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Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, U.N. arms research chief says

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:59pm
The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior U.N. security expert said on Tuesday, calling it an "urgent" issue that the world should take more seriously.

Asia stocks fragile as trade anxiety overshadows Huawei reprieve

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 9:57pm
Asian stocks were on shaky ground on Wednesday, as earlier relief over Washington's temporary relaxation of curbs against China's Huawei Technologies failed to offset deeper worries about trade frictions between the world's two largest economies.

China ready for further U.S. trade talks, ambassador says

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 9:44pm
Beijing is ready to resume trade talks with Washington, China's ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said, as a top U.S. business lobby in China said nearly half its members are seeing non-tariff barrier retaliation in China due to the trade war.

Hundreds rally at U.S. Supreme Court, calling state abortion bans as step backward

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 9:18pm
Abortion-rights campaigners, including Democrats seeking their party's 2020 presidential nomination, rallied at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to protest new restrictions on abortion passed by Republican-dominated legislatures in eight states.

In an Indian village, Muslims talk of leaving as divide with Hindus widens

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 9:01pm
Muslims in Nayabans, an unremarkable village in northern India, say they remember a time when their children played with Hindu youths, and people from either faith chatted when they frequented each other's shops and went to festivals together.

Congress presses Trump administration for Mueller's counterintelligence files

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 8:50pm
U.S. lawmakers are pressuring the Justice Department for access to counterintelligence reports generated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation of President Donald Trump and his associates, two congressional sources said on Tuesday.

U.S. eases curbs on Huawei; founder says clampdown underestimates Chinese firm

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 8:49pm
The United States has temporarily eased trade restrictions on China's Huawei to minimize disruption for its customers, a move the founder of the world's largest telecoms equipment maker said meant little because it was already prepared for U.S. action.

Huawei accuses U.S. of bullying, says working with Google to respond to ban

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 8:49pm
Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei called itself the victim of U.S. "bullying" on Tuesday and said it was working with Google to respond to trade restrictions imposed by Washington last week, a senior Huawei executive said.

U.S. states, cities sue to block Trump 'conscience' rule for healthcare workers

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 8:44pm
Two dozen U.S. states and municipalities sued the Trump administration on Tuesday to stop it from enforcing a rule that would make it easier for doctors and nurses to avoid performing abortions on religious or moral grounds.

California sues Trump administration over withholding high-speed rail funds

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 8:43pm
California and its high-speed rail authority filed suit on Tuesday to prevent the Trump administration from canceling a nearly $1 billion federal grant awarded in 2010 for a "bullet" train project hobbled by extensive delays and rising costs.

McDonald's faces 25 new sexual harassment complaints from workers

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 8:01pm
McDonald's Corp was accused on Tuesday in 25 new lawsuits and regulatory charges of condoning sexual harassment in the workplace and retaliating against employees who speak up.

Ocasio-Cortez says it is time to open impeachment inquiry against Trump

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 5:07pm
U.S. Democratic Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez said on Tuesday it is time for Democratic leaders to allow an impeachment process to start against President Donald Trump, saying the administration's obstruction of lawmakers' oversight efforts gives them no choice.

Wall St. rises as Huawei reprieve boosts tech shares

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 4:11pm
Shares of technology companies helped lift Wall Street on Tuesday after the United States temporarily eased curbs on China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, alleviating investor concerns about pressure on future corporate results in the sector.

U.S. House Democrats subpoena more Trump ex-aides, including Hicks

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 4:06pm
A U.S. House committee chairman on Tuesday subpoenaed two more former White House aides, including Hope Hicks, just hours after former White House Counsel Donald McGahn was a no-show for testimony before the panel at President Donald Trump's request.

Britain's May tries to break Brexit deadlock with offer of 'new deal'

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 3:52pm
Prime Minister Theresa May set out a "new deal" on Tuesday for Britain's departure from the European Union, offering sweeteners to parliament including the chance to vote on whether to hold a second referendum to try to break the impasse over Brexit.

UK business group condemns Labour nationalization plans, Brexit delay

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 3:52pm
Plans by Britain's opposition Labour Party to nationalize utilities including the country's electricity grid will damage investment as well as hurting many small shareholders, one of the country's main business groups warned on Tuesday.

U.S. House lawmaker subpoenas Hope Hicks and an ex-staffer to Don McGahn

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 3:16pm
The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, on Tuesday announced he has issued subpoenas to former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson, the former chief of staff to then-White House counsel Donald McGahn.

Defied by Trump, House panel holds rapid hearing without ex-White House lawyer

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:58am
The U.S. House of Representatives committee that would handle any impeachment of President Donald Trump briefly convened and then adjourned a hearing on Tuesday with another empty chair at the witness table, as former White House counsel Don McGahn did not show up to testify.

Exclusive: A delicate balance - Toyota took care to make offering to U.S. before China deals

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:56am
Toyota Motor Corp last month announced two deals in China that were small in size but large in strategic planning.

Britain's May offers "new deal" to try to break Brexit deadlock

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:55am
Prime Minister Theresa May will set out on Tuesday a "new deal" for Britain's departure from the European Union, her fourth attempt to break an impasse in parliament over Brexit that has plunged her government into crisis.