The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, condemning the "hypocrisy" of its members and its alleged "unrelenting bias" against Israel. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, came to Washington to announce the decision alongside President Donald Trump's top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Both insisted the United States would remain a leading champion of human rights but, for many, the decision will reflect Trump's general hostility to the world body and to multilateral diplomacy in general. The announcement came after the top U.N. human rights official criticized Washington for separating migrant children from their parents who are seeking asylum after crossing into the country from Mexico. But Haley and Pompeo stressed the decision had been made after a long year of efforts to shame the council into reform and to remove member states that themselves commit abuses. "These reforms were needed in order to make the … [Read more...] about US withdraws from ‘cesspool’ UN rights body
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US President Donald Trump signing the ordinance to withdraw the US from the TPP Comparing the multi-country trade agreement to a glasswork, Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary cautioned against any efforts to change it to accommodate President Trump. He told New York Times: “It is difficult to bring part of the pact and re-negotiate the CPTPP,” and called it a “well-balanced pact” that carefully addressed the needs of the current eleven member countries. Taro Aso, Japanese Minister of Finance, said he would welcome a decision by the US to explore rejoining the CPTPP. “If it is true, I would welcome it.” But he added that he needed to verify facts carefully. “Trump is a person who could change temperamentally, so he may say something different the next day,” Reuters reported. New Zealand’s Trade Minister David Parker questioned how real the engagement was, given similar comments of President Trump in Davos. … [Read more...] about US wish to rejoin to cause turmoil within CPTPP?
His Easter Sunday comments on Twitter came in apparent response to the movement of hundreds of Central Americans who have joined a "migrant viacrucis" ("way of the cross") caravan headed for the US border. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for Easter service at the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP) US President Donald Trump accused Mexico on Sunday (Apr 1) of doing "very little" to stop the flow of people across the US border, and threatened to target the North American Free Trade Agreement in retaliation. His Easter Sunday comments on Twitter came in apparent response to the movement of hundreds of Central Americans who have joined a "migrant viacrucis" ("way of the cross") caravan headed for the US border. "Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. "They must stop the … [Read more...] about Trump says Mexico not stopping migrant flow, threatens NAFTA
Rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City -- home to 20 million people -- clawed through the rubble of at least 49 collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies. Local media reported that families were getting Whatsapp messages pleading for help from desperate relatives trapped under the debris. Mexico City recorded 36 of the deaths, while Morelos state directly south of it saw 64 killed. The others were registered in Puebla (29), a town southeast of the capital, and in Mexico state (nine), which lies just to the west of the capital. National Coordinator for Civil Protection Luis Felipe Puente said a total of at least 138 people died. Memories of the devastating 1985 earthquake that killed 10,000 people in Mexico City spurred panic on Tuesday. Many quickly ran for safety outdoors when walls around them swayed and cracked. "I’m so worried. I can’t stop crying. It’s the same nightmare as in 1985," … [Read more...] about Nearly 140 killed in powerful Mexico quake
MEXICO CITY — Mexico on Tuesday announced the arrest of a senior lieutenant of the jailed Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman who was allegedly engaged in a bloody struggle to lead the Sinaloa crime syndicate. Mexican soldiers and federal agents arrested Damaso Lopez, the office of Mexico’s attorney general announced via Twitter. The US Treasury Department designated Lopez as a drug "kingpin" in 2013 for his role in Guzman’s "narcotics trafficking activities ... and for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking." As a senior Sinaloa cartel operative, Lopez is "responsible for multiple-ton shipments of narcotics from Mexico into the United States." In 2001, Damaso Lopez also helped Guzman in his first of two escapes from a maximum security prisons. Guzman -- accused of running one of the world’s biggest drug empires -- was re-arrested in 2014, then escaped a maximum security prison through a tunnel the following year. Guzman was recaptured in … [Read more...] about Mexico arrests senior ’Chapo’ Guzman lieutenant