Published:  12:01 AM, 09 October 2019

Worldwide waffling

Worldwide waffling

The Trump administration said that it would impose tariffs on European aircraft, French wine and cheese, Spanish olive oil and other goods starting Oct. 18, after the World Trade Organization granted the United States permission to tax as much as $7.5 billion of European exports annually. The tariffs are part of a long-running complaint over subsidies given to the European plane maker Airbus and are intended to allow the United States to recoup some of the losses the American plane maker Boeing sustained because of Europe's trade practices. The ruling gives the go-ahead for the United States to impose enough tariffs to block $7.5 billion in trade from Europe annually.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained the reason why Paul Pogba is missing from Manchester United's squad for the AZ Alkmaar match. Pogba has not travelled to the Netherlands for United's Europa League group game with AZ Alkmaar due to an ankle injury he suffered in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on August 31. The 26-year-old was sidelined for France's European Championship qualifying wins over Andorra and Romania and sat out United's games against Leicester, Astana and West Ham before he played 90 minutes in the League Cup third round against Rochdale last week.

The tail-end of Hurricane Lorenzo is expected to batter Britain and Ireland today as the unsettled weather heads over the Atlantic. Winds of up to 55mph and waves a high as 18ft tall have been predicted to hit with weather warnings in place today and tomorrow. Lorenzo has already thrashed the Azores, with the Portuguese island chain bearing the brunt of the maximum Category 5 storm as it made its way east. The former hurricane is the strongest ever recorded so close to Europe, and the Met Office has warned people to brace for transport delays and power cuts.

A leading historian says Don Brash is being "extremely unhelpful" in questioning the accuracy of British statements of regret over the death of M?ori in their first encounters with James Cook. And she's backing iwi historians in the matter. Outspoken former politician Brash has called for British High Commissioner Laura Clarke to be withdrawn over what he says is "factually incorrect meddling". Clarke on Wednesday made statements of regret on behalf of the British Government at two ceremonies for the death of nine M?ori killed during Cook's first landing in New Zealand in 1769.The statements were made to iwi Ng?ti Oneone and then to the three Taranga iwi: Ngai Tamanuhiri, Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga a Mahaki.

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