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US firms in China fear ‘retaliation’ against Huawei curbs: AmCham

US firms in China fear 'retaliation' against Huawei curbs: AmCham 22 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images A top business lobby group representing American firms in China said they have “real concerns” over how Beijing may respond to US action taken against Huawei.
Speaking to the BBC, AmCham China chairman Tim Stratford said its members were worried about Beijing's response.
The US recently added Huawei to its “entity list” which puts curbs on its ability to do business in Amer..

Philippine mid-terms: Duterte consolidates grip on power

Philippine mid-terms: Duterte consolidates grip on power 22 May 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Duterte was not on the ballot but many see the vote as a verdict on him Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has won resounding support in last week's mid-term elections.
Wednesday's official results show his allies now control the senate which so far has served as a check on some of his more controversial policies.
The win gives him sweeping power to push his agenda including cons..

Indonesia arrests dozens after violent post-election clashes

Indonesia arrests dozens after violent post-election clashes 22 May 2019 Related TopicsIndonesia general election 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Indonesian police were pictured shooting tear gas to disperse protesters Dozens of protesters have been arrested in Indonesia following mass rallies against the re-election of the country's president Joko Widodo.
Protests in the capital Jakarta started peacefully on Tuesday but soon turned violent, with cars set on fire and people throwing ..

Shoe giants urge Trump to end trade war

22 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Some of the world's biggest footwear firms are urging Donald Trump to end the US trade war with China, warning of a “catastrophic” effect on consumers.
In a letter signed by 173 companies, including Nike and Adidas, they said the president's decision to hike import tariffs to 25% will disproportionately impact the working class.
They also warn that higher levies threaten the future of some businesses.
“It is time to bring this trade war to an ..

In pictures: Protests across US against abortion bans

In pictures: Protests across US against abortion bans 22 May 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Large crowds gathered in New York City Thousands of people have taken part in co-ordinated rallies across the United States to protest against several states passing tough laws to restrict abortions.
The anti-abortion bills, approved by Republican state legislatures amid a nationwide push for new restrictions by opponents of abortions, are likely to be challenged legally, forcing a ruling by ..

Yemen war: UN appeals to Houthi rebels over aid

Yemen war: UN appeals to Houthi rebels over aid 22 May 2019 Related TopicsYemen crisis Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe hidden victims of the Yemen warThe UN says food aid is being diverted by some corrupt and uncooperative officials in Houthi-held areas of Yemen, where millions of people are believed to be on the verge of famine.
David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme (WFP), told the BBC the agency's efforts to reach people in need were being repeated..

Virginia Uber driver was Somali war criminal – jury

Virginia Uber driver was Somali war criminal – jury By Holly Honderich BBC News, Washington 21 May 2019 Image copyright David Ross Image caption Mr Warfaa, tortured during the Somali civil war, is “very happy” with the verdict A US jury has found that a former Uber driver living in Virginia committed acts of torture during Somalia's civil war in the late 1980s.
Somali citizen Farhan Tani Warfaa testified last week in the Washington DC suburbs that ex-Somali colonel Yusuf Abdi Ali shot and ..

Iranian threats ‘put on hold’, says US defence chief

Iranian threats 'put on hold', says US defence chief 21 May 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the US had been “very prudent” The potential of attacks by Iran has been “put on hold” by US counter-measures, acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said.
The US has warned of a threat from Iran in recent weeks and Mr Shanahan briefed lawmakers at a closed-doors meeting.
Tension has risen sharply, with the US deploying military..

Washington becomes first US state to legalise human composting

Washington becomes first US state to legalise human composting 21 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Loved ones are given the soil to keep Washington has become the first state in the US to legalise human composting.
Under the new law, people there can now choose to have their body turned into soil after their death.
The process is seen as an alternative to cremations and burials, and as a practical option in cities where land for graveyards is scarce.
At the end of the composti..

More impeachment calls as ex-White House lawyer skips hearing

More impeachment calls as ex-White House lawyer skips hearing 21 May 2019 Related TopicsRussia-Trump inquiry Image copyright Reuters Image caption The judiciary committee had issued a subpoena to hear Mr McGahn's testimony, but his seat remained empty House Democrats have renewed calls for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, after a former White House counsel failed to appear before Congress despite a subpoena.
Donald McGahn skipped a hearing on Tuesday about the Mueller..

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