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___US and Mexico: More talks, no deal yet to avert tariffsWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Mexican officials are labouring for a second day to avert import tariffs that President Donald Trump is threatening to impose as he tries to strong-arm Mexico into stemming the flow of Central American migrants across America’s southern border. Both sides are claiming headway, but Trump says a “lot of progress” must still be made to halt the 5% tax on all Mexican goods that he has threatened to impose Monday. The escalating tariff regime is opposed by many in his own Republican Party.___China says list of ‘unreliable’ foreign firms coming soonBEIJING (AP) — China’s Commerce Ministry says it will release a list of “unreliable” foreign companies in the near future. The Chinese commerce ministry spokesman did not give a date Thursday during a weekly briefing. But he said the process of drawing up the list was underway. China said it would issue a list of foreign companies and individuals that it deems unreliable after the U.S. blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei for alleged theft of intellectual property and evasion of Iran sanctions.___Fiat Chrysler-Renault deal collapsed over Nissan roleMILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler’s plan to merge with French carmaker Renault collapsed on fundamental differences over when Renault’s long-time alliance partner, Nissan, would be brought in. The merger plan had sought to create the world’s third-largest automaker. But it collapsed suddenly after the French government, Renault’s top shareholder, asked for more time to seek Nissan’s blessing.___Google’s challenge to game consoles to kick off in NovemberNEW YORK (AP) — Google will start its Stadia streaming game service in November — but initially only as part of a $130 bundle that includes hardware and a pass for a friend. Google won’t offer stand-alone subscriptions, for $10 a month, until next year. Stadia is Google’s attempt to make traditional video game consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation obsolete.___Regulators give phone companies new tools to fight robocallsNEW YORK (AP) — Telecom regulators have voted to let phone companies block unwanted calls by default, which could be a powerful new tool against robocalls — if phone companies do it. They’re not required to. And they are also allowed to charge for it. There are other fronts in the war against robocalls, but even so, phone spam might not disappear. There are already concerns that scammers can outwit the latest moves in the arms race.___Huawei warns US would hurt itself by cutting off tech tiesST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A senior executive for Chinese technology giant Huawei says he is hoping the company’s animosity with the United States will be resolved and warned that the U.S. would be shooting itself in the foot if it were to shun Chinese technology. Mika Lauhde, Huawei’s vice-president for cybersecurity and privacy, told The Associated Press Thursday that he hopes for a “positive resolution” of the ongoing standoff with the U.S.___After Fed, Europe also helps economy cope with trade warVILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The European Central Bank has taken action to support the economy in the 19 countries that use the euro, responding to fears about global trade conflicts. The ECB said Thursday it would extend the earliest date for an interest rate increase from year-end to mid-2020. Benchmark rates are currently at record lows.___Google to acquire data firm Looker for $2.6 billionNEW YORK (AP) — Google is acquiring data analytics firm Looker for $2.6 billion in an effort to expand its Google Cloud business. The company says Looker will give its cloud-computing customers more ways to use their data. The companies were already working together and share about 350 customers including Buzzfeed, Hearst and Yahoo! The deal is expected to be completed later this year.___Plant-based burger maker Beyond Meat beats forecasts in 1QEL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Beyond Meat’s shares soared after the plant-based meat company beat Wall Street’s expectations in its first earnings report since its IPO in May. The El Segundo, California-based company lost $6.6 million, or 95 cents per share, in the first quarter, up slightly from a 98-cent loss in the same period a year ago.___Boom in electric scooters leads to more injuries, fatalitiesAs electric scooters have rolled into more than 100 cities worldwide, many of the people riding them have ended up in the emergency room with serious injuries. Others have been killed. With summer fast approaching, the numbers will undoubtedly grow as cities continue to grapple with how to manage the two-wheeled vehicles that riders adore but motorists and pedestrians scorn.___US stocks climb on hope of US-Mexico trade dealNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished higher Friday as optimism that the U.S. and Mexico can work out a deal before costly tariffs kick in next week helped power the market to its third straight gain. A modest rally gained strength in the final hour of trading after Bloomberg reported that the U.S. was considering delaying a 5% tariff on Mexican goods that is set to go into effect on Monday. The report came as the two countries held a second day of trade talks.___The S&P 500 index gained 17.34 points, or 0.6%, to 2,843.49. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 181.09 points, or 0.7%, to 25,720.66. The Nasdaq composite added 40.08 points, or 0.5%, to 7,615.55. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies dropped 3.25 points, or 0.2%, to 1,503.54.The Associated Press read more

Lyra McKee murder Police release CCTV of suspect

Police have released CCTV images of Lyra McKee’s final moments as an investigation is launched to trace her killer. The 29-year-old journalist was shot in the head as she reported on the riots in Londonderry on Thursday night and died later in hospital.Detectives have published footage which shows the street around the time of the incident, including what appears to be the murder suspect opening fire. In the video, Miss McKee can be seen in a crowd watching the protest shortly before an unidentified gunman opened fire. Police have circled a CCTV still of the man they believe is the suspect. Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy has made a passionate appeal to the community to encourage those with information to come forward. He said: “People saw the gunman and people saw those who goaded young people out onto the streets, people know who they are. “The answers to what happened last night lie within the community. I am asking people to do the right thing for Lyra McKee, for her family and for the city of Derry/Londonderry and help us stop this madness.” Miss McKee’s partner Sara Canning, paid tribute at a vigil for the late reporter: “It has left me without the love of my life, the woman I was planning to grow old with.”Our hopes and dreams and all of her amazing potential was snuffed out by this single barbaric act,”  “This cannot stand, Lyra’s death must not be in vain because her life was a shining light in everyone else’s life and her legacy will live on and the life that she has left behind.”Theresa May, the Prime Minister, offered her condolences to Miss McKee’s friends and family after the “shocking and truly senseless” death.”She was a journalist who died doing her job with great courage,” she said. Sinn Fein Leader Mary Lou McDonald (left), DUP leader Arlene Foster (right) with Sara Canning (centre), the partner of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, at a vigil in Londonderry He added that her death was ‘senseless and appalling beyond belief’ and highlighted that it represents the tragic loss of promise and loss of potential.    Sinn Fein Leader Mary Lou McDonald (left), DUP leader Arlene Foster (right) with Sara Canning (centre), the partner of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, at a vigil in LondonderryCredit:Brian Lawless/PA Wire Officers believe that they were the gunman’s intended target. Police have released a CCTV still of a man suspected of firing the shots that killed Lyra McKee The final tweet from Lyra McKee  “However it should not be the loss of hope. We know that the people of Creggan do not support what happened and they stand with us today in outrage and disgust at the mayhem that took place on their streets last night.”Politicians from across the divide came together following the tragedy to call for calm in Northern Ireland.The death of the 29-year-old journalist on what was described as a “dark day” for the country has been met with “global condemnation, horror and revulsion”, police and politicians said.  Trouble flared at Creggan, a large housing estate on the outskirts of Derry, at about 9pm on Thursday night as police carried out an intelligence-led raid looking for firearms and explosives they believed were going to be used to attack officers over the weekend. Lyra McKee was shot as republicans targeted police  Lyra McKee was shot as republicans targeted police  Former US president Bill Clinton tweeted to say he was heartbroken by Miss McKee’s murder and the violence in Londonderry. Mr Clinton added: “The  challenges in NI (Northern Ireland) today are real-but we cannot let go of the  last 21 years of hard-won peace and progress. This tragedy is a reminder of how  much everyone has to lose if we do.” Police are treating it as a terrorist incident and say they believe that the New IRA may be behind the killing.It comes amid fear of rising sectarian violence in the area and calls for calm during the weekend’s commemorations of the 1916 Dublin uprising that led to Irish independence.In a rare move Arlene Foster of the DUP, Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill, Robin Swann of the UUP, Colum Eastwood of the SDLP, Alliance’s Naomi Long and Clare Bailey of the Green party issued a joint statement described the killing as an attack on the peace process.”We are united in rejecting those responsible for this heinous crime,” they said. “This is a time for calm heads.” Police have released a CCTV still of a man suspected of firing the shots that killed Lyra McKeeCredit:PA Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said. “We believe this to be a terrorist act, we believe it has been carried out by violent dissident republicans, our assessment at this time is that the New IRA are most likely to be the ones behind this and that forms our primary line of inquiry. “Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin said they are looking for “more than one person” who they believe were involved in the shooting.He added: “We carried out that search activity last night because we believed that there were people in this city who over this weekend were going to mount murderous attacks on the police and perhaps even other events.”He called for calm over the weekend for those with information to come forward and “make this madness stop”.The New IRA were blamed for a car bomb which exploded outside a court in the city in January and the group has claimed responsibility for a number of parcel bombs sent to London and Glasgow recently.There was backlash after a statement on the website of Saoradh, a political party with links to dissident republicans, said she was killed accidentally during “resistance from the youth” against British forces. The final tweet from Lyra McKee  Irish Taoiseach Leo Vardakar said his government condemned the violence in the “strongest possible terms”.”Twenty-one years ago today on Good Friday, we as a people, north and south, chose peace, democracy, powersharing and ever closer co-operation, and we will not be dragged into the past.” More than 50 petrol bombs were thrown and two cars were hijacked and set on fire, creating burning barricades.Miss McKee was stood among a crowd which included women and children when a gunman started shooting indiscriminately around a corner, witnesses said.Leona O’Neill, a fellow journalist, said that she took cover after hearing the “pop, pop” of gunfire when she saw Miss McKee lying on the ground.She said: “Her friends had realised what had happened – obviously they put two and two together, the pop of the gunfire and she was lying down on the ground – they started screaming that she had been shot.”They tried to pull her to safety before the police “put her in the back of the Land Rover and drove her at speed with sirens going and the lights going through the burning barricade to the hospital,” Ms O’Neill told the BBC.The attack came just hours after a US politician has praised the Good Friday agreement as a “beacon of hope”. Ms O’Neill noted: “And I am standing in Creggan where the road is strewn with glass and there is a young woman lying dead after being shot. Everyone was shocked. There were people crying in the street, there was a real, real anger about how this could happen.” As well as as working as a freelance journalist Miss McKee had almost finished her second book The Lost Boys.Alison Millar, a documentary maker who had known Miss McKee since she was 15, said that she had been due to have dinner with Miss McKee on Friday evening.She said that her friends and family were in “such shock” at the violence and at the loss of “this incredible women who would have literally given you the shoes off of her feet, the most compassionate human being, the most beautiful genius and talent.”Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “A young, vibrant life has been destroyed in a senseless act of violence… “A bright light has been quenched and that plunges all of us in to darkness.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more