Trump, U.S. Republicans to meet amid furor over immigrant children

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump, facing a blast of criticism for the detention of children separated from their immigrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, was slated to meet with Republican lawmakers on Tuesday ahead of votes on immigration legislation. A U.S. border fence between Mexico and the United States ends in the back yard of homes in Juarez, Mexico next to Sunland Park, New Mexico, U.S. June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake The family separations, documented by online videos of youngsters detained in cages, put Trump back at the center…

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Nick Hague dreamed of the stars as a boy, now he’s heading to space

HOUSTON (Reuters) – As a boy growing up in Kansas, Nick Hague looked up at the stars and wanted to explore the unknown. In October, his dream will come true when he blasts off on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station. NASA Astronaut Nick Hague kneels down in the Cupola during Robotic Arms training, in preparation for his upcoming mission to space this fall aboard the International Space Center, at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, U.S., May 14, 2018. Picture taken on May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ruthy Munoz…

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China slams U.S. ‘blackmailing’ as Trump issues new trade threat

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods and Beijing warned it would retaliate, in a rapid escalation of the trade conflict between the world’s two biggest economies. Trump’s latest move, as Washington fights trade battles on several fronts, was unexpectedly swift and sharp. It was retaliation, he said, for China’s decision to raise tariffs on $50 billion in U.S. goods, which came after Trump announced similar tariffs on Chinese goods on Friday. “After the legal process is…

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Exclusive: Malaysia seeks to lay multiple charges against ex-premier Najib over 1MDB – Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Embezzlement and bribery with government money are among the charges that Malaysia is looking to bring against former prime minister Najib Razak following a probe into funds allegedly looted from the state-run fund 1MDB, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an interview with Reuters in Putrajaya, Malaysia June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin Mahathir told Reuters in an interview that Malaysian investigators already “have an almost perfect case” against the principal suspects who had defrauded 1Malaysia Development Berhad…

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ZTE shares tank after U.S. Senate puts Trump reprieve in doubt

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Shares of ZTE Corp plummeted on Tuesday after the U.S. Senate’s passage of a defense bill set up a potential battle with the White House over whether the Chinese telecoms firm can resume business with its U.S. suppliers. FILE PHOTO: The inside of a ZTE smart phone is pictured in this illustration taken April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Illustration/File Photo The 85-10 bipartisan vote – one of the few times the Republican-led Senate has veered from White House policy – came on the same day that U.S.…

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North Korea’s Kim visits Beijing; South Korea, U.S. halt military drill

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he will likely brief Chinese President Xi Jinping on his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump last week, as Washington and Seoul agreed to suspend a major joint military exercise. FILE PHOTO: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un visits The Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore, June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo This is Kim’s third trip to China this year, coming a week after he met Trump in Singapore for historic talks. Trump agreed…

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Exclusive: China’s Xiaomi cuts valuation after pulling mainland offering – sources

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters/IFR) – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has lowered its likely valuation to between $55 billion and $70 billion following its decision to delay its mainland share offering until after its Hong Kong IPO, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. FILE PHOTO: A booth of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is seen at an industrial design expo in Wuhan, Hubei province, China December 3, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo The delay was triggered by a dispute between the company and regulators over the valuation of its China depositary receipts…

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North Korea’s Kim visit Beijing; South Korea, U.S. halt military drill

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he will likely brief Chinese President Xi Jinping on his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump last week, as Washington and Seoul agreed to suspend a major joint military exercise. FILE PHOTO: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un visits The Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore, June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo This is Kim’s third trip to China this year, coming a week after he met Trump in Singapore for historic talks. Trump agreed…

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Saudi Arabia’s women drivers get ready to steer their lives

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – On June 24, when Saudi women are allowed to drive for the first time, Amira Abdulgader wants to be sitting at the wheel, the one in control, giving a ride to her mother beside her. Driving instructor Ahlam al-Somali (R) reads instructions before getting ready to drive with trainee Maria al-Faraj at Saudi Aramco Driving Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah “Sitting behind the wheel (means) that you are the one controlling the trip,” said the architect, dressed in a black…

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Trump ratchets up China trade conflict with fresh tariff threat

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods, prompting a swift warning from Beijing of retaliation, as the trade conflict between the world’s two biggest economies quickly escalated. FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: The label of a Washington D.C. sweatshirt bears a U.S. flag but says “Made in China” at a souvenir stand in Washington, DC, U.S., January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo/File Photo Trump’s latest move, as Washington fights trade battles on several fronts, was unexpectedly swift and…

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