Austin, Texas, is not California's Silicon Valley technology corridor. But companies from Silicon Valley and other major U.S. hubs are taking notice of Austin's growing tech scene. Austin's lower cost of living and doing business, combined with its smaller size, are just a few reasons that people are attracted to the area. VOA's Elizabeth Lee explains other reasons that tech companies are opening up shop there.
European Union leaders have given their unqualified backing to Britain over its accusation that Russia used a nerve agent to try to kill a former double agent and his daughter in Southern England earlier this month. At a two-day summit in Brussels that ended Friday, EU leaders also demanded a permanent exemption from proposed U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Henry Ridgwell reports.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a memo paving the way for major tariffs on Chinese imports. It's part of Trump's plan to crack down on China's theft of intellectual property. But many U.S. farmers are worried the tariffs will prompt China to retaliate against their products. VOA's Kane Farabaugh and Bill Gallo report on what some fear could be just the start of significant trade friction between Washington and Beijing.