PHILADELPHIA/MEXICO CITY The White House on Thursday floated the idea of imposing a 20 percent tax on goods from Mexico to pay for a wall at the southern U.S. border, sending the peso tumbling and deepening a crisis between the two neighbors.
MEXICO CITY — When Donald J. Trump called some Mexican immigrants rapists, threatened to deport millions of them and promised to build a wall to keep others out, Mexican officials counseled caution, saying it was merely bluster from an unlikely candidate who, if elected, would never follow through.
SEOUL, South Korea — A professor whose book about Japan’s World War II-era military brothels angered Korean women who once worked there was acquitted on Wednesday of defaming the women.
A series of wildfires has devastated homes, farmland and livestock in a large area of southern and central Chile over the past week. A prolonged drought and high temperatures have worsened the blazes, which have so far destroyed around 300,000 acres of forest land and killed three firefighters.
Despite a slowdown in the fourth quarter, the country’s GDP grew 6.8 percent last year, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority. The annual growth was the fastest since 2013, according to the government.
MOSCOW Direct contacts between the White House and the Kremlin have not been established since U.S. President Donald Trump took office, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday. “Contacts at the level of the administrations are not taking place at the moment, there haven’t been any yet, such contacts are yet to be established,” Peskov told a conference call with reporters.
The bill was initially drafted by Russian Senator Valentina Petrenko (Republic of Khakassiya) in April last year. The document introduces rules into the family and civil codes and reads that “The citizen’s name is understood as a means of individualization that cannot be comprised of figures, numerals, symbols in any combination, abbreviations, explicit words and cannot contain indications of official ranks or positions.