After seven years of litigation that spanned the globe, Apple and Samsung have definitively ended a patent battle launched after the US company accused its rival of “slavishly” copying the iPhone's groundbreaking design. According to a brief US court filing, the world's two biggest smartphone makers finally reached a settlement.

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The US Commerce Department recommended against approval of China Mobile's seven year old application to enter the domestic market, citing national security concerns. The move marked the latest blast from the US under President Donald Trump in its growing trade dispute with China. US tariffs against billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods are set to kick in on Friday and China has vowed to retaliate.

Read more: New telco targeted by the US-China trade war

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