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US designates China a ‘currency manipulator’ as trade war rages

by Douglas Gillison with Kelly Wang in Shanghai The United States on Monday formally accused China of manipulating its currency, marking the second major escalation in the two countries' spiraling trade war in just 24 hours. Washington's sudden move came the day China allowed the yuan...

Jury finds Katy Perry copied Christian rap song

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US singer Katy Perry copied the beat of her 2013 hit "Dark Horse" from a Christian rap song, a Los Angeles jury found Monday. The nine-member panel ruled that similarities between Perry's song and "Joyful Noise" by Marcus Gray -- who performs as "Flame" --...

Kennedy curse: RFK granddaughter’s death latest in tragic history

by Thomas URBAIN The death of Robert Kennedy's granddaughter at age 22 is the latest in a long list of tragedies stretching back to the 1940s to have struck America's most famous political dynasty. Saoirse Kennedy Hill was found unresponsive at the Democratic family's sprawling compound...

UK warship commander says Iran trying ‘to test’ Britain in Gulf

The commander of a British warship accompanying UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran said Wednesday that Tehran appeared to be testing the Royal Navy's resolve. William King, commander of HMS Montrose, said during 27 days patrolling the flashpoint entrance...

Multiple victims as shooter opens fire at US food festival: police

A shooting at a major food festival in the US state of California caused multiple casualties on Sunday, police said. "The hearts of Gilroy PD and entire community go out to the victims of today's shooting at the Garlic Festival," the local police department tweeted. NBC...

Malaysian firm settles theme park battle with Disney, Fox

Malaysian casino operator Genting, Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox have settled a legal battle that centred on allegations the US companies abandoned a project to build a theme park. The Malaysian firm filed a $1 billion lawsuit in a US court in November,...

US warship sails through Taiwan Strait, China ‘concerned’

An American warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait, the US Navy and Taiwanese authorities said Thursday, triggering concern in Beijing. The transit came as China, which views Taiwan as a renegade province, unveiled a defence white paper Wednesday stressing its willingness to use force to...

Facebook firm in its quest to launch Libra cryptocurrency

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday reaffirmed his commitment to the social network's quest to launch Libra cryptocurrency despite pushback from governments and critics. Facebook last month unveiled plans for Libra in an announcement that sparked fears of the unintended consequences of a loosely...

US ups price for investors seeking permanent residency permit

Individuals hoping for an American green card in exchange for making a major US financial investment must now fork over more money under the controversial arrangement, according to a new rule that will be published Wednesday. Going forward, an investment of $1.8 million as opposed...

US antitrust review of Big Tech firms to curb monopolies

The United States on Tuesday announced it would begin an antitrust review of major online platforms to determine if they have "stifled" innovation or reduced competition. The announcement by the Justice Department did not name specific companies but appeared to signal the department was targeting...