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President Donald Trump signed
a bill into law Tuesday that updates
NASA's mission to add exploration
of Mars and authorises $19.5 billion
in spending for the US space agency
for the current budget year.
It's the first time in seven years that
there has been an authorisation bill for
the National Aeronautics and Space Ad-
ministration, also known as NASA, said
Sen Ted Cruz, a chief sponsor of the bill.
Cruz joined several astronauts and
other lawmakers in the Oval Office to
watch Trump sign the bill.
"For almost six decades, NASA's work
has inspired millions and millions of
Americans to imagine distant worlds
and a better future right here on earth,"
Trump said. "I'm delighted to sign this
bill. It's been a long time since a bill
like this has been signed, reaffirming
our commitment to the core mission
of NASA: human space exploration,
space science and technology."
The measure amends current law to
add human exploration of the red planet
as a goal for the agency.
Rio de Janeiro---Brazil sells more than $10 billion of chick-
en and beef a year but a scandal over rotten produce and
faked inspections has prompted import bans, threatening
the world's biggest meat producer.
Here's what we know so far about the fallout from the scandal
which police revealed on March 17.
China and Hong Kong have suspended all Brazilian beef and
China was the second biggest chicken importer in 2016 with
$859 million in purchases. Hong Kong was the biggest beef cli-
ent, buying $718 million worth, followed closely by China which
racked up a bill of $703 million.
Chile has also suspended all meat imports. Although a rela-
tively small market, Chile is part of the regional Mercosur trade
group with Brazil and its decision prompted an angry reaction.
The European Union, which buys almost $650 million in Brazil-
ian beef and poultry, has blocked imports from the 21 businesses
being investigated in Brazil.
Japan, Brazil's third biggest market for chicken
with $720 million in sales, imposed a similar limited
ban, while Mexico has stopped imports of chicken
produced by the 21 companies under scrutiny.
Meat-loving Argentina and the United States are
among countries holding off from banning imports.
However, they have increased inspections.
Russia, which has heavily relied on Brazilian im-
ports since banning US and European Union food
imports, said it wanted clarifications from Brazil.
The big shoe yet to drop for Brazil is Saudi Arabia,
which is the principal chicken importer to the tune
of $1.15 billion and has yet to take any action.
South Korea lifted a temporary suspension on the
distribution of chicken already imported from Bra-
zil, after authorities there confirmed that no tainted
poultry had entered the country.
Markets analyst Andrei Perfeito told AFP that Brazil's
fear is that competitors will try to gain ground while
this cloud hangs over Brazilian products.
Brazil's government appealed yesterday to the World
Trade Organization's 163 other members not to impose
"arbitrary" meat bans. AFP
People work at a production line of the JBS-Friboi chicken
processing plant during an inspection visit from Brazilian
Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi and technicians of the ministry in
Lapa, Parana State, Brazil on Tuesday. AP PHOTO
Celebrities, athletes and internet
personalities have raised more than
$2 million since Friday as part of a
campaign to bring relief to parts of
Somalia suffering from famine.
Actor Ben Stiller teamed up with
former San Francisco 49ers quar-
terback Colin Kaepernick, Vine
personality Jérôme Jarre, You-
Tube stars Juanpa Zurita and
Casey Neistat, trainer and
activist Chakabars Clarke,
and others to build an
army of support for the
people most impacted by
After the high-profile
group began sending out
social media pleas, Turkish
Airlines agreed to donate a
cargo plane to carry 60 tons
of food to the West African
"We (love) Somalia," Turkish
Airlines said in a tweet. "We got
the call for this meaningful
The airline later tweeted
that they were in talks with
the group to devise a plan for
With the airline on board,
the team set up a GoFundMe
page titled "Love Army for
Somalia." In just 24 hours, the
fundraiser exploded with dona-
tions---climbing to more than $1
million by the end of the first day.
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