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State Department gives green light for $1.8bn arms deal to Taiwan after Beijing threatens countermeasures

The proposed arms transfer was certified by the State Department on Wednesday, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which notified lawmakers of the deal. The sale includes Lockheed Martin’s truck-mounted rocket launcher, the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), long-range air-to-ground missiles produced by Boeing and sensor upgrades for …

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US Justice Department & 11 states file antitrust lawsuit against Google, say giant pays ‘billions each year’ to sideline rivals

The US government has accused Google, a unit of the tech giant’s umbrella company Alphabet Inc., of paying “billions” each year to distributors, including mobile phone companies and web browser developers, to secure default status for its search engine.  Earlier in October, a House Judiciary subcommittee concluded after a probe …

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State Department demands US think-tanks disclose foreign funding because of ‘China and Russia’

Citing the need to “protect the integrity of civil society institutions,” Pompeo announced on Tuesday that think tanks and other organizations that “wish to engage” with the State Department need to “disclose prominently on their websites funding they receive from foreign governments, including state-owned or state-operated subsidiary entities.” While Foggy …

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