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Trump to withdraw U.S. from 'Open Skies' treaty

May 22, 2020 - 12:52 PM

Donald Trump says Moscow did not stick to its commitments under the 18-year-old Open Skies Treaty, which is designed to improve military transparency and confidence between the superpowers

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump disembarks from Marine One on the South Lawn upon returning to the White House in Washington, DC on May 21, 2020, following a visit to a Ford plant in Michigan. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Will the coronavirus deal U.S. malls a mortal blow?

May 22, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Once-dominant shopping behemoths in the United States are in survival mode following lengthy shutdowns to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

A customer wears a mask as she looks at the clothes displayed in a shop inside a mall west of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 18, 2020. - South Florida begins a gradual reopening of its economy on May 18,2020 with the start of activities of some restaurants and businesses in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, but the beaches will still be closed until further notice.The opening "phase 1" in this region also does not include hotels, bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theatres or massage parlours. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)

Actress Lori Loughlin to plead guilty in college admissions scandal

May 21, 2020 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The 'Full House' actress and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, are among 50 people indicted in an elaborate scam to secure spots for privileged children at prestigious US universities

Actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli exit the Boston Federal Court house after a pre-trial hearing with Magistrate Judge Kelley at the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse in Boston on August 27, 2019. - Loughlin and Giannulli are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in the college admissions scandal. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

Zuckerberg 'confident' Facebook can stop U.S. election interference

May 21, 2020 - 6:12 PM

Mark Zuckerberg tells BBC in an interview Facebook is better prepared to counter online misinformation campaigns but admits the social network was 'behind' during the 2016 election which Donald Trump won

MARK ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Paley Center For Media on October 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Huawei's ambitions unbowed despite U.S. pressure

May 21, 2020 - 4:06 PM

A US effort to block supplies of semiconductors to a company it views as a security risk has Huawei officials and staff speaking anew of a sense of 'crisis' on its huge campuses in and around Shenzhen

HUAWEI UNIVERSITY. This photo taken on May 19, 2020 shows an instructor leading newly-hired Huawei employees in a class at Huawei University in Dongguan in China's southern Guangdong province. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Trump threatens to pull out of WHO over virus response, China

May 19, 2020 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump is locked in a bitter spat with Beijing, alleging it covered up the initial outbreak in central China late last year before the disease unleashed death and economic devastation across the planet

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

New York, New York? Prolonged shutdown raises doubts about future

May 15, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City will have to wait until June before a decision can be made on when non-essential businesses, such as its world-renowned museums, can reopen

Trump threatens to cut China ties as virus toll tops 300,000

May 15, 2020 - 1:38 PM

Despite fears of a second wave of infections, national and local governments around the world are easing lockdown orders as they try to get stalled economies moving again

TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Taiwan chip giant TSMC to build $12 billion U.S. plant

May 15, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Construction for the TSMC facility in Arizona is set to start in 2021, with production of 5-nanometer chips beginning in 2024

Trump extends ban aimed at Huawei, ZTE to May 2021

May 14, 2020 - 3:16 PM

The order prevents US companies from using telecoms equipment made by companies that the government believes pose a national security risk

Los Angeles residents likely confined through July

May 13, 2020 - 1:26 PM

The director of the Department of Public Health of Los Angeles says the county's lockdown will remain in place under some form 'for the next 3 months' barring a 'dramatic change' in the battle against the virus

A man wearing a face mask skates in front of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, on May 9, 2020, during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Events that involve mass gatherings, like sporting events and concerts, are unlikely to reopen until the threat of the novel coronavirus has largely passed. Apu GOMES / AFP

U.S. Democrats could allow remote voting in Biden nomination

May 12, 2020 - 2:22 PM

Former vice president Joe Biden is the sole contender on the Democratic side to face Republican Donald Trump in the November 3 presidential vote, but he is not yet formally nominated

JOE BIDEN. In this file photo taken on March 10, 2020, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden leaves after speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Georgia asks U.S. justice department to probe killing of black jogger

May 11, 2020 - 5:16 PM

'I have formally requested US DOJ (@SDGAnews) to conduct an investigation into the handling of the case,' Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr says on Sunday, linking to an official statement

HONORING AHMAUD ARBERY. People return to their vehicles after gathering to honor the life of Ahmaud Arbery at Sidney Lanier Park on May 9, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

New York leaders sound alarm over potential coronavirus-linked syndrome

May 11, 2020 - 1:45 PM

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says 38 cases of pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome are detected in New York City, with an additional 9 suspected cases awaiting confirmation

BILL DE BLASIO. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a food shelf organized by The Campaign Against Hunger in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn on April 14, 2020 in New York City. File photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images/AFP

Despite White House virus cases, top aides defend reopening

May 11, 2020 - 12:49 PM

The comments by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and economic adviser Larry Kudlow come two days after the country records its steepest job losses in history, and as virus cases continue rising in some states

CORONAVIRUS IN THE USA. Medical workers from Lenox Hill Hospital come outside while people show gratitude as part of the nightly #ClapBecauseWeCare during the coronavirus pandemic on May 10, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images/AFP

Wesley So, USA vying for finals slot in FIDE Online Nations Cup

May 09, 2020 - 9:47 PM

USA and Europe will dispute the last spot in the finals where powerhouse China awaits

FINALS-SEEKING. Wesley So and the USA seek to face China in the championship round. Photo from

Joe Biden: alleged sexual assault 'never happened'

May 01, 2020 - 8:52 PM

(UPDATED) 'They aren't true. This never happened,' Joe Biden says in a statement regarding the accusations made by Tara Reade, a former staffer in his US Senate office

BIDEN. In this file photo taken on March 10, 2020, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden leaves after speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Joe Biden launches VP search committee for White House bid

May 01, 2020 - 12:07 AM

Joe Biden pledges to pick a woman for vice president, a position he himself held for 8 years during Barack Obama's presidency

SEARCHING FOR A VP. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles while standing with supporters at a campaign event at the W Los Angeles hotel on March 4, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Man arrested after opening fire on Cuban embassy in Washington

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mission staff was not injured and is safe. Investigation is in progress,' Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez says

Los Angeles offers free virus tests for all residents

Apr 30, 2020 - 7:08 PM

'Announcing that L.A. is now the first major city in America to offer free COVID-19 testing to all residents,' Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweets

ERIC GARCETTI. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (R) listens to the governor of California speak in front of the USNS Mercy hospital ship after it arrived into the Port of Los Angeles on March 27, 2020. Photo by Carolyn Cole/AFP

In twist to press arms ban, U.S. asserts role in Iran deal

Apr 28, 2020 - 1:49 PM

The push to extend an arms embargo draws skepticism from Western allies and leads critics to question if the ultimate aim is to kill the deal entirely, potentially in the final stretch of Trump's re-election campaign

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2020. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Biden predicts Trump will try to postpone U.S. election

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:19 PM

'Mark my words, I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can't be held,' Joe Biden says during an online fundraiser on April 23

BIDEN. In this file photo taken on March 12, 2020 former US Vice President and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19, known as the Coronavirus, during a press event in Wilmington, Delaware. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump says reports on Kim Jong-un's health 'incorrect'

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Trump criticizes a CNN report saying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was ailing

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. man threatens shooting over lack of masks in store

Apr 18, 2020 - 9:47 AM

'Trust me, the virus is not the only thing that may cause your demise!' the 62-year-old man says on Facebook

ANOTHER SHOOTING. First responders secure the area outside the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport after a shooting took place near the baggage claim on January 6, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Experimental virus drug remdesivir effective in monkeys – study

Apr 18, 2020 - 9:35 AM

The animals that received remdesivir as treatment for SARS-CoV-2 showed significant improvement 12 hours after their first dose

A physician wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) is pictured at the intensive care unit of the community hospital in Magdeburg, eastern Germany, on April 16, 2020 during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann / AFP)

U.S. envoy calls Afghan prisoner releases 'important step'

Apr 13, 2020 - 3:28 PM

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Taliban releases 20 Afghan security-force prisoners, following the government's release of hundreds of insurgent captives

RELEASE. In this handout photo taken and released on April 11, 2020 by Afghanistan's (NDS) National Security Council, Taliban prisoners stand before being released from the Bagram prison next to the US military base in Bagram, some 50 km north of Kabul. Photo by National Security Council/AFP

At least 11 dead in tornado-struck Mississippi

Apr 13, 2020 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) The tornadoes cause 'catastrophic' damage, according to US media, and prompt the National Weather Service to issue its highest level of tornado alert

In da (digital) club: Life under quarantine fuels parties online

Apr 12, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Clubgoers are finding ways to enjoy the night life online

This photo taken on March 27, 2020 shows the nightclub Zouk's DJs performing in front of a video camera during a "cloud-clubbing" party that was live-streamed following the temporary closure of entertainment venues in Singapore due to the rise in COVID-19 coronavirus cases. - Strobe lights flash across a near-empty dance floor, as a DJ live-streams thumping electronic music from a Singapore nightclub to revellers confined to their homes due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Catherine LAI / AFP) / TO GO WITH Health-virus-Singapore-nightclub-lifestyle, FOCUS by Catherine LAI

U.S. reports highest daily virus toll as billions mark Easter in lockdown

Apr 11, 2020 - 9:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The United States is quickly becoming the epicenter of the pandemic that first emerged in China late last year

A nearly empty Times Square is seen on March 23, 2020 in New York City. - Wall Street fell early March 23, 2020 as Congress wrangled over a massive stimulus package while the Federal Reserve unveiled new emergency programs to boost the economy including with unlimited bond buying. About 45 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.6 percent at 19,053.17, and the broad-based S&P 500 also fell 0.6 percent to 2,290.31 after regaining some ground lost just after the open. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

U.S. threatens to block China Telecom from American market

Apr 10, 2020 - 5:47 PM

If a block is approved, it could mean China Telecom's hundreds of millions of phone and internet customers could lose connectivity with or through the United States

Virus claims record dead but Trump sees light at end of tunnel

Apr 09, 2020 - 12:39 PM

'We are hopefully heading towards a final stretch, the light at the end of the tunnel,' say US President Donald Trump

CORONAVIRUS. Flags are flying at half-mast as the sun rises behind in Manhattan on April 6, 2020 as seen from Weehawken, New Jersey. Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images/AFP

'Misled' Australian basketball fans to get refund for USA games

Apr 08, 2020 - 3:35 PM

There's finally resolution to the controversial Team USA vs Team Australia basketball match that even had Hollywood star Russell Crowe complaining

FALSE CLAIMS. Organizers failed to bring the big names like LeBron James and  Kevin Durant to Australia. File photo

New York cathedral to be used as field hospital

Apr 07, 2020 - 3:36 PM

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Manhattan will house 9 climate-controlled medical tents in its 600-foot-long nave and subterranean crypt, dean Clifton Daniel told the New York Times

FIELD HOSPITAL. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine will house coronavirus patients soon. File image by Simon.Absonditus from Wikipedia.

U.S. Navy captain fired for voicing virus concern tests positive – report

Apr 06, 2020 - 12:48 PM

Captain Brett Crozier's COVID-19 test result is reported on April 5 by the New York Times, just hours after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the captain's firing

BRETT CROZIER. This handout photo released by the US Navy shows Captain Brett Crozier during a change of command ceremony in San Diego, California on November 1, 2019. File photo by Sean Lynch/US Navy/AFP

Americans urged to wear masks as virus toll mounts around world

Apr 04, 2020 - 10:10 AM

The US set a new record for number of COVID-19 deaths in one day with 1,480 dead

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: A person walks down Wall Street on April 02, 2020 in New York City. Hospitals in New York City, which has been especially hard hit by the coronavirus, are facing shortages of beds, ventilators and protective equipment for medical staff. Currently, over 92,000 people in New York state have tested positive for COVID-19. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

In show of solidarity: New York residents applaud hospital staff during shift change

Mar 31, 2020 - 5:33 PM

An Instagram post from comedienne Amy Schumer showed noisemaking and applause coming from buildings at around 7 pm, which is when shift changes occur at hospitals.

NEW YORK. Cars cross 42th street as rain falls on March 28, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Fauci says coronavirus could claim up to 200,000 U.S. lives

Mar 30, 2020 - 12:50 PM

COVID-19 hits the US with explosive force in recent weeks, following a path seen earlier in parts of Asia and Europe

FAUCI ON THE CORONAVIRUS. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases speaks in the Rose Garden for the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on March 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. regulator approves limited use of malaria drugs for virus

Mar 30, 2020 - 12:33 PM

The US Department of Health and Human Services details recent donations of medicine to a national stockpile – including chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, both being investigated as potential COVID-19 treatments

TRUMP. President Donald Trump meets with supply chain distributors in reference to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in the Cabinet Room in the West Wing at the White House on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

New York postpones presidential primary over coronavirus concerns

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:04 AM

The vote, which was slated for April 28, will instead take place on June 23

THE CITY STOPS. A nearly empty Times Square is seen on March 23, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

U.S. civil rights leader Joseph Lowery dies – media

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:40 PM

'Tonight, the great Reverend Joseph E. Lowery transitioned from earth to eternity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,' the King Center in Atlanta says in a tweet

JOSEPH LOWERY. In this file photo U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Reverend Joseph E. Lowery during a ceremony at the White House August 12, 2009 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images North America/AFP

Italy, Spain suffer record virus deaths as British PM tests positive

Mar 28, 2020 - 11:01 AM

Italy reports 969 new deaths, Spain 769 deaths, and France 299 deaths as Europe reels from a crisis that leads the United States to finalize an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package

CORONAVIRUS IN ITALY. Sister Angel Bipendu 46, a doctor with the USCA special care unit of ATS Bergamo goes on a home visit, near Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 27, 2020. Photo by Piero Cruciatti/AFP

Trump invokes defense powers to order GM to produce ventilators

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:59 AM

Trump invokes the rarely-used Defense Production Act to order GM to speed up its commitment to make ventilators in one of its auto plants after delays in negotiations

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening Coronavirus crisis on March 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. File photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. confirmed coronavirus cases cross 100,000 – tracker

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:31 AM

There are 100,717 cases including 1,544 deaths as of 6:00 pm Eastern time

CORONAVIRUS IN THE USA. A nearly empty Times Square is seen on March 23, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

Anthony Fauci: America's coronavirus 'hero' lets science do the talking

Mar 24, 2020 - 1:22 PM

With his calm, professorial demeanor, Anthony Fauci is fast becoming a household name as the evidence-driven straight shooter in the administration's coronavirus taskforce

ANTHONY FAUCI. U.S. President Donald Trump listens to Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases speak during a briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on March 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says U.S. on top of outbreak as it shuts largest cities

Mar 21, 2020 - 11:04 AM

US President Donald Trump insists there is no need for a national lockdown, arguing that other parts of the US weren't hurting as much as its most populous states

TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence listen during a news briefing on the latest development of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. at the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House March 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Biden wins Washington state Democratic primary – U.S. media

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Media reports say Joe Biden had won 37.9% of the vote, with the leftist Bernie Sanders close behind with 36.4%

JOE BIDEN. Democratic presidential hopeful former US vice president Joe Biden makes a point as he and Senator Bernie Sanders take part in the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in a CNN Washington Bureau studio in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Biden-Sanders vote proceeds in 3 U.S. states despite coronavirus fears

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:14 PM

As Arizona, Florida, and Illinois prepare to vote between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries, there is confusion over whether polling stations will be safe, given the pandemic

DEMOCRACY GOES ON. Democratic presidential hopefuls former US vice president Joe Biden (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders greet each other with a safe elbow bump before the start of the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. Navy reports first suspected coronavirus case on ship

Mar 16, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The report comes a week after another US Navy sailor stationed in southern Italy contracted COVID-19

USS BOXER. This handout picture released by the US Navy on July 5, 2019 shows sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) waiting for supplies in the hangar bay during a vertical replenishment in the Gulf of Aden. File photo by John Luke McGovern/Navy Office of Information/AFP

U.S. ramps up virus response with shutdowns, rate cut and a curfew

Mar 16, 2020 - 3:41 PM

In the United States, 69 people have died and more than 3,700 have been infected, according to a running tally kept by Johns Hopkins University

QUIET VEGAS. A general view of hotel-casinos is shown as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Biles takes aim at USA Gymnastics in birthday tweet

Mar 15, 2020 - 3:09 PM

Star gymnast Simone Biles demands an independent investigation into the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 19: Simone Biles performs her floor exercise during day four of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships 2018 at TD Garden on August 19, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP