Trump hosts Mexican president on his first foreign visit Jul 10, 2020 0 1801 12345 DPAWashington/Mexico CityUS President Donald Trump on Wednesday hosted Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for his first foreign vist, where the two leaders marked the launch of the new North American trade agreement. Trump said he and Lopez Obrador were elected to “put the interests of our countries first” as the two leaders signed a joint declaration.Lopez Obrador applauded Trump’s leadership and thanked him for “being increasingly respectful with our Mexican fellowmen” in an apparent nod to Trump’s penchant for verbal attacks.The visit marks the launch of the new North American free trade deal, known as the USMCA, replacing the NAFTA agreement from the 1990s, which entered into force on July 1. The USMCA was a major early win for Trump, who saw NAFTA as a bad deal for the US. The new agreement updates key parts of NAFTA for the digital era, while also imposing improved labour conditions and reforming sectors like auto manufacturing and dairy.Lopez Obrador’s first visit abroad since he took office 1.5 years ago is meant to strengthen “the strategic alliance” between the neighbouring countries, which are among each other’s largest trade partners, the Mexican government said. RELATED ARTICLES Russia arrests governor over murders, sparking party fury Jul 10, 2020 0 1321 US Supreme Court rules Trump must hand over his financial records Jul 10, 2020 0 1818 US sanctions Chinese officials over human rights abuses in Xinjiang Jul 10, 2020 0 3775 US invites China to arms control talks, seeing opening AFP Washington The United States on Thursday again invited China to talks on arms control, saying it saw an opening with Beijing on three-way negotiations with Russia despite intense disagreements. “The United States .. Italy bans travel from Brazil, 12 other high-risk virus countries ROME: Italy closed its borders on Thursday to travellers from 13 countries, including Brazil, deeming them high-risk places for the spread of coronavirus infections. The travel ban applies to Armenia, Bahrain, .. Previously acquitted UK man convicted of terror attack plan AFP London A former Uber driver cleared of planning a terror attack at Buckingham Palace was on Thursday jailed for life after plotting a gun and knife rampage at London tourist sites. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury was found .. Biden unveils $700 billion economic recovery plan AFP Washington Joe Biden unveiled a sweeping $700 billion plan on Thursday to help the battered US economy recover from the coronavirus crisis, a direct challenge to Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda as they square .. US charges man and sons who peddled bleach as virus cure WASHINGTON: US authorities have charged the leader of a fake church and his three sons with conspiracy and contempt for selling a toxic bleach as a cure for COVID-19. The Florida man, Mark Grenon, had seized in April on .. First WHO evaluation on handling of virus to be released in November DPA Geneva Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) will draw first conclusions about the global handling of the coronavirus pandemic in November, the UN agency announced on Thursday. An evaluation commission ..