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US, China putting trade war on hold, US Treasury's Steven Mnuchin says

The US trade war with China is "on hold" after the world's largest economies agreed to drop their tariff threats while they work on a wider trade agreement, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday (May 20).

Mnuchin and US President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the agreement reached by Chinese and American negotiators on Saturday (May 19) set up a framework for addressing trade imbalances in the future.

"We are putting the trade war on hold. Right now, we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we try to execute the framework," Mnuchin said in a television interview on Fox News Sunday.


Trump 'demands' probe of alleged spying on his campaign

US President Donald Trump sharpened on Sunday (May 20) his accusations that his presidential campaign was "infiltrated" or spied on for political purposes, saying he would officially "demand" a Justice Department investigation.

The president has repeatedly cast the probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by his campaign as a politically driven "witch hunt," while offering no evidence.

"I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes," he tweeted, "and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!"


Texas victims: Mother says daughter had rebuffed suspect's advances

Shana Fisher had fended off advances for months by the suspect in the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, and finally stood up to him in class a week ago, her mother told CNN.

On Friday (May 18), she was one of 10 people killed when authorities say 17-year-old Dmitrios Pagourtzis unleashed havoc in the Santa Fe High School, using his father's shotgun and a handgun.

"One of the shotgun shells was for my daughter," said Sadie Baze, the girl's mother. "She's never going to walk through the front door again."


Back to work, Prince Harry and Meghan to delay honeymoon

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will delay heading off for their honeymoon, instead attending a birthday party for his father Prince Charles just days after marrying in a ground-breaking ceremony that blended the modern with the traditional.

After a day that saw the couple exchange vows in a medieval chapel at Windsor Castle under the gaze of royals, celebrities, and a global television audience of many millions, Harry and Meghan spent Saturday (May 19) evening partying with friends in privacy.

They will head home to their cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace before attending their first official royal engagement as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - the 70th birthday patronage celebration for Prince Charles.


Tennis: Nadal edges Zverev to win Italian Open in rainy Rome

Rafael Nadal made the best of a rain delay to come from behind in the deciding set and beat defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1 1-6 6-3 in the Italian Open final on Sunday (May 20).

The win gave the Spaniard his 56th title on clay and he will reclaim the world number one ranking from Roger Federer when the revised ATP standings are released on Monday.

"My first victory here in 2005 was one of the most beautiful victories of my career," Nadal said after collecting his eighth title in Rome, yet his first since 2013. "To have this trophy again with me after so many years is really very special." Nadal made a shaky start, losing his serve in the opening game before bouncing back.


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