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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.

Shares wobble, yuan weakens as global trade talk rattles markets

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:36am
A gauge of global stocks dipped but erased steeper losses in a volatile session on Friday while the Chinese yuan weakened as global trade tensions persisted to hover over financial markets.

Britain's Brexit talks collapse as May's premiership crumbles

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:24am
Britain's tumultuous divorce from the European Union was again in disarray on Friday after the opposition Labour Party declared last-ditch talks dead due to Prime Minister Theresa May's crumbling government.

White House delays decision on tariffs on imported cars, parts

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:23am
The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump is delaying a decision for as long as six months on whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and parts to allow for more time for trade talks with the European Union and Japan.

Biden shows early strength, but pitfalls loom in 2020 U.S. presidential race

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:22am
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has shown surprising strength in the first three weeks of his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, prompting a persistent question: Can anyone stop him?

U.S. urging talks while 'holding gun' at Iran: Iranian military official

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:17am
A senior Iranian military official has accused U.S. President Donald Trump of dishonesty, saying Washington is calling for talks while "holding a gun" at Tehran, the semi-official news agency Mehr reported on Friday.

China backs Iran during U.S. tensions

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:17am
China offered strong support to Iran on Friday, with its top diplomat telling Iran's foreign minister that China opposes unilateral sanctions and supports Tehran's efforts to safeguard its interests.

Iran denies ties to Houthi drone attack on Saudi oil installations

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 9:43am
Iran's foreign ministry on Friday rejected accusations by Saudi Arabia that Tehran had ordered an attack on Saudi oil installations claimed by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi militia.

Madonna gets into Eurovision groove in Tel Aviv despite Palestinian criticism

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 9:20am
Pop star Madonna took time out ahead of her scheduled guest performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, attending an evening event in Tel Aviv on Thursday.