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Pompeo warns allies Huawei presence complicates partnership with U.S.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the United Nations following a Security Council meeting about the situation in Venezuela in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned U.S. allies on Monday against deploying equipment from Chinese telecoms gear manufacturer Huawei on their soil, saying it would make it more difficult for Washington to “partner alongside them”. “We want to make sure we identify (to) them…

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Thailand launches Huawei 5G test bed, even as U.S. urges allies to bar Chinese gear

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand on Friday launched a Huawei Technologies 5G test bed, even as the United States urges its allies to bar the Chinese telecoms giant from building next-generation mobile networks. FILE PHOTO: A Huawei 5G device is pictured outside an exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand, January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha Huawei, the world’s top producer of telecoms equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones, has been facing mounting international scrutiny amid fears China could use its equipment for espionage, a concern the company says is unfounded. The 5G test bed…

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Syria conflict: Trump’s withdrawal plan shocks allies

Image copyright AFP Image caption US troops have largely been stationed in the Kurdish region in northern Syria President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all US troops from Syria has been met with heavy criticism. Mr Trump made the announcement on Wednesday, asserting that the Islamic State (IS) group had been defeated. But major allies, including senior Republicans and foreign powers, have disputed the claim and say the move could lead to a resurgence of IS. US troops have helped rid much of Syria’s north-east of the jihadist group, but…

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U.S. asks allies to shun Huawei equipment, WSJ reports; sector stocks fall

(Reuters) – The U.S. government is trying to persuade wireless and internet providers in allied countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. FILE PHOTO – People walk past a sign board of Huawei at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Asia 2018 in Shanghai, China June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo The move would further pile pressure on the world’s biggest telecom gear maker, which is under scrutiny from Western intelligence agencies for its perceived ties to China’s government and the possibility…

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U.S. asks allies to avoid Huawei’s equipment: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: Journalists follow the presentation of a Huawei smartphone ahead of the IFA Electronics show in Berlin, Germany, September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo (Reuters) – The U.S. government is trying to persuade wireless and internet providers in allied countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. U.S. officials have reached out to their government counterparts and telecom executives in friendly countries where Huawei equipment is already in wide use about what they see as cybersecurity risks, according to the…

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Austria-Italy passport row tests Europe’s populist allies

Image caption Bolzano: Austrian folk music, but it’s northern Italy Austria and Italy have become embroiled in a dispute over dual citizenship in Italy’s border region of South Tyrol. It is a row with added intensity because it involves two nationalist parties that see eye-to-eye on many of Europe’s pressing issues. But not when it comes to this mainly German-speaking province. Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, now in government with the conservatives in Vienna, wants to allow native German speakers here to have Austrian nationality as well as Italian. But the…

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Trump-Nato summit: EU’s Tusk warns president to appreciate allies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Trump has alarmed his European allies ahead of a Helsinki meeting next Monday with Russia’s President Putin President Donald Trump has left for a Nato summit in Brussels with a stark warning from European Council President Donald Tusk. Ahead of his visit, Mr Trump hit out at the EU on trade and at his Nato allies for failing to spend enough on defence. Accusing the president of criticising Europe “almost daily”, Mr Tusk said the EU spent more than Russia on defence and as…

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G7 summit: Donald Trump lashes out at America’s key allies

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPeter Navarro: “There’s a special place in hell for Justin Trudeau” US President Donald Trump has fired off a string of angry tweets criticising America’s closest allies hours after leaving a divisive G7 summit in Canada. Mr Trump said the US paid “close to the entire cost of Nato” to help protect countries that “rip us off on trade”. “Fair trade is now to be called fool trade,” he added in response to the threat of new tariffs against the US. Canadian…

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G7 summit dogged by divisions between Trump and allies

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump to G7: “They should let Russia come back in” Talks at the G7 summit in Canada have failed to resolve deep differences between US President Donald Trump and leaders of major industrial nations. The divisions were laid bare on Friday, notably over trade. Allies of the US are furious over Mr Trump’s recent decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, raising fears of a global trade war. It is unclear whether a communique agreed by all will be released…

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US tariffs: Allies retaliate with levies on jam, lamps and sleeping bags

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The EU, Canada and Mexico are all planning to retaliate against the US tariffs The US has slapped tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from its allies the EU, Canada and Mexico – but don’t think they’ll take it without a fight. All three have already announced retaliatory measures as the US follows its new policy, which has been attacked as “protectionism, pure and simple” by the EU. Ranging from serious to strange, these counter-tariffs could play a part in a growing trade battle.…

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