Latest batch of US sanctions against Russia comes into effect

The latest set of sanctions against Russia, introduced by the US in response to Moscow’s alleged involvement in the Skripal poisoning in the UK, has come into effect. Moscow has already promised a proportional response. The State Department document, published by the Federal Register website on Monday, outlines the new restrictions that Washington hopes will […]

China says it ‘resolutely opposes’ US trade war as new round of reciprocal tariffs takes effect

China’s commerce ministry has said that it firmly opposes and reserves its right to retaliate to the latest batch of US tariffs that went into effect on Thursday and targeted another $ 16bn worth of imports from the Asian country. In a mirror response, China has slapped hundreds of US products with their own levies. […]

‘Getting the dollar wrong is deadly’: A rapid rise in the dollar could cause a domino effect across emerging markets

Christian Charisius/Reuters The US dollar has already been rallying this year, which puts emerging markets with dollar-denominated debt in a hard position. A currency crisis in Turkey could lead to a “rapid appreciation,” analysts warn. Follow the dollar in real time here. A rallying US dollar has been clobbering emerging market currencies this year, and […]

One side effect from Trump’s trade war could linger for years beyond his presidency

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Donald Trump’s abrupt, erratic approach to trade, even when he does not follow through on the harshest protectionist threats, is already damaging faith in the global trading system.  “The Trump administration’s increased willingness to argue that conventional imports are a threat to national security  could have an adverse impact on the […]

University safe spaces could be having ‘chilling effect’ on free speech, MPs warn

Universities should reconsider the idea of ‘safe spaces’ because of the “chilling effect” they could have on freedom of expression, MPs have warned. A parliamentary committee expressed serious concerns over higher education safe space policies, aimed at preventing controversial speakers from having a platform for fear their speeches may be offensive. The Committee on Human […]

The Terracotta Effect: This exciting new exhibition is boosting Liverpool’s tourism

GETTY Liverpool’s Terracotta Warriors exhibition has brought a tourist boom Famous for The Beatles, its iconic docks and two Premier League football clubs, the Merseyside city of Liverpool is a vibrant tourism hub. The region welcomed over 62 million visitors in 2016, making it the fifth most visited destination in the UK for overseas visitors, […]