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Trump set to announce China sanctions

Image copyright Getty Images The Trump administration plans to announce sanctions against China on Thursday after determining that the country is encouraging the theft and transfer of intellectual property from US businesses. The White House said the actions come after years of talks about the issue that failed to produce change. The actions are expected…

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Fed announces US rate increase

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Federal Reserve Chair Jerome "Jay" Powell The US central bank has said it will raise its benchmark interest rate citing a strengthened economic outlook. The Federal Reserve said it had decided to raise the rate by 0.25% to a target range of 1.5% to 1.75%. Policymakers also signalled they…

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Spring snow storm blankets eastern US

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUS snowfall on the first day of springA storm blanketing the north-eastern United States with snow, ice, and winds has caused travel chaos and work closures on the first full day spring. The nor'easter, as storms in the region are called, is the fourth to hit in…

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‘Anti-military’ California teacher fired

Image copyright CBS Image caption Teacher Gregory Salcido was caught on video disparaging members of the military A California teacher has been fired for making negative comments about members of the military, US media report. Gregory Salcido, 49, was caught on video in January saying members of the military are "not intellectual people" and "the…

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France’s Sarkozy put under investigation

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Sarkozy clinched big trade deals for France with Libya's Gaddafi in 2007 when he was president Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation over allegations he received campaign funding from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. He is being investigated for illicit campaign financing, misappropriation of…

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We made mistakes, admits Facebook chief

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mark Zuckerberg: "I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I'm responsible" Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted the giant social network "made mistakes" over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a "breach of trust" had occurred between it and its users. His statement follows allegations that 50 million…

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Palestinian slap video teen gets jail term

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIs a slap terrorism?A Palestinian teenager arrested after slapping an Israeli soldier has accepted a plea deal that will see her serve eight months in prison. Ahed Tamimi had agreed to plead guilty to four of the 12 charges she faced, including assault, her lawyer said. She…

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Tesla boss Elon Musk’s $2.6bn pay day

Image copyright Getty Images Tesla shareholders have approved a huge pay deal for its chief executive, Elon Musk, worth an estimated $2.6bn (£1.85bn). It is believed to be the biggest share-based pay deal in US corporate history. Mr Musk will only get the shares if Tesla hits certain targets related to metrics such as sales…

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The maths teacher who became an online star

Australian teacher Eddie Woo has won fans worldwide with his high-energy maths lessons, posted on YouTube. Mr Woo recently won Australia's Local Hero award and was a finalist for the Global Teacher Prize. He explains his infectious lesson strategies to the BBC in Sydney. Video produced by Frances Mao and Tessa Wong.

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