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In broadside against China, Trump moves toward erasing Hong Kong privileges

WASHINGTON/HONG KONG (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was ordering his administration to begin the process of eliminating special treatment for Hong Kong to punish China for its plans to impose new security legislation there, a potential bombshell for the territory's status as a global financial center. Learn More

 

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Trump orders his administration to begin eliminating Hong Kong privileges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was directing his administration to begin the process of eliminating special treatment for Hong Kong, in response to China's plans to impose new security legislation in the territory. More »

 

Twitter, internet group oppose U.S. rules requiring visitors to disclose social media info

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter Inc, Reddit and a group representing major internet firms backed two documentary film groups that have challenged the Trump Administration's 2019 rules requiring nearly all U.S. visitors to disclose social media user information from the prior five years. More »

 

Trump says terminating U.S. relationship with World Health Organization over virus

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he is terminating the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus, saying the WHO had essentially become a puppet organization of China. More »

 

Exclusive: U.S. warns governments, firms against aiding Iran fuel shipments to Venezuela - envoy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seeking to deter further shipments of Iranian fuel to Venezuela, the Trump administration has quietly warned foreign governments, seaports, shipping companies and insurers that they could face stiff U.S. sanctions if they aid the tanker flotilla, the U.S. envoy on Venezuela told Reuters on Friday. More »

 

WHO, 37 countries launch alliance to share tools to battle COVID-19

ZURICH (Reuters) - Thirty-seven countries and the World Health Organization (WHO) appealed on Friday for common ownership of vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tools to tackle the global coronavirus pandemic, taking aim at patent laws they fear could become a barrier to sharing crucial supplies. More »

 

Red light: Mexican coronavirus restart hits speed bumps

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico faces a sluggish exit from coronavirus lockdown as government guidance on next week's planned easing of restrictions showed on Friday that nearly the entire country was still stuck in the highest red phase of contagion alert. More »

 

International naval operation nets 50 tonnes of cocaine in 45 days

BOGOTA (Reuters) - A multilateral naval anti-drug operation confiscated 50 tonnes of cocaine in 45 days, Colombia President Ivan Duque said on Friday. More »

 

Portugal approves third phase of lockdown exit, Lisbon takes it slow

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal gave the green light on Friday to the third phase of its lockdown exit, but some restrictions will remain in Lisbon due to localised outbreaks in industrial hubs and outskirts. More »

 

Between two storms: Caribbean braces for hurricanes in coronavirus era

HAVANA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ken Hutton is worried Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas where he lives is far from rebuilt after being devastated by Hurricane Dorian last year yet he is bracing for another hurricane season in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. More »

 

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