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trump10-sept_11oct19.jpg Following two days of closely watched trade talks, President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that the U.S. and China have reached a "very substantial phase one deal." Trump said the deal includes up to $40 to $50 billion in Chinese purchases of U.S. agricultural products as well as Chinese concessions on intellectual property and financial services.

plasticshampoobottles1-oct11.jpg California Governor Gavin Newsom signed first-in-nation legislation to ban California hotels from distributing small, single use plastic toiletry bottles to guests. The Assembly Bill 1162 is authored by the California State Assembly- member Ash Kalra, and supported by the California Hotel and Lodging...

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation into law that will allow schools in the state to decide whether parents can administer medical cannabis to their children on K-12 campuses. The bill will allow parents to administer their child's dose of medical cannabis on K-12 campuses under...

nobel-literature-101019.jpg The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 was awarded to Austrian novelist Peter Handke. The previous year's award in this category was given to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk. The Swedish Academy announced the 2018 and 2019 Nobel literature prizes on Thursday because last year's prize was postponed over a sexual harassment scandal. The Academy said Peter Handke was selected "for an influential work

hivpreventiondrugs-101019.jpg California has become the first U.S. state to allow patients buy HIV prevention pills without a doctor's prescription. Under the new law, pharmacists can dispense pre-exposure prophylaxis, also called PrEP, and post-exposure prophylaxis, known as PEP, over the counter without asking for a medical prescription. California governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 159 into law on Monday, an import

gavinnewsom-101019.jpg California Governor signed 18 bills with a view to helping communities to get funding for affordable housing, easing development restrictions, and helping renters facing increasing costs. On Tuesday, Gavin Newsom began his statewide tour to sign a series of bills that build on his Administration's efforts to tackle the housing affordability crisis. They include the Housing Crisis Act of 2019, a

govtagencies-oct10.jpg Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed two Executive Orders aiming to improve the transparency and fairness of U.S. government agencies and to ensure that they are held accountable. The "Improved Agency Guidance Documents" Executive Order requires government agencies to publish their guidance documents on their websites to enable easy access to the public. "To ensure Americans have their voice

nobel-chemistry-100919.jpg Three scientists who made valuable contributions towards the development of the lithium-ion battery won this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry. American professor and solid-state physicist John B. Goodenough, British-American chemist Stanley Whittingham, and Japanese chemist Akira Yoshino will share the prize money of 9 million Swedish kronor, or $0.904 million equally. Prof Goodenough, 97, has al

uighur-oct09.jpg US sanctions against 28 Chinese firms for targeting ethnic minorities met wth strong protest from Beijing. The Ministry of Commerce urged the U.S. Government to lift the sanctions as soon as possible, and warned that China will "resolutely safeguard" the country's interests. "We strongly urge the United States to immediately stop making irresponsible remarks on the issue of Xinjiang, stop interf

usdepartmentoftransportation-oct09.jpg U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced a major initiative to support transportation needs in the rural parts of the United States. The Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success initiative, also known as ROUTES, will analyze the Transportation Department's discretionary...

whitehousetrump-oct09.jpg The White House informed House Democrats that President Donald Trump will not co-operate with an impeachment inquiry against him saying that the move is "constitutionally invalid." In an 8-page letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chairmen of House Committees on behalf of Trump, his lawyer Pat Cipollone argued that the impeachment proceedings amount to an illegitimate effort to ove

us-chinese-flags-080318_08oct19.jpg Accusing the Chinese government of instituting a highly repressive campaign against Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, the U.S. State Department announced on Tuesday visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials.

nobelprize1-oct08.jpg Three scientists have won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics for ground-breaking discoveries about the evolution of the universe and Earth's place in the cosmos. Announcing the award Tuesday, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said one half of the prize money will be given to James Peebles of Princeton University, U.S., "for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology", and the other half joint

uighur-oct08.jpg 28 Chinese organizations that are accused of violating human rights and committing abuses, targeting Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region have been blacklisted by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Bureau of Industry and Security of the Commerce Department announced that the Chinese firms, which include governmental and commercial, were added to th

usjapantradedeal-aug01.jpg The United States and Japan signed two new agreements - on agricultural exports and digital trade - with a view to improving trade relationship between the two allies. President Donald Trump termed it as "a huge victory for America's farmers, ranchers, and growers," as they will have expanded access to a fairer market to export their products. "They will create countless jobs, expand investment

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