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Trump shields census documents from Congress as contempt vote looms

President Donald Trump asserted executive privilege on Wednesday to keep under wraps documents on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census, defying a House panel's subpoena in another move to stonewall Democratic lawmakers' investigations.


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Posted 2019/06/12 19:24:57

Oil slumps 4% on U.S. crude build, slowing demand fears

Oil prices tumbled 4% on Wednesday to their lowest settlements in nearly five months, weakened by another unexpected rise in U.S. crude stockpiles and by a dimming outlook for global oil demand.


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Posted 2019/06/12 19:18:39

Uneasy calm in Hong Kong after day of violence over extradition bill

Hong Kong riot police and protesters braced for possible further clashes across the city's financial district on Thursday after a day of violence over an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.


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Posted 2019/06/12 19:09:02

With October 31 Brexit pledge, Boris Johnson bids for UK leadership

Boris Johnson kicked off his campaign to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday with a commitment to lead Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31, warning his divided Conservative Party "delay means defeat".


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Posted 2019/06/12 18:04:42

Mass UK protest demanding second EU referendum planned days before Brexit

Campaigners for a second Brexit referendum are planning another mass protest in London ahead of the date on which Britain is due to leave the European Union in October as the leading candidates to be the next prime minister say they will leave without a trade deal.


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Posted 2019/06/12 18:04:17

Facebook CEO may have known of questionable privacy practices: WSJ

Facebook Inc emails appear to show Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's involvement in discussions about its much criticized privacy practices, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.


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Posted 2019/06/12 17:47:42

With Oct. 31 Brexit pledge, Boris Johnson bids for UK leadership

Boris Johnson kicked off his campaign to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday with a commitment to lead Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31, warning his divided Conservative Party "delay means defeat".


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Posted 2019/06/12 12:48:26

Hong Kong police fire rubber bullets as extradition bill protests turn to chaos

Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators who threw plastic bottles on Wednesday as protests against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial descended into violent chaos.


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Posted 2019/06/12 12:43:26

Wall Street split on Tesla 2019 delivery promises

Tesla Inc shares rose almost 3% in early trade on Wednesday, with analysts still divided on the electric-car maker's chances of meeting delivery and production targets in the months ahead, after comments by Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk at an annual shareholder meeting.


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Posted 2019/06/12 12:12:22

Exclusive: Asylum seekers returned to Mexico rarely win bids to wait in U.S.

Over two hours on June 1, a Honduran teenager named Tania pleaded with a U.S. official not to be returned to Mexico.


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Posted 2019/06/12 12:07:03

UK PM May says Hong Kong extradition must be in line with Sino-British declaration

British Prime Minister Theresa May said extradition rules in Hong Kong had to respect the rights and freedoms set out in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.


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Posted 2019/06/12 11:58:18

Russian police detain more than 200 at Moscow journalist protest

Russian police said they had detained more than 200 people on Wednesday, including opposition politician Alexei Navalny, at a protest in Moscow calling for punishment for police officers involved in the alleged framing of a journalist.


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Posted 2019/06/12 11:53:00

Russian police say they detain over 200 at Moscow journalist protest

Russian police said on Wednesday they had detained over 200 people at a protest in Moscow calling for punishment for police officers involved in the alleged framing of a journalist.


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Posted 2019/06/12 11:53:00

Trump and Kim one year on: A "beautiful letter", stalled diplomacy

A year after President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met for the first time, they appear committed to a personal bond upon which hopes for peace seem to rest despite a stalemate in efforts to get Kim to abandon his nuclear weapons.


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Posted 2019/06/12 11:49:22

Shares snap seven-day hot streak; U.S. inflation next hurdle

World share markets snapped a seven-day winning streak on Wednesday as the White House took a tough line on trade talks with China, while an impending reading on U.S. inflation was set to refine the odds of an early cut in interest rates there.


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Posted 2019/06/12 11:27:13

Britain calls on Hong Kong to pause extradition bill, maintain rights

Britain urged the Hong Kong government to "pause and reflect" on an extradition bill that has sparked widespread protests, and said the former British colony must take steps to protect its rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy.


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Posted 2019/06/12 11:10:56

Ex-Stanford sailing coach faces sentencing in U.S. college scandal

A former Stanford University sailing coach is set to become the first person to be sentenced in the U.S. college admissions scandal after admitting he agreed to help wealthy parents secure spots for their children at the school in exchange for bribes.


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Posted 2019/06/12 11:06:26

Expectations low for Trump-Xi talks, preparations limited

With under three weeks to go before proposed talks between the Chinese and U.S. leaders, expectations for progress toward ending the trade war are low and sources say there has been little preparation for a meeting even as the health of the world economy is at stake.


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Posted 2019/06/12 11:05:14

UK PM candidate Johnson dodges question on past drug use

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to succeed Theresa May as British Prime Minister, dodged a question about his past use of drugs on Wednesday, saying that people want to focus on what government can do for them during the leadership campaign.


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Posted 2019/06/12 11:02:51

Trump, Biden show distinct styles in potential 2020 preview

More than a year before the 2020 U.S. presidential election, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden went toe-to-toe in Iowa on Tuesday, trading barbs, testing their messages and providing a glimpse of a potential matchup between the two.


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Posted 2019/06/12 10:57:37