that such retaliatory measures should only be applied as a last resort and that he supports the Mexican government’s efforts to first seek a negotiated settlement to the dispute. De la Vega criticized what he described as Trump’s unjustified “mistreatment” of Mexico by threatening the across-the-board tariffs on the country’s exports…

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Tariff talks ‘have begun,’ top officials meet Wednesday: Mexican minister

FILE PHOTO: Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard takes part in a news conference with Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at the foreign ministry building (SRE) in Mexico City, Mexico May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said he started negotiating with officials in Washington on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened tariffs on imports of Mexican products but face-to-face talks will not happen until next week. Ebrard said on Twitter that he had spoken to senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by phone, and that there was a willingness to resolve the dispute.…

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Mexico, U.S. business groups urge Trump to back down on tariff threat

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s president and the top U.S. business lobbying group called on President Donald Trump to back down from a threat to impose punitive tariffs on Mexican imports, in a dispute over migration that could shock Mexico’s economy. Trump said he will introduce the tariffs on June 10 if Mexico does not halt the flow of illegal immigration, largely from Central America, across the U.S.-Mexican border, battering Mexican financial assets and denting global stocks. The ultimatum from Trump is the biggest foreign policy test to date for Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and a tall order for Mexican security forces struggling not only…

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Oil falls over 3% on fresh trade worries, posts biggest monthly drop in six months

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil slumped over 3% on Friday and posted its biggest monthly drop in six months, after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked global trade tensions by threatening tariffs on Mexico, a key U.S. trade partner and major supplier of crude oil. FILE PHOTO: Pumpjacks are seen against the setting sun at the Daqing oil field in Heilongjiang province, China December 7, 2018. REUTERS/StringerBrent crude futures fell $2.38, or 3.6%, to settle at $64.49 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell $3.09 to $53.50 a barrel, a 5.5% loss. Brent touched a session low of $64.37 a barrel, lowest since March 8.…

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Wall St. skids, jolted by Trump’s surprise tariff threat on Mexico

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks dropped on Friday, as the S&P 500 closed out the month with its biggest May slump since 2010, after President Donald Trump’s surprise threat of tariffs on Mexico fueled fears that a trade war on multiple fronts could lead to a recession. Washington will impose a 5% tariff from June 10, which would rise steadily to 25% until illegal immigration across the southern border was stopped, Trump tweeted late on Thursday. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador responded by urging his U.S. counterpart to back down. “It really is applying a trade tariff to a national security issue and that is…

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House Speaker Pelosi blasts Trump for ‘sowing chaos over the border’

FILE PHOTO: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addresses the Center for American Progress (CAP) 2019 Ideas Conference in Washington, U.S., May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Washington, on Friday said President Donald Trump was “sowing chaos over the border” with his threat to slap tariffs on Mexican imports, and she called on him to work with Congress on immigration reform. “We hope that the president will join us in bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform, be strategic about our trade relationships and recognize the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Yet again, the president…

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Chevron says new U.S. tariffs may impair development of Mexican market

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Chevron Corp is seen in its booth at Gastech, the world's biggest expo for the gas industry, in Chiba, Japan April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toru HanaiHOUSTON (Reuters) - Oil giant Chevron Corp said on Friday the imposition of new tariffs may lead to retaliation by Mexico impairing the development of that nation’s recently opened market for imports of U.S. gasoline and diesel. “Chevron supports free and fair trade, and believes the imposition of new tariffs should be balanced against the potential for new retaliatory actions that impair the development of new markets,” company spokesman Braden Reddall said. Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by…

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Palestinians say U.S. ‘deal of the century’ will finish off their state

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S. blueprint to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, still in draft form after almost two years, is seen by Palestinians, and by some Arab officials and politicians, as a plan to finish off the Palestinian cause. FILE PHOTO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with White House senior advisor Jared Kushner in the West Bank City of Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank June 21, 2017. Thaer Ghanaim/PPO/Handout via REUTERS/File PhotoThe initiative, driven by Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser, was billed by the U.S. president as the “deal of the century”.     While its precise outlines have…

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