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Huawei CFO suing Canada over December arrest

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The lawyers for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou are suing the Canadian government, its border agency and federal police, alleging their client was detained, searched and interrogated for three hours in violation of her constitutional rights. FILE PHOTO: Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer (CFO), is seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters December 6, 2018. Huawei/Handout/File Photo via REUTERS Canada arrested Meng in Vancouver on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States, which has brought sweeping charges against her and China’s Huawei Technologies Co that portray the company as a threat to U.S. national security.…

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British PM May promises 1.6 billion pound fund for Brexit-backing towns

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside of Downing Street in London, Britain, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Peter NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday set out plans for a 1.6 billion pound fund to help to boost economic growth in Brexit-supporting communities, particularly in the north of England. The “Stronger Towns Fund”, details of which appeared in newspapers last month, is seen by many as part of May’s efforts to win support for her Brexit deal from Labour MPs who represent areas that voted strongly in favour of leaving the European Union. Britain is due to leave the bloc at the…

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Islamic State deploys car bombs in defense of last enclave

BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - Islamic State unleashed car bombs against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) assaulting Baghouz, in a last-ditch effort to stave off defeat in its final patch of territory, fighters from the U.S.-backed force said on Sunday. Capturing the besieged village in eastern Syria will be a milestone in international efforts to roll back the jihadists, whose self-styled “caliphate” covered roughly a third of Syria and Iraq at its height in 2014. But it is universally accepted that the group, which has been in territorial retreat since then and suffered its major defeats in 2017, will remain a security threat as an insurgent force with…

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Presidential hopeful Booker, in Selma, says U.S. failing its people

(Reuters) - Presidential hopeful Cory Booker told a service commemorating the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march, a turning point in the civil rights movement, that the United States is still failing many Americans, citing poverty and gun violence as constant threats. Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) gives the keynote speech at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama, U.S. March 3, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Aluka BerryBooker, 49, a black second-term senator from New Jersey and former mayor of Newark, also lamented that clean water and affordable healthcare are still unavailable in many communities. “We live in a nation that is failing its moral…

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Australia planning to import LNG: What’s next? Coals to Newcastle?

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia is on the verge of becoming the biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, with dozens of tankers a week carrying fuel to North Asia. It could also soon be importing LNG as supply sources in its southern states run out. Five LNG import projects are vying to start up between 2021 and 2022, possibly forcing gas users in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria into more direct competition with Asian buyers for gas from northern Australia. Those states represent a yearly market of 420 petajoules (PJ), equivalent to 7.8 million tonnes of LNG worth about $3 billion. That represents just 2…

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Democrats may have votes to block Trump’s border emergency in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he would vote in favor of a resolution to end President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border emergency declaration, according to a media report, likely giving Democrats the votes to pass the measure in the Senate. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks to reporters outside a closed-door briefing on the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoTrump, who has promised to issue his first veto if the Senate approves the resolution, declared an emergency last month in a…

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Trump says big U.S. savings in curbing joint South Korea military drills

FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) annual meeting at National Harbor near Washington, U.S., March 2, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri GripasWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Sunday the reason he wanted to curb military drills with South Korea was to save the United States hundreds of millions of dollars in costs, and suggested it could also reduce tensions with North Korea. “That was my position long before I became President,” Trump tweeted days after he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to reach a denuclearization agreement at a summit in Vietnam. The Pentagon and the South…

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Flight data recorder recovered from fatal Texas cargo plane crash

(Reuters) - Investigators have recovered the flight data recorder from a cargo plane that crashed on Feb. 23 in Texas, killing all three people on board, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Sunday. The NTSB also posted two photos on Twitter showing the battered bright orange recorder found in the murky waters of Trinity Bay, near the small city of Anahuac. The Amazon Prime Air cargo plane operated by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings was flying to Houston from Miami when it nosedived into the bay, about 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. After the NTSB said on Friday that investigators…

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Investors spooked by Brazilian Vale’s surprise CEO shake-up

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Investors were skeptical on Sunday about the surprise decision by Brazil’s Vale SA to remove its high-profile chief executive in the wake of a deadly January accident at one of the world’s largest iron ore miner’s facilities. FILE PHOTO: Vale S.A. CEO Fabio Schvartsman walks during a session of the external commission of Brumadinho at the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia, Brazil February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File PhotoVale’s board dismissed CEO Fabio Schvartsman, as well as three other executives including chief of coal and ferrous metals Peter Poppinga, on a “temporary” basis on Saturday night, after state and federal prosecutors recommended…

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Venezuela’s Guaido begins journey home from Ecuador

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, gestures after a meeting with Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno (not pictured) in Salinas, Ecuador March 2, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Tapia SALINAS, Ecuador (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido left on Sunday from the Ecuadorian coastal town of Salinas after announcing his intention to return home to lead new protests against President Nicolas Maduro, though his route back remains unknown. Guaido, who has spent the past few days touring Latin American nations to gain support, departed Salinas aboard an Ecuadorian air force plane headed for the port city of Guayaquil after meeting…

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