In our news wrap Monday, Boeing said it will temporarily suspend production on its 737 Max airliners in January. The plane was grounded worldwide in March after two crashes killed a total of 346 people; an FAA review is ongoing. Also, the Trump administration sought to reassure Mexico after it objected to having U.S. officials monitor enforcement of Mexican labor laws as part of a new trade pact.
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In the day's other news: Boeing announced that it is temporarily halting production on its 737 Max airliners in January.
The plane was grounded worldwide back in March, after two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed a total of 346 people. The Federal Aviation Administration is undergoing a review to decide when to allow the jet to return to the skies.
The Trump administration moved to defuse a dispute over a new trade pact with Mexico and Canada. Mexico objected on Sunday to having U.S. government officials monitor enforcement of Mexican labor laws. Today, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer promised the officials will not act as inspectors and will be subject to Mexican law.
President Trump's top economic adviser insisted today that a phase one trade agreement with China is a done deal. The pact was announced on Friday, but Chinese officials have said it is not completely settled. Larry Kudlow claimed today that it is, and he predicted that U.S. exports to China will double as a result.
Meanwhile, China strongly criticized the U.S. for expelling two Chinese Embassy officials who breached security at a U.S. military base last September. U.S. officials say the pair drove into a site near Norfolk, Virginia, that houses special operations forces.
In Beijing today, the Chinese Foreign Ministry demanded the expulsions be canceled.
Geng Shuang (through translator):
The U.S. accusation against these diplomats is seriously contrary to the facts. China has lodged solemn complaints and protests with the U.S.
We strongly urge the U.S. to correct its mistakes, reverse its decision and protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese diplomats.
This is the first time that the U.S. has thrown out Chinese diplomats over suspected espionage in more than 30 years.
China's President Xi Jinping voiced renewed support today for Hong Kong's leader after six months of anti-government protests. Xi met with the city's chief executive, Carrie Lam, in Beijing. He praised her for holding firm amid widespread allegations of police brutality. There were new violent clashes on Sunday, after a recent lull.
Lebanon's political limbo refused to give way today, after mass protests in Beirut over the weekend. Security forces carried out the most violent crackdown since the unrest began in October. Water cannon, tear gas, and rubber bullets left dozens injured. Even as the crisis worsened, the country's president again postponed talks on naming a new prime minister.
A top U.S. diplomat today rejected North Korea's demand for U.S. concessions in nuclear talks by year's end. Special Representative Stephen Biegun met with South Korean officials in Seoul. He urged the North to reopen negotiations on its nuclear program.
We are here. And you know how to reach us. We are fully aware of the strong potential for North Korea to conduct major provocations in the days ahead.
To say the least, such an action will be most unhelpful in achieving a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea has ramped up weapons testing in recent months, including a second major test at a rocket launch site last Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court opted today not to hear a case on banning homeless people from sleeping outdoors in public spaces. Instead, the justices today left in place an appeals court ruling against an ordinance in Boise, Idaho. That law barred the homeless from camping outside when no other shelter is available.
A federal judge has blocked Georgia from purging 313,000 people from voting rolls, at least for now. It would have affected those who have moved or died or have not voted in seven years. Democrat Stacey Abrams led the legal challenge. She lost to Republican Brian Kemp in last year's governor's race. Kemp carried out extensive voter purges as secretary of state.
And on Wall Street, three major indexes reached record finishes again. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 100 points to close at nearly 28236. The Nasdaq rose 79 points and the S&P 500 added 22.