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  • WASHINGTON, April 21- Europe will not choose sides in the trade dispute between the United States and China, a top European official said on Saturday, adding that the European Union's temporary exemptions from U.S. steel and aluminium tariffs should become permanent. European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici said trade was...

  • NEW YORK, April 21- The U.S. Commerce Department has granted ZTE Corp's request to submit more evidence after the agency banned American companies from selling to the Chinese technology firm, a senior Commerce official said on Saturday. The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, or BIS, this week banned American companies from selling to ZTE...

  • LAS VEGAS— A museum in Las Vegas lets visitors pretend to be police officers to show the complexity of the decisions that law enforcement officers face when they encounter situations that may require use of deadly force. The new hands-on, use-of-force exhibit at the Mob Museum gives visitors a pistol that shoots plastic pellets and walks them through digital...

  • EVERETT, Wash.— It's not uncommon to see brand new commercial jets flying in and out of Paine Field, just north of Seattle, defying rain and low visibility that define the region. Smith is the founder and chief executive officer of Propeller Investments LLC., which secured a 50- year agreement with Snohomish County three years ago through a local subsidiary to build...

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to pursue reforms that will support Trump administration foreign policy initiatives. Mnuchin says the World Bank needs to continue to shift its lending from fast-growing developing countries such as China to poorer nations. Mnuchin cites progress in...

  • NEW YORK, April 21- The U.S. Commerce Department has granted ZTE Corp's request to submit more evidence after the agency banned American companies from selling to the Chinese technology firm, a senior Commerce official said on Saturday. The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, or BIS, this week banned American companies from selling to ZTE...

  • BERLIN, April 21- German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has told a newspaper she does not think software updates for diesel vehicles in Germany will be enough to solve air quality problems and that hardware retrofits are the only way to avoid driving bans. Asked in an interview with Tagesspiegel to be published on Sunday whether measures already agreed...

  • NEW DELHI, April 21- Indian authorities will be empowered to seize properties of super-rich fugitives whose economic offences or crimes involve sums over 1 billion rupees, according to a government document seen by Reuters on Saturday. Mumbai jewellers Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are prime suspects in the case and a special court of India's Central...

  • Each day, more than 8 million people around the globe step aboard some 90,000 flights. They almost always land safely. Here are some tips adapted from a British Airways safety awareness course.

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- A telecommunications standards organization- GSMA- said on Saturday it is delaying implementation of a new cellphone technology due to a U.S. government probe of alleged coordination between the group, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers. Verizon on Friday called the...

  • BERLIN, April 21- German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has told a newspaper she does not think software updates for diesel vehicles in Germany will be enough to solve air quality problems and that hardware retrofits are the best way to avoid driving bans. The German car industry, which accounts for some 800,000 jobs in Europe's biggest economy, is...

  • ZURICH/ MOSCOW, April 21- Assets totalling between $1.5 billion and $2 billion have been frozen as a result of sanctions imposed on Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg and his Renova Group conglomerate, two sources close to the matter told Reuters on Saturday. The United States imposed sanctions against several Russian entities and individuals, including...

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump offered a shifting rationale this past week for his firing of FBI Director James Comey and joined other Republicans in exaggerating how much simpler it will become for Americans to file their taxes next time. TRUMP: "Slippery James Comey, the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia...

  • BERLIN— Ireland- based Smyths Toys has reached a deal to take over more than 90 Toys R Us stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Smyths Toys, which according to the statement operates 110 stores and online shops in Ireland and Britain, said it is confident of establishing and expanding its brand in continental Europe. It foresees Smyths Toys taking over Toys R...

  • MENLO PARK, Calif.— Facebook has taken the lion's share of scrutiny from Congress and the media for its data-handling practices that allow savvy marketers and political agents to target specific audiences, but it's far from alone. YouTube, Google and Twitter also have giant platforms awash in more videos, posts and pages than any set of human eyes could ever check.

  • LONDON, April 21- Britain said on Saturday that North Korea's plan to cease nuclear tests would be a positive step and that it hoped this was a sign of good faith. "A long term commitment from Kim Jung Un to halt all nuclear tests and ICBM launches would be a positive step. We hope this indicates an effort to negotiate in good faith, "the British government said in a...

  • BERLIN— The European Aviation Safety Agency has tightened a nearly month-old directive ordering inspections of some fan blades in engines like those used on a Southwest Airlines jet involved in a fatal accident. A March 26 directive called for ultrasonic inspections within nine months. A fan blade snapped off mid-flight on a Southwest Airlines flight...

  • BRITAIN SAYS LONG TERM COMMITMENT FROM NORTH KOREA TO HALT ALL NUCLEAR TESTS AND ICBM LAUNCHES WOULD BE POSITIVE STEP.

  • BRITAIN SAYS HOPES NORTH KOREA'S PLAN TO HALT NUCLEAR TESTS INDICATES EFFORT TO NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH.

  • DIRIYAH, Saudi Arabia— Just outside Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, a group of elementary school children are on a field trip at Diriyah, where engineers and construction workers are busy restoring a 17th- century fortress, mosques and clay-colored structures that were once the ruling family's seat of power. The architecture here is associated with the tribes...