News First Ebola vaccines given as WHO seeks to beat Congo outbreak 2018-05-21T08:57:50.000000000-04:00 LONDON, (Reuters) - A vaccination campaign aimed at beating an outbreak of Ebola in Congo began on Monday in the port city of Mbandaka, where four cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed. GE merges transportation unit with Wabtec in $11.1 billion deal 2018-05-21T08:49:50.000000000-04:00 (Reuters) - General Electric Co confirmed on Monday it was unloading the bulk of its transportation business which makes train engines to Wabtec Corp , a U.S. manufacturer of equipment for the rail industry, in a deal valued at about $11.1 billion. China relieved U.S. trade war is 'on hold'; U.S. business ambivalent 2018-05-21T08:49:20.000000000-04:00 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. Trump trade threat looms large as Merkel heads to China 2018-05-21T08:48:49.000000000-04:00 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. Venezuela's Maduro re-elected amid outcry over vote 2018-05-21T08:47:33.000000000-04:00 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. Father of Pakistani girl killed in Texas hopes her death can spur reform 2018-05-21T08:42:40.000000000-04:00 ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The father of a Pakistani girl killed in a Texas school shooting said on Monday he hoped that the death of his daughter, who wanted to serve her country as a civil servant or diplomat, would help spur gun control in the United States. 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.