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Chinese Foreign Ministry threatens to retaliate against US over Hong Kong rights act

Moscow/Sputnik/UNI: China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday threatened it would retaliate against the United States in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s move to sign into law a bill that supports human rights amid mass protests in China’s Hong Kong special administrative region.

Magnitude 6.3 quake rocks Alaska in US

Juneau, Alaska/UNI: A 6.3 magnitude quake jolted the Andrean of Islands here in the wee hours of Sunday morning, according to the US Geological Survey.

US charges citizen with aiding Islamic state online recruitment - Justice Dept.

Washington/Sputnik/UNI: A US citizen faces charges of helping the Islamic State terror group (banned in Russia) develop computer code to preserve its recruitment propaganda following removal by social media censors, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

UN ‘regrets’ new US position on legality of Israeli settlements

New York/IBNS: The longstanding position of the UN regarding Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory – that they are in breach of international law – is unchanged, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said during a press briefing on Tuesday in New York, reacting to the policy reversal announced by the United States.

US: Three killed in shooting at Walmart store in Duncan

Washington/IBNS: Three people were killed in a shooting incident at a Walmart store in Duncan, Oklahoma of the United States on Monday morning.

China, US trade negotiators discuss phase one of trade deal: Ministry

Beijing/Sputnik: The chief trade negotiators from China and the United States, Vice Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have had a phone conversation regarding the first phase of a new trade agreement, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said.

Ankara confirms will activate Russia's S-400s despite threats of US sanctions

Anakara/Sputnik/UNI: Ankara intends to activate the Russian-made S-400s despite the threat of US sanctions, with only Turkish personnel planned to be involved in operating these air defense systems, the head of the country’s Defense Industries Directorate told СNN Turk after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Washington.

US launches probe into Google's medical data project Nightingale: reports

Washington/Sputnik/UNI: The US Health Department had opened a federal inquiry into tech giant Google’s Project Nightingale, which aims to collect and analyze personal medical data, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Google collects US citizens' health data as part of secret project - Reports

Moscow/Sputnik/UNI: US tech giant Google has partnered with Ascension, one of the largest US healthcare systems, in a secret project to collect and analyze the personal health data of millions of US citizens in 21 states, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources and documents.

US calls on Hong Kong protesters, police to exercise restraint, condemns violence

Washington/Sputnik/UNI: The United States has condemned recent violence in Hong Kong, where protests have escalated, calling on both protesters and police to turn to peaceful means of resolving their conflict.

U.S. sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials

Washington/Xinhua/UNI: The U.S. government said on Tuesday that it had imposed sanctions on five current officials of Venezuela, the latest move to pressure Maduro government.

US-China trade war is a ‘lose-lose’ situation for them and the world, warn UN economists

New York/IBNS: The trade tariff spat between China and the United States has been a “lose-lose” situation for both countries and the wider world and it is likely to deteriorate unless a deal is reached, UN economists said on Tuesday.

US to withdraw from Paris climate accord

Washington/UNI: The Trump administration notified the international community on Monday that it plans to officially withdraw from the Paris climate accord, as other countries expressed regret and disappointment at the move.

Russian FM calls IS leader Baghdadi US 'Brainchild'

Moscow/Sputnik/UNI: The leader of the Islamic State terrorist group Abu Bakr Baghdadi was "the brainchild of the United States," and his elimination has not yet been confirmed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

US drone strike kills 2 suspected al-Qaida operatives in Yemen

Sanaa/Xinhua:  At least two people were killed when a US drone strike hit a vehicle in Yemen's northeastern province of Marib on Friday, pro-government media reported.