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Apple faces possible ban on some US iPhone imports

The staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday recommended that a trade judge find that Apple Inc infringed at least one of Qualcomm Inc’s patents, a move that could lead to blocking the import of some iPhones. The San Diego chipmaker filed a complaint against Apple nearly a year ago, asking the commission to ban the import of iPhones containing rival chipmaker Intel Corp ’s so-called modem chips, which help mobile phones connect to wireless data networks. At a trial in Washington that started on…

US clothing, cosmetics on possible EU retaliation list

BRUSSELS: Clothing, orange juice, cosmetics and other products from the United States may be subject to European Union duties if US President Donald Trump carries out his threat to impose global import duties on EU steel and aluminum. The European Commission has said it would respond “firmly” to proposed US import duties of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum. It has drawn up a list of 2.8 billion euros ($3.46 billion) worth of US products on which it could apply a 25 percent tariff. Commission President…

Pyeongchang Games organizers probe possible cyberattack

PYEONGCHANG: Pyeongchang Olympics organizers were looking into a disruption of non-critical systems on the day of the opening ceremony but could not yet confirm if it was a cyberattack, Games spokesman Sung Baik-you said on Saturday. The Winter Olympics opened with a spectacular ceremony on Friday, attended by several heads of state who witnessed the joint march of North and South Korean athletes, as Games systems played up. The ceremony was also attended by North Korean ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam and North Korean…

Possible ‘elements of genocide’ in Myanmar: UN rights chief

UNITED NATIONS: The UN rights chief called Tuesday for a fresh international investigation into Myanmar's abuses against its Rohingya Muslim minority, warning of possible "elements of genocide". Speaking before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the abuses against the Rohingya, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned "widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal" attacks against the Rohingya, as well as decades of discrimination and persecution. An army-led crackdown has forced some 626,000 people to flee from…

Bangladesh braces for possible surge in Rohingya arrivals

TEKNAF: Authorities in Bangladesh were bracing Sunday for another possible surge in Rohingya refugee arrivals, with thousands from the Muslim minority believed stranded along the border with Myanmar waiting to cross. Border guards are also concerned that the relaxing later Sunday of a temporary ban on fishing in the Bay of Bengal could see a surge in people-smuggling along the coast as unscrupulous captains return to the seas. Rohingya refugees already in Bangladesh have received videos from families across the border…

‘Total termination’ of Iran nuclear deal possible: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Monday that a "total termination" of the Iran nuclear deal remains possible, after refusing to certify the 2015 accord and leaving its fate to Congress. Speaking to reporters ahead of a cabinet meeting, he said: "I feel strongly about what I did I'm tired of being taken advantage of. "It might be total termination, that's a real possibility, some would say that's a greater possibility." Read More: U.S. officials try to ease concerns Trump may quit Iran deal His comments came…

Development not possible without democracy, says PM Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday said development in the country was only possible when there was democracy. “No force other than democracy can deliver in the country and we will have to work hard to strengthen democracy in the country,” he said speaking after inauguration of oil and gas well project Jhandial-one at Jhandial in Attock on Friday. He said development projects had been completed in all sectors including economy, infrastructure and energy in all parts of the country. The prime…

Trump says ‘major, major’ conflict with North Korea possible

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely," Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview ahead of his 100th day in office on Saturday. Nonetheless, Trump said he wanted to peacefully resolve a crisis that has bedeviled multiple U.S. presidents, a path…