US President Donald Trump attends a round table at the White House on Wednesday. Photo: EPA-EFE

US budget deficit balloons to US$739 billion despite Donald Trump’s tariff boasts

  • Gap in first eight months of financial year widened by US$206 billion from a year earlier
  • Revenue increase of 2.3 per cent fails to keep pace with 9.3 per cent rise in spending
Topic |   US-China trade war

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US President Donald Trump attends a round table at the White House on Wednesday. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Bill Gordon, of Worthington, Minnesota, views his washed-out farmland. Photo: Xinyan Yu

US farmers swamped by trade war tariffs and unprecedented rains

  • Heavy weather is killing spring plantings, compounded by loss of Chinese market
  • The financial strain of low crop prices, aggravated by the poor weather and politics, may be escalating farm-related suicides
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Bill Gordon, of Worthington, Minnesota, views his washed-out farmland. Photo: Xinyan Yu
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