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South Korea said Monday that it has decided to remove Japan from a list of nations receiving preferential treatment in trade in what was seen as a tit-for-tat move following ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Sounds like a bitter conflict.
Hong Kong's government canceled all flights from the city Monday afternoon as protesters held a mass sit-in against police violence at the airport. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A bad conflict.
Legal immigrants who rely on programs like food stamps and subsidized housing will find it harder to become permanent residents under a new administration proposal. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Silly thought.

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But with Republicans in charge of the Senate and President Trump in the White House, an assault weapons ban has little chance of being signed into law before 2021. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems (socialists) want to take all weapons.
The winner of Guatemala's presidential election, Alejandro Giammattei, said on Sunday he hoped he could make changes to a controversial migration deal the Central American country signed with the Trump administration last month. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Good luck.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday criticized "serious irregularities" at the federal prison where Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide, adding that the sex-trafficking investigation involving the disgraced financier would continue. Rueters
The head of U.S. Special Operations Command has ordered a comprehensive review of the culture and ethics of special operations forces in the wake of recent scandals. ABC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell
The Department of Justice will craft a new bill aimed at speeding up death penalty proceedings for mass shooters and cop killers. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!

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The US would consider negotiating deals on "sector-by-sector" basis, says a senior Trump aide. BBC
Staffing shortages are a problem from Oregon to Oklahoma, where jobs often go unfulfilled because of high turnover CBS
Two days after the death of Jeffrey Epstein, Attorney General William Barr vowed to go after anyone else involved in the sex-trafficking operation, saying the victims deserve justice. On Monday, federal agents were seen raiding Epstein's 70-acre private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Barr also promised to get to the bottom of Epstein's apparent suicide in a federal jail in New York City. Mola Lenghi reports. CBS
Retired Adm. James Stavridis says the protests in Hong Kong could reduce the ability to execute a trade deal between U.S. and China soon. CNBC
VOA VIEW: China should wise up.

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In a letter to Jeff Bezos, Sens. Menendez and Blumenthal asked how the "Amazon's Choice" badge works, after reports indicated it recommends inferior products. CNBC
VOA VIEW: More like how Amazon controls prices.
Attorney General Bill Barr said the Trump administration will move next month to speed up the use of capital punishment against convicted mass murderers, marking the first policy development in the wake of the two shootings earlier this month that left scores dead in Texas and Ohio. CNN
Opponents of chaotic exit from EU still divided on strategy to outmanoeuvre Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson is preparing for a parliamentary battle against MPs trying to block a no-deal Brexit in the second week of September, as his cross-party opponents continue to be divided about the best way to stop the UK crashing out on 31 October.A senior government source said Downing Street believed the first legislative showdown over no deal would be on 9 September, when parliament is due to debate a progress report on power-sharing in Northern Ireland. Guardian

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The Trump Administration took steps on Monday to significantly weaken the U.S. Endangered Species Act, prompting state attorneys general and conservation groups to threaten legal action to protect at-risk species. Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration unveiled a sweeping rule on Monday that some experts say could cut legal immigration in half by denying visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor. Reuters
U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell warned China on Monday that any violent crackdown on protests in Hong Kong would be "completely unacceptable," while Trump administration officials urged all sides to refrain from violence. Reuters
VOA VIEW: McConnell should be listened too.
A majority of Americans believe its important to increase the number of judges handling asylum cases at the border and provide safe and sanitary conditions for asylum seekers, according to a Pew Research study released M UPI
VOA VIEW: Why do Dems object?
The Interior Department unveiled major reforms Monday that weaken protections for endangered animal species, and for the first time allows the government to consider economic factors when deciding which species to guard. UPI

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A new study on International Youth Day Monday showed that Americans are becoming starkly less confident about opportunities for children to grow and learn in the United States. UPI
VOA VIEW: Sad!

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