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The US has told Germany it would curb intelligence sharing with Berlin if it allows Huawei to participate in its 5G mobile network. The warning came in a recent letter from the US ambassador to Germany seen by the Wall Street Journal. The US has been lobbying its allies to boycott Huawei due to national security risks. The firm has pushed back...
Dreaming of starting an airline but don't know where to begin? One 10-year-old boy went straight to the top for advice. Alex Jacquot, from Australia, decided to write to the chief executive of Qantas to ask about founding a carrier. "Please take me seriously," he wrote in the letter to Alan Joyce. Now, in a widely shared response, Mr Joyce has offered...
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched another assault on the Islamic State group's last enclave in Syria. Head of the SDF media office, Mustafa Bali, tweeted their troops were in "direct violent clashes". Islamic State militants are centred in the town of Baghuz in eastern Syria. Once the village is taken, the US and its allies are expected to formally declare...
A US man has claimed to have found a video tape allegedly showing R. Kelly "sexually abusing underage African-American girls." Gary Dennis told reporters that he handed the tape to authorities after discovering it at his house. R. Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, three of whom were minors. The R&B...
Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan, a new book has claimed. Bette Dam's The Secret Life of Mullah Omar says the leader never hid in Pakistan as believed by the US. Instead, he lived in hiding just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in his home province of Zabul. Dutch journalist...
A US federal judge has dismissed porn actress Stormy Daniels' lawsuit seeking to annul a hush money agreement she had with President Donald Trump. The agreement prevented her from discussing an alleged 2006 fling with Mr Trump - but Mr Trump had already agreed not to enforce it. Mr Trump has denied having an affair with Ms Daniels. His former lawyer Michael...
America's new commercial astronaut capsule will complete its demonstration flight on Friday with a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean. The SpaceX Dragon vehicle will leave the International Space Station (ISS) where it's been docked this past week and drop through the atmosphere. It has a heat-shield to protect it from the high temperatures of re-entry. Four parachutes should bring it into soft...
Theresa May will urge the EU to help get her Brexit deal through the Commons by agreeing legally binding changes to the controversial backstop. On Friday, she will say the EU's actions will "have a big impact on the outcome" when MPs vote on it next week. But Labour's Sir Keir Starmer said it was now "clear" the PM "will not...
Venezuela has given the German ambassador to the country 48 hours to leave, accusing him of meddling in internal affairs. Daniel Kriener was among the diplomats who helped opposition leader Juan Guaidó return to Venezuela on Monday. Germany, which recognises Mr Guaidó as interim president, says the decision will only escalate tensions. Meanwhile, the US says it is revoking the visas of...
The US trade gap with the rest of the world jumped to a 10-year high of $621bn (£472.5bn) last year, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump's deficit reduction plan. The trade deficit is the difference between how much goods and services the US imports from other countries and how much it exports. Reducing the gap is a key plank of...

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