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President-elect Donald Trump has said that the USA "is being hurt very badly by China" - photo by Fox News video
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In a television interview, President-elect Donald Trump has said, "I don't want China dictating to me" in reference to China's angry reaction and comments concerning his recent communications with Taiwan. 

About a week and a half ago, President-elect Trump received a call from Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen, congratulating him on his victory in the 2016 USA presidential elections. The call greatly angered China because, according to their One China Policy, there is only one China and Taiwan is only one part of China. 

The USA broke official ties with Taiwan in 1979 in support of the "Once-China Policy". The USA has maintained friendly, yet unofficial ties with Taiwan since then.

In the interview on Fox News, Trump said, "I fully understand the 'One China' policy, but I don't understand why we have to be bound by the 'One China' policy unless we make a deal with China, having to do with other things, including trade." 

Trump said that the USA is "being hurt very badly by China" because China is manipulating their currency in order to maintain a trade advantage, heavily and unfairly taxing USA products entering China, building a massive military complex within the South China Sea, and failing to help the USA and the world deal with the belligerent North Korea.

"China must resolutely battle Mr Trump, only after a few serious rebuffs then will he truly understand that China and other global powers cannot be bullied,"  China's Global Times said in response. The China news medium said that while Donald Trump may be a business man, "in the field of diplomacy, he is as ignorant as a child".

On Friday, China flew a nuclear bomber jet outside of its borders over the South China Sea, and USA officials said it was meant to send a warning to the USA.


Vocabulary
to dictate - to demand / command someone to do something as if they are the authority
concessions - something that is given because it is asked for by another party; 
a yielding; a deal
bound by - restricted by; forced to obey
to manipulate - to control something in order to gain power
trade advantage - to have a benefit that other people do not have (concerning buying and selling products)
military complex - a large area filled with military buildings, facilities, and weapons
belligerent - threatening violence; very aggressive
resolutely - in a way that doesn't give in, give up, and/or relent; without quitting / stopping
to battle - to fight
news medium - internet news website / newspaper
rebuff - a rude rejection
diplomacy - dealing between countries
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USA president Obama met with EU leaders in Berlin, Germany - photo AP
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Outgoing USA president Barack Obama met with EU leaders to affirm their commitments to NATO and to continue sanctions against Russia. This was the first USA-EU summit since Donald Trump won the USA presidential election.

Convening in Berlin, Germany, Obama met with Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain's prime minister Theresa May, France's president Francois Hollande, Italy's prime minister Matteo Renzi and Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

The leaders concluded that sanctions against Russia must continue until Russia resolves its conflict with Ukraine. Obama and the EU claim that Russia has sent military and weapons to eastern Ukraine to aid separatists there.

The leaders also said that Syria and Russia must halt their attacks on Aleppo. "We agreed the need to keep up the pressure on Russia, including the possibility of sanctions on those who breach international humanitarian law," Britain's prime minister Teresa May said.

In regard to NATO, an official statement released by the White House after the summit said the leaders "affirmed the importance of continued co-operation through multilateral institutions, including Nato" and that they "agreed on the necessity of working collectively to move the transatlantic agenda forward, particularly on bringing stabilization to the Middle East and North Africa".

Despite the summit topics, Donald Trump has vowed to improve USA's relationship with Russia, and has criticized NATO as being outdated and unfair.


Vocabulary
summit - an organized, regular meeting of international leaders
outgoing - leaving soon
affirm - to say something again as being factual
sanctions - penalty / punishment against a country by other countries
convene - to meet (officially)
separatists - people who fight to leave a country and start their own country or join another
halt - to immediately stop
outdated - old and not useful anymore


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Julian Assange of Wikileaks via video link on Tuesday - photo by Right Side Broadcasting video
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In what had been described as a Wikileaks "October Surprise", leader of the organization Julian Assange appeared via video link in a 10 am (GMT+2) press conference today in Berlin. 

Before the conference, Assange claimed Wikileaks had information that could damage Hillary Clinton's USA presidential campaign. While he did not reveal any of that data during the meeting, Assange  did say that Wikileaks hopes to publish secret documents and information every week for the next ten weeks up to the November 8 election. The materials will include topics on war, arms, oil, Google, and the USA election.

During the conference, Assange showcased his newly written books, spoke of Wikileak's 10th anniversary. and answered questions from the press.


Vocabulary
to showcase - to show something to a large group of people
press conference - a meeting of reporters and journalists organized by someone who wants to talk to the public
the press - newspaper, internet, tv, reporters (i.e. the media)
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An attacker with a rifle killed 5 people at Cascade Mall in Burlington, WA, USA - photo by AP
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A gunman carrying a rifle entered a Burlington, Washington shopping center on Friday night and opened fire killing at least five people.

The gunmen fled the scene and is still at large with the rifle.

Shots were heard in the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington at around 7 pm as people began hiding in dressing rooms and locking doors to stores. The mall was evacuated at around 8:30 pm. 

Four woman and one man were killed all in Macy's Department store.

The attacker is described by police as a "Hispanic male wearing grey" and was last seen travelling toward Interstate 5 motorway.
 


Vocabulary
the scene - the place where the incident happened
at large - still free from (police) but wanted by the police

dressing room - a room in a store where people try on clothes
to evacuate - to suddenly leave an area (as a large group of people) because of danger
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Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male wearing grey - photo by AP
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The wife of Keith Lamont Scott has released her private video of the incident of her husband's killing - photo from Scott Family video
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The wife of Keith Lamont Scott, the black man shot by police in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday, has released her private video of part of the incident to media. 

While the video does not show the actual shooting, police can be heard telling Scott, "Drop the gun!" and Scott's wife can be heard telling police to not shoot her husband, that "...he didn't do anything..." and that "...he doesn't have a gun."

Police were originally in the area to serve a warrant to someone else, when they engaged Scott because they saw him leave his car with what they claim looked like a gun. Scott's family insists that he was only carrying a book.

Charlotte officials have not yet released police dash-cam footage of the incident. 

Following three days of protests in Charlotte that have turned violent, mayor Jennifer Roberts has imposed a curfew from 12 am to 6 am in the city. 

A state of emergency in the city was declared yesterday.


Vocabulary
to serve a warrant - to arrest someone wanted by police
a warrant - an official document from police that orders them to arrest someone
dash-cam footage - video taken from a police car
to impose - to make it happen and give people no choice
curfew - a law that declares a time limited that people are allowed to be outside in public
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Protesters are throwing bottles, fireworks, and gun shots were heard during demonstrations against the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott - photo by BBC video
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Public displays of violence and rage over the recent police shooting of a black man continue in Charlotte, North Carolina as the governor has declared a state of emergency in the city.

On Tuesday, Keith Lamont Scott was shot by a black officer causing public protest in the city and throughout the country. Scott was the third USA black man shot by police in a week.

The police shot Scott as they saw him leave a car with a handgun. Police said they told Scott to drop the gun several times before he was shot. The Scott family, however, claims he was carrying nothing but a book. Dash-cam footage is still being reviewed by officials. 

It is legal to carry a gun in North Carolina, but a permit is required to carry and conceal it.

Protests in Charlotte began peacefully yet became violent the second day as protesters started throwing bottles and fireworks at police, destroying property, looting, and gun shots were fired and one person injured.

Riot police are using tear gas as they are facing hundreds of protesters at once.

Police have reported four officers injured so far.



Vocabulary

display - a showing
rage - intense anger
governer - the leader of a state of the USA
state of emergency - a declaration of a very dangerous situation in a particular area

dash-cam footage - video taken from a police car
a permit - a special license allowing someone to do something legally

to conceal - to hide 
property - things people own (cars, bikes, buildings, phones, houses, etc.)
to loot - to break and steal during a mob
riot - a large, uncontrollable mob (group) of people causing violence and havoc (trouble)
tear gas - special chemicals released to make people cry and run away



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Riot police are using tear gas amid violent protests in Charlotte, NC - photo by Brian Bianco / GETTY
 
 
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Ahmed Khan Rahami, the attacker that exploded a bomb in NYC, receives medical treatment by USA staff -photo by WABC video
The man suspected of detonating a bomb in New York City and planting one in New Jersey has been shot by police and is now in custody. 

Ahmed Khan Rahami, 28, a USA-citizen originally born in Afghanistan, is undergoing surgery and receiving medical treatment in New Jersey.

A tavern-owner found Rahami sleeping in a bar's doorway in Linden, New Jersey and called police. When they arrived, police engaged in a shootout with Rahami, who shot two officers, one in the hand, and another in the chest, before he was shot and arrested.

The FBI said that they are not looking for any more suspects at the moment. 


Vocabulary

to detonate - to set off (a bomb)
to plant - to put something (danergous) somewhere and leave it
in custody - being held by authorities (police)
tavern - a bar



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Debbie Wasserman Schultz is stepping down as DNC chair after the DNC - photo by GETTY
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is resigning as the chairwoman of the USA's Democratic National Committee once the party's convention ends this week.

The Florida congresswoman is stepping down amid an email leak which reveals a conspiracy against the Bernie Sanders campaign for the 2016 Democratic nominee. Sanders lost the campaign to Hillary Clinton.

Sanders had called for Wasserman Schultz's resignation on Sunday and embraced it in a media interview today.


Vocabulary
sabotage - the deliberate act of destroying something so it does not work
to resign - quit

to step down - to quit a position
leak - the act of letting something (secret information) escape (become known)
conspiracy - a secret plan
campaign - a project to succeed at a particluar result
nominee (noun) - a party's or group's candidate selection during an election
to embrace - to warmly welcome