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Africa's only female head of state rejects calls to resign

Mauritian president
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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, president of Mauritius and Africa's only female head of state, is refusing to resign amid allegations that she spent $27,000 on clothing and jewelry using a charity credit card, reports the BBC.

  • The details: The credit card was given to Gurib-Fakim, who was a celebrated scientist before entering politics, by the Planet Earth Institute to cover travel expenses while promoting a science initiative abroad. The president's office has denied wrongdoing, claiming that that she inadvertently used an identical credit card from the same bank and that all expenses have been paid back to PEI.
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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.

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Meet John Bolton, Trump's new national security adviser

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference last month. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

President Trump said Thursday that national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who's resigning, will be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hawkish former United States ambassador to the United Nations.