Trump vows response as China plans tariffs on $75B US goods

BEIJING — President Donald Trump on Friday called on U.S. companies with operations in China to consider an alternative place to do business after Beijing announced a series of retaliatory tariffs Friday. “I will be responding to China’s Tariffs this afternoon,” Trump tweeted. “This is a GREAT opportunity for the United States.” U.S. markets tumbled, […]

South Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said Thursday it will terminate an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan that focused on classified information about North Korea, a surprise announcement that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important allies in the Asian region. South Korea attributed the decision […]

UK’s Johnson presses for fresh Brexit talks in Paris

PARIS — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson exuded confidence Thursday as he pressed French President Emmanuel Macron to accept his request to reopen Brexit negotiations, meeting in Paris on the second stop of his first European tour as U.K. leader. After ticking off examples of close ties between the two countries, Johnson turned on a […]

Greenland fallout: Trump’s canceled trip blindsides Denmark

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says she is “disappointed and surprised” by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his visit to Denmark after she called Trump’s idea of buying the semi-autonomous Arctic territory of Greenland from Denmark “an absurd discussion.” Trump, who was scheduled to visit Denmark on Sept. 2-3 as […]

Hong Kong police in standoff with protesters after sit-in

HONG KONG — Hong Kong riot police faced off with protesters occupying a suburban train station Wednesday evening following a commemoration of a violent attack there by masked assailants on supporters of the anti-government movement. Near the end of the event, the police began what they called a “dispersal operation, using minimum force” after some […]

US envoy to resume talks with Taliban on ending Afghan war

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States envoy negotiating with the Taliban for an end to nearly 18 years of fighting in Afghanistan was departing Tuesday for Qatar to resume the talks, the State Department said, amid concerns about a growing threat by an Islamic State affiliate. Zalmay Khalilzad also will visit with the Afghan government, […]

Italian PM Conte to resign after League party pulls backing

ROME — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation Tuesday, blaming his decision to end his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious and politically ambitious deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini. Conte told the Senate that the surprise move earlier this month by Salvini’s right-wing League party to seek a no-confidence vote against the coalition was […]

Afghanistan mourns, vows to crush militants after attack

KABUL, Afghanistan — As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding , a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in the country and the crushing guilt he felt at having to face his neighbors, many of whom lost relatives in the […]

Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63

KABUL, Afghanistan — The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul’s strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens — and Afghanistan grieved again. The local Islamic State affiliate […]

Greenland to Trump: Thanks, but we’re not for sale

TASIILAQ, Greenland — Greenlanders are giving Donald Trump the cold shoulder. Although amused, they’re definitely not warming up to the U.S. president’s talk of buying the semiautonomous Danish territory. “We see it as an expression of greater interest in investing in our country and the possibilities we offer,” the Greenland government said Friday in a […]