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In US politics, height matters and Trump knows it

When Donald Trump literally belittles his perceived enemies - by mocking their stature - he is weaponizing a long-standing maxim of US presidential politics: Taller guys tend to win the White House.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/17 18:53:41

Brazilian samba school to tell story about China in Carnival parade

"United we are strong" is the message that Unidos de Vila Maria samba school wants to share at this year's Carnival parade held in Rio de Janeiro, said Cristiano Bara, the school's artistic director.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/17 11:26:25

Venezuela shows might ahead of US sanctions

Venezuela's military on Saturday held exercises that deployed civilian militia and armored vehicles in the capital Caracas and around the country, an effort by President Nicolas Maduro to show strength as Washington prepares to escalate sanctions.
Source: Reuters | 2020/2/16 19:38:40

Afghan president hopes 'reduction in violence' will hold

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday voiced cautious optimism about a partial truce agreed between the Taliban and US and said that a further announcement was expected in the coming 10 days.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/16 19:18:40

Securing the vote

West Virginia's disabled residents and overseas military personnel will be able to vote by smartphone in the US presidential election this year, the latest development in a push to make balloting more accessible despite persistent security fears.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/16 18:28:40

Cambodia applauded for accepting Westerdam cruise ship

Words of appreciation and admiration have poured in for Cambodia after it allowed the Westerdam cruise ship, which had been stranded at sea for days over COVID-19 fears, to dock at its sea port of Sihanoukville.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/16 10:44:15

Stanford University opposes Trump's endowment tax levied on private colleges

Stanford University is opposing a new income tax to be levied on US private colleges for the first time, which could cost the university up to 42.9 million US dollars in endowment tax, a Stanford newspaper reported Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/15 18:58:06

U.S. private sector donates 2 mln masks to China to fight coronavirus

The U.S. private sector has donated a batch of medical supplies, including 2 million masks, and has organized a shipment to China in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC) announced Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/15 12:46:11

NK likely to ignore US proposal to help in coronavirus fight: experts

Despite the US' offer to assist North Korea in dealing with the challenge of novel coronavirus pneumonia, or COVID-19, Chinese experts said Saturday Pyongyang is likely to ignore the US proposal as it can handle the challenge on its own.
Source: Global Times | 2020/2/15 11:14:11

Death toll climbs to 30 in Peru gas truck blast

All three had been receiving treatment for serious burns inflicted after the gas truck burst into flames, and the fire spread to nearby buildings.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/14 15:21:19

US jobless claims rise to 205,000 last week

The number of initial jobless claims in the United States rose last week, according to a report released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/14 13:23:43

Man dead, suspect in custody after shooting in downtown Washington D.C.

A man was shot dead after a shooting on Thursday evening in downtown Washington D.C. and a suspect has been taken into custody, said the authorities.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/14 12:49:28

Half of US college students back Democratic presidential hopeful Sanders: poll

Across the United States, full half of college students say they support Senator Bernie Sanders, who currently leads the Democratic 2020 presidential race, according to a new poll released by Chegg/College Pulse on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/14 12:04:34

US diplomacy 'amoral,' says Trump-axed ambassador

The former US ambassador who was a key figure in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial criticized US foreign policy on Wednesday as "amoral" and based on threats.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/13 21:03:40

Indigenous Canadian chiefs protest pipeline

An indigenous community opposing construction of a gas pipeline in Canada launched a legal challenge on Wednesday over the climate impact of fossil fuel projects on indigenous territories while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged pipeline protesters blocking rail lines to find a quick solution.
Source: Reuters | 2020/2/13 19:48:40

Immigration across US-Mexico border plunges 74.5 pct in 9 months

Immigration across the US-Mexico border plunged 74.5 percent from May 2019 to January 2020, in the wake of a bilateral agreement to curb migrant flows, Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/13 12:19:36

Ex-CEO of Mexican state oil firm arrested in Spain on corruption charges

The fugitive ex-CEO of Mexican state oil company Pemex was arrested in Spain on corruption charges, Mexico's Attorney General's Office (FGR) confirmed on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/13 11:46:04

Sanders wins in New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire's high-stakes Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to US network projections, leaving rivals including party stalwart Joe Biden in his wake as he staked his claim to challenge US President Donald Trump in November.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/12 19:08:40