US authorities have dropped charges against two researchers accused of attempting to export chemicals to Iran in violation of trade sanctions. The decision follows a prisoner swap in which the United States freed a third researcher who was charged alongside them – and imprisoned.
Expectations for a US-Chinese trade truce rose Friday, though Beijing accused Washington of unfairly attacking its economy and said a settlement to their costly, 17-month-old conflict must be “mutually beneficial.”
The US House of Representatives approved on Wednesday a $738 billion defense policy bill providing the first paid family leave for all federal workers and the creation of a Space Force, a top military priority for President Donald Trump.
The US Army plans to fund construction of rare earths processing facilities, part of an urgent push by Washington to secure domestic supply of the minerals used to make military weapons and electronics, according to a government document seen by Reuters.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry circulated a travel advisory that warns Iranian nationals, particularly scientists, about visiting the United States, citing arbitrary and lengthy detention in inhumane conditions in America.