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Trump's favorite parts of U.S. economy are also the weakest

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Analysts say the very industries United States President Donald Trump has tried to help have become the weakest links in the otherwise solid economy

FRIEDENS, PA - JUNE 08: Mining equipment sits outside of the entrance to Corsa Coal's Acosta Deep Mine on June 8, 2017 in Friedens, Pennsylvania. The mine, which celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, is expected to create more than 70 new jobs and should produce 400,000 tons of metallurgical coal a year. Justin Merriman/Getty Images/AFP

As ransomware rages, debate heats up on response

Jul 14, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Cities, hospitals, and corporations hit by ransomware face tough choices. Some analysts say there is no clear answer for victims when critical data is locked.

Tropical Storm Barry pelts Louisiana, millions brace for flooding

Jul 13, 2019 - 9:38 PM

(UPDATED) For many, the storm and the potential for large-scale flooding conjures up memories of deadly Hurricane Katrina in 2005

PREPARING FOR BARRY. Sandbags line store front of a barber shop in preparation for tropical storm Barry in New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 11, 2019. Photo by Seth Herald/AFP

Trump confirms immigration raids set for the weekend

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:16 PM

'They came in illegally,' Donald Trump tells reporters at the White House. 'They are going to take people out and they are going to send them back to their country.'

IMMIGRATION RAID. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

China to impose sanctions on U.S. firms in Taiwan arms sale

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:47 PM

'The US arms sale to Taiwan has severely violated the basic norms of international law and international relations,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

SANCTIONS? Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says China will impose sanctions on US enterprises that will participate in the sale of weapons to Taiwan. File photo from website of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Turkey receives first Russian missile delivery sparking NATO concern

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:51 PM

NATO, which counts Turkey as one of its members, is 'concerned about the potential consequences' of the purchase

ARRIVAL. This picture taken July 12, 2019 shows a Russian Antonov plane after it landed at the Murted military airbase, in Ankara. Turkey receives the first batch of Russia's S-400 missile defense system on July 12, 2019. AFP PHOTO / Demiroren News Agency"

Turkey warns U.S. to avoid steps that harm ties over S-400

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:29 PM

'We are inviting the US to avoid taking the wrong steps which would exclude diplomacy and dialogue and harm relations,' Turkey's foreign ministry says in a statement

WARNING. Russian S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile launchers roll down the Red Square. File photo by Miaden Antonov/AFP

Britain's U.S. ambassador resigns after Trump spat

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:13 PM

'The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like,' Kim Darroch writes in his resignation letter

RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Ambassador Kim Darroch speaks to guests during the Capitol File 2017 WHCD Welcome Reception at the British Ambassador's Residence on April 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Capitol File Magazine/AFP

Afghan rivals conclude talks on 'roadmap for peace'

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The flurry of talks will continue with the resumption of direct US-Taliban contact also in Doha on July 9 as both sides eye a resolution to the bloody 18-year conflict

TALKS END. The spokesman for the Taliban in Qatar, Suhhail Shaheen, attends the Intra Afghan Dialogue talks in the Qatari capital Doha on July 8, 2019. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

U.N. rights chief 'shocked' by conditions at U.S. migrant detention centers

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:52 PM

A Department of Homeland Security report has warned of 'dangerous overcrowding' in multiple detention facilities holding thousands of migrants seeking to remain in the United States

PROTEST. Protesters hold signs as they block a street in front of US Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) office during a demonstration against migrant detention facilities on July 2, 2019 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Iran passes uranium enrichment cap set by endangered deal

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:19 PM

(UPDATED) The European Union says it is 'extremely concerned' by the development and calls on Iran to 'reverse all activities' inconsistent with its deal commitments

IRAN. Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi answers the press in the capital Tehran on July 17, 2018. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

U.S. calls on Germany to send ground troops to Syria

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The United States expects an answer from Germany this month

CONFLICT. A picture taken with a drone on June 14, 2019, shows damaged and destroyed buildings in the town of Ihsim, in Syria’s Idlib region. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

2 Americans, Spaniard gored in Spain's Pamplona bull run

Jul 07, 2019 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) Anyone over the age of 18 can participate in the Pamplona runs though authorities warn of the risks

BULL RUN. Participants run next to a Puerto de San Lorenzo fighting bull during the first bullrun of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on July 7, 2019. Photo by Jaime Reina/AFP

NATO says no sign of Russia backing down in missile crisis

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:15 PM

'We didn't see any sign of Russia being willing to come back into compliance with the INF treaty,' says NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg

ON RUSSIA. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers part of the 70th anniversary of the alliance at the US Department of State April 4, 2019, in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Pakistan PM Imran Khan to meet Trump in U.S. July 22 – Pakistan

Jul 04, 2019 - 10:03 PM

The announcement comes as the US is seeking Pakistan's help in finding a way out of neighboring Afghanistan, where American forces are now in their 18th year of war

HELP. Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Washington comes at US President Donald Trump's invitation. File photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

North Korea says U.S. 'hell-bent' on sanctions despite Trump-Kim meet

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Pyongyang's delegation to the United Nations on Wednesday, July 3, says the US continues to be 'obsessed with sanctions'

TRUMP-KIM III. US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zoneon June 30, 2019, in Panmunjeom, Korea. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

China says U.S. tariffs must be lifted for a trade deal

Jul 04, 2019 - 6:44 PM

'If the two sides can reach an agreement, the tariffs imposed must be completely eliminated. China's attitude toward this is clear and consistent,' says Chinese commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng

SIDE BY SIDE. In this file photo, a Chinese woman adjusts a Chinese flag near US flags. Pool/AFP

'Uniquely American' Rapinoe unfazed by Trump spat

Jul 04, 2019 - 3:19 PM

'I know I'm not perfect but I think that I stand for honesty and for truth,' says Team USA captain Megan Rapinoe after being blasted by President Donald Trump

United States' forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring a goal during the France 2019 Women's World Cup quarter-final football match between France and USA, on June 28, 2019, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Boeing to give $100 million to 737 MAX crash victims' families, communities

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:14 AM

Boeing says it will work with local governments and non-profit organizations to provide 'hardship and living expenses' and boost economic development in regions affected by the two crashes

CONTROVERSIAL. File photo of a Boeing 737 MAX. Photo from Wikipedia

U.S.-China trade talks 'back on track' – White House advisor

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:53 PM

'From an investor's point of view, here is all you have to know: Talks are back on track with the work that has been done to date,' says trade advisor Peter Navarro

TRADE TALKS. 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

Russia tells Iran 'not to give in to emotions' in nuclear standoff

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia will do everything to help preserve the Iran nuclear accord

ON IRAN DEAL. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a briefing during a meeting with members of the Association of European Businesses in Moscow on October 31, 2017. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

U.S. slaps sanctions on son of Venezuelan leader Maduro

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:31 AM

The US says that Nicolas Ernesto Maduro Guerra and others close to Maduro's regime help him 'maintain a stranglehold on the economy and suppress the people of Venezuela'

Venezuelan citizens protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro outside the Venezuelan embassy in San Jose, on April 30, 2019. Venezuelan opposition chief Juan Guaido declared himself acting president in January 2019 and claimed on April 30 to have also secured the backing of Venezuelan soldiers, while the country's leftist government said an attempted coup was under way. Ezequiel BECERRA / AFP

China snubs U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports

Jun 29, 2019 - 12:13 AM

China's statement comes a day before US President Donald Trump is to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan in an attempt to resolve an escalating trade war

CHINA ON US SANCTIONS. Fu Cong, head of the Chinese delegation, talks to the press at the end of a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran on June 28, 2019 at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria. Photo by Alex Halada/AFP

Iran files complaint to U.N. over U.S. spy drone

Jun 29, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'The complaint states that Iran reserves the right to defend its airspace and confront any violation,' says Iranian deputy foreign minister Gholamhossein Dehghani

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Dalai Lama says Trump 'lacks moral principle'

Jun 28, 2019 - 8:58 PM

'One day he says something, another day he says something,' the 83-year-old Buddhist monk says of the US president

ON TRUMP. In this file photo, Dalai Lama gestures as he arrives to deliver a speech at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, eastern France, on September 15, 2016. File photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

Iran judges 'progress' made at nuclear meeting but 'still not enough'

Jun 28, 2019 - 8:10 PM

(UPDATED) Iran is on the verge of exceeding one of the limits on stockpiles of nuclear material foreseen under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

MEETING. Abbas Araghchi (C-R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and Helga Schmid (C-L), Secretary General of the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS), take part in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran on June 28, 2019 at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria. Photo by Alex Halada/AFP

Iran 'never seeks war' with U.S., says Rouhani

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:03 PM

'Iran has no interest to increase tension in the region and it never seeks war with any country, including [the] US,' state news agency IRNA quotes President Hassan Rouhani as saying

IRAN REACTS. President Hassan Rouhani says that the United States is the real 'leader of world terrorism' after Washington blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a 'foreign terrorist organization.' AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Iran to abandon more nuclear deal commitments on July 7

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:51 PM

'As of July 7, Iran will forcefully take the second step of reducing its commitments' to the nuclear deal, says Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council

SECURITY OFFICIAL. Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran speaks during the first meeting of national security secretaries of Afghanistan, China, Iran, India and Russia, in the Iranian capital Tehran on September 26, 2018. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Mexico will not detain migrants at U.S. border – president

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:25 PM

'We are going to deal with this matter so that no abuses are committed,' says Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

US-MEXICO BORDER. In this file photo, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a press conference in Mexico City on July 5, 2018. File photo Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Palestinians reject U.S.-Bahrain peace plan as Israel advises 'surrender'

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:38 PM

The Peace to Prosperity economic workshop that begins June 25 is billed as the start of a new approach that will later include political solutions to the long intractable Middle East conflict

PROTEST. Palestinian demonstrators carry caricatures, during a protest against the US-led Peace to Prosperity conference that opens tomorrow in Bahrain, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on June 24, 2019. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Trump says reelection 'easier' if he is impeached

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:34 PM

United States President Donald Trump says an 'impeachment is a very unfair thing'

US President Donald Trump holds a meeting on the opioid epidemic in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) / ALTERNATIVE CROP

Moroccans protest against U.S.-led Mideast economic plan

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Demonstrators burn Israeli flag near Morocco's parliament and shouted 'Death to Israel!' and 'Death to the United States!'

Trump says he called off Iran strikes expected to kill 150

Jun 21, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Trump says the US was 'cocked & loaded to retaliate' on Thursday night, June 20, by hitting '3 different sites,' but that he scrapped the strikes just 10 minutes before they were carried out

TRUMP. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. File photo by Doug Mills/Pool/AFP

Airlines halt Hormuz flights amid U.S.-Iran crisis

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The suspensions come after the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States issued a Notice to Airmen 'prohibiting US-registered aircraft from operating over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman'

STRAIT OF HORMUZ. A woman walks along the beach on Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Trump, Trudeau mend fences at White House meeting

Jun 21, 2019 - 6:27 AM

The two men have had a rocky relationship since Trump walked out of a G7 summit in Quebec last June

NEIGHBORS. US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take part in a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2019.  MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Macron sends senior diplomat to Iran to defuse U.S. tensions

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The adviser, Emmanuel Bonne, holds 'high-level meetings' in Tehran, 'with the aim of contributing to the de-escalation of tensions in the region'

BONNE. This file photo shows Presidential diplomatic advisor Emmanuel Bonne (R) stand in the court of the Elysee Palace, on May 24, 2019, in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

U.S. Fed opens door to rate cut amid growing 'uncertainties'

Jun 20, 2019 - 2:35 PM

The US Federal Reserve says trade friction and slowing growth worldwide have led many central bankers to feel the case for an interest rate cut has 'strengthened'

RATE UNCHANGED. United States Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell during a press briefing following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting on March 20, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Iran 'categorically rejects' U.S. tanker attack allegations

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:06 PM

'Accusations levelled against Iran's armed forces and the published film with regards to the incident [that] happened to the vessels...are unsubstantiated,' says Defense Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami

TANKERS. This grab taken from a video released by the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows an Iranian navy patrol boat in the Gulf of Oman approaching the Japanese operated methanol tanker Kokuka Courageous and removing an unexploded mine. File photo from US Central Command/AFP

Trump promises 'wild' campaign launch rally

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Organizers claim the Orlando rally has sold out a 20,000-seat arena, with many more to gather outside, watching on big screens

2020. US President Donald Trump promises a 'wild' 2020 campaign launch rally. File photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Iraq looking at options in case Gulf oil route cut – spokesman

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Lawmakers have also called for an emergency session with Iraq's ministers of oil, trade, planning and transport to 'prepare to confront the possible dangers'

TO PORT. This picture taken on June 15, 2019 shows tanker ships in the waters of the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the eastern UAE emirate of Fujairah. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Ethiopian Airlines rejects 'pilot error' claim in U.S.

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Ethiopian Airlines chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam says criticisms of his crew's actions are 'seriously misinformed,' and that US politician Sam Graves does not 'have the facts in his hands'

DEBRIS. In this file photo, forensics workers comb through the debris at the crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, at Hama Quntushele village in Oromia region, on March 14, 2019, 4 days after the plane crashed into a field killing 157 passengers and crew. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Iran sets 10-day countdown to surpass uranium stockpile limit

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:39 PM

(UPDATED) The move 'will be reversed once other parties live up to their commitments,' Iran's atomic energy organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi says

IRAN. Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi answers the press in the capital Tehran on July 17, 2018. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

From apples to almonds, India hikes tariffs on U.S. goods

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

India's move to increase tariffs on 28 goods from the United States comes after Washington stripped New Delhi of its preferential trade status

TRUMP AND MODI TO MEET. Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP. Modi photo from Narendra Modi's official Flickr account, via Wikimedia Commons.

Iran hints U.S. could be behind 'suspicious' tanker attacks

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Iran's Ali Larijani says the attacks 'seem to complement the economic sanctions against Iran considering that (the US) has not achieved any results from them'

GULF OF OMAN. An undated picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRNN on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows the two tankers involved in an incident off the coast of Oman, according to the Iranian State TV at an undisclosed location. AFP Photo/ HO/IRINN

U.S. hits intimidation at sea after Philippine boat sinking

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:11 PM

'We are thankful none of the Filipino fishermen lost their lives and glad that Vietnamese fishermen rescued them from the open sea,' says the United States

GOING HOME. The fishermen and crew of F/B Gem-vir, the fishing boat sunk by a Chinese vessel near the Recto Bank on June 9, alight from the BRP Ramon Alcaraz after they were turned over to Mindoro local officials by the Philippine Navy on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Assange faces February 2020 U.S. extradition hearing

Jun 14, 2019 - 10:48 PM

In his first court appearance since being sensationally dragged out of the Ecuadoran embassy in London in April, Julian Assange tells the court: '175 years of my life is effectively at stake'

JULIAN ASSSANGE. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at court in London on May 1, 2019 to be sentenced for bail violation. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Iran leader rejects Trump talks despite Japan PM's mission

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:33 PM

(UPDATED) Iran 'has no trust in America and will not in any way repeat the bitter experience of the previous negotiations with America,' says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

ABE IN IRAN. A handout picture provided by the Iranian supreme leader office shows, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tehran on June 13, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / KHAMENEI.IR

UK minister signs U.S. bid to extradite Assange

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The final decision on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited will rest with the courts

ASSANGE. A video grab taken from AFP TV footage shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he is driven by British Police to Westminster Magistrates Court in London on April 11, 2019. File photo by Agence France-Presse

Japan PM meets Rouhani on mission to ease Iran-U.S. tensions

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Japanese government officials say Shinzo Abe will not present Tehran with a list of demands, or deliver a message from Washington, but instead wants to play the role of neutral intermediary

RARE DIPLOMATIC MISSION. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a welcoming ceremony at the Saadabad Palace in the capital Tehran on June 12, 2019. Photo by stringer/AFP

Trump delivers hard line on new China tariffs threat

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:54 PM

Asked if a failure by Xi Jinping to come to the G20 summit would lead to tariffs kicking in on a further $300 billion in Chinese imports, Donald Trump tells CNBC television: 'Yes it would.'

TRADE WAR. In this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. File photo Nicolas Asfouri/AFP