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Huawei chief legal officer Song Liuping. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese tech giant Huawei said Wednesday it had filed a motion in a U.S. court seeking to challenge United States legislation that places it on a trade blacklist, which it called "illegal."

Politicians in the U.S. are using the strength of an entire nation to come after a private company. This is not normal. Almost never seen in history."
— Huawei chief legal officer Song Liuping statement

Why it matters: Huawei is the second leading provider of Android devices, next to Samsung. If the ban stands, network operators that use Huawei gear and owners of Huawei phones could have found themselves quickly vulnerable to security or other issues, with the tech company barred from helping resolve them.

The big picture: Huawei filed a lawsuit in March challenging the constitutionality of he National Defense Authorization Act, which keeps it from selling its telecommunications gear in the U.S. President Trump issued an executive order this month prohibiting U.S. firms from using telecom services that are solely owned, controlled, or directed by a foreign adversary.

  • The U.S. and other governments have accused China of sabotaging Huawei equipment to use for espionage and of profiting from stolen intellectual property, but Song said there's no evidence to show that the firm is a security threat. "There is no gun, no smoke. Only speculation," he said.
  • Song said the new U.S. ban set a "dangerous precedent."
"Today it's telecoms and Huawei. Tomorrow it could be your industry, your company, your consumers."

Go deeper: How the new Huawei ban will affect the U.S.

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Most teachers are white. Most students aren't.

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Data: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

The nation's 6.6 million teacher workforce has grown more racially and ethnically diverse over the past three decades — but not nearly fast enough to keep pace with a student population that's nearing majority-minority in public schools, two new reports show.

Why it matters: The disparities are especially acute between Hispanic students and teachers, and in schools with 90% or higher non-white student populations.

Updated 12 hours ago - World

UK government: Kremlin has plan "to install pro-Russian leadership" in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Gints Ivuskans / AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary on Saturday night said the government has "information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.

Updated 13 hours ago - Science

This powerful new accelerator looks for keys to the center of atoms

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.

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