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U.S. trade representative to testify on China next week
15 minutes ago
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will testify next week at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on U.S.-China trade issues, a spokesman for the House Ways and Means Committee said on Wednesday.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Amid trade talks, China urges U.S. to respect its right to develop, prosper
15 minutes ago
The United States should respect China's right to develop and become prosperous, the Chinese government's top diplomat told a visiting U.S. delegation, reiterating that the country's doors to the outside world would open wider.
[From Reuters: Top News]
As Maduro holds on, Venezuela opposition eyes negotiated transition
17 minutes ago
Venezuela's opposition is trying to convince ruling Socialist Party officials to join a transition government, shifting focus as it seeks to unseat President Nicolas Maduro, who has clung to power in the face of growing international pressure and U.S. sanctions.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Southwest probes cancellations, says shutdown cost $60 million
23 minutes ago
Southwest Airlines Co added a $60 million hit from the recent U.S. government shutdown to its list of headaches on Wednesday as it investigated whether a conflict with its mechanics union was adding to a rise in flight cancellations.
[From Reuters: Top News]
U.S. high court buttresses constitutional ban on 'excessive fines'
26 minutes ago
Ruling for the first time that the U.S. Constitution's ban on "excess fines" applies to states as well as the federal government, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with an Indiana man who argued police violated his rights by seizing his $42,000 Land Rover vehicle after he was convicted as a heroin dealer.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Islamic State closer to defeat in last Syrian enclave
28 minutes ago
Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Guaido says he's trying to freeze Venezuelan accounts in Switzerland
34 minutes ago
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he spoke to the president of Switzerland on Wednesday to try to freeze banks accounts belonging to the tumultuous South American nation after "irregular movements" were discovered.
[From Reuters: Top News]
EU governments endorse copyright reform - statement
38 minutes ago
Representatives of European Union governments endorsed on Wednesday a deal reached with the EU Parliament on the overhaul of the bloc's copyright rules, the Romanian presidency of the EU said in a statement on Twitter.
[From Reuters: Top News]
EU countries back copyright reforms aimed at Google, Facebook
38 minutes ago
European Union countries on Wednesday endorsed an overhaul of the bloc's copyright rules which would force Google and Facebook Inc to pay publishers for news snippets and filter out copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Three UK Conservatives quit party in protest at 'disastrous Brexit'
42 minutes ago
Three lawmakers from Britain's governing Conservatives quit over the government's "disastrous handling of Brexit" on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's attempts to unite her party around plans to leave the European Union.
[From Reuters: Top News]
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