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Venezuelan opposition leader denies ties to criminal gang

Venezuelan opposition leader denies ties to criminal gangVenezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó rejected allegations Friday that he has ties to an illegal armed group in Colombia, as officials launched an investigation based on photos appearing in social media purportedly showing him posing with members of the gang. The pictures were allegedly taken in late February when Guaidó crossed into Colombia and made a surprise appearance at a concert organized by billionaire Richard Branson aimed at helping deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuela. Government officials loyal to President Nicolás Maduro are holding up the photos as proof that Guaidó’s covert journey was orchestrated with the help of a Colombian criminal gang known as the Rastrojos, an accusation he denies.



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Indian business ties underpin muted Arab response to Kashmir

Indian business ties underpin muted Arab response to KashmirGulf Arab countries have remained mostly silent as India’s government moved to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its limited autonomy, imposing a sweeping military curfew in the disputed Muslim-majority region and cutting off residents from all communication and the internet. This muted response is underpinned by more than $ 100 billion in annual trade with India that makes it one of the Arabian Peninsula’s most prized economic partners. Regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia urged restraint and expressed concern over the brewing crisis.



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South Korea Moves to Downgrade Japan Trade Ties, Seeks Talks

South Korea Moves to Downgrade Japan Trade Ties, Seeks Talks(Bloomberg) — Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. South Korea moved to downgrade Japan from its list of most trusted trading partners while also seeking talks to end a months-long spat that has hurt economic ties between the two American allies.South Korea plans to split its fast-track category into two and initially put Japan as the only country in the second one, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said Monday. The move comes less than two weeks after Japan removed South Korea from its list of “white nations” considered safe enough to export strategic materials to.South Korean President Moon Jae-in demanded last week Japan reconsider its decision, warning there are no “winners in this game.”The dispute has undermined the economic outlook of South Korea, which is already struggling to cope with the U.S.-China trade war. Companies in South Korea need materials from Japan to produce memory chips and displays.Big trade deficit“It’s symbolic, given the importance of South Korean products in Japan’s industries is small,” said Oh Tae-heon, an economist who teaches Japan studies at Kyung Hee Cyber University in Seoul. “It won’t create the kind of urgency in Japan that South Korea felt when exports of semiconductor materials were curbed.”South Korea’s trade deficit with Japan was $ 24 billion in 2018, the biggest among more than 250 trade partners, according to the Korea International Trade Association.Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo told reporters Monday in a briefing that South Korea was ready to agree to talks with Japan during its 20-day review period before the new designation takes effect in September.Currently 29 nations are in South Korea’s “Ga” list of most trusted trading partners for strategic materials, while all other countries belong to the other “Na” category, according to the trade ministry’s website.Machine tools, chemicals and stainless steel are among the types of products that South Korea’s ministry has listed on its website as subject to the export controls.Japan would be placed in the new “Ga2” category and treated “in principle” in the same way as countries in the “Na” category, the ministry said in an emailed statement.(Updates with comment from economist in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Kim in Seoul at skim609@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Malcolm Scott at mscott23@bloomberg.net, Peter Pae, Daniel Ten KateFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Mueller ties on display at jury selection for Greg Craig trial

Mueller ties on display at jury selection for Greg Craig trialHow many potential jurors raised concerns about the Mueller links is unclear because the judge had them flag such concerns in writing on index cards they were given.



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Pakistan Suspends Trade With India, Downgrades Diplomatic Ties

Pakistan Suspends Trade With India, Downgrades Diplomatic Ties(Bloomberg) — Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. Pakistan downgraded diplomatic relations and suspended bilateral trade with India after New Delhi revoked seven decades of autonomy for the disputed Muslim-majority state of Kashmir.Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government announced Wednesday a series of measures to oppose what it called “unilateral and illegal actions” by India. He also said Pakistan will take the matter to the United Nations Security Council and ensure the army remains vigilant. India’s foreign ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment.There may be relatively little at stake commercially: Bilateral trade between the two countries amounted to about $ 2.5 billion in 2018, roughly 3% of Pakistan’s total trade and about 0.3% that of India.Politically and strategically, however, every escalation is serious. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision on Kashmir fulfilled a campaign promise made to his Hindu base, which opposed special treatment for the region. The state, officially known as Jammu and Kashmir, has been the main flashpoint between the two nuclear powers, which have fought three wars since the British left the subcontinent in 1947.“Pakistan’s move is wholly expected,” said Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program at the Washington-based Wilson Center. “Despite its bluster, Islamabad has limited true retaliatory options,” he said. “There’s no way it can get India’s decision to be reversed, and it’s not about to send troops into Kashmir, and so naturally it will take the few risk-free punitive steps at its disposal.”Relations between the nations have been strained since February, when a suicide bombing in Kashmir killed 40 Indian paramilitary troops. There was an exchange of airstrikes following that attack.Kashmir, in the Himalayas, has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence, and is claimed in full by both. Two of the nations’ three wars were fought over the territory. While artillery and small-arms exchanges across the disputed border have been common, the airstrikes marked an escalation not seen in decades.India accuses Pakistan of supporting armed extremists in Kashmir, its only Muslim-dominated state. Pakistan denies the charges and says it offers only moral support to separatists.As part of the diplomatic downgrade, Pakistan told India to withdraw its high commissioner from Islamabad, and informed the Indian government that it wouldn’t be sending its designated commissioner, according to a statement on the Pakistan Foreign Ministry website.India tightened security at airports in its four biggest cities and restricted visitors’ entry. Aviation has emerged as a “soft target” for terrorists attacks following the developments in Kashmir, India’s Bureau of Civil Aviation Security said in an advisory, released by Mumbai airport.India would have factored in a response when it made the move to revoke autonomy for Kashmir, and probably won’t be overly alarmed by Pakistan’s reaction, said Harsh Pant, professor of international relations at King’s College London.“Pakistan is desperate to bring the international community into this discussion,” he said. “It is hoping that by raising the stakes it would be able to force others to respond.”Yet, the differences over the changes in Kashmir are likely to fought through diplomacy and both states unlikely to breach the crucial bilateral non-nuclear aggression agreement, said Gopalaswami Parthasarathy, India’s former high commissioner to Pakistan.“The Pakistani army is adventurous, not suicidal,” Parthasarathy said. “The bilateral nuclear agreement remained in place through tougher periods like Kargil when their army crossed over the border. In this case, they will at best go up to the United Nations Security Council.”(Adds analyst comment in last paragraph.)\–With assistance from Katerina Petroff, Bibhudatta Pradhan, Khalid Qayum and Anurag Kotoky.To contact the reporters on this story: Archana Chaudhary in New Delhi at achaudhary2@bloomberg.net;Sarah Jacob in Amsterdam at sjacob19@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Ten Kate at dtenkate@bloomberg.net, Benjamin HarveyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Meet the woman who ties Jeffrey Epstein to Trump and the Clintons

Meet the woman who ties Jeffrey Epstein to Trump and the ClintonsHeiress Ghislaine Maxwell paved the way to presidents.



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US diplomat gets 40 months in jail over Chinese agent ties

US diplomat gets 40 months in jail over Chinese agent tiesA US diplomat was sentenced to 40 months in prison Tuesday for lying to investigators about money she received from Chinese intelligence agents in exchange for US documents. The US Justice Department said Candace Marie Claiborne, 63, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States in one of several high-profile cases involving Beijing spies’ recruitment of US officials with access to classified intelligence. Claiborne was a Department of State office management specialist based in Beijing and Shanghai who became involved beginning in 2007 with two men the Justice Department said she knew were agents of China’s Ministry of State Security.



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Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan in Iran to talk security, ties

Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan in Iran to talk security, tiesPakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Iran on Sunday to discuss security and regional issues, Iranian state TV reported, a day after Islamabad urged Tehran to act against militants behind killings in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. A new umbrella group representing various insurgent groups operating in Baluchistan claimed responsibility for an attack on Thursday when 14 passengers were killed after being kidnapped from buses in the province, which borders Iran. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday the training and logistical camps of the new alliance that carried out the attack were inside Iran and called for Iran to take action against the insurgents.



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Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan in Iran to talk security, ties

Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan in Iran to talk security, tiesPakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Iran on Sunday to discuss security and regional issues, Iranian state TV reported, a day after Islamabad urged Tehran to act against militants behind killings in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. A new umbrella group representing various insurgent groups operating in Baluchistan claimed responsibility for an attack on Thursday when 14 passengers were killed after being kidnapped from buses in the province, which borders Iran. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday the training and logistical camps of the new alliance that carried out the attack were inside Iran and called for Iran to take action against the insurgents.



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Louisiana church fires: Deputy's son arrested as authorities investigate ties to black metal

Louisiana church fires: Deputy's son arrested as authorities investigate ties to black metalHolden Matthews, the son of a sheriff's deputy, was in custody in connection with the fires of three predominantly black churches in Louisiana.



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