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U.S. refiners warn Trump: Mexico tariffs could result in higher fuel prices

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. refiners warned the Trump administration that tariffs on imports from Mexico could deliver a punishing blow to refiners and raise the cost of gasoline just as the U.S. driving season kicks into high gear, according to sources familiar with the discussions. FILE PHOTO: Pump jacks operate at sunset in an oil field in Midland, Texas U.S. August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Nick OxfordTrump surprised Mexico last week with a threat to impose 5% tariffs on all its exports to the United States unless the Mexican government took measures to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States. The United States imports over…

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How Updates in iOS 13 and Android Q Will Change Your Smartphone

ImageCreditGlenn HarveyYear after year, Apple and Google announce big upgrades for their smartphone operating systems. That means the software that makes your phone tick is about to change — again.With change comes new things to learn. The annual upgrades, which are free, improve our devices by fixing bugs and strengthening security, but they can be intimidating because every update includes hundreds of new features.Apple’s iOS 13, the next version of the iPhone operating system, which was unveiled this week, includes new features like a so-called dark mode to make the screen easier on your eyes. And Google’s Android Q, unveiled last month, introduces new gestures for controlling…

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Trump administration moves to end U.S. research using fetal tissue from abortions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday said it would end scientific research at the National Institutes of Health that relies on fetal tissue from elective abortions, and would accelerate efforts to find alternatives for such research, a move welcomed by anti-abortion groups. FILE PHOTO: A combination photo shows an anti-abortion protest march (L) and a pro-abortion rights protester holds a sign as he confronts an anti-abortion demonstration in Queens, New York, U.S. on October 20, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File PhotoScientists say fetal tissue is critical for research into many complex diseases, including HIV, Alzheimer’s and cancer. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also said…

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Mexico, U.S. officials meet in high-stakes tariff talks at White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mexican officials met with their U.S. counterparts for talks in Washington on Wednesday aimed at averting the imposition of U.S. tariffs on Mexican goods next week, but there were no immediate signs of a rapprochement and both sides said talks would resume on Thursday. Frustrated by the lack of progress on a signature issue from his 2016 election campaign, U.S. President Donald Trump unexpectedly told Mexico last week to take a harder line on curbing illegal immigration or face 5% tariffs on all its exports to the United States starting on Monday, rising to as much as 25% later in the year. U.S. Vice…

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U.S. cruise operators stop sailing to Cuba, travelers vent anger online

(Reuters) - Major U.S. cruise operators said on Wednesday they will no longer sail to Cuba following the Trump administration’s ban on travel to the Caribbean island, angering travelers and prompting worries about trip cancellations and company earnings. Men watch the cruise ship MS Empress of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean International, as it leaves the bay of Havana, Cuba, June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Alexandre MeneghiniThe new restrictions are aimed at pressuring Cuba’s Communist government to reform and stop supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. “Due to changes in U.S. policy, the company will no longer be permitted to sail to Cuba effective immediately,” Carnival Corp said. A…

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With free beers, Trump brothers thank devoted Irish village

U.S. President Donald Trump's sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr. visit a local pub in Doonbeg village, Ireland June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh KilcoyneDOONBEG, Ireland (Reuters) - When Eric and Donald Trump, Jr. arrived in the one corner of Ireland celebrating their father’s first visit as U.S. president, they had one question for the locals: “Does Doonbeg love Trump?” Unlike the protests that greeted Trump in London this week, there were no inflatable blimps depicting him as a baby or large statues of him sitting on a golden lavatory, trousers around his ankles, when the president visited the tiny Irish village. Instead Doonbeg’s residents decked the streets in…

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Mexico’s Ebrard says talks with U.S. focused on migration flows, not tariffs

FILE PHOTO: Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard speaks during a news conference about the ongoing trade negotiations with the U.S., at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, U.S., June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Al DragoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said his meeting with U.S. officials on Wednesday focused on migration flows and what Mexico is trying to do to slow them rather than U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs over the issue. “Today we don’t discuss the tariffs,” Ebrard told a news conference after his meetings with U.S. officials in Washington. “The dialogue was focused on migration flows and what Mexico is doing or is…

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Tech Giants Amass a Lobbying Army for an Epic Washington Battle

WASHINGTON — Faced with the growing possibility of antitrust actions and legislation to curb their power, four of the biggest technology companies are amassing an army of lobbyists as they prepare for what could be an epic fight over their futures.Initially slow to develop a presence in Washington, the tech giants — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google — have rapidly built themselves into some of the largest players in the influence and access industry as they confront threats from the Trump administration and both parties on Capitol Hill.The four companies spent a combined $55 million on lobbying last year, doubling their combined spending of $27.4 million in…

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Trump says progress made in talks with Mexico but ‘not nearly enough’

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar at Shannon Airport in Shannon, Ireland, June 5, 2019. Liam McBurney/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that progress was being made in talks with Mexico to stem the flow of migrants to the United States and would continue on Thursday, but unless an agreement can be reached a 5% tariff on Mexican goods would begin on Monday. “Immigration discussions at the White House with representatives of Mexico have ended for the day. Progress is being made, but not nearly enough!” Trump said in a post on Twitter. “Talks…

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Exclusive: Pentagon eyes rare earth supplies in Africa in push away from China

CHICAGO/LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense has held talks with Malawi’s Mkango Resources Ltd and other rare earth miners across the globe about their supplies of strategic minerals, part of a plan to find diversified reserves outside of China, a department official said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Rare earth oxides praseodymium and neodymium are pictured in the final stage of production at Lynas' Advanced Materials Plant in Gebeng, Malaysia July 3, 2014. REUTERS/Sonali PaulThe push comes as China threatens to curb exports to the United States of rare earths, a group of 17 minerals used in a plethora of military equipment and high-tech consumer electronics.…

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