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Xi Jinping may have showed how he plans to cripple US tech and defense giants in the trade war with a visit to a Chinese magnet factory

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited a rare earth magnet factory in eastern China on Monday. He was accompanied by Vice Premier Liu He, China's top economics adviser who has been leading trade negotiations with the US. The highly-publicized photo op suggests that China may be planning to weaponize the rare earth industry to make the US back down in the ongoing trade war. The US heavily relies on Chinese exports of rare earth materials, which can be found in products ranging from batteries to s...
Tags: Japan, White House, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Earth, Beijing, Xi Jinping, New York Times, Treasury, Trade, Donald Trump, Pacific, Trump, Pete Souza


China axed its live broadcast of the 'Game of Thrones' finale, reportedly because of the US-China trade war, and fans were furious (KYG8757216)

"Game of Thrones" fans in China were left reeling after Tencent Video, the country's official streamer of HBO content, axed its simulcast of the show's series finale. Tencent Video officially attributed the broadcast problems to "media transfer issues," according to Reuters. But an HBO spokesman told The Wall Street Journal that it was due to tensions brought on by the US-China trade war. Washington and Beijing have amped up their trade battle recently, with both sides imposing new tariffs on ...
Tags: Hbo, Washington, White House, China, US, Trends, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Tencent, Tencent Video, Donald Trump, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Weibo, Trump, Pete Souza


Instagram heartbroken over reports a Malaysian teen killed herself after asking followers to help her choose life or death

Two Instagram executives appeared before a UK parliamentary committee on Wednesday. They were grilled by lawmakers about the case of a Malaysian teenager, who reportedly died by suicide after posting a poll on Instagram asking people to choose whether she should live or die. The executives said the incident was "heartbreaking" and confirmed that the poll itself was in violation of Instagram's community standards. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Two high-ranking Instagram e...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Instagram, White House, Trends, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Damian Collins, Collins, Christchurch, Shah, Reuters, Russell, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee, Karina Newton


Trump declares a national emergency, which could set up a huge blow to China's Huawei

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over "threats against information and communications technology and services" in the US. The executive order, signed Wednesday, is expected to precede a ban on US firms doing business with the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. The Justice Department charged Huawei and its US affiliate with theft of trade secrets conspiracy, attempted theft of trade secrets, seven counts of wire fraud, and one count of obstruction of justice earlier th...
Tags: White House, China, US, America, Trends, Iran, Fbi, Beijing, United States, Commerce, Donald Trump, Huawei, Justice Department, Trump, Reuters, Donald J Trump


Trump declares a national emergency setting up a huge blow to China's Huawei

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over "threats against information and communications technology and services" in the US. The executive order, signed Wednesday, is expected to precede a ban on US firms doing business with the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. The Justice Department charged Huawei and its US affiliate with theft of trade secrets conspiracy, attempted theft of trade secrets, seven counts of wire fraud, and one count of obstruction of justice earlier t...
Tags: White House, China, US, America, Trends, Iran, Beijing, United States, Commerce, Donald Trump, Huawei, Justice Department, Trump, Pete Souza, Reuters, Donald J Trump


US claims of Iran threat to coalition forces in Middle East rejected by British general

A British general has rejected claims from the White House that coalition forces in the Middle East are facing an increased threat from Iran or its allies.In recent days, Washington US has responded to what has claimed as a raised threat from Iran-backed militias to US and coalition forces fighting the remnants of Isis in Iraq and Syria, by dispatching an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and Patriot missiles. National security advisor John Bolton, a longtime advocate of regime change in Iran, has ...
Tags: Isis, News, White House, Iraq, US, Iran, Syria, Middle East, Pentagon, Reuters, John Bolton, Washington US, Chris Ghika


Trump Buddies Like Viktor Orbán Are Sucking the Life Blood Out of European Democracy

Akos Stiller/Bloomberg/GettySIBIU, Romania—European leaders met last Thursday in this picturesque town that, as it happens, was once the capital of Transylvania. They were looking for ways to fight increasingly authoritarian leaders and parties in the European Union that are sucking the life blood out of democracy.In contrast, U.S. President Donald J. Trump embraced one of those leaders at the White House on Monday, praising Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, even as he has been censured by ...
Tags: Europe, News, Vladimir Putin, Congress, France, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, Eu, European Union, Vienna, Hungary, Britain, Nigel Farage, Poland


Joe Biden would be a disaster for climate change

The Democratic contender for president provided details of his climate plan and it was boils down to: business as usual‘Joe Biden does not have a plan to keep warming below 1.5 or even 2C.’ Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/ReutersLast year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) called for “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to avert full blown climate catastrophe. It’s not too late to stave off the worst impacts, they urged – indeed, it’s “possible ...
Tags: Science, Obama, White House, US, America, Ipcc, Joe Biden, Paris, Houston, Biden, Donald Trump, Securities And Exchange Commission, Trump, Reuters, HuffPost, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC


North Korea launches two ballistic missiles amid stalled talks with US

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, in its second weapons test in less than a week, South Korea’s military said.  One missile travelled 260 miles and the other 170 miles in an easterly direction after being launched from a site northwest of the North’s capital, Pyongyang, the South’s joint chiefs of staff confirmed in a statement.  The launch marks an escalation from a test just five days ago of long-range multiple rocket launchers and another short-range ballistic ...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, News, Indonesia, Washington, North Korea, White House, US, United States, UN Security Council, North, Kim, Oxford University, Donald Trump, Seoul, Pyongyang


Jeff Bezos aims Blue Origin at the Moon

Today at a packed event blocks from the White House, Jeff Bezos took the stage in front of select members of the media, executives, government officials and a gaggle of middle schoolers to reveal new details of his plan to get to the Moon by 2024.  Blue Origin is going to send humans to space on New Shepard later this year and has unveiled a lunar lander, called “Blue Moon”, to access the resource-rich lunar surface, Bezos said. Setting the stage with Neil Armstrong’s famous words as the...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Spacex, White House, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Space Tourism, Space Travel, Virgin Galactic, Moon, President, Vice President, Mars, Lockheed Martin


Jeff Bezos reportedly set to unveil moon plans today

Blue Origin is hosting a media event later today in Washington, D.C. TechCrunch will be on the ground, reporting live, though details around precisely what will be announced are still pretty minimal. According to new reporting from Reuters, however, boss man Jeff Bezos is set to unveil his plans to help the U.S. government establish a lunar outpost over the next five years. That word arrives via “people familiar with the matter.” Blue Origin hasn’t responded yet — though we’ve only got to wai...
Tags: Space, Washington, White House, Tech, Nasa, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Trump, Reuters, Mike Pence, Bezos


Trump says China 'broke the deal' as tensions rise ahead of trade talks

Donald Trump has claimed China “broke the deal” it reached in trade talks with the United States, as he ramped up hostilities ahead of further negotiations between the two nations.The American president vowed not to back down on imposing new tariffs on Chinese imports unless Beijing “stops cheating our workers.”The US Trade Representative’s office has announced that tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200bn (£153bn) will increase from 10 per cent to 25 per cent on Friday, on the second of two days o...
Tags: Florida, News, Washington, White House, China, US, Joe Biden, Beijing, United States, Biden, Donald Trump, Kennedy, Trump, Reuters, Liu, Centre for Strategic and International Studies


Attorney General William Barr faces being held in contempt of Congress amid showdown with Trump

A Democratic-led House panel on Wednesday approved a measure to hold US Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to hand over an unredacted copy of the Mueller report on Russian election interference even as Donald Trump invoked the legal principle of executive privilege to block its disclosure. Throwing down another challenge to the US president, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to recommend that the full House cite Mr Barr, the top US law enforcement officia...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Congress, Eric Holder, Washington Post, Senate, White House, Russia, US, Barack Obama, House, Moscow, Nancy Pelosi, Department Of Justice, Republican, Donald Trump


Trump’s China tariffs are getting a major increase on Friday

The stock market has already seen some wild fluctuations this week in anticipation of the latest volley in a trade war ramping up between the U.S. and China. Now it seems the President is making good on his promise to further increase tariffs on goods from the country. Documents posted to the Federal Register (via Reuters) note that the U.S. is set to increase import tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 to 25 percent. The change, which targets products already singled out by th...
Tags: White House, China, Tech, Policy, Tariffs, Federal Register, Trump, Reuters, Liu, Donald J Trump, U S Trade Representative


Oracle Exec Mocks Google Arguments About Java's APIs

"Whether it is consumers' data or competitors' code, Google's view seems to be the same: What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine," argues Oracle executive vice president Kenneth Glueck. Google had urged America's Supreme Court to rule in their ongoing legal case about access to Java's APIs, a case which Google says hinges on "whether developers should be able to create new applications using standard ways of accessing common functions. Those functions are the building blocks of computer ...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Microsoft, White House, Tech, Oracle, Reuters, Walker, Google Android, Kent Walker, America s Supreme Court, Kenneth Glueck


This Week: You Paid Mar-a-Lago For White House Officials’ $1000 Bar Tab

A few months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the commander in chief ordered a missile strike against Syria and ate cake with China’s President at his Mar-a-Lago resort. The same night, a group including Steve Bannon, then-deputy White House chief of staff Joe Hagin and other Trump administration staffers visited the bar, had the Secret Service guard the door and, together, drank $1,000 of fancy liquor, including a 20 percent service charge. The government paid. That’s just part of what ProPub...
Tags: News, White House, China, Syria, Secret Service, Donald Trump, Executive Branch, Trump, Reuters, Moore, Herman Cain, Stephen Moore, Federal Reserve Board, Emmett Sullivan, Joe Hagin, Mar-a-lago


White House letter blasts Mueller report, says Trump has right to instruct advisers not to testify

The April 19 letter from White House legal counsel Emmet Flood to Attorney General William Barr, obtained by Reuters on Thursday, was in line with Trump's confrontational approach to dealing with a Democratic effort to use the Mueller report as a springboard into more investigations. Flood said Trump's decision to let advisers cooperate with the Mueller probe does not extend to congressional oversight investigations. Democrats have argued Trump waived the right to assert executive privilege by...
Tags: News, White House, Trump, Reuters, Democratic, Mueller, William Barr, Emmet Flood


Google tells U.S. House it spends 'hundreds of millions' on content review each year, found +1M 'terrorist videos' on YouTube in Q1 2019

Alphabet, parent company of Google and YouTube, told a U.S. House panel that it spends hundreds of millions of dollars on reviewing content each year, and claims to have identified at least one million “terrorist videos” on YouTube in the first quarter of 2019. Alphabet/Google/YouTube disclosed this information to lawmakers in an April 24 letter that was made public on Thursday. The letter claims that a “manual review” by YouTube content moderation workers found 90,000 videos violated YouTub...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, US news, New Zealand, Terrorists, Reuters, Rose, Microsoft Corp


UPDATE 2-White House letter blasts Mueller report, says Trump has right to instruct advisers not to testify

President Donald Trump has the right to instruct advisers not to testify before congressional oversight probes related to the Russia investigation, the White House said in a letter that blasts Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report as deeply flawed. The April 19 letter from White House legal counsel Emmet Flood to Attorney General William Barr, obtained by Reuters on Thursday, was in line with Trump's confrontational approach to dealing with a Democratic effort to use the Mueller report as a s...
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Democratic, Mueller, Robert Mueller, William Barr, Emmet Flood


Russia says US engaged in Venezuela 'information war', denies reports it told Maduro to flee

The crisis in oil-rich Venezuela has a number of interested parties, one of which is Russia. On Wednesday, Russia rejected allegations put forth by Trump administration members Mike Pompeo and John Bolton that the Russian government had “persuaded Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro not to flee the country the previous day, calling the assertion a calculated attempt to demoralise the army and escalate the crisis there,” Reuters reports. Excerpt: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told broadc...
Tags: Post, News, Washington, White House, Russia, US, Cnn, United States, Moscow, Venezuela, Kremlin, Bolton, Cuba, Nicolás Maduro, Latin America, Bashar Al Assad


Trump to meet with Republican senators on U.S. shipping rules

The nearly 100-year-old Jones Act mandates the use of U.S.-flagged vessels to transport merchandise between U.S. coasts. Bloomberg News reported last week the administration was seriously considering waiving the requirements for some energy shipments and that Trump was leaning in favor of some kind of waiver. "I am going to go to the White House tomorrow to try to talk to the president out of doing something foolish and that is trying to curtain the Jones Act protections," Senator John Kennedy...
Tags: Science, White House, Trump, Reuters, Bloomberg News, John Kennedy, Louisiana Republican


White House halts EPA’s attempts to reveal companies seeking hardship waivers

In Washington, Reuters reports that following push back from the oil industry, the White House has put the kibosh on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to publish the names of companies seeking hardship waivers for small refiners under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The White House hadn’t reviewed the proposal put forward by the EPA on April 12. Small refineries are said to be concerned that they could be damaged if the public were aware of their applications but the corn industry is real...
Tags: Washington, White House, Policy, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Reuters


Taiwan Foxconn chairman traveling tonight for U.S. White House meet-source

The chairman of Apple supplier Foxconn will travel to the United States tonight for a meeting in the White House that is believed to be related to an investment in Wisconsin, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. Foxconn said earlier this month it remains committed to its contract to build a display plant and tech research facilities in Wisconsin, days after the U.S. state's governor said he wanted to renegotiate the deal. In January, Reuters reported that Foxconn is recon...
Tags: Apple, News, White House, Taiwan, United States, Wisconsin, Foxconn, Reuters, U S White House


Venezuela: Moscow persuaded Maduro not to step down, US claims

US secretary of state says leader ‘had airplane on tarmac’ to leave for Cuba but Russia convinced him to stay * Follow for the latest updates as clashes erupt in Venezuela The Venezuelan leader, Nicolás Maduro, “had an airplane on the tarmac” and was ready to leave for exile in Cuba when he was persuaded not to step down by Moscow, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has claimed.In a day when the struggle for power on the streets appeared to hang in the balance, and the US called on top me...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Russia, US, Cnn, Moscow, Venezuela, Bolton, Cuba, Donald Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Havana, Trump, Reuters, State


Refile: Foxconn chairman travels to White House to discuss Wisconsin - source

The chairman of Apple supplier Foxconn will travel to the United States on Tuesday for a meeting in the White House that is believed to be related to an investment in Wisconsin, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. Foxconn said this month it remains committed to its contract to build a display plant and tech research facilities in Wisconsin, days after the U.S. state's governor said he wanted to renegotiate the deal. In January, Reuters reported that Foxconn is reconsider...
Tags: Apple, News, White House, United States, Wisconsin, Foxconn, Reuters


Juan Guaido begins 'final phase' of plot to oust Venezuela president

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Tuesday he had begun the "final phase" of his plan to oust Nicolas Maduro, the president, calling on Venezuelans and the military to back him to end Maduro's "usurpation." A Reuters journalist later saw security forces firing tear gas at Mr Guaido and around 70 mostly young armed men in military uniform outside the La Carlota air force base in Caracas. Hundreds of civilians also joined the group. But around two hours after Mr Guaido tweeted hi...
Tags: News, White House, US, Opec, United States, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Reuters, National Assembly, Caracas, Maduro, Jorge Rodriguez, Constituent Assembly, Leopoldo Lopez, Diosdado Cabello


Time to impeach? Headache for Democrats over how to take on Trump

Many Democrats believe the Mueller report gives ample justification to start impeachment proceedings – but others maintain it might help Trump Lawmakers return to Washington on Monday with the question of impeachment more prominent – and more plausible – than at any point in Trump’s presidency. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images When special counsel Robert Mueller’s exhaustive report on Russian meddling in the US presidential election was released to the public earlier this month, the H...
Tags: New York, News, Maryland, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Elizabeth Warren, US, Cnn, Democrats, Ireland, House, Warren, Nancy Pelosi


Joe Biden enters 2020 presidential race: 'This is a battle for the soul of the nation'

Former vice president Joe Biden has finally entered the battle for the White House, claiming the 2020 race would be nothing less than “a battle for the soul of this nation”.In one of the most highly anticipated, but widely expected steps of the election cycle, the Democrat from Delaware declared his intention to launch his third presidential bid.If he succeeds in securing the party’s nomination, it would mean the 2020 contest to lead the large and diverse country is a showdown between two white ...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obama, Washington, White House, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Republican Party, Biden, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Delaware


White House to Congress: top Trump immigration aide won't testify

In a letter on Wednesday to the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, the White House said Stephen Miller would not testify before the committee about Trump immigration initiatives, including the policy of separating migrant children from their parents and his threat to send illegal immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities. "In accordance with longstanding precedent, we respectfully decline the invitation to make Mr. Miller available for testimony before the committee," the White House ...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, House, Republican, Miller, Trump, Reuters, Stephen Miller


Two years and 448 pages later, some Mueller fans ask: was he tough enough?

A decorated Marine platoon commander in the Vietnam War, Mueller burnished his credentials by bringing charges against former Trump aides even while under attack from the White House. In interviews with more than 20 Mueller supporters, former prosecutors and legal experts, Reuters found that criticism has centered on two decisions: declining to make a call on whether Trump committed a crime by obstructing justice, which allowed Attorney General William Barr to intercede in Trump's favor, and fa...
Tags: News, White House, Trump, Reuters, Mueller, Melanie Sloan, William Barr



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