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US homebuilder confidence rises as affordability concerns persist: report

Homebuilders' confidence in the US housing market maintained its upward trend even as affordability challenges persist, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said in a report Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/16 17:27:03

Helicopter crashes into Hudson River in New York, pilot rescued

Rescuers work at the site where a helicopter crashed into the Hudson River, in New York, the United States, on May 15, 2019. A helicopter fell short of the landing pad and crashed into the Hudson River in New York City on Wednesday afternoon, injuring one person on board. (Photo: Xinhua)
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/16 15:03:34

US orders departure of non-emergency gov't employees from Iraq

The US Embassy in Iraq said on Wednesday that the US State Department has ordered the non-emergency US employees working in both the embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Erbil to leave Iraq.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/16 14:42:24

Commodity-dependent countries grow to 20-year high: UN report

The number of countries that depend on commodities has reached its highest level in 20 years, a new report released Wednesday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reveals.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/16 13:46:47

Technological innovation crucial in poverty reduction policies: UN, Chinese officials

Technological innovation can be crucial to boost policies on poverty reduction and extreme hunger eradication, officials from the United Nations (UN), China, and various other stakeholders stressed at a seminar on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/16 13:45:27

UNGA president calls for multilateralism to ensure fairer commodity market

The United Nations on Wednesday urged the international community to strengthen multilateralism to ensure a fairer commodity international market.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/16 13:33:13

Kremlin says nuclear deal suspension by Iran forced by US

US pressure on Iran has forced Tehran to suspend the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal, the Kremlin said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/16 10:38:23

San Francisco bans facial recognition use by police

San Francisco has banned the use of facial recognition by police and government agencies, the first US city to take such a step as privacy fears mount in the country's technology capital.
Source: AFP | 2019/5/15 21:18:41

Alabama passes abortion bill

Alabama's state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday to outlaw nearly all abortions, creating exceptions only to protect the mother's health, as part of a multistate effort to have the US Supreme Court reconsider a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.
Source: Reuters | 2019/5/15 19:13:41

US military says on high alert in Iraq, Syria over threats from Iran

The US military said on Wednesday that the US forces are on high alert in Iraq and Syria over fears of "imminent threats" from Iran-backed forces in the region.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 19:05:14

Mexico City issues air pollution alert

The authorities of the Mexico City metropolitan area declared on Tuesday an "extraordinary environmental contingency" after the pollution level exceeded the tolerance threshold.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 17:43:55

UN deputy chief calls for inequality reduction, inclusive development

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Tuesday highlighted the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 10 on reducing the scourge inequality within and among countries.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 12:44:36

Tunisia, US vow to strengthen bilateral ties

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui on Tuesday expressed Tunisia's willingness to strengthen its cooperation with the United States in all areas.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 12:43:52

Trump dismisses report about US considering sending 120,000 troops to combat Iran

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday dismissed a New York Times report about US top security officials reviewing a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter Iran.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 12:41:22

UNGA president calls for social structural transformation to end inequality

To put an end to inequality is a colossal challenge that requires collective solutions and a deep and structural transformation in societies, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces said on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 12:39:52

Canadian prime minister speaks with US vice president

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday spoke over phone with US Vice President Mike Pence, according to the prime minister office.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 12:38:25

Iran's top leader rules out talks with US

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday ruled out any talks with the US government over the disputed issues, Tasnim news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/15 10:05:29

Venezuela receives second batch of medical assistance from China

The second shipment of medical aid from China arrived in Venezuela on Monday at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas.
Source: Xinhua-AFP | 2019/5/14 21:03:44