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How Trade Fight Impacts National Economies, Ordinary People

The political squabbling between China and the United States over trade and other issues affect the world’s two largest economies through a variety of mechanisms with unpredictable results.

For example, prices of stock in both nations have been hurt as some shareholders sold their shares and other investors were reluctant to buy shares of companies that might be hurt by rising tariffs. These actions cut demand for certain stocks, making prices fall. Shareholders are part-owners of companies who hope to profit when the company prospers and grows. Rising tariff costs make growth less likely, and that hurts investor confidence.

World Trade …read more

‘No New Policy’ on Immigrants Joining Military, Says Pentagon

The Pentagon says “there is no new policy” concerning immigrants who wish to join the U.S. military, after the Associated Press reported some immigrant reservists and recruits were being “abruptly discharged” from the Army.

“Any recruit … who receives an unfavorable security screening is deemed unsuitable for military service and is administratively discharged,” Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Nina Hill said Friday.

Hill added that each recruit undergoes reviews “dependent upon each individual’s unique background.” The Army, however, could not provide VOA with specific details of individuals’ security checks due to privacy laws.

The discharged recruits and reservists cited in the Associated Press report …read more

Lawyers: Manafort in Solitary Confinement as He Awaits Trial

Lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, say their client has been in solitary confinement as he awaits trial on financial charges.

The lawyers say Manafort is locked in a jail cell in Virginia for 23 hours a day, excluding visits from his attorneys, and has been in solitary confinement because the facility can’t guarantee his safety.

Manafort was jailed last month after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

His lawyers are asking a federal appeals court to overturn the judge’s order and release him under certain conditions …read more

Singer Brown Arrested on Florida Felony Battery Charge

Singer Chris Brown walked off stage after his concert in Florida and into the hands of waiting deputies, who arrested him on a felony battery charge involving a nightclub photographer last year.

Tampa police released more details about the battery warrant Friday after Brown posted $2,000 bond to be released from the Palm Beach County Jail.

The warrant accuses Brown of hitting Bennie Vines Jr., who was hired by a club in Tampa to take pictures during an event hosted by Brown in April 2017.

Vines told officers Brown punched him while he was snapping photos. Brown was gone by the time …read more