- China to Suspend Further Tariffs on U.S.-Made CarsChina’s finance ministry said Friday it will suspend additional tariffs on U.S.-made vehicles and auto parts for three months starting Jan. 1, 2019. The government will suspend 25 percent tariffs on 144 U.S. vehicle and auto part items and 5 percent tariffs on 67 auto items between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2019, the ministry said in a statement on
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- US Senate Votes to End Backing for Saudi War Effort in YemenThe U.S. Senate has dealt a historic rebuke to Saudi Arabia, a longtime U.S. ally, passing a resolution to end American support for the kingdom's military intervention in Yemen's civil war. It also passed another measure condemning the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. VOA's Michael Bowman reports from Capitol Hill.
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- Caught Between 2 Powers, Canada Feeling AloneFirst U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Canada on trade. Then Saudi Arabia punished it for speaking up for human rights. Now China has the country in its crosshairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the United States. Canada is caught between two super powers and taking the punishment
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- U.S. Green Beret Charged with Murder of Man in AfghanistanA U.S. Army Green Beret has been charged with the murder of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said Thursday. Major Matthew Golsteyn has admitted to shooting and killing a man in Afghanistan because he suspected he was a bombmaker for the Taliban militant group, NBC News reported. Golsteyn admitted twice to the
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- Report: Girl Dies in U.S. Border Patrol CustodyA 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The girl and her father had been detained by immigration authorities Dec. 6 in New Mexico as part of a group of 163 people who approached U.S. agents to turn themselves in, the Post reported.
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- Court: Trump Can’t Let Companies Deny Birth Control CoverageA divided U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. The ruling, however, may be short lived because the administration has adopted new rules on contraceptive coverage that are set to take effect next month and will likely prompt renewed legal challenges. Thursday's ruling
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- US Confirms China Soybean Purchase, But No Clarity Over More SalesU.S. government officials on Thursday hailed China's first meager purchase of U.S. soybeans since its trade war with the United States began in July and said they hoped for, but could not guarantee, more to come. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced private sales of 1.13 million tons of U.S. soybeans to China, a figure that farmers and grain
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- Law Enforcement: Wave of Bomb Threats Emailed Across US, but None CredibleA rash of bomb threats were circulated via email on Thursday targeting dozens of businesses and public buildings across the United States, but the credibility of those threats could not immediately be ascertained, law enforcement officials said. Police departments in several U.S. cities said on Twitter that local businesses had received a bomb threat in an email demanding payment in
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- US House Designates Myanmar Campaign against Rohingya Minority ‘Genocide’The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution by a vote of 394-1 Thursday, declaring Myanmar's military campaign against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority a genocide. A United Nations report released in August said the military carried out mass killings and gang rapes with "genocidal intent" and also definitively called for Myanmar officials to face genocide charges for the first
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- Boy Scouts Exploring ‘All Options’ to Address Fiscal WoesThe Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring "all options'' to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection in the face of declining membership and sex-abuse litigation. “I want to assure you that our daily mission will continue and that there are no imminent actions or immediate decisions expected,''
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