The U.S. is preparing to announce targeted travel restrictions to replace an earlier controversial travel ban aimed at visitors from six Muslim-majority nations, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
The Department of Homeland Security is recommending country-by-country restrictions for about eight or nine nations that have not met standards on counterterrorism efforts and passports, U.S. officials said.
Officials had originally expressed concern about 17 nations, but many of those subsequently addressed the concerns and were not included in the proposal.
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Seattle-based online retailer Amazon.com announced Thursday that it is seeking a second North American headquarters with up to 50,000 jobs.
In a statement, the company founded and run by billionaire Jeff Bezos said its “HQ2” would cost about $5 billion to build and operate.
The company, which is currently soliciting bids for the project, said it would prioritize metropolitan areas with more than one million people and that it was encouraging interested communities to think “big” and “creatively” about possible locations.
Amazon said HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon — not a satellite office. It said it expects to hire new teams and executives in HQ2, and will also let existing senior leaders across the company decide whether to locate their teams.
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“Extremely dangerous” Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm Tuesday morning, the National Hurricane Center said, with sustained winds of 175 mph.
The hurricane will blast the northern Caribbean with flooding rain, damaging winds and rough surf over the next few days, AccuWeather warned, bringing life-threatening conditions to the islands.
A similar scenario could play out somewhere along the Gulf or East coasts of the United States this weekend or next week, depending on where Irma tracks.
The storm could hit Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas, or even head into the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
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China on Monday expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with the U.S. launch of an investigation into China’s alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property.
China’s Commerce Ministry said in a statement that it would take appropriate measures to defend the country’s lawful interests, and that Washington should respect the facts and act prudently.
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The U.S. has expelled two Cuban diplomats in retaliation for a bizarre incident purportedly involving a covert sonic device that allegedly left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Wednesday spoke only cryptically about the matter, referring to an “incident” without elaboration.
Cuba has strongly denied any allegations of wrongdoing.
The purported affair began in late 2016 when a series of U.S. diplomats in Havana began suffering unexplained losses of hearing, according to officials with knowledge of the investigation into the case, the Associated Press reported.
Several of the diplomats had recently arrived at the embassy, which reopened in 2015 as part of former President Obama’s re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba and relaxation of travel restrictions.
Nauert said that as a result of the incident, two Cuban diplomats were ordered to leave their embassy in Washington on May 23.
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President Trump has signed a new package of sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, but issued a blistering statement insisting that the bill encroaches on the executive branch’s ability to conduct foreign policy.
“Since this bill was first introduced, I have expressed my concerns to Congress about the many ways it improperly encroaches on executive power, disadvantages American companies, and hurts the interests of our European allies,” Trump wrote in a statement as he signed the bill, which the Senate approved last week.
While Trump said his administration worked with Congress to make the bill better, he notes the legislation “remains seriously flawed – particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate.”
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Greece Authorities said on Monday that 49 migrants have been arrested while trying to fly from airports on Greek islands to destinations elsewhere in Europe using forged passports.
“At Crete’s Heraklion airport, 49 people from Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, Libya, Pakistan, Haiti, Congo and Algeria were caught with false documents between July 21 and July 30.
“Six others were held at the airport on the island of Santorini,’’ police said.
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German police on Wednesday used water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protesters overnight in Hamburg where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday.
Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city against globalisation and what they say is corporate greed and a failure to tackle climate change.
The Interior Minister had said on Tuesday that the German authorities believe that about 8,000 demonstrators were prepared to use violence.
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The Boxing world has expressed shock over the declaration of greenhorn Australian boxer, Jeff Horn, as the winner of the welterweight championship fight against Filipino Manny Pacquiao.
The fight at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, was styled the Battle of Brisbane.
Although the local fighter Horn was very aggressive in the early rounds, using his reach and size advantage to pressure the Filipino champion, as the match went on, the masterful skill of Manny Pacquiao became more predominant.
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The U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea has ended, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday, adding that military action would be “on the table” if North Korea elevated the threat level.
Mr. Tillerson began his first Asian visit as secretary of state in Japan on Wednesday and will travel to China on Saturday with a main focus on finding a “new approach” on North Korea after what he described as two decades of failed efforts to denuclearize the insular nation.
“Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures.
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