A photographer captured stark images of a former human zoo that’s now a public park near Paris

July 18, 2018

Seph Lawless Just outside Paris, there is a peculiar park, where ruins of pavilions and greenhouses lie among overgrown grass, weeds, and wild tree branches. The site hosts the remains of one of the world’s few “human zoos,” called the Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale. In the early 20th century, white visitors would come to see the exotic animals, plants, and other products of the European empires. They would also gawk at the…

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The Trump administration reportedly drafted a bill to abandon key World Trade Organization rules

July 15, 2018

Associated Press/Evan Vucci The Trump administration has reportedly drafted a bill that would abandon the US’ commitment to the World Trade Organization’s rules. Trump has recently been angling to withdraw the US from the WTO altogether — though Congress is unlikely to approve such a measure. Administration officials involved in drafting the legislation told Axios it was “insane.” The Trump administration has drafted legislation that would empower the president to…

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Trump’s burgeoning trade war with China is already affecting car manufacturers in the US

July 10, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, said profit would fall in 2018 as new import tariffs on cars exported from the United States to China. The company said the tariffs would hurt sales of high-margin Mercedes-Benz sports utility vehicles. Daimler’s revised forecast comes as U.S. President Donald Trump is proposing to impose tariffs on imported vehicles on grounds that trade imbalances on many products threaten U.S. national security. He is separately…

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The EU is privately telling European countries to prepare their airports for a no-deal Brexit

July 6, 2018

European Union member states should prepare their airports for no-deal Brexit, the European Commission reportedly warned earlier in June. A lack of progress in Brexit negotiations has increased the chances of no-deal. A no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for Britain and Europe’s aviation industry. It would immediately ground flights between the UK and EU because EU-issued aviation licenses would no longer be valid.  Trade minister Liam Fox warned over the…

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It would be ‘very difficult’ for Norway to say no to Britain agreeing a soft Brexit

July 5, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Norway’s chief representative to EFTA and the EEA says it would be “very difficult” to stand in the way of Britain pursuing a Norway-style Brexit. MPs will vote next week on whether Theresa May should seek to keep Britain in the single market by replicating the so-called Norway model. Svein Roald Hansen — the Norwegian Parliament’s chief representative to EFTA and EEA — told BI that Norwegian politicians would…

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