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Germany slams planned US sanctions on Russian pipeline

Berlin - Germany on Thursday criticised a vote by US lawmakers on a bill that would sanction contractors working on a Russian pipeline to Germany, saying Washington should mind its own business.

Trump impeachment debate opens with fiery partisan battle

Washington - Democrats warned that US President Donald Trump was on the verge of dictatorship while Republicans fiercely defended his record at the opening of a stormy, historic debate on impeachment charges Wednesday.

Chinese businesses boost self-reliance as trade war rolls on

Bejing - Whether Beijing and Washington reach a trade deal or not, China is already speeding up efforts to break its reliance on a country that is one of its biggest economic partners but also its biggest adversary.

Twitter backs overhaul of social media to stem disinformation

San Francisco - Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is funding research aimed at changing the way information circulates on social media -- with the goal of combating online violence, hate and disinformation.

YouTube bans 'implied' threats

San Francisco - YouTube broadened its anti-harassment policies on Wednesday to include a ban on "implied" threats along with insults based on race, gender identity or sexual orientation.

US warns N.Korea of consequences for 'Christmas gift'

New York - The United States on Wednesday warned North Korea of consequences if it makes good on threats of a spectacular weapons test in the New Year, while offering flexibility if it stays in talks.

Authorities stop short of dubbing US kosher deli attack anti-Semitic

Jersey City - US authorities held back Wednesday from characterizing a firefight that left six people including two suspects dead in a New York suburb as motivated by anti-Semitism, as the local mayor confirmed the assailants targeted a kosher grocery store.

Pompeo insists Trump raised election meddlng with Russia

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Wednesday that President Donald Trump issued a warning on election meddling to Russia's foreign minister, who said the topic never came up.

US hopeful for Iran prisoner talks but imposes new sanctions

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he hoped for further dialogue with Iran to free prisoners but announced new sanctions as he vowed no let-up in pressure.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time' 2019 person of the year

New York - Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who became the voice of conscience for a generation facing the climate change emergency, was named Wednesday as Time magazine's 2019 Person of the Year.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time' 2019 person of the year

New York - Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who became the voice of conscience for a generation facing the climate change emergency, was announced Wednesday as Time magazine's 2019 Person of the Year.

Taliban bombers target key US Afghanistan base as talks resume

Kabul - Taliban suicide bombers targeted a key US military base in Afghanistan Wednesday in a major attack that killed two civilians and wounded more than 70 others, officials said, amid renewed peace talks between the United States and the militants.

Trump pays $2 mn in damages to charities after court ruling

Washington - Donald Trump on Tuesday paid $2 million in damages as part of a settlement over use of his former charity to further his political and business interests -- the latest item on the US president's list of legal woes.

China biggest jailer of journalists, as press dangers persist: watchdog

Washington - At least 250 journalists are jailed around the world, with the largest number held in China, amid a growing crackdown by authoritarian regimes on independent media, a press watchdog group said Wednesday.

Democrats announce two impeachment charges against Trump

Washington - Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump on Tuesday in a momentous step asserting that the US president abused his office and deserved to be removed.

Pompeo hopes N.Korea abides by commitments

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced hope Tuesday that North Korea would not carry out a nuclear or long-range missile test while Pyongyang demands US concessions by year-end.

Russian FM warned on election meddling but invited by Trump

Washington - President Donald Trump warned Moscow against meddling in next year's election, the White House said Tuesday, but Russia's foreign minister denied the issue came up in a Washington meeting that drew controversy for occurring at all.

Lawmakers green light US space force

Washington - The United States is getting a new space force along with $738 billion in military spending under an agreement backed by lawmakers on Tuesday that fulfils a priority of President Donald Trump.

Pompeo warns Russian FM against election interference

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of reprisals if Moscow interferes in next year's presidential election.

House impeachment articles: abuse of power, obstruction of Congress

Washington - US President Donald Trump is facing two articles of impeachment in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

US, Mexico, Canada finalize trade deal

Mexico - The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

Trump facing two articles of impeachment

Washington - US President Donald Trump is facing two articles of impeachment in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Russia's top diplomat opens US talks amid impeachment

Washington - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday opened a visit to Washington in which he will meet Donald Trump, the very day when Democrats unveiled impeachment charges against the president.

US, Mexico, Canada to sign deal finalizing trade agreement

Mexico - The United States, Mexico and Canada will sign an "initial deal" Tuesday finalizing the USMCA trade agreement, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.

US, China working to delay Dec 15 tariffs: report

Washington - US and Chinese officials are working on a deal to postpone a round of tariffs set to hit Chinese imports in five days, according to a media report on Tuesday.

Two impeachment articles expected against Trump: reports

Washington - Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.

Banana-eating performance artist was 'hungry'

New York - Performance artist David Datuna waited two hours until "I was hungry" before eating a pricey banana artwork in Miami, he explained with laughter on Monday after returning to New York.

US, North Korea on collision course as New Year deadline looms

Washington - Tensions are quickly rising between the United States and North Korea, which has ramped up pressure as it demands concessions by President Donald Trump's administration by the end of the year.

US asks UN to discuss risk of N.Korea 'provocation'

Washington - The United States on Monday called a UN Security Council meeting this week on the risk of North Korean "provocation" as Pyongyang demands US concessions by a year-end deadline.

US officials painted 'rosy' picture of Afghanistan despite evidence: WPost

Washington - Senior US officials insisted that progress was being made in Afghanistan despite clear evidence the war there had become unwinnable, The Washington Post reported on Monday after obtaining thousands of US government documents on the conflict.
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