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Japan’s Emperor Abdicates, 1st In 200 Years

(Tokyo-AP) – Japan’s Emperor Akihito has stepped down, becoming the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in more than 200 years. Akihito formally gave up the Chrysanthemum Throne in a ceremony and speech today at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

The 85-year-old Akihito received permission to abdicate after saying he wasn’t able to fulfill his role because of advancing age and declining health. Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend as emperor in a ceremony Wednesday.

Nicki Minaj Accused Of Ripping Off Lil Kim For Vogue Cover

(AP) – Nicki Minaj is accused of ripping off rapper Lil’ Kim for her new cover of Vogue Japan. After the Chun Li rapper shared a photo of the cover on Instagram, people wrote that they thought she had copied Kim, especially with the fake mole she was donning.

Screen-Shot-2018-12-20-at-10.45.59-774x1024Kim’s personal stylist even chimed in, saying she thought she stole her look. People also thought Minaj looked like Hennessy Carolina, the sister of Cardi B, who she was feuding with earlier this year. Minaj has yet to respond to the criticism.

Trump Will Impose Tariffs On Imported Steel, Aluminum Next Week; Asian Markets Fall And Global Retaliation Feared

(Washington, DC) — Donald Trump is proposing new trade tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Speaking at the White House Thursday, Trump said he’ll sign a 25-percent tariff on imported steel and a ten-percent penalty on imported aluminum next week.

The President vowed to rebuild the U.S. steel and aluminum industries in a meeting with industry executives. News of higher import tariffs sent stocks plunging on Wall Street.  Asian stock markets are down sharply.  Japan’s Nikkei led the sell-off that started on Wall Street after Trump’s announcement on Thursday.344553Falling stock prices are showing up in Asia’s automotive and tech arenas, as well as steel and aluminum manufacturers.  The tariffs reportedly will apply to all countries that export steel and aluminum to the U.S.

The New York Times reports, trading partners are hitting back. They promised to retaliate against quintessential American goods like Kentucky bourbon, bluejeans and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

That is likely to turn into a wave of protest aimed at American products as other countries, including traditional allies, respond to Mr. Trump’s plan to clamp down on imports of metals from overseas.BN-XS425_iptari_GR_20180302181334Canada, China and the European Union have already said they would respond with tariffs of their own that could lead to billions of dollars in American export losses. Those levies would harm the farmers and business interests that the Trump administration has promised to protect and would fuel a trade fight that could undermine the president’s goal of strengthening American industry.

Li Xinchuang, the vice chairman of the China Iron and Steel Association, called the president’s move “stupid,” saying, “Trump’s decision does no good to everyone except a few American steel enterprises.”

And John M. Weekes, Canada’s negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement in the early 1990s, said the president’s “notion is going down very badly in Canada.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 420 points to close at 24-609.

North Korea Missle Capable Of Hitting The US

(SL) – NBC News reports, Kim Jong Un’s latest ballistic missile test flew 10 times higher than the International Space Station and twice as high as any satellite in low-earth orbit, according to South Korea’s military.

Although analysts were scrambling Wednesday to learn what they could about the North Korean launch, Pyongyang said it had tested a new type of missile, named the Hwasong-15.

Dictator Kim’s secretive state claimed it was carrying a “super-large heavy warhead” that was capable of striking the entire U.S. mainland. But analysts say that based on the current evidence it’s hard to prove or debunk the Pyongyang’s claim that it can now hit faraway American targets such as New York or Washington, D.C.

rtx3dwpgThe North Koreans have now test-fired missiles 18 times since President Donald Trump took office in January. Tuesday’s launch was the first for more than two months.

Western officials agreed it appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, which flew further than any other demonstrated by the North.

It was fired on what is called a “lofted” trajectory, meaning it was aimed at a steep angle and traveled very high but landed relatively close to its launch site.

Reaching an altitude of around 2,800 miles above the Earth’s surface, according to South Korea, it crashed down in the Sea of Japan around 600 miles away from where it was fired.

636368902743852965-AP-North-Korea-Missile“It went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they’ve taken,” Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters at the White House.

Some experts believe that if North Korea aimed the rocket at a lower angle, as it would in an attack scenario, this range could be stretched to some 8,100 miles — theoretically putting the entire East Coast in range.

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