U.S. President Donald Trump reverses Obama-administration fair housing regulation

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his administration was rescinding a regulation intended to combat discriminatory housing practices and segregation, in his latest bid to boost his support in the suburbs as he seeks re-election. The rule, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing mandate, was established under Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration in 2015. It… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump reverses Obama-administration fair housing regulation

U.S. military unveils plan to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany

The U.S. military on Wednesday unveiled plans to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany, in fallout from President Donald Trump’s long-simmering feud with Berlin but said it will keep nearly half of those forces in Europe to address tension with Russia. Trump announced his intention last month to cut by about a third the 36,000-strong… Read More U.S. military unveils plan to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany

U.S. Congress panel grill ‘Big Tech’ chief executives in virtual hearing

Google and Facebook took the sharpest jabs for alleged abuse of their market power from Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday in a much-anticipated congressional hearing that put four of America’s most prominent tech CEOs in the hot seat. Facebook Inc’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon.com Inc’s Jeff Bezos, Google owner Alphabet Inc’s Sundar Pichai and Apple Inc’s… Read More U.S. Congress panel grill ‘Big Tech’ chief executives in virtual hearing

Separatist group in southern Yemen reverse self-rule declaration

Yemen’s southern separatists rescinded a declaration of self-rule on Wednesday and a new governor was appointed for the contested city of Aden, after a push by Saudi Arabia to reunite allies in a fight against Iran-aligned Houthi forces. Riyadh has been seeking since late year to end a conflict between southern separatists and the Saudi-backed… Read More Separatist group in southern Yemen reverse self-rule declaration

U.S. to reject new applications for ‘Dreamer’ immigrant program

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, bolstering his tough immigration stance in an election year, said on Tuesday it will reject any new applications for the so-called ‘Dreamer’ immigrant program and shorten the deportation protections of those whose eligibility is soon to expire. A senior administration official said there would be a lengthy review of a… Read More U.S. to reject new applications for ‘Dreamer’ immigrant program

Iran fires ballistic missiles from underground for the first time

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards fired ballistic missiles from underground for the first time as part of an annual military drill, Amirali Hajizadeh, the head of the aerospace division of the Guards, said in a video posted online by YJC, a news agency linked to Iran’s state TV. The video showed clouds of dust before the… Read More Iran fires ballistic missiles from underground for the first time

South Korea launches investigation into safety issues in Tesla vehicles

South Korea said it is investigating suspected safety issues with vehicles made by U.S. automaker Tesla Inc, which is competing strongly with Hyundai Motor Co in the South Korean electric vehicle market. Braking and steering systems including the Autopilot function were part of the investigation, a transport ministry official said on Wednesday. The ministry declined… Read More South Korea launches investigation into safety issues in Tesla vehicles

Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister Perrance Shiri dies at 65

Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister Perrance Shiri died from the COVID-19 infection, becoming the first senior government official to succumb to the pandemic, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Thursday. Shiri, a retired general who helped plot the ouster of Robert Mugabe in a 2017 coup, died on Wednesday. Shiri, who commanded the air force for 25 years… Read More Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister Perrance Shiri dies at 65