Mexican labor activist released from jail as trade deal takes effect

MEXICO CITY – Mexican labor attorney and independent union leader Susana Prieto was released from jail on Wednesday after her arrest nearly a month ago on charges of inciting violence at a workers protest, state prosecutors said. A judge’s order for her release came hours after the July 1 start of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal, according a statement from the attorney general’s office of the northern border state of Tamaulipas. Prieto’s release…

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NHL: League leaning towards Edmonton, Toronto as ‘hub cities’ – reports

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL) is eyeing Edmonton and Toronto as its “hub cities” as part of a return-to-play plan, ESPN and TSN reported on Wednesday. The NHL has been working toward resuming its season after it was halted in mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak, with plans for an expanded 24-team playoff format later this summer. The league said it would have games without fans at two “hub cities” to minimize…

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Pompeo calls Hong Kong law an ‘affront to all nations’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the new security law China has imposed on Hong Kong was an affront to all nations and that Washington would continue to implement President Donald Trump’s directive to end the territory’s special status. Pompeo told a news briefing the United States was deeply concerned about the safety of everyone in Hong Kong and said Article 38 of the law purported to apply to offenses…

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Motor racing: No Orange Army as Verstappen chases Austrian hat-trick

– Red Bull’s Max Verstappen can complete a hat-trick of Austrian Grand Prix wins on Sunday in a season-opening race unlike any in Formula One history. The Dutch 22-year-old won at his team’s home Red Bull Ring in 2018 and 2019 but there will be no cheering around the scenic circuit as the sport goes behind closed doors for the first time. The COVID-19 pandemic means the championship is starting nearly four months later than…

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Mexican president to hold bilateral Trump talks on July 8

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will hold bilateral talks in Washington with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on July 8 as part of a trip to mark a new North American trade deal, Mexico’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. Mexico’s government proposed the two-day talks in Washington to celebrate the July 1 start of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is replacing the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trilateral…

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U.S. tells Japan it hopes for in-person G7 summit in late August, Japanese sources say

TOKYO – The United States has told Japan that it wants to organize an in-person Group of Seven leaders’ summit in late August, two Japanese government sources with direct knowledge of the matter told on Wednesday. Japan told the United States in response that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would be willing to attend the summit if it were to be held in late August, the sources said. U.S. President Donald Trump decided in May…

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New North American trade deal launches under growing threat of disputes

WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY/OTTAWA – The revamped trade pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico taking effect on Wednesday was meant to create a kind of fortress North America, boosting the region’s competitiveness – but cracks are already starting to show in the foundation. As the deal kicks in, the Trump administration is threatening Canada with new aluminum tariffs, and a prominent Mexican labor activist has been jailed, underscoring concerns about crucial labor reforms in the…

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Mexican president visit to Trump middle of next week: sources

MEXICO CITY – A visit by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to Washington to meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump has been planned for around the middle of next week, two sources familiar with the matter said. Lopez Obrador previously said the meeting could take place soon after July 1 but on Monday announced it would not be this week. Planning is underway for the visit to be on July 8-9, according to a…

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Mexican labor activist’s arrest sends ‘wrong signal’ under North America trade deal

MEXICO CITY – As the new North America trade deal takes effect on Wednesday, the jailing of Mexican labor lawyer and independent union leader Susana Prieto has reignited concern about the challenges of meeting its labor rights provisions. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed last December after a flurry of final negotiations over demands from U.S. Democratic lawmakers for stricter enforcement of Mexico’s labor standards. As part of the deal replacing NAFTA, as the…

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