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Fight begins over Trump's taxes, lawyer slams Democrats' request

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 8:58pm
An attorney for President Donald Trump on Friday blasted U.S. House Democrats' request for six years of Trump's tax returns as "a misguided attempt" to politicize the tax laws, accusing lawmakers of harassment and interference in IRS audits.

Boeing cuts 737 MAX output in wake of two deadly crashes

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 8:24pm
Boeing Co said on Friday it plans to cut its monthly 737 aircraft production by nearly 20 percent in the wake of two deadly crashes, signaling it does not expect aviation authorities to allow the plane back in the air anytime soon.

U.S. attorney general orders probe into mistreatment of gay employees

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 8:24pm
U.S. Attorney General William Barr said he was ordering certain Justice Department offices to investigate possible discrimination targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees after an internal gay affinity group complained of low morale.

Trump touts rising U.S. border 'wall,' proposes economic penalty on Mexico

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 8:23pm
President Donald Trump on Friday promised approximately 450 miles (725 km) of new "wall" along the southern U.S. border, after threatening to slap Mexico with an unspecified economic penalty to crack down on what he describes as a crisis of undocumented immigration and drug trafficking.

U.S. targets Cuba's oil supply from Venezuela in new sanctions

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 8:23pm
The United States on Friday targeted oil shipments from Venezuela to Cuba in its latest round of sanctions to pressure the government of President Nicolas Maduro, aiming to choke off a crucial supply of crude to the Communist island.

U.S. to designate elite Iranian force as terrorist organization

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 8:23pm
The United States is expected to designate Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps a foreign terrorist organization, three U.S. officials told Reuters, marking the first time Washington has formally labeled another country's military a terrorist group.

How excess speed, hasty commands and flawed software doomed an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 5:23pm
Minutes after take-off, the pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX were caught in a bad situation.

S&P posts seven-day winning streak as jobs data allay economic fears

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 5:03pm
U.S. stocks rose on Friday, boosted by better-than-expected job growth in March, which eased concerns of an economic slowdown that have periodically roiled financial markets over the past year.

G7 foreign ministers interrupt talks to warn against advance on Tripoli

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 4:17pm
Foreign ministers from the G7 group of rich nations implicitly warned eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar on Friday against an advance toward the capital Tripoli as they scrambled to defuse a dangerous escalation in the north African oil producer's power struggle.

Ohio ex-convict charged after claiming to be long-lost Illinois boy

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 4:15pm
Federal prosecutors on Friday charged a 23-year-old former convict with making false statements after he claimed to be Illinois teen Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing in 2011 after his mother killed herself.

Supporters of Saudi women activists detained, including two U.S. citizens: sources

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:47pm
Saudi Arabia has arrested eight people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in an apparent crackdown on supporters of women activists whose trial has drawn Western condemnation, rights groups said on Friday.

U.S. payrolls report, trade optimism buoy stocks

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:30pm
Global stocks rose to a fresh six-month high on Friday after concerns about an economic slowdown were lessened by U.S. labor market data, while optimism that a trade deal between the United States and China was drawing closer also lifted sentiment.

G7 foreign ministers warn Libyan commander Haftar against offensive

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:18pm
Foreign ministers of the group of seven nations said on Friday that they were strongly opposed to military action in the country and implicitly warned eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar against continuing his advance on the capital Tripoli.

Bogged down in Brexit, Britain tries to flex G7 muscles

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 3:05pm
When Jeremy Hunt sat down on Friday with rights lawyer Amal Clooney to advocate better protection for journalists, Britain's foreign minister was at pains to stress its enduring importance on the world stage.

Amid complaints of unwanted touching, Biden jokes he got 'permission' to hug

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 2:39pm
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, facing a growing swell of allegations that he has made women uncomfortable with his use of physical contact, made light of the controversy on Friday while continuing to lay the groundwork for a 2020 presidential run.

Exclusive: Deutsche Bank open to U.S. revamp in merger talks - sources

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 2:06pm
Deutsche Bank said it was open to further restructuring of its U.S. investment bank after Commerzbank executives sought clarity on its plans during merger talks, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

May's Brexit talks with Labour stall, delay request fails to convince EU

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 1:53pm
Britain's opposition Labour Party said on Friday that talks with the government on a last-ditch Brexit deal had made no progress, as EU leaders said Prime Minister Theresa May had not convinced them that they should let Britain delay its departure next week.

UK government ready to hold more Brexit talks with opposition Labour this weekend

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 1:03pm
Prime Minister Theresa May's government is ready to hold more discussions with the opposition Labour party this weekend over Brexit, a spokesman for May's office said on Friday.

U.S. employment report points to growing economy, tame inflation

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 12:30pm
U.S. employment growth accelerated from a 17-month low in March, assuaging fears of an abrupt slowdown in economic activity, but a moderation in wage gains supported the Federal Reserve's decision to suspend further interest rate increases this year.

Rebound in job growth pushes Wall Street higher, trade hopes add to optimism

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 9:14am
Wall Street's main indexes rose on Friday after data showed U.S. employment in March accelerated from a 17-month low, easing concerns of a domestic slowdown, while hopes of a U.S.-China trade deal added to the sentiment.