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Mexican president reiterates desire to avoid conflict with Trump

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, June 7, 2019. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday reiterated his desire to avoid confrontation with the U.S. government and to stay friends with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump amid the threat of a trade war over migration. Lopez Obrador was speaking at a meeting of mayors, officials and business leaders from North America in the Pacific resort of Los Cabos in northwest Mexico. Reporting by Dave Graham: Editing by Frank Jack DanielOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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U.S., Mexico resume talks to avert tariffs as deadline approaches

(Reuters) - U.S. and Mexican negotiators resumed migration talks on Friday to try to avert a potential trade war that could hurt both countries’ economies and rattle investors already nervous about Washington’s escalating battle with China. FILE PHOTO: Trucks are seen arriving at a border customs control to cross into U.S. at the World Trade Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos JassoU.S. President Donald Trump shook global markets, Mexican officials and his fellow Republicans in Congress last week by threatening 5% tariffs on Mexican imports starting on Monday if Mexico did not do more to stem an increase in migrants heading for the U.S.…

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Two Top Uber Executives Are Out as C.E.O. Consolidates Power

SAN FRANCISCO — A month after Uber’s rocky initial public offering, its chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, is taking tighter control over the company.Mr. Khosrowshahi pushed out two members of his executive team: Barney Harford, the company’s chief operating officer, and Rebecca Messina, the chief marketing officer, the company told employees on Friday.Since Mr. Khosrowshahi was appointed chief executive more than two years ago, he has spent much of his time on a global apology tour to clean up the company’s image and install more professional management at the fast-growing, ride-hailing company.After a series of scandals in 2017 that led to the ouster of its former chief executive,…

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New York man plotted killing police, attacking Times Square: prosecutors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man who prosecutors say plotted an attack on Times Square, spoke about killing police officers and praised Islamic militants appeared in court on firearms charges on Friday and was denied bail. Ashiqul Alam, 22, from Jackson Heights in the city’s Queens borough, was charged with illegally acquiring firearms as part of the attack plan, federal officials said. U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak ordered Alam detained without bail after a brief court hearing in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn on Friday. His next court appearance is set for June 21 at 11 a.m. (1300 GMT). Alam’s lawyer, James Darrow, had asked…

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House panel weighs holding Trump Cabinet members in contempt over census

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House Oversight Committee plans to vote next week on holding Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for stonewalling a probe into an alleged scheme to politicize the 2020 U.S. Census. FILE PHOTO: T-shirts are displayed at a community activists and local government leaders event to mark the one-year-out launch of the 2020 Census efforts in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder On Friday, the committee’s majority Democrats released a memo alleging that the White House “interfered directly and aggressively” with an attempt by the panel to interview Kris Kobach, a former Kansas Secretary…

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Under pressure, Biden drifts leftward on abortion, climate change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Joe Biden Express to the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination went a bit off track this week. FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign stop at the IBEW Local 490 in Concord, New Hampshire, U.S., June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File PhotoSince Biden joined the race in April, his campaign has worked to craft an aura of inevitability around the former vice president’s bid. Biden has engaged President Donald Trump more often than his Democratic rivals, while speaking in broad, thematic outlines rather pinpointing policy. To a large extent, the strategy has succeeded. Biden enjoys…

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Weak U.S. employment report raises red flag on economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth slowed sharply in May and wages rose less than expected, raising fears that a loss of momentum in economic activity could be spreading to the labor market, which could put pressure on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates this year. The broad cool-off in hiring reported by the Labor Department on Friday was before a recent escalation in trade tensions between the United States and two of its major trading partners, China and Mexico. Analysts have warned the trade fights could undermine the economy, which will celebrate 10 years of expansion next month, the longest on record. Adding a sting…

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FedEx Says It’s Ending Express Shipping Service for Amazon

It’s unusual when a major corporation boasts about its decision to cut back on doing business with Amazon.But FedEx’s announcement on Friday that it would not renew its contract to provide express shipping service for Amazon in the United States was a signal that it believes e-commerce is bigger than just one company. FedEx said its “strategic decision” would allow it to focus on “serving the broader e-commerce market.”“FedEx has already built out the network and capacity to serve thousands of retailers in the e-commerce space, including brands such as Target, Walgreens and Walmart,’’ a FedEx spokeswoman said in a statement.Walmart has become a particularly large FedEx…

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Minnesota ex-officer gets 12-1/2 years in prison for Australian woman’s shooting death

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A former Minneapolis police officer was sentenced to 12-1/2 years in prison on Friday for the fatal shooting of an Australian woman nearly two years ago after she had called police to report a possible sexual assault. Mohamed Noor, 33, was found guilty on April 30 of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for killing 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk Damond outside her home in a case that drew international attention. Before the sentencing, Noor made a tearful apology to Damond’s family and described how the fear that led him to pull the trigger turned to horror upon seeing what he had done. “I apologize for taking the life…

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Under tariff threat, Mexico less attractive to companies avoiding China trade war

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A flood of companies eyeing Mexico as a safe haven from the U.S. trade war with China risks evaporating after President Donald Trump last week threatened to unleash tariffs on Mexico too. FILE PHOTO: A cargo train is seen near the border between the U.S. and Mexico, in Laredo, Texas U.S. June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos JassoNews of Trump’s tariff plan has battered the Mexican peso and cast doubt over the future ratification of a new North American trade agreement, a treaty overhauled during months of agonizing talks previously demanded by the U.S. president. Just when companies thought that trade deal had made Mexico…

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