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IMF warns increasing US tariffs could cut China growth sharply

IMF warns increasing US tariffs could cut China growth sharplyChina’s economy already is slowing amid the trade conflict with the United States, but if Washington were to ramp up tariffs even further it could cut Chinese growth sharply, the IMF warned Friday. The International Monetary Fund already had trimmed its growth forecast for China to 6.2 percent this year, assuming no new tariffs are imposed. The annual review of China’s economy — known as the Article IV report — was completed before President Donald Trump announced plans to impose 10 percent punitive tariffs on $ 300 billion in imports.



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Patrick Crusius: El Paso shooting suspect fuels fears of increasing white supremacist threat

Patrick Crusius: El Paso shooting suspect fuels fears of increasing white supremacist threatPatrick Crusius, the suspected gunman in the El Paso mass shooting, was being investigated for hate crimes on Sunday as a familiar portrait began to emerge of the alleged shooter.  Just as it was the case in a series of recent tragedies in the US, the suspect in Texas was a young, white man who had had apparently espoused racist ideology.  The attack comes amid increasing concerns about the threat of domestic terrorism associated with racism and white supremacy in the US and around the world.  Police are investigating the El Paso mass shooting as a hate crime after an anti-immigrant manifesto, apparently written by the suspect, was posted online.  Crusius, of the Dallas area in Texas, was arrested after at least 20 people were killed and 24 injured in a shooting at a Walmart in Texas. El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said police had found a manifesto that may have been written by Crusius and posted online. “Right now we have a manifesto from this individual, that indicates to some degree, it has a nexus to potential hate crime,” Mr Allen said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers gather near the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso Credit: AP He added that authorities were still working to “validate” that it was written by the suspected shooter. The FBI has opened a domestic terrorism investigation into the mass shooting, CNN reported, citing a source.  The “manifesto” was posted to 8chan, a no-censorship site where other extremist manifestos have appeared. Though the writer denied he was a white supremacist, the document said "race mixing" was destroying the nation and recommended dividing the United States into territorial enclaves determined by race. It claimed the shooting was a response to the “Hispanic invasion of Texas”, referring to the so-called “Great Replacement”, a white supremacist conspiracy theory that claims people of European descent are being overwhelmed. It also expressed support for the suspect in the Christchurch mosque shootings, in which 51 people were killed. The author complained that the AK-47 rifle that he chose was "not designed to shoot rounds quickly, so it overheats massively after about 100 shots are fired in quick succession". To counter this he said he'd wear a heat-resistant glove. About | Hate crime The writer said he probably spent less than a month preparing for the shooting. "I have to do this before I lose my nerve," he noted. Strangely, the document includes a rant against automation and corporate America. "The inconvenient truth is that our leaders, both Democrat AND Republican, have been failing us for decades," the document read. He then describes his death as "likely inevitable". "If I'm not killed by the police, then I'll probably be gunned down by one of the invaders. "Capture in this case is far worse than dying during the shooting because I'll get the death penalty anyway," he wrote. Crusius was described as quiet, antisocial and a bit “strange,” the Washington Post reported, citing people who grew up with him in Plano. Asked during a CNN interview about reports of disturbing online posts made by the suspect, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he would not be surprised in any way. "I think those can help shed light on why he did it," Mr Paxton said. "They are still interviewing him." The latest atrocity comes a week after a gunman opened fire at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California. At least three people died and 12 injured when Santino William Legan, 19, carried out the rampage before he killed himself. While no motive has been established for the attack, investigators were examining Legan's social media accounts, including an Instagram account in which he referenced a white supremacist book. In October last year, 11 people were left dead after a gunman attacked a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Robert Bowers, the 46-year-old suspect, appeared to be the author of a rash of violently anti-Semitic posts on the Gab.com social networking website. Six months later, a man armed with an assault-style rifle opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego on Saturday, killing one woman inside and wounding three others in a "hate crime" on the last day of Passover.  John Earnest, the 19-year-old suspect, apparently published an anti-Semitic open letter on a far-right message board hours before the attack. Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the mosque attacks, is seen in the dock during his appearance in the Christchurch District Court Credit: Reuters That manifesto was reportedly similar to one posted on the same message board by Brenton Tarrant, the white supremacist who was behind the March 15 mosque attacks in Christchurch. And while the massacre at the Parkland school in Florida in February last year was not designated a hate crime, the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, had been fixated on racist imagery.  Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Centre for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said political polarisation and a rise of far-right nationalism was contributing to hate crime around the globe. “We’re seeing a coalescence of traditional hate crime with political violence,” he told the LA Times last week. In July, FBI. Director Christopher Wray told Congress that the bureau had made about 100 domestic terrorism arrests in the first three quarters of the year, roughly the same number of international arrests over that time period.  Beto O’Rourke, one of the Democratic presidential candidates, said Mr Trump’s rhetoric has triggered violence, though he stopped short of blaming him for the El Paso shootings. “He is a racist and he stokes racism in this country," Mr O’Rourke said. "And it does not just offend our sensibilities, it fundamentally changes the character of this country and it leads to violence.”



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No sign yet of Trump's tax returns, increasing likelihood of court fight

No sign yet of Trump's tax returns, increasing likelihood of court fightThe likelihood of a court fight over President Donald Trump’s tax returns grew on Wednesday when the U.S. Treasury Department showed no sign of complying with a deadline set by Democratic legislators and Trump himself stuck to his refusal to publicly release them. Republican Trump has consistently refused requests by politicians, journalists and others, stating his reason for not doing so is that the returns are under audit. Tax and legal experts have said, however, that an audit should not prevent their public release, a practice presidents have followed for decades.



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Midwest flooding costs increasing, with $1.6B damage in Iowa

Midwest flooding costs increasing, with $  1.6B damage in IowaDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday that recent flooding in the state has caused an estimated $ 1.6 billion in damage, pushing the total costs from the devastating Midwest flooding to at least $ 3 billion.



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Steve King faces increasing pressure to resign after 'white supremacy' remarks

Steve King faces increasing pressure to resign after 'white supremacy' remarksRep. Steve King’s base of support, including in his home state of Iowa, continues to erode after comments he made appearing to praise white supremacy were published in the New York Times. The latest salvo came as the Sioux City Journal, a conservative newspaper in Iowa’s Fourth District that had previously endorsed the Republican congressman, called on him to resign. “It’s hard for us to summon words that will properly convey how repugnant we view that remark,” said the paper in response to King asking, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” earlier this month.



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Ford Is Increasing GT Production by 350 Units and Reopening Applications

Ford Is Increasing GT Production by 350 Units and Reopening ApplicationsTotal production will now be 1350 cars through 2022.



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Colombia says increasing number of Venezuelans involved in ELN attacks

Colombia says increasing number of Venezuelans involved in ELN attacksColombia on Thursday said an increasing number of Venezuelans were taking part in attacks by Marxist ELN rebels and in criminal activity, as hundreds of thousands of migrants flee over the border to escape a humanitarian crisis at home. Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said he had expressed concern to his Venezuelan counterpart General Vladimir Padrino in a telephone conversation, and that they had agreed to meet to coordinate security plans at the border. Villegas said Venezuelans had collaborated with the National Liberation Army (ELN) in attacks in Colombia and been involved in killings and robberies.



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DrugRisk Announces New Information Showing Yaz Settlements May Be Increasing

The Drug Resource Center is the Web’s largest source for information on prescription drug warnings, side effects and legal news. Visit www.DrugRisk.com.Dallas, TX (PRWEB) December 21, 2012 Online prescription drug resource center DrugRisk.com has added information to its already comprehensive database which indicates German drug maker Bayer may be stepping up efforts to resolve claims against Yaz and Yasmin birth control, possibly even paying more per case that before. …
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