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China retaliates immediately after US announces tariffs

China retaliates immediately after US announces tariffs

World
China said Friday it is retaliating against U.S. tariffs by imposing penalties on the same scale against the United States. China's commerce ministry announced the tariffs after President Donald Trump said earlier Friday the United will hit $ 50 billion of goods from China with a 25 percent tariff. The ministry did not detail specifically what goods China will penalize. China had warned the White House earlier Friday that it would respond “in the first instance” to protect its economy if Trump moved forward with any tariffs on $ 50 billion worth of Chinese goods. At the daily briefing here, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “If the U.S. side adopts unilateralism and protectionism and damages China’s interests, we will respond in the first i...
Rolls-Royce announces 4,600 job cuts

Rolls-Royce announces 4,600 job cuts

Business
Engineering firm Rolls-Royce is to cut 4,600 jobs over the next two years as part of a major reorganisation.Middle managers and back-office staff are to bear the brunt of the cuts, which are expected to hit its Derby base hard.The company is refocusing its business on civil aerospace, defence and power systems.About a third of the job cuts are expected to happen by the end of this year, Rolls-Royce said. The programme is expected to continue throughout 2019, with full implementation by mid-2020.Rolls-Royce said that the programme would cost £500m to carry out, including redundancies, but would save it £400m a year by the end of 2020.The firm also said it would continue to work on its problems with its Trent 1000 engin...
Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

Health
Congo's health ministry announced six new confirmed Ebola cases and two new suspected cases Tuesday as vaccinations entered a second day in an effort to contain the deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million. Dozens of health workers in the northwestern provincial capital, Mbandaka, have received vaccinations amid expectations that some will be deployed to the rural epicenter of the epidemic. Front-line workers are especially at risk of contracting the virus, which spreads in contact with the bodily fluids of infected people, including the dead. "In the next five days 100 people must be vaccinated, including 70 health professionals," Health Minister Oly Ilunga said. "The priority of the government is to ensure that all these brave health professionals can do their job safely." Congo's...
Volkswagen announces new CEO and restructure

Volkswagen announces new CEO and restructure

Business
Volkswagen has announced that Herbert Diess will take over from Matthias Mueller as chief executive. Diess is a former BMW executive who has overseen the core Volkswagen brand since 2015.He will head up the management board that reports to the group's board of directors and take charge of vehicle development and research as well as vehicle-related information technology.Several other executives were replaced as VW revealed a new management structure it says will enable faster decision making at a time when autonomous and electric cars are starting to transform the industry.The changes come as Volkswagen and other conventional car manufacturers compete with industry newcomers such as Waymo and Uber for the burgeoning autonomous taxis and car-sharing services market, where vehicle owner...
FAA announces ban on 'doors-off' helicopter flights after fatal crash in N.Y.

FAA announces ban on 'doors-off' helicopter flights after fatal crash in N.Y.

Science
March 16 (UPI) -- The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday it is no longer allowing 'doors-off' helicopter flights unless passenger safety harnesses can be quickly and easily unfastened in the event of an emergency.The announcement comes in the wake of the helicopter crash that killed five people last weekend.Engine trouble forced a New York City sightseeing helicopter owned and operated by Liberty Helicopters to land in the East River on Sunday evening. Though flotation devices were effectively deployed, they failed to keep the helicopter upright. The five passengers drowned after the aircraft tipped over into the frigid water.Helicopter pilot Richard Vance was able to free himself from his harness and escape the sinking helicopter.Doorless helicopters allow sightseers to take...