Vatican says U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied audience with Pope Francis

The Vatican said on Wednesday it had denied a request from Mike Pompeo for an audience with Pope Francis, and accused the Secretary of State of trying to drag the Catholic Church into the U.S. presidential election by denouncing its relations with China. The extraordinary remarks from the two top diplomatic officials at the Vatican… Read More Vatican says U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied audience with Pope Francis

U.S. judge blocks order banning TikTok downloads on app stores

A U.S. judge has temporarily blocked a Trump administration order that was set to bar Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google from offering Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok for download at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington issued the preliminary injunction in a brief order late on Sunday. He declined… Read More U.S. judge blocks order banning TikTok downloads on app stores

Intel receives U.S. licenses to supply certain products to Huawei

Intel Corp has received licences from U.S. authorities to continue supplying certain products to Huawei Technologies, an Intel spokesman said on Tuesday. With U.S.-China ties at their worst in decades, Washington has been pushing governments around to world to squeeze out Huawei, arguing that the telecoms giant would hand data to the Chinese government for… Read More Intel receives U.S. licenses to supply certain products to Huawei

ByteDance seeks $60billion in TikTok’s U.S. valuation

China’s ByteDance Ltd is seeking a valuation of $60 billion for TikTok as Oracle Corp and Walmart Inc take stakes in the short-video app’s business to address U.S. security concerns, Bloomberg News reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed person familiar with the matter. Oracle will take a 12.5% stake in TikTok Global and store all… Read More ByteDance seeks $60billion in TikTok’s U.S. valuation

U.S. judge blocks order banning WeChat downloads on app stores

A U.S. judge early Sunday blocked the Trump administration from requiring Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to remove Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for downloads by late Sunday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco said in an order that WeChat users who filed a lawsuit “have shown serious questions going to the merits… Read More U.S. judge blocks order banning WeChat downloads on app stores

U.S. President Donald Trump approves deal allowing operations of TikTok

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he supported a deal in principle that would allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States, even as it appeared to conflict with his earlier order for China’s ByteDance to divest the video app. ByteDance was racing to avoid a crackdown on TikTok after the U.S.… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump approves deal allowing operations of TikTok

U.S. to ban WeChat, TikTok from app stores from September 20

The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat. The bans, announced on Friday, affect only new downloads and updates and are less sweeping than expected, particularly for… Read More U.S. to ban WeChat, TikTok from app stores from September 20

U.S. offers to exempt TikTok employees, contractors from executive order

The United States has offered to exclude from President Donald Trump’s executive order transactions that involve TikTok employees and contractors performing “their regular job duties and responsibilities,” according to a court document filed late Monday, granting a reprieve from his sell-or-die demand. Trump’s August 11 order banned ByteDance from operating in the United States by… Read More U.S. offers to exempt TikTok employees, contractors from executive order