May 16 2019 Huawei Offers to Sign ‘No-Spy’ Agreements

As anticipation builds for the next-generation mobile communications or 5G, security has become a heated topic. The U.S. government has launched an unprecedented campaign urging countries to ban one of the key makers of equipment for the new network, China-based telecom titan Huawei. But Huawei is vowing to refuse to assist any country in spying [...]


May 16 2019 Court Puts Guatemala Vote, Anti-Graft Fight in Doubt

A high court ruling barring a crusading former prosecutor’s candidacy has turned Guatemala’s presidential election on its ear less than a month before the vote, and raised concerns about what will happen to years of efforts to fight endemic corruption.
The rejection of Thelma Aldana’s appeal means at least two of the top three candidates according [...]


May 16 2019 Trump’s Washington Hotel Took In Nearly $41M in 2018 

One of the crown jewels of U.S. President Donald Trump’s real estate empire generated millions of dollars in revenue last year, reinforcing questions about the president’s businesses profiting from foreign and state government officials.
The luxury Trump International Hotel Washington, housed in the historic Old Post Office Pavilion building, brought in nearly $41 in million last year, [...]


May 16 2019 Schiff Plans ‘Enforcement Action’ Against DOJ Over Mueller Report

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Thursday that his panel would vote on “enforcement action” against Attorney General William Barr or the Justice Department next week, another escalation in the standoff between Congress and President Donald Trump’s administration over documents and testimony. 
Schiff is scheduling the vote after the Justice Department missed a Wednesday deadline [...]


May 16 2019 Russia Presents UN Measure to Rein in Chemical Weapons Watchdog

Russia on Thursday presented a draft resolution to the Security Council accusing the UN’s chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW, of politicization just before a new probe begins of chemical attacks in Syria.
The draft text, seen by AFP, states that the Council — where Russia holds veto power — is the only international body that can [...]


May 16 2019 Diplomat Confirms Limits on Ramadan in Xinjiang

A Chinese official denies allegations by activists that China’s government is blocking Muslim religious practices in the restive Xinjiang region during the holy month of Ramadan.
A Chinese diplomat in neighboring Pakistan said Beijing has put only partial restrictions on Ramadan activities, not a total ban on fasting by the Uighur minority in Xinjiang.
“There’s no blanket [...]


May 16 2019 Brazil’s President Blasts Media, Prosecutors Over Probe

President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday accused Brazilian prosecutors and the media of targeting his son in a corruption probe as an attempt to damage his administration, challenging critics to “come at me.”
Bolsonaro, who took office Jan. 1, made the comments while on a visit to Dallas, Texas, to receive a person of the year award [...]


May 16 2019 Taiwan to Vote on Formal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage

Taiwanese legislators are scheduled to decide Friday on legalizing same-sex marriage, marking a potential first in Asia.
Lawmakers pressured over the past two years by LGBT groups as well as church organizations opposed to same-sex marriage will choose between bills that broadly legalize the unions and give couples many of the tax, insurance and child custody [...]


May 16 2019 Chinese-American Pei, Famed Architect, Dies at 102

I.M. Pei, the versatile, globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at age 102.
Pei’s death was confirmed Thursday by Marc Diamond, a spokesman for Pei’s New York architectural firm, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
Pei’s [...]


May 16 2019 Flynn Told of Efforts to Interfere With His Cooperation

Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn told the special counsel’s office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress contacted him about his cooperation with the Russia investigation.
That’s according to a court filing from prosecutors Thursday that describes the extent of Flynn’s cooperation with the probe.
The document says Flynn and his attorneys [...]