• U.S. official Lighthizer arrives in China ahead of trade talks
U.S. official Lighthizer arrives in China ahead of trade talks

US campaign against Huawei faces challenge in Eastern Europe / WSJ (paywall)"In the Czech Republic, officials have taken opposite sides on how to balance security concerns raised by the USA, and the country's own cybersecurity officials, with the desire for Chinese investment, trade and business opportunities".

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  • Republican leader says Senate will vote on Green New Deal
Republican leader says Senate will vote on Green New Deal

The proposals known as the Green New Deal were crafted in conjunction with Senator Ed Markey of MA. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he'll bring Rep. Want to see what else they had to say? Thankfully, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engaged in a lightning-round series of questions during a House committee in a since-viral video, ...

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  • Senior Tories tell May to steer clear of Brexit negotiations with Labour
Senior Tories tell May to steer clear of Brexit negotiations with Labour

The EU says the backstop is vital to avoiding the return of border controls in Ireland and has refused to reopen the Brexit divorce deal, though May insists she can get legally binding changes to replace the most contentious parts of the backstop.

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  • Chinese telecommunications hardware is about to be banned by executive order
Chinese telecommunications hardware is about to be banned by executive order

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has ruled out an outright ban targeting Chinese equipment supplier Huawei Technologies Co.as the country moves toward building its ultrafast fifth-generation networks, according to a government official.

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  • Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer of photo blackmail
Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer of photo blackmail

Ronan Farrow said Thursday that he and "at least one other prominent journalist" who had reported on the National Enquirer and President Trump received blackmail threats from the tabloid's parent company, American Media Inc ., over their work.

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  • Millions in cryptocurrencies frozen after Canadian founder's death
Millions in cryptocurrencies frozen after Canadian founder's death

QuadrigaCX says it can't reach millions of dollars' worth of bitcoin and other cryptocurrency after its CEO died during a December trip to India. Gerald Cotten died aged 30 from complications with Crohn's disease while volunteering at an orphanage in India, according to the Facebook page of Quadriga CX , which announced his death on Januar...

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  • Facebook reports strong Q4 earnings despite year of troubles
Facebook reports strong Q4 earnings despite year of troubles

For the three months ending on December 31, Facebook's revenue was £12.8 billion - a 30% increase on the £9.8 billion it made in the same period past year. But analysts say the trust issue is crucial for Facebook if it wants to move forward in its mission to connect the world. "Advertisers are clearly still very reliant on Facebook ".

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  • Economy Adds 300,000 Jobs in January Despite Shutdown, Defying Expectations
Economy Adds 300,000 Jobs in January Despite Shutdown, Defying Expectations

The Labor Department calculates the unemployment rate by using a different survey - known as the household survey - where they literally knock on the doors of some people's homes and ask how many adults are employed and how many are unemployed.

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  • Amazon’s outlook disappoints after record holiday quarter; shares fall
Amazon’s outlook disappoints after record holiday quarter; shares fall

Shares of the company fell 5 percent to $1,635 after the bell. Amazon expects to start 2019 with quarterly sales of $56 billion to $60 billion, up 10 percent to 18 percent. Amazon Web Services ( AWS ) continued to show strong growth, surging not only 46% to $6.7 billion, but posted an over 30% operating margin for the first time.

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  • Venezuela opposition leader says family threatened by Maduro agents
Venezuela opposition leader says family threatened by Maduro agents

The opposition leader said he had sent communications to both Russian Federation and China, Maduro's top foreign creditors and political supporters. He said they had with them two AK-47 rifles, two satellite phones and 500 bracelets bearing the symbol of Operation Consti-tution, a political group dedicated to toppling Maduro.

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  • Oil climbs on Venezuelan crisis despite surging USA supply
Oil climbs on Venezuelan crisis despite surging USA supply

Even news of possible USA sanctions against Venezuela - a development that ought to push oil prices higher - didn't help crude prices rebound. Declining Venezuelan shipments have been underpinning demand for heavy Canadian crude for more than a year, even at the South American nation's own US refineries.

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  • Trump Says No Final China Trade Deal Until He Meets With Xi
Trump Says No Final China Trade Deal Until He Meets With Xi

President Donald Trump expressed optimism about forging a comprehensive trade accord with China as high-level talks continued on Thursday, but said any arrangement that fails to open Chinese markets broadly to USA industry and agriculture would be unacceptable.

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  • Huawei hit with criminal charges over tech 'theft'
Huawei hit with criminal charges over tech 'theft'

Another indictment against Huawei was unsealed in the Western District of Washington State, which charges the company and Huawei Device USA with 10 counts of illegal activity that amounts to corporate espionage. These are law enforcement actions and are wholly separate from our trade negotiations with China. The robot, which mimics human...

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  • Shutdown costs pegged at $3 billion as United States government reopens
Shutdown costs pegged at $3 billion as United States government reopens

The 35-day partial government shutdown cost the US economy $11 billion, and some $ 3 billion of that total will never be recovered, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday. It remained to be seen how lawmakers address border security before the February 15 deadline while avoiding another closure. The CBO's analysis does not include some ...

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  • Venezuelan victims demand punishment for abuses, despite amnesty plan
Venezuelan victims demand punishment for abuses, despite amnesty plan

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday (Jan 27) rejected a European ultimatum that he call elections as opposition rival Juan Guaido stepped up appeals to the military to turn against the leftist government. interests office" in Venezuela and a similar Venezuelan office in the United States. A few diplomats remain in the United St...

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  • U.S. Economy Lost An Estimated $6 Billion To Shutdown, S&P Says
U.S. Economy Lost An Estimated $6 Billion To Shutdown, S&P Says

Some of them had wanted her to negotiate earlier, the official said . Afterward McConnell said Congress will concentrate on border security in the next three weeks and that "negotiations on DHS will be prioritized over consideration of any other funding bills".

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  • Huawei announces record sales, 5G chip launch
Huawei announces record sales, 5G chip launch

But from the smiles and applause that followed, it seems that Huawei is poised to really launch its own take on the foldable smartphone next month. He said the issue of potential restrictions on Huawei is creating uncertainty among operators, which is "never good".

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  • Davos: IMF raises Saudi economic growth forecast for 2020
Davos: IMF raises Saudi economic growth forecast for 2020

The IMF projected 3.7 percent growth for the global economic in 2018 but said this growth will weaken to 3.5 percent this year before rising to 3.6 percent in 2020. Lagarde urged policymakers to address economic vulnerabilities, especially by reducing high government debt. Despite the fiscal stimulus that offsets some of the impacts of higher USA t...

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  • China: Better December growth despite a slower Q4 - Standard Chartered
China: Better December growth despite a slower Q4 - Standard Chartered

Growing signs of weakness in China - which has generated almost a third of global growth in the past decade - are stoking worries about risks to the world economy and are weighing on profits for firms ranging from Apple to big carmakers. Auto sales in the world's biggest vehicle market shrank for the first time in 2018 since the 1990s. The move c...

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  • Netflix's Bird Box Film Also Includes Real Disaster Footage
Netflix's Bird Box Film Also Includes Real Disaster Footage

Top that off with an additional 1.5 million domestic subscribers that joined the service, and the company gained a total of 8.8 million subscribers in the quarter. For the current quarter, when prices will increase for new customers, Netflix predicts 8.9 million new paid customers, higher than analyst expectations heading into the report of a...

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  • Crude Oil Price Eyes China Slowdown, IMF Growth Outlook Update
Crude Oil Price Eyes China Slowdown, IMF Growth Outlook Update

In response to the drop in price in the second half of last year, OPEC and non-members plan to cut production by a joint 1.2 million bpd this year. Oil prices rose on Tuesday as market sentiment was lifted by news that China might roll out further fiscal stimulus measures.

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  • Trump offers immigration deal to end shutdown
Trump offers immigration deal to end shutdown

Hoping to put pressure on Democrats, the White House billed the announcement as a major step forward. "I think you could tell by the president's remarks today", Vice President Mike Pence said , "that we're reaching out". According to data from Doctors Without Borders, 68.3% of migrants and refugees "entering Mexico reported being victims ...

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  • Renault posts record sales as Ghosn successor sought
Renault posts record sales as Ghosn successor sought

However, the companies said, neither of the two knew anything about it. Ghosn this week lost his bid for bail , and will have to cool his heels in a Tokyo jail until his trial begins, in March at the earliest, but possibly later. The French state is Renault's biggest shareholder, owning a 15-per cent stake. "Too much power would appear to ...

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  • MPs Kate and Graham ponder new Brexit vote but Nigel says no
MPs Kate and Graham ponder new Brexit vote but Nigel says no

British Prime Minister Theresa May gestures as she speaks during a no confidence debate after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal, in London , Britain, on January 16, 2019. Amendments are expected to be tabled to seek parliamentary support for a range of options, from ruling out no-deal to extending the two-year Article 50 process or calling a ...

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  • Cadillac electric crossover previewed
Cadillac electric crossover previewed

When America's largest automaker launched its first electrified auto, the Chevrolet Volt, company leaders said their electric cars would have to be sold under the Chevrolet brand, reasoning that electric cars would have to be mainstream, and thus sold under GM's largest, most mainstream brand.

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  • Trump says Democratic Party has been 'hijacked'
Trump says Democratic Party has been 'hijacked'

Democratic leaders did not ask the Secret Service if the agency would be able to secure the State of the Union event before sending the letter , according to a senior Homeland Security official, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Just 43 per cent approve the way Democratic congressional leaders are handling the government shutdown , whil...

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  • Brexit: Theresa May gives Downing Street statement
Brexit: Theresa May gives Downing Street statement

Legislators ripped up May's Brexit blueprint Tuesday by rejecting the divorce agreement she has negotiated with the European Union over the last two years. More meetings were planned for Thursday. The " door remains open " for the Labour leader to join the talks, May said. Britain is legally on track to leave the European Union with or withou...

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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins House Financial Services Committee
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins House Financial Services Committee

Ocasio-Cortez, a rising star in the Democratic Party who identifies as a democratic socialist, shunned corporate campaign donations during her run for office and has criticized Democrats for supporting deregulation. But despite Trump's refusal to even entertain a question about her remark, Ocasio-Cortez seems to be calling it a victory. "That d...

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  • Canada asks China clemency for convicted drug trafficker Robert Lloyd Schellenberg
Canada asks China clemency for convicted drug trafficker Robert Lloyd Schellenberg

The Trudeau government is seeking clemency for a Canadian sentenced to death in China amid growing tensions between the two countries. The sentence came during a clash between Ottawa and Beijing over Canada's arrest in December of Meng Wanzhou , chief financial officer of telecom giant Huawei, on a United States extradition request related t...

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  • Only Republicans show for working lunch with Trump during shutdown
Only Republicans show for working lunch with Trump during shutdown

Former NFL star and current Good Morning America host Michael Strahan invited the Clemson team for a "great meal" on the show Tuesday. He announced: "If it's American [food], I like it. "Whoever can make it, we'll hook you up with lobster". On Monday, the Tigers traveled to Washington D.C.to meet President Donald Trump as most teams who'v...

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