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U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin defies House subpoena for Trump's tax returns

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 9:29pm
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that he would not meet a congressional demand for six years of President Donald Trump's tax returns, all but guaranteeing a federal court battle with Congress over the records.

Former 'slave' in New York sex cult says founder ordered naked meetings

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 9:28pm
The founder of an alleged New York sex cult held meetings in which female "slaves" gathered naked on the floor around him while he sat in a chair and lectured them on philosophy, one of the women testified at his criminal trial on Friday.

Trump says 'good chance' Democrats will back his immigration, border plan

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 9:27pm
President Donald Trump on Friday acknowledged he would need some support from Democrats to support his immigration and border agenda, even as opponents soundly rejected his latest proposals as the immigration issue heats up ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections.

Boeing says it has corrected simulator software of 737 MAX jets

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:51pm
Boeing Co has made corrections to simulator software that mimics the flying experience of its 737 MAX jets, which were involved in two fatal crashes, and the company has provided additional information to device operators, a spokesman said on Friday.

Exclusive: U.S. may scale back Huawei trade restrictions to help existing customers

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:26pm
The U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday it may soon scale back restrictions on Huawei Technologies after this week's blacklisting would have made it nearly impossible for the Chinese company to service its existing customers.

U.S. lifts tariffs on Canadian, Mexican metals in boost for trade pact

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:10pm
The United States struck deals on Friday to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico, the three governments said, removing a major obstacle to legislative approval of a new North American trade pact.

Trump says U.S. has reached agreement with Mexico, Canada on tariffs

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:10pm
The United States has reached a deal with Mexico and Canada to sell products without tariffs, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday.

Mexico says deal reached with U.S. on steel, aluminum does not impose quotas

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:10pm
The Mexican President's office said on Friday that a U.S. deal to lift steel and aluminum tariffs will not impose quotas on metals in Mexico.

Tensions with China help U.S. see importance of North American trade: Mexican official

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:10pm
Tense U.S.-China relations are helping the United States understand the importance of a North American trade bloc, a senior Mexican diplomat said on Friday, after negotiating a deal that ended steel tariffs in the region.

Iran's elite naval forces said to pass skills to proxy fighters

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:08pm
An unmanned Iranian boat skips over the waves at full speed and rams into a U.S. aircraft carrier, sending up an orange fireball and plumes of smoke.

Trump denies friction with top aides over Iran policy

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:08pm
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Trump declares some auto imports pose national security threat

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:02pm
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared that some imported vehicles and parts pose a national security threat but delayed a decision for as long as six months on whether to impose tariffs to allow for more time for trade talks with the European Union and Japan.

China's tough rhetoric leaves trade talks with U.S. in limbo

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:00pm
China struck a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the United States on Friday, suggesting a resumption of talks between the world's two largest economies would be meaningless unless Washington changed course.

Missouri poised to pass restrictive abortion law, days after Alabama

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:05am
Missouri House lawmakers are expected to pass a bill on Friday to ban most abortions eight weeks after conception, days after Alabama introduced the nation's most restrictive abortion law.

Exclusive: FBI targets Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, GE, Philips in Brazil graft case - sources

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:00am
The U.S. FBI is investigating corporate giants Johnson & Johnson, Siemens AG, General Electric Co and Philips for allegedly paying kickbacks as part of a scheme involving medical equipment sales in Brazil, two Brazilian investigators have told Reuters.

After Huawei blow, China says U.S. must show sincerity for talks

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:52am
The United States must show sincerity if it is to hold meaningful trade talks, China said on Friday, after U.S. President Donald Trump dramatically raised the stakes with a potentially devastating blow to Chinese tech giant Huawei.

Algeria election may be postponed, protests continue

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:48am
Algeria's imminent presidential election looks likely to be postponed, a source said on Friday, as protesters returned to the streets for the 13th successive Friday to demand the removal of the nation's ruling elite.

Exclusive: Insurer says Iran's Guards likely to have organized tanker attacks

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:45am
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) are "highly likely" to have facilitated attacks last Sunday on four tankers including two Saudi ships off Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, according to a Norwegian insurers' report seen by Reuters.

U.S. nears removal of tariffs on Canada, Mexico metals: media

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:37am
The United States is close to a deal to remove tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico, which could help the three countries' trade pact get ratified in the U.S. Congress, according to media reports on Friday.

U.S. consumer sentiment robust before escalation of trade war

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:37am
U.S. consumer sentiment jumped to a 15-year high in early May amid growing confidence over the economy's outlook, but much of the surge was recorded before an escalation in the trade war between the United States and China, which could hurt activity.