News China relieved U.S. trade war is 'on hold'; U.S. business ambivalent 2018-05-21T08:35:35.000000000-04:00 BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Monday praised a significant dialing back of trade tension with the United States, with the government saying agreement was in the interests of both countries while state media trumpeted what it saw as China's refusal to surrender. Venezuela's Maduro re-elected amid outcry over vote 2018-05-21T08:29:18.000000000-04:00 CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's leftist leader Nicolas Maduro won a new six-year term on Sunday, but his main rivals disavowed the election alleging massive irregularities in a process critics decried as a farce propping up a dictatorship. Trump trade threat looms large as Merkel heads to China 2018-05-21T08:27:14.000000000-04:00 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel faces a delicate diplomatic balancing act when she travels to China this week on a visit clouded by U.S. President Donald Trump's trade threats and his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. Blackstone to buy LaSalle Hotel for $3.7 billion 2018-05-21T08:23:09.000000000-04:00 (Reuters) - Private equity firm Blackstone Group LP said on Monday it would buy U.S. hotel owner LaSalle Hotel Properties for $3.7 billion, topping a rival bid from Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in April for $3.5 billion. EU parliament to broadcast Zuckerberg hearing 2018-05-21T08:16:17.000000000-04:00 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A European Parliament meeting on Tuesday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be broadcast live, parliamentary officials and the company said on Monday after controversy over plans for a closed-door hearing. Syrian army clears south Damascus of Islamic State-state: TV 2018-05-21T08:04:55.000000000-04:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army pushed Islamic State militants out of a south Damascus pocket on Monday, effectively clearing all insurgents from around the capital, state television said. Malta court rejects bid to stop FBI testimony in journalist murder case 2018-05-21T07:51:59.000000000-04:00 VALLETTA (Reuters) - A Maltese court on Monday dismissed an attempt by one of the suspects in the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia to stop an FBI team testifying in pre-trial proceedings. Hyundai Motor Group scraps revamp plan in victory for hedge fund Elliott 2018-05-21T07:06:31.000000000-04:00 SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Hyundai Motor Group has shelved a restructuring plan which would have given the son of its aging chairman more control of the conglomerate, following opposition from investors including U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. Ebola preparedness much better now than for 2014 outbreak: WHO 2018-05-21T06:51:56.000000000-04:00 GENEVA (Reuters) - The spread of Ebola to a major city in Democratic Republic of Congo is worrying but the outlook is much more optimistic than when a major outbreak was reported in West Africa in 2014, the head of the World Health Organization said on Monday. Malaysia in suspense ahead of Najib's visit to anti-graft agency 2018-05-21T06:50:44.000000000-04:00 KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Amid mounting suspense in Malaysia, former leader Najib Razak is expected to give a statement to an anti-graft agency on Tuesday explaining what he knew about $10.6 million transferred into his bank account from a unit of a state fund he founded.