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WASHINGTON—One of the largest makers of voting machines in the U.S. on Monday sued a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump, alleging that the businessman had defamed the company with false accusations that it had rigged the 2020 election for President Biden. Dominion Voting Systems sued Mike Lindell, chief executive of Minnesota-based MyPillow Inc., …

Iran tested a new rocket on Monday with improved technology that could be used in its missile program, its latest attempt to raise the stakes for the Biden administration ahead of potential negotiations over a new nuclear deal. The new rocket, named Zuljanah, was developed under a government-backed program to send civilian satellites into orbit …

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against lawyer Sidney Powell on Friday, seeking at least $1.3 billion for Powell’s “wild accusations” that the company rigged the presidential election for Joe Biden. “Dominion brings this action to set the record straight,” the company said in the suit filed in federal court in …

Supporters urged authorities to rescue hundreds of abducted schoolboys in the northwestern state of Katsina, Nigeria, on Dec. 17. Photo: kola sulaimon/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Updated Dec. 17, 2020 4:32 pm ET More than 300 schoolboys kidnapped by gunmen from their boarding school in northwest Nigeria last Friday were handed over to government security agencies late …

President Trump has expressed interest in pursuing the appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations of fraud in the November elections and issues related to Hunter Biden, according to people familiar with the matter. In recent days, the president has directed advisers to look for people who could serve in such a position, one …

Wall Street bankers, and in particular those from Goldman Sachs Group Inc., have long held senior positions in the White House. Under President-elect Joe Biden, such roles are going to executives of BlackRock Inc. A former Goldman executive held the Treasury secretary post in three of the last four administrations, but the firm is absent …

The Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Google engaged in anticompetitive conduct to preserve monopolies in search and search advertising that form the cornerstones of its vast conglomerate. The long-anticipated case, filed in a Washington, D.C., federal court, marks the most aggressive U.S. legal challenge to a company’s dominance in the tech …

Days before, Facebook Inc. produced its own document contending that breaking it up would be a “nonstarter” for a number of reasons, including that the company’s constituent parts are already too complicated and interconnected for any of them—Instagram, WhatsApp, its ad business—to be spun off as individual companies or walled off as separate divisions. “After …

WASHINGTON—America’s biggest technology companies have leveraged their dominance to stamp out competition and stifle innovation, according to a Democratic-led House panel, which said Congress should consider forcing the tech giants to separate their dominant online platforms from other business lines. Republicans issued a separate response endorsing strong antitrust enforcement targeting the companies but didn’t endorse …

WASHINGTON—President Trump remained hospitalized with Covid-19 on Monday after seeking to project confidence and vigor over the weekend, as his doctors offered conflicting signals about how he is faring with the unpredictable illness. The president’s physicians are expected to deliver another update on his condition on Monday. Doctors said Sunday that the president’s vital signs …