Global Glance: EU retaliatory tariffs go into force; OPEC agrees to increase oil output

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EU retaliatory tariffs on raft of US goods go into force

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is enforcing tariffs on $3.4 billion in U.S. products as of Friday in retaliation to duties the Trump administration has put on European steel and aluminum. The goods targeted include typical American products like bourbon, peanut butter, and orange juice, in a way that seems designed to create political pressure on U.S. President Donald Trump and senior U.S. politicians. Read more


OPEC discussing oil output increase to contain energy costs

VIENNA (AP) — The countries of the OPEC oil cartel will discuss increasing their production by about 1 million barrels a day at a meeting Friday that could influence the cost of energy globally in coming months. The group’s largest producer, Saudi Arabia, is seen to be open to higher production but Iran has been hesitant as U.S. sanctions are hindering its ability to export. U.S. President Donald Trump has been calling publicly for the cartel to help lower prices. Read more


What’s that extra in my online cart? Soon, maybe a sales tax

NEW YORK (AP) — Attention shoppers: You may soon be paying more taxes on what you put in your online cart. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can require online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases that come from states where they don’t have any shops, offices or warehouses. Before that, retailers didn’t have to collect state sales taxes if it was shipping items to someone in a state where the business didn’t have a physical presence. Read more


Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump’s order to stop separating migrant children from their parents spread confusion and uncertainty along the border, with no clear plan to reunite families but with growing signs the administration is dialing back its “zero tolerance” policy on those entering the U.S. illegally. Read more


Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States attacked first, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from around the globe and threatening to hit tens of billions of dollars in Chinese products. Now, the world is punching back. In two weeks, the United States is to start taxing $34 billion in Chinese goods. Beijing has vowed to immediately retaliate with its own tariffs on U.S. soybeans and other farm products in a direct shot at President Donald Trump’s supporters in America’s heartland. Read more


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