The US is to increase restrictions on Huawei to try to cut off all access to American technology for the Chinese company. Huawei’s access to US components and technology, including Google’s music and other smartphone services, was cut off last year. Those penalties were tightened in May when the White House barred vendors worldwide from using US technology to produce components for Huawei.
Michelle Obama has launched a stinging attack on US President Donald Trump as Democrats prepared to crown Joe Biden as their White House challenger. “Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” said the former US first lady in an emotional recorded message to the Democratic convention. The election takes place on Tuesday 3 November.
Canada’s finance minister resigned on Monday amid friction with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over spending policies and after coming under fire for his ties to a charity tapped to run a student grant program. Just last week, Trudeau had expressed confidence in his finance minister as rumors swirled of a rift between the two men. Morneau, 57, has been in the job since Trudeau’s Liberals took power in 2015.
A former CIA officer has been arrested and charged with selling secrets to China over several years, the justice department announced. According to the charges, the former US spy – identified as Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, aged 67 – conspired with an unnamed relative, also an ex-CIA officer, to sell secrets in return for tens of thousands of dollars and gifts. Ma was arrested on Friday.
Three senior producers at The Ellen DeGeneres Show have left the popular daytime talk show after some of the show’s leadership was accused of sexual harassment, racism and creating a toxic work environment, among other allegations. Last month, the show’s leadership team was hit with two rounds of allegations, including accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Glavin, Leman and Norman by 36 former employees to BuzzFeed News.