Canada ar­rests CFO of Huawei

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - International -

TORONTO — Cana­dian au­thor­i­ties said Wed­nes­day they have ar­rested the chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of China’s Huawei Tech­nolo­gies for pos­si­ble ex­tra­di­tion to the United States.

Jus­tice Depart­ment spokesman Ian McLeod said Meng Wanzhou was de­tained in Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia, on Satur­day.

Mr. McLeod said a pub­li­ca­tion ban had been im­posed in the case and he could not pro­vide fur­ther de­tails. The ban was sought by Ms. Meng, who has a bail hear­ing Fri­day, he said.

The Wall Street Jour­nal re­ported ear­lier this year that U.S. au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether Chi­nese tech gi­ant Huawei vi­o­lated sanc­tions on Iran.

Ms. Meng is also deputy chair­man of the board and the daugh­ter of com­pany founder Ren Zhengfei.

Huawei is­sued a state­ment say­ing Ms. Meng was chang­ing flights in Canada when she was de­tained “on be­half of the United States of Amer­ica” to face “un­spec­i­fied charges” in New York.

Huawei said it com­plies with all laws and rules where it op­er­ates, in­clud­ing ex­port con­trols and sanc­tions of the United Na­tions, the U.S. and Euro­pean Union.

A U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment spokesman de­clined to com­ment.

Putin’s nu­clear warn­ing

MOSCOW — Pres­i­dent Vladimir V. Putin warned on Wed­nes­day that Rus­sia will re­spond in kind if the United States de­cides to de­velop new in­ter­me­di­aterange nu­clear mis­siles.

The chief of staff of Rus­sia’s mil­i­tary, Gen. Valery V. Gerasi­mov, echoed those re­marks, say­ing that any Euro­pean coun­tries where the United States sta­tioned in­ter­me­di­ate-range mis­siles, such as Poland or Ro­ma­nia, would be the first tar­gets in the event of a con­flict.

The United States has long ac­cused Rus­sia of de­vel­op­ing such mis­siles in vi­o­la­tion of the In­ter­me­di­ateRange Nu­clear Forces Treaty, which lim­its ground­based in­ter­me­di­ate-range mis­siles. On Tues­day, Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said the United States would within 60 days start the for­mal process of aban­don­ing the treaty un­less Rus­sia reestab­lished com­pli­ance with its terms.

In the 1987 pact, widely known as the INF Treaty, Rus­sia and the United States agreed to elim­i­nate all ground-based nu­clear and con­ven­tional mis­siles, as well as their launch­ers, with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilo­me­ters (310 to 3,420 miles). It does not ban in­ter­me­di­aterange mis­siles launched from bombers or from the sea.

Birth is trans­plant first

LON­DON — Brazil­ian doc­tors are re­port­ing the world’s first baby born to a woman with a uterus trans­planted from a de­ceased donor.

Eleven pre­vi­ous births have used a trans­planted womb but from a liv­ing donor, usu­ally a rel­a­tive or friend.

Ex­perts said us­ing uteruses from women who have died could make more trans­plants pos­si­ble. Ten pre­vi­ous at­tempts us­ing de­ceased donors in the Czech Re­pub­lic, Turkey and the U.S. have failed.

The baby girl was de­liv­ered last De­cem­ber by a woman born with­out a uterus be­cause of a rare syn­drome.

The woman be­came preg­nant through in vitro fer­til­iza­tion seven months after the trans­plant. The donor was a 45-year-old woman who had three chil­dren and died of a stroke.

Two more trans­plants are planned as part of the Brazil­ian study. De­tails of the first case were pub­lished Tues­day in the med­i­cal jour­nal Lancet.

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