Release of 3D-printed gun plans blocked in United States
A US judge says publishing the blueprints could cause irreparable harm
A US judge has temporarily blocked the online publication of blueprints for 3D-printed firearms, in a last-ditch effort to stop a settlement President Donald Trump's administration had reached with the company releasing the digital documents.
Eight states and the District of Columbia had filed a lawsuit against the federal government, calling its settlement with Texas-based Defence Distributed "arbitrary and capricious."
The Trump regime had settled a five-year legal fight by permitting the company to publish its website Defcad — which founder Cody Wilson envisioned as a WikiLeaks for homemade firearms called "ghost guns". US District Judge Robert Lasnik granted the plaintiffs' motion for a temporary restraining order blocking the release of the digital plans, and scheduled a hearing for August 10.
Trump to raise tariffs on Chinese goods
US President Donald Trump is now considering a 25 per cent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports, rather than the 10 per cent previously touted, reports have said. The US imposed tariffs of 25 per cent on $34 billion of Chinese products earlier this month, with plans to add another $16 billion of imports yesterday.
China warns of retaliation
Donald Trump has ramped up his attacks on the Russia investigation by demanding it end "right now". In a series of tweets, he said Attorney General Jeff Sessions must halt the inquiry into alleged election meddling.He also labelled special counsel Robert Mueller "totally conflicted". Some Trump aides believe that Mueller will report soon on the findings of his probe.
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