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U.S. delays Huawei ban for 90 days

May 21, 2019 - 10:37 AM

A Commerce Department filing says the 90-day delay does not change the ban imposed by President Donald Trump on national security grounds, an action with major implications for US and Chinese technology firms

HUAWEI BAN DELAYED. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announces new criminal charges against  Huawei with (L-R) acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray at the Department of Justice January 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. tech firms to take hit from Huawei sanctions

May 21, 2019 - 9:26 AM

Analysts say the ban is likely to accelerate efforts by Huawei and other Chinese firms to develop their own sources of microprocessors and other components

U.S. lawmakers clash on Iran intelligence before briefing

May 21, 2019 - 8:11 AM

US lawmakers clash over intelligence on Iran, with a Trump ally accusing Tehran of provocations that could draw a military response

LINDSEY GRAHAM. US Senator Lindsey Graham speaks as US Attorney General William Barr prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on "The Justice Department's Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 1, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Beijing denounces U.S. warship sail-by in South China Sea

May 20, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The People's Liberation Army has organized air and naval forces to warn the USS Preble to leave after it entered waters near China-claimed Scarborough Shoal on Monday morning, May 20

USS PREBLE. This file photo released by the US Navy Visual News Service on March 14, 2011 shows an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter lifts off March 13, 2011 from the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) after refueling. File photo by MC3 Alexander Tidd/Navy Visual News Service (NVNS)/AFP

Tehran says Trump's 'genocidal taunts won't end Iran'

May 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

'Never threaten an Iranian. Try respect – it works!' Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif writes on Twitter

ZARIF. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Chipmakers follow Google's lead in Huawei ban

May 20, 2019 - 7:31 PM

From Intel to Qualcomm, a number of chipmakers from the US, as well as some from Europe, are refraining from supplying Huawei until further notice

PLDT, Globe say Huawei will keep its devices updated despite trade ban

May 20, 2019 - 6:16 PM

(UPDATED) PLDT says current products 'will continue to function normally' on the PLDT-Smart network, while Globe says the current situation 'will not impact its network services'

HUAWEI IN THE PHILIPPINE SCENE. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019 A picture shows the Huawei logo and signage at their main UK offices in Reading, west of London, on April 29, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

EU firms 'caught in crossfire' of U.S.-China trade war

May 20, 2019 - 3:13 PM

The clash between Beijing and Washington does not benefit European companies, contrary to what some might have hoped at the beginning of the dispute last year, according to the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

Trump attacks Fox News in latest sign of strain

May 20, 2019 - 9:55 AM

In a flurry of tweets, the US president takes the conservative network to task for interviewing Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana

NOT FAVORED. File photo of Fox News bureau in Washington, DC. Shutterstock Image

Trump says he is 'Pro-Life' but favors exceptions for rape, incest

May 19, 2019 - 1:09 PM

'We must stick together and Win for Life in 2020,' says US President Donald Trump of abortion, expected to be a hot-button issue in the upcoming elections

'PRO-LIFE.' US President Donald Trump calls himself "pro-life" amid backlash from several states' newly passed anti-abortion laws. File photo by Doug Mills/POOL/AFP

Filipinos block people online over political views – U.S. think tank

May 19, 2019 - 12:30 PM

But Filipinos are also the most 'comfortable' with discussing politics both offline and online among 11 emerging economies surveyed

A Pew Research Center survey shows Filiipinos have blocked people online due to their political beliefs.

North Korea demands U.N. action over ship seizure by 'gangster' U.S.

May 18, 2019 - 5:05 PM

'This act of dispossession has clearly indicated that the United States is indeed a gangster country that does not care at all about international laws,' says Pyongyang's permanent representative at the United Nations

NUCLEAR NO-DEAL. Vietnamese women walk past North Korean flags on a street in Hanoi on March 1, 2019, a day after the second US-North Korea summit. File photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

Iran urges China, Russia 'concrete action' to save nuclear deal

May 17, 2019 - 10:26 PM

'Iran and China need to think together and work together about preserving a multilateral global order and avoiding a unilateral global order,' says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. In this file photo, Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks with the Belgian foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Trump delays decision on auto tariffs for up to 6 months

May 17, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'Within 180 days...the Trade Representative shall update me on the outcome of the negotiations,' President Donald Trump says in a proclamation issued by the White House

DELAY. In this file photo taken on February 15, 2019 US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. slaps sanctions over Russia rights despite revived ties

May 17, 2019 - 5:48 PM

One of the 5 newly blacklisted figures is Ruslan Geremeyev, an interior ministry official in the restive North Caucasus region of Chechnya who is close to its leader Ramzan Kadyrov

IN MEMORY OF BORIS NEMTSOV. Opposition supporters march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow on February 24, 2019. - Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

U.S. Pacific Air Forces chief visits Philippines to boost ties

May 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'We’re finding ways to better integrate and to better train together,' says US Pacific Forces commander General Charles Brown Jr

MANILA VISIT. U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander General Charles Brown Jr visits Manila on May 16, 2019. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Iran accuses U.S. of 'unacceptable' escalation in tensions

May 16, 2019 - 11:18 PM

'We exercise maximum restraint...in spite of the fact that the United States withdrew from JCPOA last May,' says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

ZARIF. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) walks to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on May 16, 2019. Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/POOL/AFP

China warns U.S. against trade harm over Huawei ban

May 16, 2019 - 9:04 PM

The spat over Huawei adds to the uncertainty over efforts to revive a deal that would end a bruising US-China trade war after the two sides exchanged fire with tariff hikes in recent days

HUAWEI BAN. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019 A picture shows the Huawei logo and signage at their main UK offices in Reading, west of London, on April 29, 2019. File Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

New York Mayor de Blasio joins 2020 race

May 16, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Bill de Blasio becomes the 23rd prospective Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump

BILL DE BLASIO. In this file photo taken on June 21, 2018, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to a crowd at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas, during a protest rally by several US mayors against the immigrant family separation policy. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. to continue West PH Sea patrols despite China's disapproval

May 16, 2019 - 7:35 PM

'We'll consistently be present,' says United States Navy chief Admiral John Richardson

ON PATROL. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) on June 26, 2017. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen/Released

Trump ramps up battle against Huawei

May 16, 2019 - 3:15 PM

'Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives,' says Huawei in a statement


U.S. nears metal tariffs deal with Canada, Mexico

May 16, 2019 - 12:05 PM

'I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada,' says US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images North America / AFP

U.S. stealth fighter suffers millions in damage from bird strike

May 16, 2019 - 9:55 AM

A damage assessment report has not yet been completed but the US Marine Corps says the incident is classified as category 'A,' meaning the damage is expected to exceed $2 million

DAMAGED. In this file photo taken on September 16, 2016, US Air Force handout photo shows a US Marine F-35 Lightning II taking off at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. Photo by Senior Airman Solomon Cook/US Air Force/AFP

Convicted Russian 'agent' Maria Butina appeals prison sentence

May 16, 2019 - 7:04 AM

The Russian gun activist builds a network of high-powered Republican contacts in what she called a quest to establish better relations between the two countries

(FILES): This August 17, 2018, photo courtesy of the Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office, shows Maria Butina's booking photograph when she was admitted into the Alexandria Detention Center in Alexandia. - Butina, accused of acting as an illegal foreign agent, expected to plead guilty at a court hearing on December 13, 2018. (Photo by HO / Alexandria Sheriff’s Office / AFP) / == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / Alexandria Sheriff’s Office " / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

Trump plans to delay auto tariffs for 6 months – industry sources

May 15, 2019 - 11:45 PM

New tariffs risk exploding already tense trade relations with Washington's major trading partners, who are angry about punitive duties on steel and aluminum imposed last year

US TARIFFS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas, on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. orders non-emergency embassy staff to leave Baghdad, Arbil

May 15, 2019 - 7:31 PM

A State Department advisory announcing the partial embassy closures warns of numerous terrorist and insurgent groups active in Iraq

US-IRAN TENSIONS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) walks with Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department David Satterfield and Charge D'affaires at the US Embassy in Baghdad Joey Hood (2nd R) upon arrival in Baghdad for meetings on May 7, 2019. File photo by  Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

Alabama senate passes toughest abortion ban bill in U.S.

May 15, 2019 - 2:43 PM

The text passed by the Republican-led senate is sent to Governor Kay Ivey's desk for signature into law and, if approved, is expected to trigger a legal battle which could reach the Supreme Court

U.S., Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling

May 15, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Speaking for nearly two hours late into the evening in Putin's forested dacha in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Pompeo becomes the highest-ranking American to meet the Russian leader in 10 months

US, Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling Wrap US | Russia | diplomacy associated with x

U.S., Russia clash on election meddling

May 15, 2019 - 2:07 AM

At a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renews US concerns that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election to try to tip the vote to President Donald Trump

ON ELECTION MEDDLING. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister following their talks in Sochi on May 14, 2019. Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

U.S. to hold China tariffs hearing on June 17

May 14, 2019 - 9:45 AM

The hearing is part of US President Donald rump's escalating trade offensive against Beijing

US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during a trade meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He (C) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 4, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

China outlines 3 disagreements in U.S. trade talks

May 13, 2019 - 10:38 PM

'We have a consensus in lots of areas but to speak frankly there are areas we have differences on, and we believe these concern big principles,' Chinese Vice Premier Liu He says

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He waves as he leaves the Office of the United States Trade Representative after tariff negotiations in Washington DC on May 9, 2019.  File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

China fires back at U.S. with tariff hike on goods worth $60 billion

May 13, 2019 - 9:53 PM

(UPDATED) The announcement comes after the latest round of US-China trade negotiations ended without a deal, and after Washington increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods

Trump warns China not to retaliate against U.S. trade tariffs

May 13, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Trump also addresses Chinese President Xi Jinping and warns companies would leave China if a trade deal was not reached

DONALD TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a South Lawn event to honor the Boston Red Sox May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump to China: Trade deal now or it will be 'far worse' after 2020

May 12, 2019 - 12:20 PM

'Would be wise for them (China) to act now,' United States President Donald Trump says in a tweet

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Trump orders tariff hike on remaining Chinese imports

May 11, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The developments comes as two days of talks to resolve the trade battle ended with no deal, but no immediate breakdown either

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. Photo by Doug Mills/Pool/AFP

U.S. sends naval strike group as tensions rise with Iran

May 11, 2019 - 6:03 PM

'The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we are postured and ready to defend US forces and interests in the region,' the Pentagon says

CARRIER. The Pentagon announced on May 10, 2019 that it is deploying the amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East to bolster an aircraft carrier force sent to counter alleged threats from Iran. Photo by MC3 Chris Roys/Navy Office of Information/AFP

U.S. hits China with higher tariffs, raising stakes in trade talks

May 10, 2019 - 2:33 PM

US President Donald Trump makes no move to hold off on the tariffs – dashing hopes there might be a last-minute reprieve as trade negotiations continued

US-CHINA TRADE. This file picture taken on November 6, 2018, shows a Chinese and US flags at a booth during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

U.S. blocks China Mobile, citing national security

May 10, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The decision brings the Chinese telecoms giant's 8-year effort to crack the US market to an end

CHINA MOBILE. US regulators on May 9, 2019, denied a request by China Mobile to operate in the US market and provide international telecommunications services, saying links to the Chinese government pose a national security risk. Photo by Pau Barrena /AFP


U.S.-China trade talks resume; Trump says deal still 'possible'

May 10, 2019 - 7:30 AM

US and Chinese representatives return to the bargaining table amid a sudden flare-up in hostilities, while President Donald Trump is still hopeful of salvaging a trade deal

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He waves as he leaves the Office of the United States Trade Representative after tariff negotiations in Washington DC on May 9, 2019. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

U.S.-Taliban talks wrap up in Doha with 'some progress' – Taliban

May 09, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'In general, this round was positive and constructive. Both sides listened to each other with care and patience,' says Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban's political spokesman in Doha

US-TALIBAN TALKS. In this file photo taken on February 8, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on 'The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan' at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

May 09, 2019 - 10:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 3 European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal urge Iran to stick to its commitments after it said it would stop respecting some limits imposed by the agreement

MACRON. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during the annual general assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 25, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

U.S. Senate subpoenas Trump son Donald Jr – reports

May 09, 2019 - 6:49 AM

This is the first known legal summons issued by the US Congress to a member of the president's family to force testimony in the ongoing investigation

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - MARCH 28: Donald Trump Jr. talks to the press before the arrival of his father President Donald Trump during a rally at the Van Andel Arena on March 28, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids was the final city Trump visited during his 2016 campaign. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP  SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Iran suspends nuclear deal curbs in push for relief from U.S. sanctions

May 08, 2019 - 3:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Iran says it is responding to the sweeping unilateral sanctions that Washington has reimposed since it quit the agreement one year ago, which have dealt a severe blow to the Iranian economy

IRAN SANCTIONS DIPLOMACY. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Student killed in U.S. school shooting near Columbine

May 08, 2019 - 8:49 AM

(UPDATED) Two suspects are in custody – an adult man and a male youth. Both attended the school. There were no further suspects.

HIGHLANDS RANCH, COLORADO - MAY 07: Students and teachers raise their arms as the exit the scene of a shooting in which at least seven students were injured at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Tom Cooper/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. climate skeptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

May 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

In place of the traditional declaration, the Arctic Council releases a shorter 'ministerial statement,' which sets out future goals for the organization but conspicuously makes no mention of climate change

ARCTIC COUNCIL. Participants have taken their seats to attend the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland on May 7, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

IMF chief says U.S.-China tensions 'threat' to world economy

May 07, 2019 - 8:50 PM

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde also says recent 'rumors and tweets' make an agreement between the United States and China less likely

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde addresses the Paris Forum at the Economy Ministry in Paris on May 7, 2019. (Photo by ERIC PIERMONT / AFP)

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen, off to prison, says still 'much to be told'

May 06, 2019 - 11:01 PM

'There still remains much to be told. And I look forward to the day that I can share the truth,' Michael Cohen tells reporters as he leaves his Manhattan residence for the federal prison in Otisville, New York

Beijing slams U.S. warship sail-by in South China Sea

May 06, 2019 - 6:24 PM

China's foreign ministry says the Chinese navy asked the US vessels to leave after they entered waters adjacent to Gaven and Chigua reefs in the Spratly Islands, which Beijing calls Nansha

CHIGUA REEF. This undated handout photo released by the Department of Foreign Affairs shows the alleged reclamation by China on what is internationally recognized as the Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea, otherwise known as the Mabini Reef by the Philippines and Chigua Reef by China. AFP PHOTO / DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (DFA)

Former White House chief joins firm that detains migrant children

May 04, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Democrats including 2020 presidential hopefuls accuse John Kelly of profiting from policies he had supervised during his stint in President Trump's administration

EX-CHIEF OF STAFF. In this file photo, then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attends a meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Diamonds bought with stolen 1MDB money to be handed to U.S.

May 02, 2019 - 7:34 PM

A spokesman for Jho Low says he is 'pleased to learn that the United States Department of Justice and all the relevant parties are working to amicably resolve these matters'

1MDB. A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP