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I.M. Pei, a pillar of modern architecture, dies at 102

by Maggy Donaldson, with Michael Langan in Washington NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — I.M. Pei, the preeminent US architect who forged a distinct brand of modern building design with his sharp lines and stark structures, has died in New York, his sons’ architecture firm said Thursday. He was 102 years old. The Chinese-born Pei was the mastermind behind the bold Louvre pyramid in Paris, the landmark 72-story Bank of China tower in Hong Kong […]

Huawei becomes flashpoint in China-US economic showdown

by Paul HANDLE WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US crackdown on Huawei has made the Chinese telecommunications giant the flashpoint in a monumental economic and technological showdown between the two superpowers that is testing allies of both. One day after the US moved to block Huawei from the US market and banned the export of US technology and materials to the company, China warned Washington Thursday against further harming trade ties. At the same […]

Trump to visit S. Korea for talks on North’s nukes: White House

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump will visit South Korea in June to meet with his counterpart Moon Jae-in over their efforts to persuade North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons arsenal, the White House said Wednesday. It will be the second meeting between the pair since the collapse of a summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in February after they failed to reach a deal on […]

Trump bars US companies from foreign telecoms posing security risk

by Sebastian Smith WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Wednesday barring US companies from using foreign telecoms equipment deemed a security risk — a move that appeared aimed at Chinese giant Huawei. The order signed by Trump prohibits purchase or use of equipment from companies that pose “an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or the security and safety of United States persons.” “This administration […]

US Catholic abuse victims sue Vatican to name predatory priests

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Five Americans who say they were sexually molested by Catholic priests filed a lawsuit against the Vatican on Tuesday to compel the church to open its archives and hand over the names and details of abusive clergy. The plaintiffs “were harmed as a result of the Defendant Holy See’s practice and policy of not reporting suspected child abuse to law enforcement officials,” stated the lawsuit filed in US federal […]

Statue of Liberty museum set to open amid immigration debate

by Catherine TRIOMPHE NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The Statue of Liberty, which has welcomed generations of immigrants to US shores, is getting a new museum at a time when immigration is an explosive topic. The $100 million Statue of Liberty Museum, which is located near the base of “Lady Liberty” in New York harbor, opens on Thursday. Construction of the 26,000-square-foot (2,400-square-meter) glass-walled structure fringed with copper began in October 2016. From the […]

Leonard, Raptors finish off Embiid, Sixers in Game 7 thriller

By Tennie Sumague EBC New York Bureau TORONTO, ON (Eagle News) – An epic Game 7 between the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers provided an unforeseen dramatic closing to a hard-fought series, which can best be described as ‘poetry in motion.’ With 4.2 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 90,  Kawhi Leonard dribbled an inbound pass from Marc Gasol to the baseline and shot a fadeaway jumper over Joel Embiid that bounced on […]

Five dead, one missing in floatplanes collision in Alaska

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Five people died and one person was missing Monday after two floatplanes collided mid-air in Alaska while carrying passengers from a cruise ship’s sightseeing expedition, officials said. The two aircraft — a Beaver floatplane and an Otter floatplane — had been carrying 16 passengers from the Royal Princess cruise ship when they crashed near Ketchikan around 1:00 pm (2100 GMT), Princess Cruises said in a statement circulated by US media. […]

Trump warns China not to retaliate against US trade tariffs

WAHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump on Monday warned China not to retaliate after Washington raised punitive duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 percent from 10 percent. “China should not retaliate-will only get worse!” Trump wrote in a flurry of tweets on trade. The tariffs were imposed on Friday after two days of talks to resolve the US-China trade battle ended with no deal, however negotiations will continue. Trump […]

Ignoring critics, Trump to welcome Hungary’s Orban to White House

by Francesco FONTEMAGGI WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump on Monday will host Hungarian leader Viktor Orban — an anti-immigration firebrand and one of his few European admirers — at the White House, despite criticism of the visit at home. Orban’s one-on-one talks with Trump will offer the Euroskeptic prime minister a choice podium less than two weeks before the start of European Union parliamentary elections in which far-right parties are expected […]

Earthquake in Panama leaves five injured, minor damage

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AFP) — A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Panama on Sunday, injuring at least five people and causing damage to businesses and homes, officials said. The strong quake struck at a depth of 37 kilometers (23 miles) in the far west of the country near the Costa Rican border, according to the US Geological Survey. The National Civil Protection System, or Sinaproc, said five people were hurt and four homes were damaged in the […]

Nobody’s happy’ about N. Korea missile launch – Trump

by Sunghee Hwang / Kang Jin-kyu SEOUL, South Korea US President Donald Trump said that “nobody’s happy” after North Korea raised the pressure over the future of their deadlocked nuclear negotiations by launching two short-range missiles. Trump’s second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in February broke up without an agreement or even a joint statement as the two failed to reach a deal on what Pyongyang would be willing to […]