Mar. 5, 2019


President Trump will reject a U.S.-China trade deal that is not perfect, but the United States would still keep working on an agreement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a media interview.

Newly installed U.S. Attorney General William Barr must walk a political and legal tightrope in deciding how much of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's role in the 2016 election to disclose, balancing competing demands from President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats, legal experts said.

China sought to shore up its slowing economy through billions of dollars in planned tax cuts and infrastructure spending, with economic growth at its weakest in almost 30 years due to softer domestic demand and a trade war with the United States.

Carmakers are dreaming up futuristic electric car engine sounds to ensure that pedestrians can hear vehicles that lack audible cues like high-revving, howling combustion engines, senior executives at the Geneva car show said.

An HIV-positive man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of the AIDS virus after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor, his doctors said.

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House leaders are planning a vote as soon as Wednesday on a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism, a senior Democratic aide said, after a series of controversies involving remarks made by first-term Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

At least 23 people including children have died after a tornado swept through the southern US state of Alabama on Sunday.

Four American tourists and a Kenyan pilot were killed when their helicopter crashed on a remote island in a lake in northwest Kenya, police said Monday.

French police are facing a new form of weapon during "yellow vest" protests -- bags of fecal matter thrown bomb-like by demonstrators.

Burundi has forced the United Nations to shut its local human rights office after 23 years, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday. Bachelet said the central African state's government had declared it had made sufficient progress in human rights, so that the existence of the U.N. office was no longer justified.

The Afghan Taliban rejected a proposal that would result in U.S. forces being withdrawn from the war-torn nation in five years, posing a serious setback to the efforts aimed at ending America's longest war through negotiations. The rebel group wants foreign troops to leave the country within a year.

The U.S. has deployed a highly advanced missile defense system in Israel for the first time, the American and Israeli militaries announced Monday, reflecting their shared concerns about Iran's development of powerful missiles.

Pakistan on Monday announced the freezing of accounts and seizure of assets linked to organizations banned by the UN Security Council (UNSC), as pressure mounted on the country to crack down on militant groups amid tensions with India.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday bypassed a chance to further expand the ability of religious entities to receive public funding, leaving in place a lower court ruling that blocked a New Jersey county from giving historic preservation grants to churches.

Google has compensated many of its male workers after finding they received comparatively fewer bonuses and pay rises than women last year. The company, which has faced many accusations of failing its female employees, said it had automatically topped up men's pay to address a gender gap within its ranks of software developers.

In terms of those battery packs, the Mark Zero purports to have harnessed a vague and alchemical-sounding technological jump that allows its cells to be fast-charged to 80 percent of their capacity in under five minutes, without the massive heat-related issues endemic to electric charging. Battery partners the Desten Group and charging partners Qingdao TGOOD Electric Co. are both based in China.

The rattle of guns, bomb blasts and black smoke -- a deluge of fire is being unleashed on the Islamic State's last Syrian stronghold by Kurdish-led and international forces.


The winner of a record $1.5bn lottery jackpot in South Carolina gave up a spot in the queue before purchasing the ticket, officials said. The winner is electing to receive a lump sum pay-out of $877m.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's wealth has shrunk by $8.7bn (£6.6bn) in the past year, according to the latest billionaires' list compiled by Forbes. The total combined net worth of this year's billionaires' list also fell from $9.1 trillion to $8.7tn. But Amazon founder Jeff Bezos keeps his top position, increasing his net worth to $131bn, up $19bn from 2018.


A primary school that taught pupils about homosexuality as part of a program to challenge homophobia has stopped the lessons after hundreds of children were withdrawn by parents in protest. Parkfield community school in Saltley, Birmingham, has been the scene of weekly protests over the lessons, which parents claim are promoting gay and transgender lifestyles. On Friday about 600 Muslim children, aged between four and 11, were withdrawn from the school for the day, parents said.

About 60 people have already joined a new group calling itself "BirthStrike," consisting of folks "too concerned by the consequences of ecological collapse to have children."

A lawsuit by some states against a Trump-administration rule change that effectively blocks millions of taxpayer dollars from the abortionists at Planned Parenthood likely will fail.

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