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Trump's half-cocked and loaded tweet draws barrage of reaction

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 14:07
U.S. President Donald Trump, whose Twitter malaprops often set off a deluge of social media criticism, was targeted on Friday for a linguistic misfire involving the phrase "locked and loaded."

Missouri orders lone abortion clinic to close; judge keeps it open for now

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 13:58
Missouri health officials on Friday refused to renew the license of the state's only abortion clinic, but the facility will remain open for now as a judge left in place an injunction blocking its closure.

S&P 500 touches record high as Wall Street eyes trade talks

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 13:44
Wall Street was little changed on Friday, as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's decision to defer a speech on China policy increased optimism on upcoming trade talks between Washington and Beijing, though tensions between the United States and Iran undercut sentiment.

Four U.S. states join lawsuit to stop T-Mobile-Sprint deal

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 13:00
Four more U.S. states joined an unusual effort by state attorneys general to stop T-Mobile US Inc's acquisition of Sprint Corp, a New York official said at a court hearing on Friday.

Black-clad, anti-extradition protesters flood streets of Hong Kong

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:49
Thousands of demonstrators blockaded police headquarters on Friday as Asia's leading financial center braced itself for a third weekend of mass protests against an extradition bill that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into crisis.

Special prosecutor to examine Jussie Smollett case in Chicago

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:44
A Chicago judge on Friday ordered a special prosecutor to examine the handling of actor Jussie Smollett's discredited claim that he was the victim of a hate crime, setting up the possibility he could be criminally charged a second time, a police spokesman said.

Global money-laundering watchdog launches crackdown on cryptocurrencies

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:40
Cryptocurrency firms will be subjected to rules to prevent the abuse of digital coins such as bitcoin for money laundering, a global watchdog said on Friday, the first worldwide regulatory attempt to constrain the rapidly growing sector.

Oil gains after Iran tensions, stocks at seven-week highs

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:31
Oil prices built on recent gains on Friday on fears any U.S. military attack on Iran would disrupt flows from the Middle East, while a gauge of global stock markets hovered near seven-week highs following a run spurred by optimism over monetary policy.

Trump says he aborted retaliatory strike to spare Iranian lives

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:17
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he aborted a military strike on Iran because he said it could have killed 150 people, a disproportionate response to Tehran's downing of an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone.

Trump talks to Saudi crown prince on Iran, oil

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:17
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on Friday to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about Middle East stability and the oil market, the White House said, after tensions with Iran prompted a rise in oil prices.

Trump says rejected killing people to retaliate for Iran drone strike

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:59
President Donald Trump said on Friday he was about to approve strikes against Iran for the downing of an unmanned U.S. drone, but didn't like the idea of killing people in retaliation, according to an interview with NBC News.

U.S. House panel subpoenas Trump associate Sater after no-show

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:53
A U.S. House panel issued a subpoena on Friday to Russian-born real estate developer Felix Sater after he failed to appear for a closed-door interview with the committee, which is interested in his work on a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow.

Trump associate Sater cites health for skipping Congress meeting

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:53
Felix Sater, the Russian-born former business associate of President Donald Trump, failed to appear before a House of Representatives panel because of health issues, his lawyer said.

Airlines avoid parts of Iran-controlled airspace after U.S. regulator's order

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:11
Some global airlines are re-routing flights to avoid Iran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman, they said on Friday, after the U.S. aviation regulator barred its carriers from the area until further notice.

International airlines' response to FAA on Iran airspace

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:11
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency order on Thursday prohibiting U.S. air carriers from flying in Iran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman due to heightened tensions.

Medic stuns courtroom saying he killed prisoner, not Navy SEAL on trial

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 10:34
(The June 20 story adds dropped first name and title of defendant in second paragraph.)

Exclusive: Exxon's $53 billion Iraq deal hit by contract snags, Iran tensions - sources

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 10:24
Just weeks ago, U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil looked poised to move ahead with a $53 billion project to boost Iraq's oil output at its southern fields, a milestone in the company's ambitions to expand in the country.

U.S. asks U.N. Security Council to meet on Iran on Monday

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 10:04
The United States has asked the United Nations Security Council to meet on Iran behind closed-doors on Monday, diplomats said.

China, U.S. to resume trade talks but China says demands must be met

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 09:43
(This online version of June 20 story fixes spelling to "denuclearization" in the penultimate paragraph.)

Trump says he halted U.S. strike on Iran over possible casualties

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 08:56
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he called off a planned military strike against Iran because it would have been a disproportionate response to Tehran's downing of an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone, adding that more sanctions have been imposed.