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Amnesty International accuses Venezuela of human rights violations

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Amnesty International on Tuesday asked the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged “crimes against humanity” committed by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, especially after a wave of violent protests in January. Director for the Americas at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International Erika Guevara gestures during a news conference to present a report on human rights violations in Venezuela, in Mexico City, Mexico May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoIn a report presented in Mexico City, the group said it had found evidence of extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detentions and deaths and injuries due to excessive use of force by Maduro’s government. The Venezuelan…

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WhatsApp security breach may have targeted human rights groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - WhatsApp said on Tuesday that a security breach on its messaging app had signs of coming from a government using surveillance technology developed by a private company, and it may have targeted human rights groups. WhatsApp, a unit of Facebook, said it had notified the U.S. Department of Justice to help with an investigation, and it encouraged all WhatsApp users to update to the latest version of the app, where the breach had been fixed. WhatsApp, one of the world’s most popular messaging tools, is used by 1.5 billion people monthly. It has touted its high level of security and privacy, with messages on…

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Trump calls trade war with China ‘little squabble,’ says talks ongoing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the trade war with China “a little squabble” and insisted talks between the world’s two largest economies had not collapsed, as investors remained on guard for a further escalation of tit-for-tat tariffs. Trump, who has railed against what he describes as China’s unfair trade practices and threatened to impose punitive levies on all its imports, softened his tone in a series of remarks expressing optimism about reaching a trade deal with Beijing. “We’re having a little squabble with China because we’ve been treated very unfairly for many, many decades,” Trump told reporters, referring to U.S. complaints about…

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The New New World: In China, Some Fear the End of ‘Chimerica’

Wu Shichun is one of countless Chinese entrepreneurs who over the past four decades have prospered from access to American customers and money. Today, as the American government threatens to take that away, the serial entrepreneur and venture capital investor is fundamentally rethinking how he does business.One of his portfolio companies designs and makes fashion products in China, then sells to American consumers on Amazon.com. Another, a vape device maker, sells most of its products in the United States. The third, which makes metal materials for electronic manufacturers, exports 40 percent of its production there. All three would be hit by new American tariffs.“From now on I’ll…

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Democrats and Trump do battle in court over his financial records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday said financial records from U.S. President Donald Trump’s long-time accounting firm would be part of a “proper subject of investigation” by Congress, appearing to side with Democratic lawmakers seeking more oversight of the president. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington heard oral arguments on whether Mazars LLP must comply with a House of Representatives Oversight Committee subpoena, marking the first time a federal court has waded into the tussle about how far Congress can go in probing Trump and his business affairs. In an aggressive response to congressional oversight, Trump is refusing to cooperate with a series of…

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Pompeo tells Russia: Don’t meddle in next U.S. presidential election

SOCHI/MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russia on Tuesday that Washington would brook no interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election and wanted Moscow to take action to show there would be no repeat of its suspected 2016 meddling. President Vladimir Putin, who met Pompeo in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, pushed back, telling him that Russia never interfered in U.S. elections and that a report by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which he praised as being “objective overall”, did not establish there was collusion with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Now that the Mueller report was out of the way,…

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Donald Trump Jr. agrees to Senate committee interview: New York Times

FILE PHOTO: Donald Trump Jr. listens to his father U.S. President Donald Trump speak during a visit to Lake Okechobee and the Herbert Hoover Dike in Canal Point, Florida, U.S., March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump Jr. has reached an agreement with the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee for the panel’s senators to interview him in mid-June, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Citing a person briefed on the deal, the Times said the closed-door appearance would be limited to about a half-dozen topics and would last no longer than four hours. The Republican-led committee had subpoenaed Trump Jr. to answer questions about…

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Saudi Arabia oil facilities attacked, U.S.-Iran tensions flare

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said armed drones struck two oil pumping stations in the kingdom on Tuesday in what it called a “cowardly” act of terrorism two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. The attacks took place against a backdrop of U.S.-Iranian tension following Washington’s decision this month to try to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero and to beef up its military presence in the Gulf in response to what it said were Iranian threats. However, U.S. President Donald Trump denied a New York Times report that U.S. officials were discussing a military plan to send…

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Saudi Arabia says ‘terrorist attack’ on oil tankers raises new security concerns

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s cabinet called the “terrorist attack” against two Saudi oil tankers near the United Arab Emirates’ territorial waters a threat to maritime safety, saying it reflected poorly on regional and international security, Saudi Press agency reported on Tuesday. In a statement, reported by the agency, the Saudi cabinet said it was “the shared responsibility of the international community to preserve maritime safety and oil tankers security in anticipation of any effects on energy markets, and the danger of that on world economy.” Reporting by Omar Fahmy and Marwa Rashad, writing by Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Tom BrownOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Venezuela top court accuses more lawmakers of treason as congress building blocked

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s top court accused four opposition lawmakers of treason on Tuesday, following similar accusations against 10 legislators this month, escalating a deep political crisis in the South American country. Venezuelan National Police members stand in line near the National Assembly building in Caracas, Venezuela, May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ivan AlvaradoSecurity forces had earlier prevented lawmakers from entering the legislature for Tuesday’s session, saying they were investigating the possible presence of an explosive device inside the building. The Supreme Court in a statement posted on its Facebook page accused lawmakers Carlos Paparoni, Miguel Pizarro, Franco Casella and Winston Flores of treason and inciting rebellion. The accusations…

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