California, 22 other states sue U.S. over Trump auto emissions rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of 23 states on Friday sued to undo the Trump administration’s determination that federal law bars California from setting stiff tailpipe emission standards and zero emission vehicle mandates. The states, led by California and… [+1595 chars]

Trump: Chinese agricultural purchases not enough, wants a 'complete deal'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday said he wants a complete trade deal with China and that agricultural purchases from the Asian nation would not go far enough, adding that a comprehensive agreement would take time. “We’re looking for a… [+416 chars]

U.S. senators urge FDA to remove pod, cartridge-based e-cigarettes from market

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Friday urged federal regulators to immediately remove all pod and cartridge-based e-cigarettes from the market until it can be proven the products are safe. In a letter to Ned Sharpless, acting c… [+1868 chars]

U.S. lifts tariffs on 400 Chinese products, Trump cites trade progress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration was “making a lot of progress” with China on Friday, as deputy-level trade talks continued for a second day and Washington lifted tariffs on over 400 Chinese products. Trump, speakin… [+2589 chars]

Media visit Saudi oil plant damaged in strike blamed on Iran

ABQAIQ, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Friday took media on a tour of oil facilities damaged by attacks that Washington and Riyadh blame on Iran, showing melted pipes and burnt equipment, as Tehran vowed wide retaliation if heightened tensions boil … [+5194 chars]

U.S. sanctions Iran's central bank, fund after Saudi oil attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday imposed another round of sanctions on Tehran, including on Iran’s central bank and a development fund, following last week’s attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that Riyadh and Washington have blamed on … [+2583 chars]

Germany agrees 'art of the possible' climate action plan without blowing budget

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition agreed a package of budget-neutral measures on Friday to protect the climate and restore its green credentials, but drew criticism from environmental groups which had hoped it would go further. … [+3714 chars]

Pro-China groups to tear down pro-democracy graffiti in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A pro-Beijing Hong Kong lawmaker urged supporters to pull down “Lennon Walls” on Saturday across the Chinese-ruled city, where the displays of anti-government graffiti have sometimes been flashpoints during more than three months of unre… [+4013 chars]

Young climate strikers "drop dead" at Thai environment ministry

BANGKOK (Reuters) - More than 200 young people in Thailand stormed into the environment ministry on Friday and dropped to the ground feigning death as they demanded government action on climate change along with thousands of strikers around the world. The y… [+1895 chars]

Inside Saudi Arabia's response to a raid on the heart of the oil kingdom

KHURAIS, Saudi Arabia(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s newly appointed energy minister was in London when he learned in the middle of the night of the largest-ever attack on the kingdom’s oil infrastructure. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, a veteran oil official and … [+8453 chars]