Month: January 2019

Donald Trump says trade war will ‘hopefully’ be resolved before March – but not before he’s met Xi Jinping

US President Donald Trump, boasting of good progress in first-day trade talks with China, said on Thursday that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping planned to meet soon to work out the toughest issues in the negotiation. Although he said that Wednesday’s first meetings between American and Chinese negotiators had gone well, Trump added in…

Donald Trump says trade war will ‘hopefully’ be resolved before March – but not before he’s met Xi Jinping

US President Donald Trump, boasting of good progress in first-day trade talks with China, said on Thursday that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping planned to meet soon to work out the toughest issues in the negotiation. Although he said that Wednesday’s first meetings between American and Chinese negotiators had gone well, Trump added in…

Donald Trump appears to sour on congressional border security talks over course of furious tweets

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to ratchet up his demands on his long-stalled border wall, appearing to sour on congressional talks aimed at striking a deal with Democrats that he could sign. In a barrage of morning tweets, Trump sent mixed messages in which he alternately hardened his wall demand and…

How the US indictments may play out for Huawei

Huawei Technologies could face repercussions that are more severe than rival ZTE Corp if it is found guilty of violating sanctions on Iran, industry watchers say, because the US political climate has become more negative and wary of China’s technological and economic ambitions. Huawei, the world’s biggest telecommunications network equipment supplier, faces nearly two dozen…

Ban sought on French riot police using rubber bullets in ‘yellow vest’ street protests

A rights group and a major trade union went to France’s top administrative court seeking a ban on riot police using rubber bullets, blamed for injuring dozens of “yellow vest” protesters. Activists have denounced the police for their use of the projectiles during two months of anti-government protests, which have repeatedly ended in rioting. A…

Donald Trump takes to Twitter to slam his ‘naive’ US intelligence chiefs, disputes their assessments on Iran, North Korea and other threats

US President Donald Trump branded his own intelligence services “naive” on Iran and in need of schooling in a deepening and unusually public row. The Twitter broadside was a riposte to the more sober but equally emphatic rejection by the intelligence community Tuesday of many of Trump’s foreign policy claims. Insisting that Iran’s nuclear programme…

Russian ‘hackers’ say they stole evidence from Robert Mueller’s probe into collusion between Donald Trump and Russia

Self-proclaimed hackers in Russia stole evidence in an attempt to tarnish special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of a firm charged with funding a Russian propaganda campaign to interfere in the 2016 US election, Mueller’s office said on Wednesday. Prosecutors said in a court filing in Washington that a Twitter handle called @HackingRedstone came online last…

EU leaders refuse Brexit plan changes, hitting Theresa May’s hopes for a Parliament-friendly deal hard

Leaders across the European Union offered a united chorus of “No” on Wednesday to Britain’s belated bid to negotiate changes to the Brexit divorce deal in order to win Prime Minister Theresa May the backing of her Parliament. In London, May acknowledged that her government has not decided exactly how it will try to change…