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Trump vague about whether he will veto bills that back Hong Kong protesters


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:29:02 -0500

U.S. President Donald Trump was vague on Friday about whether he would sign or veto legislation to back protesters in Hong Kong as he tries to strike a trade deal with China, and boasted that he alone had prevented Beijing from crushing the demonstrations with a million soldiers.

Trump says administration to take 'good look' at Hong Kong rights bill


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:29:02 -0500

President Donald Trump said on Friday his administration would take a "good luck" at a Hong Kong bill that passed the U.S. Congress nearly unanimously, as lawmakers awaited his decision on whether he would sign it into law or issue a veto.

Protesters left on besieged HK campus weigh their options


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:27:23 -0500

At least eight protesters who had been holding out at a trashed Hong Kong university surrendered on Friday, while others searched for escape routes past riot police who surrounded the campus but said there was no deadline for ending the standoff.

Hong Kong's piano man changes his tune to protest anthem


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:27:23 -0500

When government workers began to clear up a street back in June, after one of Hong Kong's largest and most violent protests in decades, Kevin Cheung rushed to salvage 36 umbrellas from the debris.

Shattered glass: Futuristic design questioned after Tesla Cybertruck launch


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:25:55 -0500

Tesla Inc's launch of its futuristic Cybertruck pickup suffered a setback when its "armored glass" windows shattered, but it was the overall look of the electric vehicle that worried Wall Street on Friday, driving the automaker's shares down 6%.

Exclusive: Chevron CEO plans major cost-cutting overhaul of production teams - sources


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:21:49 -0500

Chevron Corp Chief Executive Michael Wirth is preparing sweeping changes at the No. 2 U.S. oil and gas company that would cut costs and streamline operations in a drive to boost profitability, according to people familiar with the matter.

Dollar, global shares gain as trade worries linger


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:16:52 -0500

The dollar gained and global equity markets rose on Friday on upbeat U.S. economic data while amicable messages from Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump helped defuse tensions over the prolonged U.S.-Sino trade war.

Trump says he will allow states to import prescription drugs to lower costs


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:12:27 -0500

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he will soon release a plan to let Florida and other states import prescription medicines to combat high drug prices, and he blasted the Democrat-led House for not going far enough in a drug-pricing bill.

U.S. Republican senators ask Treasury for suspicious activity reports on Hunter Biden


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:11:31 -0500

The Republican chairmen of two U.S. Senate committees have asked the Treasury Department to provide any reports of money laundering or fraud related to former Vice President Joe Biden's son's business dealings with a Ukraine energy firm, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Friday.

Wall Street rises with trade optimism, upbeat economic data


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:02:39 -0500

Wall Street rose on Friday with help from positive comments from Washington and Beijing about progress on efforts to reach a U.S.-China trade deal ,and from upbeat domestic economic data.

Israel's Netanyahu faces calls to quit but is defiant in crisis


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:58:03 -0500

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced calls to resign over a corruption scandal on Friday, as senior government colleagues publicly declared support after some signs of cracks in party loyalty.

Pennsylvania court sustains prison sentence of child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:50:46 -0500

A Pennsylvania judge on Friday sustained the 30-to-60-year prison sentence that former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky received after his 2012 conviction for sexually assaulting teenage boys.

Iraqi forces kill four protesters, cleric warns of crisis


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:48:58 -0500

Iraqi security forces killed four protesters in Baghdad on Friday, according to police sources, and forcibly dispersed activists blocking the main port near Basra, as the country's top cleric called for electoral reforms to end the unrest.

Trump accuses impeachment witness of lying, defends use of Giuliani


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:48:15 -0500

President Donald Trump on Friday accused a witness in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry of lying and offered an explanation for his controversial use of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine policy, saying Giuliani's crime-fighting abilities were needed to deal with a corrupt country.

More foreign firms halted U.S. deals amid Trump administration scrutiny: report


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:42:35 -0500

More overseas companies investigated by U.S. authorities for national security concerns have abandoned investments in the United States since President Donald Trump took office, a report showed on Friday, signaling headwinds for key sources of funding for U.S. companies.

Trump says ban of e-cigarette products could lead to illegal sales


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:40:21 -0500

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday expressed concern over a possible ban of some vaping products, saying outlawing the popular products would lead to people obtaining them illegally.

Bolivia's interim government charges Morales with sedition and terrorism


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:38:56 -0500

Bolivia's interim government filed a criminal complaint on Friday against former President Evo Morales for alleged sedition and terrorism, the interior minister said, as authorities began probes of his allies that they accuse of corruption and fomenting unrest.

Argentina creditors jockey for lead ahead of $100 billion debt talks


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:27:47 -0500

By Karin Strohecker, Marc Jones, Rodrigo Campos and Cassandra Garrison

U.S. agency votes 5-0 to bar China's Huawei, ZTE from government subsidy program


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:09:50 -0500

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 5-0 Friday to designate China's Huawei and ZTE as national security risks, barring their U.S. rural carrier customers from tapping an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase equipment.

African Union urges Britain to cede Chagos Islands, end 'colonial' rule


Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:04:20 -0500

The African Union on Friday called on Britain to withdraw from the Chagos Islands and end its "continued colonial administration" there after a U.N. deadline for it to do so expired.