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Turkey threatens closure of US air base amid sanctions

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As tensions escalate between the US and Turkey, Ankara threatens to revoke access to a vital US Air Base if Washington follows through with threats of sanctions. RT America's Rachel Blevins has the story.

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The diplomatic crisis between China and the United States is deepening.
Staff at the US consulate in Chengdu, China, are leaving after Beijing ordered its closure.
It is in response to the US ordering the closure of China's consulate in Houston, Texas.
Al Jazeera's Katrina Yu reports.
China has ordered the closure of the US consulate in the south-western city of Chengdu, in a tit-for-tat escalation between the two countries.

China said the move was in response to the US closing its consulate in Houston, and accused staff in Chengdu of meddling in its internal affairs.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US decision was taken because China was "stealing" intellectual property.

Tensions have been rising between the US and China over several key issues.

President Donald Trump's administration has clashed repeatedly with Beijing over trade and the coronavirus pandemic, as well as China's imposition of a controversial new security law in Hong Kong.

On Friday, Washington urged China to "cease these malign actions rather than engage in tit-for-tat retaliation".
The latest job figures in the United States have just been released - and it appears that things are looking up - at least in the short term.
About 4.8 million positions were added as states began reopening.
But in total, tens of millions of jobs have already been lost this year, and as Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey reports, some of those may be gone for good.
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