1. US brings new charges against China’s tech giant Huawei
WASHINGTON, US: The Justice Department has added new criminal charges against China’s tech giant Huawei and several subsidiaries, as Trump administration raises national security concerns about Huawei, accusing the company in a brazen scheme to steal trade secrets from competitors in America.
According to the indictment, the company also provided surveillance equipment to Iran that enabled the monitoring of protesters during 2009 anti-government demonstrations in Tehran, and sought to conceal business that it was doing in North Korea despite economic sanctions there.
The company issued a statement Thursday evening disputing the allegations and calling them “without merit.”
2. Trump slams ex-adviser who defended key impeachment witness
WASHINGTON,US: President Donald Trump lashed out against former White House chief of staff John Kelly for being disloyal after he came to the defense of a former national security aide who offered key testimony in the impeachment inquiry.
The president’s comments came after Kelly defended Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was among the administration officials who raised concerns about Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s president.
That call spurred the president’s impeachment trial, which ended in acquittal last week.
Trump tweeted that Kelly misses the action and just can’t keep his mouth shut.
3. Fear, boredom, adventure fill each day on quarantined ship
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN: Fear. Surprising moments of levity. Soul-crushing boredom.
According to The Associated Press, life on the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship quarantined in a Japanese port with scores of cases of a new virus, means experiencing all these things.
At times there’s been an almost festive atmosphere, as when locals on Jet Skis buzzed the ship, shouting greetings.
Other times, there is deep worry as new cases are confirmed, pushing the total to 218 — the largest cluster of infections outside China.
Japan’s health ministry said five of those patients have severe symptoms and are in intensive care or on artificial respirators.