Huawei becomes flashpoint in China-US economic showdown

WASHINGTON DC, (AFP): The US crackdown on Huawei has made the Chinese telecommunications giant the flashpoint in a monumental economic and technological showdown between the two superpowers that is testing allies of both. One day after the US moved to block Huawei from the US market and banned the..

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Alabama governor signs near-total abortion ban into law Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

By KIM CHANDLER and BLAKE PATERSON, MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s Republican governor signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation Wednesday, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a..

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Alabama Senate passes ban on abortion, with few exceptions Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

By KIM CHANDLER, MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what would be the nation’s most stringent abortion law to the state’s Republican governor. The GOP-dominated Senate voted 25-6 to make performing an abortion at any stage of..

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US ‘candy bomber’ back in Berlin after 70 years Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Ryland JAMES, Berlin (AFP): When in 1948 US bombers started dropping tiny, improvised parachutes loaded with sweets into Berlin during the Soviet blockade, one little German girl wrote to complain. Mercedes Wild, now 78, recalled how she protested that the constant drone of airlift planes..

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Trump has long seen previous US trade agreements as losers Saturday, May 11th, 2019

By KEVIN FREKING, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s combative approach to trade has been one of the main constants among his often-shifting political views. And he’s showing no signs of backing off now, even as the stakes intensify with the threat of a full-blown trade war between..

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Pompeo to meet Putin on Russia visit: State Department Friday, May 10th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet President Vladimir Putin next week in Russia in the highest-level formal talks between the powers in 10 months, the State Department said Friday. The top US diplomat will meet Putin on Tuesday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi to..

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More than 1,000 guns seized in Los Angeles raid Thursday, May 9th, 2019

LOS ANGELES, (AFP) - More than 1,000 handguns and rifles have been seized in a raid on a mansion in an upscale neighborhood in the US city of Los Angeles, law enforcement authorities said. The weapons seizure came from an anonymous tip that firearms were being sold illegally out of the home, the..

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US files plans to raise tariffs on Chinese imports Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has filed plans to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10% to 25% Friday. The filing by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative appeared Wednesday in the official Federal Register. The tariff hike, to take effect at 12:01 a.m...

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Sheriff: School shooting outside Denver injures at least 7 Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — A shooting at a suburban Denver middle school injured seven people Tuesday, and two suspects were in custody, authorities said. Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth says there is a possible eighth injury and doesn’t believe there are any other..

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US Supports freedom in North Korea Monday, May 6th, 2019

WASHINGTON: State Department concerns over North Korea freedom week and recognize the efforts of the North Korean defector and human rights community to continue to shine a spotlight on the dire human right situation in North Korea. US says, for decades, the regime in North Korea has subjected its..

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Billionaire Warren Buffett gives new hint about his successor Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Omaha, United States, (AFP): Billionaire Warren Buffett on Saturday gave a clue on who might succeed him to run his Berkshire Hathaway empire, but did not completely reveal his hand. The world's third-richest man also said at his company's annual shareholder meeting that its recent investment in..

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Trump attacks social media companies after Facebook bans Saturday, May 4th, 2019

STERLING, Virginia (AP) — President Donald Trump criticized social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures, declaring that he was “monitoring and watching, closely!!” Trump, who tweeted and re-tweeted complaints Friday and Saturday, said he would “monitor the..

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Alarmed states work to avoid vast undercount in 2020 census Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and GEOFF MULVIHILL, LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a squat office building not far from downtown, Esperanza Guevara is getting ready to look for people who might not want to be found. And her job could get a lot harder. The immigrant-rights activist is leading a drive to reach tens..

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North Carolina campus shooting leaves 2 dead, 4 injured Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

By TOM FOREMAN Jr. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A shooting on a North Carolina university campus left two people dead and four wounded Tuesday, prompting a lockdown and chaotic scene in the state’s largest city. UNC Charlotte issued a campus lockdown late Tuesday afternoon, saying shots had been..

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The Global Consequences of a Sino-American Cold War Monday, May 20th, 2019

A few years ago, as part of a Western delegation to China, I met President Xi Jinping in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. When addressing us, Xi argued that..