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Mexican official eyes stronger ties with China after U.S. trade deal

Mexican official eyes stronger ties with China after U.S. trade dealMexico should move to deepen its economic ties with China after U.S. congressional approval of a new North American trade deal, a senior Mexican official said late on Saturday. Jesus Seade, the deputy foreign minister for North America and Mexico’s top trade negotiator, said that as the second year of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s six-year term got underway, boosting economic ties with China was vital.



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Angolan ex-president dos Santos denies ties to daughter's alleged graft

Angolan ex-president dos Santos denies ties to daughter's alleged graftAngola’s former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos has denied links to alleged public company embezzlement during his rule, in his first response to corruption investigators last month freezing his daughter’s assets. Isabel dos Santos, the ex-president’s billionaire first-born, has been the target of an anti-corruption campaign led by her father’s successor President Joao Lourenco. The investigation is looking at alleged irregularities involving diamond marketing firm Sodiam and Sonangol — Angola’s national oil company, which was handed over to Isabel dos Santos by her father in 2016.



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Drawn-out sex crimes case rattles Israel-Australia ties

Drawn-out sex crimes case rattles Israel-Australia tiesNicole Meyer endured years of sexual abuse allegedly at the hands of her former school principal. The lengthy, Kafkaesque legal saga over the sex crimes suspect’s fate has not only agonized Meyer but is testing the relationship between Israel and one of its closest allies, Australia. Malka Leifer’s case is still far from resolved and even Australia’s pro-Israel Jewish community is losing patience.



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NRA Blocks Los Angeles Law Requiring Contractors to Reveal Ties

NRA Blocks Los Angeles Law Requiring Contractors to Reveal Ties(Bloomberg) — The National Rifle Association blocked a Los Angeles law that requires city contractors to disclose any business ties with the gun rights organization, with a judge ruling the ordinance may violate the group’s free speech rights.U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson in Los Angeles on Wednesday granted the NRA’s request for a preliminary injunction that prevents the city from enforcing the ordinance until it’s determined at trial whether it’s legal.“The text of the ordinance, the ordinance’s legislative history, and the concurrent public statements made by the ordinance’s primary legislative sponsor evince a strong intent to suppress the speech of the NRA,” the judge said.The judge cited a statement from the ordinance’s sponsor urging Los Angeles to “rid itself” of any relationship with organizations that support the NRA as evidence of a potential free-speech violation.The city attorney’s office will review the ruling and consult with city council on the next steps, spokesman Rob Wilcox said in an email.NRA Wins First Round Over L.A. Law It Says Is About Shaming (1)The case is National Rifle Association of America v. City of Los Angeles, 19-cv-03212, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).To contact the reporter on this story: Edvard Pettersson in Los Angeles at epettersson@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Joe SchneiderFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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TikTok's chief cancels planned meetings with US senators amid concerns over privacy and app's ties to China

TikTok's chief cancels planned meetings with US senators amid concerns over privacy and app's ties to ChinaTikTok told Business Insider the meetings were postponed until after the holidays "to ensure these conversations are as productive as possible."



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Belarus crowds rally against closer Russia ties

Belarus crowds rally against closer Russia tiesRoughly 1,000 Belarusians joined an unauthorised demonstration on Saturday against the prospect of a closer union with Russia. Long-time ruler Alexander Lukashenko was meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia on Saturday to discuss “key issues in our bilateral relations, including the prospects for deepening integration”, according to the Kremlin. Police quickly intervened to oversee the demonstration but made no arrests.



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Pakistan Backs Off Prosecuting Chinese Sex Traffickers to Preserve Economic Ties to Beijing: Report

Pakistan Backs Off Prosecuting Chinese Sex Traffickers to Preserve Economic Ties to Beijing: ReportPakistan has declined to pursue a sprawling case against Chinese sex traffickers due to fears it would harm economic ties with Beijing, the AP reported on Wednesday.Pakistan has been seeking closer ties with China for years as Beijing continue to make major investments in the country's infrastructure.Pakistani investigators have compiled a list of 629 girls and women who were brought to China to be sold as brides. Traffickers often target members of Pakistan's Christian minority, one of the poorest communities in the Muslim-majority country, and some even bribe ministers to advise churchgoers to sell their daughters.A senior Pakistani official said that many of the women who have spoken to the authorities have reported physical and sexual abuse while in China, as well as forced prostitution and fertility treatments. One investigation even contains allegations the organs of some of the women were harvested in China, although there is no evidence for the allegations as of yet.Those familiar with the case said Pakistani authorities are quashing the investigations, in some cases even transferring investigators to different areas."No one is doing anything to help these girls,” another official told the AP. “The whole racket is continuing, and it is growing. Why? Because they know they can get away with it. The authorities won’t follow through, everyone is being pressured to not investigate. Trafficking is increasing now."A case against 31 Chinese nationals accused of human trafficking fell apart in October when a court acquitted all of them. Several women brought by police to testify were bribed or threatened to remain silent.



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Police officer retires after far-right group ties revealed

Police officer retires after far-right group ties revealedA Connecticut police officer has retired after a civil rights organization raised concerns about his membership in a far-right group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies, a town official said Friday. Officer Kevin P. Wilcox retired from the East Hampton Police Department on Oct. 22, according to Town Manager David Cox. Wilcox had been an East Hampton police officer since 1999.



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Rose McGowan attacks Hillary Clinton over ties to ‘monster’ Harvey Weinstein

Rose McGowan attacks Hillary Clinton over ties to ‘monster’ Harvey WeinsteinRose McGowan has lashed out at Hillary Clinton over a report that Ronan Farrow’s investigation into Harvey Weinstein was a “concern” for the Clinton camp.The actor was one of the first to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the disgraced producer, and a lead campaigner for the MeToo movement. Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.



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China, Solomon Islands sign deals under new diplomatic ties

China, Solomon Islands sign deals under new diplomatic tiesSolomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Wednesday and signed several agreements in the first official visit since the two countries established diplomatic relations last month. The new diplomatic relationship is a sign of China’s growing influence in the Pacific and a setback for self-ruled, democratic Taiwan. The Solomon Islands severed ties with Taiwan when it established them with Beijing.



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