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Brand new cars sit on a truck that is leaving a lot at the Auto Warehousing Company near the Port of Richmond on May 24, 2018.
Brand new cars sit on a truck that is leaving a lot at the Auto Warehousing Company near the Port of Richmond on May 24, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

Trump threatens 20% tariff on all imported EU cars as bloc slaps duties on US goods

President Donald Trump on Friday (June 22) threatened to escalate a trade war with Europe by imposing a 20 per cent tariff on all US imports of European Union-assembled cars, a month after the administration launched an investigation into whether auto imports pose a national security threat. 

“If these Tariffs and Barriers are not soon broken down and removed, we will be placing a 20% Tariff on all of their cars coming into the U.S. Build them here!” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday.  

Trump’s tweet on autos came after EU reprisals against his tariffs on European steel and aluminum.


Trump urges Republican lawmakers to drop immigration bill until election

President Donald Trump urged Republican lawmakers on Friday (June 22) to drop their efforts to pass comprehensive immigration legislation until after the November elections, sending mixed signals to his party amid an ongoing crisis over his border policies. 

Trump, faced with a public outcry over his policy that separated children from their migrant parents at the US border with Mexico, has gone back and forth on ways to solve the country’s immigration problems, which he blames on Democrats. 

By seeking to keep that blame on the opposition party, he is hoping to galvanise support from his base for midterm elections that could swing the balance of power on Capitol Hill. 


No drugs, no alcohol in US celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's body when he died: Prosecutor

US celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who killed himself in a French hotel room earlier this month, had no narcotics or alcohol in his body when he died, a local prosecutor said on Friday (June 22).

Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused Parts Unknown television series, was 61. Brash and opinionated, he had spoken openly about his use of drugs and addiction to heroin earlier in his life.

"No trace of narcotics, no trace of any toxic products, no trace of medicines, no trace of alcohol," prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny told Reuters.


World Cup: Nigeria reboot with 2-0 win over Iceland

A revamped Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 and revived their hopes of advancing in the World Cup in Russia on Friday (June 22), with striker Ahmed Musa celebrating his return to the team with two fine goals. 

The defeat for Iceland, appearing in their first World Cup tournament, does not kill off their dreams just yet, while struggling Argentina could also pull off a miraculous escape and make it to the knockout rounds. 

But Friday’s win, in the heat of southern Russia, leaves Nigeria in control of their destiny when they meet Argentina in their final game of Group D on Tuesday.  A draw might be enough for the Super Eagles, who now hold the group’s second qualifying spot, even if Iceland beat already-qualified Croatia, depending on goal difference. 


World Cup: Argentina asks Russia to deport fans filmed fighting

Argentina said on Friday (June 22) it had asked Russia to detain and deport four of its soccer fans filmed fighting with supporters from Croatia at a World Cup match on Thursday (June 21).

Russia and soccer's world governing body FIifa have promised to hold a safe and welcoming World Cup, despite concerns that the tournament could be marred by hooliganism and fan violence.

All violent incidents reported so far have been relatively minor, but a video filmed during Thursday's emotionally-charged match between Argentina and Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod showed a group of men fighting in the stands.