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Russia threatens to ban British media outlets if RT is shut down

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Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry, says no British media outlet will be permitted to work in Russia if the U.K. decides to shut down state-run network RT's broadcasts, per RT.

The countdown: Prime Minister Theresa May has given Russia until midnight tonight to explain the use of a Russian-manufactured nerve agent on British soil against ex-spy Sergei Skripal. If Russia fails to provide an answer to the U.K.'s satisfaction, May promised "extensive" measures in response — and didn't rule out punitive measures against RT in a speech to the House of Commons yesterday.

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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.