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Democrats bare fangs at Bloomberg in fiery debate

Las Vegas - Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg endured a punishing assault in his debut Democratic presidential debate Wednesday from rivals who savaged him for parachuting in late and throwing astronomical amounts of money at the race.

Trump names his Germany ambassador to top intelligence post

Washington - President Donald Trump on Wednesday named the current ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, as his top intelligence advisor, immediately drawing criticism that the politically outspoken figure is unsuited to such a sensitive position.

Benefits of China trade truce 'limited': Fed officials

Washington - While US trade tensions with China have receded, Federal Reserve officials worry the danger to the economy is not over, according to minutes of the last policy meeting released Wednesday.

Benefits of China trade truce 'limited': Fed officials

Washington - While US trade tensions have receded, including with China, Federal Reserve officials worry the danger to the economy is not over, according to minutes of the last policy meeting released Wednesday.

Trump 'offered pardon' to Assange if he denied Russia leak, court hears

London - US President Donald Trump promised to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he denied Russia leaked emails of his 2016 election rival's campaign, a London court was told on Wednesday.

Pompeo closes Africa tour with warning about China's 'empty promises'

Addis Ababa - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday closed a three-nation Africa tour with a thinly-veiled swipe at China as he talked up Washington's ability to stimulate growth and entrepreneurship on the continent.

China expels Wall Street Journal reporters over 'racist' headline

Bejing - China on Wednesday ordered three reporters from The Wall Street Journal to leave the country over what Beijing deemed a racist headline, in one of the harshest moves against foreign media in years.

Huawei loses legal challenge against US federal purchase ban

Houston - Washington has the right to block US federal agencies from buying products by Huawei on cybersecurity grounds, a judge has ruled, dismissing the Chinese telecom giant's legal challenge to a purchase ban.

Decrying 'propaganda,' US tightens rules on China state media

Washington - The United States on Tuesday tightened rules on Chinese state media organizations as it classified them as foreign missions, decrying what US officials described as Beijing's growing "propaganda.

WWI helmet was better blast protection than new one: US study

Washington - A helmet used by French soldiers in World War I provided better protection from overhead blasts than a modern American model, according to a US university study.

US takes aim at Russian oil giant Rosneft to press Venezuela

Washington - The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions against a subsidiary of Russian state-controlled oil giant Rosneft over its key role in Venezuela, stepping up international pressure to break leftist President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power.

US sanctions Russia's Rosneft subsidiary over Venezuela trade

Washington - The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions against a subsidiary of Russian state-controlled oil giant Rosneft over its continued trade with Venezuela in defiance of Washington's attempt to break leftist President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power.

Weinstein jury to begin deliberations

New York - Jurors will begin deliberating the fate of ex-Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein on Tuesday in his high-profile sex crimes trial that marked a watershed moment in the #MeToo movement.

Maduro says 'not afraid of military combat' in Venezuela

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro on Monday said he is "not afraid of military combat," accusing his US counterpart Donald Trump of plotting to invade Venezuela with the support of regional allies.

Cuba burning tires to power factory as US oil sanctions bite

Havana - The Cuban government has ordered a cement factory to burn old tires to power its operations and save on oil, amid a worsening fuel shortage brought on by US sanctions on the Communist island.

14 test positive among US plane evacuees from Japan virus ship

Washington - Fourteen people who had tested positive for the new coronavirus were among more than 300 US citizens and family members evacuated by plane from a quarantined ship in Japan, the US State Department said Monday.

Trump, Turkey call for Russia to stop backing Syrian 'atrocities'

Washington - President Donald Trump has called for Russia to end its support for the Syrian regime's "atrocities" as he expressed US concern over violence in the Idlib region, the White House said Sunday.

Trump threatens intelligence block over Huawei: US diplomat

Washington - The United States' ambassador to Germany said Sunday that President Donald Trump had threatened to cut off intelligence-sharing with countries that dealt with Chinese tech firm Huawei.

Trump calls for Russia to stop backing Syrian 'atrocities'

Washington - President Donald Trump has called for Russia to end its support for the Syrian regime's "atrocities" as he expressed US concern over violence in the Idlib region, the White House said Sunday.

Sri Lanka calls on US to reconsider barring army chief

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Sunday said the US should reconsider its decision to refuse entry to the island's army chief over his alleged war crimes and warned that relations were being "unnecessarily complicated".

Snake orgy prompts partial closure of Florida city park

Washington - A city in Florida closed off part of a park after residents spotted dozens of snakes which had apparently gathered for their annual coupling.

Rocket attack hits near US embassy in Iraq capital: US military source

Baghdad - Multiple rockets hit near the US embassy in Iraq's capital early Sunday, an American military source said, the latest in a flurry of attacks against US assets in the country.

Master of false news gives right-wing Americans headlines they believe

Washington - Christopher Blair produces false stories he insists are easily identifiable as satire rather than news. His pages can rack up millions of views, and at least part of that audience believes the material is true.

US denounces detention in Venezuela of Guaido's uncle

Washington - The US State Department on Saturday condemned the detention in Venezuela of an uncle of opposition leader Juan Guaido, saying the man was being held on "preposterous charges.

US defence chief warns of Huawei 'threat' to NATO

Munich - Top US officials fired a fresh broadside at Huawei on Saturday, warning the Chinese tech giant posed a threat to NATO if allies allowed it to build new 5G communications networks.

US to evacuate Americans as virus cases rise on quarantined ship

Apo - Americans will be removed from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan and flown home, the US embassy said Saturday as dozens more cases of the new coronavirus were diagnosed on board.

US, Europe clash over Washington's global retreat

Munich - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday traded barbs with European leaders over diminishing Western influence, rejecting as "grossly over-exaggerated" their claims that Washington had retreated from the global stage.

US to evacuate Americans from quarantined ship in Japan: officials

Apo - Americans on board a cruise ship quarantined off Japan since early February over coronavirus fears will be evacuated and returned to the US via chartered flight, officials said Saturday.

Irked US squeezes Iraq with cash delays, short waivers

Baghdad - Irked by Iraq's close ties to neighbouring Iran, Washington has begun following through on threats to squeeze Baghdad's fragile economy with delays to crucial cash deliveries and shortened sanctions waivers.

Who is Mexico's president? Ummm... say Democratic candidates

Washington - He is the president of a top US trading and security partner but two of the Democratic candidates for the White House couldn't name the leader of Mexico.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act of 1935.
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