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Trump ups tariff threat on imports from China

President Donald Trump has indicated that he’s willing to hit every product imported from China with tariffs and again criticized some of the nation’s biggest trading partners. The comments sent U.S. markets sliding early today. In a taped interview with the business channel CNBC, Trump ...

A day after back-tracking, Trump renews defense on Putin summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking to Twitter early Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended anew his much-criticized performance at the Helsinki summit, promising “big results” from better relations with Russia and hitting back at “haters.” Trump made no mention of his having walked back ...

Trump embraces Putin, doubts own intel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by the broad condemnation of his extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin went "even better" than his meeting with NATO allies last week in ...

Trump, Putin meet in Finland

HELSINKI (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin opened their long-awaited summit Monday with a wink and slouch, respectively, then talked one on one behind closed doors for two-plus hours before the American leader declared their meeting was off to a “very, very good ...

US proposes tariffs on $200B more in Chinese imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is readying tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports, ranging from burglar alarms to mackerel, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative proposed 10 percent tariffs ...

Town known for fireworks disasters mourns deaths

TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Grieving emergency personnel in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec carried the caskets of four comrades through the town’s streets Friday as authorities investigated whether an attempt to douse burning fireworks with water may have triggered further blasts that ...

US, China kick off trade battle by setting new tariffs

BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China launched what Beijing called the “biggest trade war in economic history” Friday, imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods amid a spiraling dispute over technology. The Trump administration is confronting China over ...

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee swaying buildings and office towers in the country’s capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago. Crowds gathered on Mexico City’s ...

New president in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cyril Ramaphosa today was elected as South Africa’s new president by ruling party legislators after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, whose scandals brought the storied African National Congress to its weakest point since taking power at the end of apartheid. “I will ...

More than 100 killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan’s Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Islamic State militants attacked Afghan soldiers guarding a military academy in the capital of Kabul today, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16. The attack was the latest in a wave of relentless violence in Kabul this month unleashed by the Taliban and the ...

Canadian billionaire wife murdered

TORONTO (AP) — Police said Friday they believe Canadian drug-company billionaire businessman Barry Sherman and his wife were both murdered. Det. Sgt. Susan Gomes said investigators came to the conclusion after six weeks of investigation, but said there are no suspects. The founder of ...

Trump arrives at Davos summit

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Armed with his “America First” philosophy, President Donald Trump arrived in Switzerland today to tout his economic agenda and lure foreign investment at a global summit that stresses free trade and international cooperation. Trump arrived in Zurich ahead of ...

Scientists clone monkeys

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, researchers have used the cloning technique that produced Dolly the sheep to create healthy monkeys, bringing science an important step closer to being able to do the same with humans. Since Dolly’s birth in 1996, scientists have cloned nearly two dozen ...

Cow escapes to run with bison

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A farmyard cow in Poland has chosen freedom this winter, roaming with a herd of bison for three months after escaping its pen. The cow has been spotted following the bison across meadows bordering the Bialowieza Forest in eastern Poland as they forage for food. Rafal ...

Pakistan, US clash at UN over Afghanistan

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States urged Pakistan on Friday not to give sanctuary to “terrorist organizations” — and Pakistan demanded that the Trump administration address safe havens inside Afghanistan and its income from the narcotics trade. The exchange took place Friday at a ...

US Navy locates crashed plane deep on Pacific seabed

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy has located a transport aircraft deep on the Pacific Ocean floor where it crashed in November, killing three sailors on board. The C-2A “Greyhound” aircraft, which was traveling to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan when it crashed the day before ...

Only half of Puerto Rico has power, months after hurricane

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico authorities said Friday that nearly half of power customers in the U.S. territory still lack electricity more than three months after Hurricane Maria, sparking outrage among islanders who accuse the government of mismanaging its response to the ...

Shootout at Cairo church kills nine

CAIRO (AP) — A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Friday outside a church in a Cairo suburb and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, authorities said. It was the latest attack targeting Egypt’s embattled Christian ...

Catalan backs independence

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called today for talks with his adversary, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, after snap regional elections that gave pro-independence parties a parliamentary majority. Puigdemont, who fled Spain almost two months ago to ...

Election hackers pursued reporters

PARIS (AP) — Russian hackers pursued journalists with the same gusto as when they went after U.S. politicians and intelligence figures, an Associated Press investigation has found. The espionage group known as Fancy Bear tried to break into Gmail inboxes of at least 200 reporters, ...