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New Zealand will conduct own assessment of Huawei equipment risk - PM
New Zealand will conduct own assessment of Huawei equipment risk - PM

New Zealand will independently assess the risk of using China's Huawei Technologies in 5G networks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday after a report suggested that British precautions could be used by other nations. Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and U.S.-led allegations that its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying. No evidence has been produced publicly and the firm has repeatedly denied the allegations, which have led several Western countries to restrict Huawei's access to their markets.

Thousands brave freezing cold in vigil for Illinois shooting victims
Thousands brave freezing cold in vigil for Illinois shooting victims

Solemn mourners stood before five white crosses with the names of the dead that became a shrine to the victims bearing pictures and hand-written remembrances outside the factory where the shooting took place in Aurora, about 40 miles (64 km) west of Chicago. "My heart is broken again for the family members of the victims," said Mary Kay Mace, mother of the late Ryanne Mace, who was killed 11 years ago in a mass shooting at Northern Illinois University. It's a hard, difficult trek but it can be done," said Mace, 55, who drove three hours from Petersburg, Illinois, and wore a university pin to honor shooting victim Trevor Wehner, a 21-year-old intern from NIU who was on his first day on...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Celebrated Amazon Pulling Out of New York--But the Governor Says It Cost the City 25,000 Jobs
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Celebrated Amazon Pulling Out of New York--But the Governor Says It Cost the City 25,000 Jobs

The spat between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Gov. Andrew Cuomo lays bare a growing divide over Amazon's decision to pull out of New York City.

'It's called the First Amendment': Pundits decry Trump call for 'retribution' against 'SNL'
'It's called the First Amendment': Pundits decry Trump call for 'retribution' against 'SNL'

"One thing that makes America  great is that the people can laugh at you without retribution," said Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.

Israel to withhold $138 mln from Palestinians over prisoner payments
Israel to withhold $138 mln from Palestinians over prisoner payments

Israel said its security cabinet on Sunday decided to withhold $138 million (122 million euros) in tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority over its payments to prisoners jailed for attacks on Israelis. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the withheld cash would be equal to that paid by the PA last year to "terrorists imprisoned in Israel, to their families and to released prisoners". Israel alleges the payments encourage further violence.

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Here's What's Open and Closed on President's Day 2019

Find out if banks, schools and the post office are open on President's day

The Latest: Smollett says no truth he played role in attack
The Latest: Smollett says no truth he played role in attack

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on the investigation of the attack on Jussie Smollett (all times local):

Husband accidentally runs over and kills wife on Valentine
Husband accidentally runs over and kills wife on Valentine's Day

A husband is reeling from a tragic incident after police say he accidentally ran over his wife.

Sen. John Kennedy on whether President Trump has the legal right to declare a national emergency over the border
Sen. John Kennedy on whether President Trump has the legal right to declare a national emergency over the border

Legal battles brewing over President Trump bid to secure border funding.

India, Pakistan in UN court for death row
India, Pakistan in UN court for death row 'spy' case

India will ask the UN's top court Monday to order Pakistan to take an alleged Indian spy off death row, in a case that could stoke fresh tensions after a deadly attack in Kashmir. Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav was arrested in the restive southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan in March 2016 on charges of espionage and sentenced to death by a military court. The International Court of Justice urgently ordered Pakistan in 2017 to stay the execution of Jadhav, pending hearings on the broader Indian case that take place this week in The Hague.

Shell buys German battery maker Sonnen
Shell buys German battery maker Sonnen

Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell agreed Friday to buy German rechargeable battery maker Sonnen, as the sector eyes growing demand for cleaner energy. Shell, which already invested in the German start-up in May 2018, revealed in a statement that it will buy 100 percent of Sonnen for an undisclosed amount. Sonnen, which makes lithium-ion batteries for storing wind and solar power, was founded in 2010 and has since grown rapidly to become a dominant player in Europe.

Government shutdown: Border security deal faces vote in Congress as midnight Friday deadline looms
Government shutdown: Border security deal faces vote in Congress as midnight Friday deadline looms

The compromise bill would provide some funding for a physical border barrier, but far less than the $5.7 billion President Trump wants for a wall.

Federal judge rules ex-Trump campaign chief breached plea deal
Federal judge rules ex-Trump campaign chief breached plea deal

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort breached his plea agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office by intentionally lying to prosecutors, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Judge Amy Berman Jackson in the U.S. ...

Eastern Canada digs out from major snow storm
Eastern Canada digs out from major snow storm

A huge snowstorm blanketed eastern Canada on Wednesday, closing schools, grounding hundreds of flights and forcing many workers to stay home as tens of thousands of plows toiled to clear roads. Wind gusts up to 70 kilometers (44 miles) per hour were also expected in the evening, blowing snow and severely reducing visibility from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal to the Atlantic coast provinces. A winter storm warning was in place for much of the region and travel was not advised.

AccuWeather Alert: Possible wintry storm on Tuesday
AccuWeather Alert: Possible wintry storm on Tuesday

While a period of snow Sunday night into early Monday could leave behind a small but slippery accumulation, it looks like a storm on Tuesday will bring a more widespread distribution of wintry precipitation that will cause slippery and treacherous travel.

Texas councilman in crossfire for calling Democratic star a
Texas councilman in crossfire for calling Democratic star a 'bimbo'

A councilman who called new Democratic US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a "bimbo" on Twitter has unleashed a firestorm of criticism. Scott Dunn of Richardson, Texas also slammed Ocasio-Cortez, a social media savvy star of the Democratic Party's left wing, saying she had "nothing between her ear (sic)" for criticizing President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech.

Virginia congressional Democrats hint at path for easing political crisis
Virginia congressional Democrats hint at path for easing political crisis

A statement issued on Thursday by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, and signed by seven other Virginia Democrats from the House of Representatives, still called for Northam to resign over racist imagery on his 1984 medical school page ad his admission to having performed in blackface. Blackface traces its history to 19th century "minstrel" shows that mocked African-Americans and is seen as offensive by many Americans. Northam, 59, and Herring, 57, both white, have apologized in recent days for the blackface incidents.

Woman's Sad Super Bowl Losing Queso Suffers From Internet's Third-Degree Burns
Woman's Sad Super Bowl Losing Queso Suffers From Internet's Third-Degree Burns

The 'I Made Queso meme" is one of the saddest food moments of the internet after a woman clearly lost the 2019 Super Bowl with weird dip.

Chicago police Sgt. Lori Rice found dead in apparent suicide
Chicago police Sgt. Lori Rice found dead in apparent suicide

A 47-year-old off-duty Chicago police sergeant was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

UK recognises Guaido as
UK recognises Guaido as 'interim president' of Venezuela after Maduro rejects European demand for fresh election

The British government has recognised Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela after Nicolas Maduro rejected an an ultimatum by European countries to call snap elections. Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the United Kingdom considers the 35-year-old opposition leader "constitutional interim president" until "credible elections can be held." "The oppression of the illegitimate, kleptocratic Maduro regime must end," read a statement issued by the Foreign Office.  Earlier this morning Spain also recognised Mr Guaido as "caretaker president" and further European nations are expected to follow suit.  A defiant Mr Maduro refused the demand...

U.S. says to withdraw from arms control treaty in six months
U.S. says to withdraw from arms control treaty in six months

The United States would reconsider its withdrawal if Russia, which denies violating the treaty, came into compliance with the agreement, which bans both nations from stationing short- and intermediate-range land-based missiles in Europe. Announcing the move, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would cease to regard itself as being bound by the treaty starting Saturday, which is when Washington will formally inform Moscow of its intent to withdraw, a senior U.S. official told reporters. The announcement may aim to pressure Russia to come to terms during the next six months but it also raised fears of a new U.S.-Russian nuclear arms race in Europe as well as one between...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week.

Veteran Houston officer shot in neck while pulling the wounded from gunfire
Veteran Houston officer shot in neck while pulling the wounded from gunfire

Facing gunfire, the 54-year-old HPD officer took the risk of pulling wounded officers and took a bullet while doing it.

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