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Eleven countries sign Trans-Pacific trade deal — without U.S.

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The remaining signatories of the TPP met in Vietnam in 2017. Photo: Kyodo News via Getty Images

After President Trump pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership last year, the eleven remaining countries met to reach a new deal. That trade deal was signed today by Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam in Santiago, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The world is moving on as the U.S. steps back from trade deals such as the TPP. One consequence of the reduced American engagement in Latin America is the influx of Chinese investments and influence.

Zachary Basu 1 hour ago
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U.N. calls on Turkey to end state of emergency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images.

A new report from the United Nations has detailed extensive human rights violations in Turkey and calls for an end to the country's 20-month state of emergency. The report's findings include evidence of large-scale arbitrary detentions, suppression of free speech and the use of torture by security forces, justified under the state-sponsored guise of "links to terrorist organizations."

“The numbers are just staggering: nearly 160,000 people arrested during an 18-month state of emergency; 152,000 civil servants dismissed, many totally arbitrarily; teachers, judges and lawyers dismissed or prosecuted; journalists arrested, media outlets shut down and websites blocked – clearly the successive states of emergency declared in Turkey have been used to severely and arbitrarily curtail the human rights of a very large number of people,”
— UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
Haley Britzky 1 hour ago
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McCain condemns Trump's congratulations to Putin

John McCain.
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Sen. John McCain condemned President Trump on Tuesday for his call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying U.S. presidents shouldn't congratulate "dictators on winning sham elections."

“An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country's future, including the countless Russian patriots who have risked so much to protest and resist Putin's regime."