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After 4 years, state moves to buy land near Providence port

Oct. 27, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state board voted on Monday to use funds allocated by voters in 2016 to buy land to expand the Port of Providence. The Providence Journal reported the state plans to buy up to 25 acres of land between Allens Avenue and the Providence River to lease to ProvPort, a holding company...

Yang Jiechi, Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, left, holds talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A high level Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan leaders including president Gotabaya Rajapksa to discuss strengthening of economic ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

China grants $90M to Sri Lanka after visit by top official

Oct. 11, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — China announced Sunday that it was providing a $90 million grant to Sri Lanka, two days after the island nation's president sought help from a visiting Chinese delegation in disproving a perception that China-funded megaprojects are “debt traps.” Calling the...

Probe launched into death of director of Korean firm in Iraq

Oct. 10, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq launched Saturday an investigation into the death of a high-level director of a Korean company implementing a strategic port project in Iraq's south, after Iraqi lawmakers cast doubt over initial reports deeming the incident a suicide. Park Chul-Ho, director for the South Korean Daewoo...

Yang Jiechi, Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, left, holds talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A high level Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan leaders including president Gotabaya Rajapksa to discuss strengthening of economic ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankan leader insists Chinese-funded projects are viable

Oct. 9, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president asked a visiting delegation led by a senior Chinese diplomat on Friday to assist him in disproving a perception that China-funded megaprojects are “debt traps” aimed at gaining influence in local affairs. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the headquarters of Octopus Energy in London, Monday Oct. 5, 2020. They visited the startup company to promote the company's plan to create 1,000 new technology jobs across sites in London, Brighton, Warwick and Leicester, and a new tech hub in Manchester. (Leon Neal/Pool via AP)

UK's Johnson promises to use pandemic as catalyst for change

Oct. 6, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday promised to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a catalyst to build a stronger Britain led by private enterprise, and took aim at “potshot, snipeshot” opponents who want to prolong government bailout programs forever. In a sometimes combative...

Tractor runs over, kills woman on California beach

Sep. 29, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A woman lying on a Southern California beach was crushed to death by a tractor that was helping in a harbor dredging project, police said. The woman may have been asleep when the Caterpillar tractor ran over her at about 10 a.m. near a jetty at Oceanside Harbor, north of San Diego,...

EPA approves dredging site off coast of Maine, New Hampshire

Sep. 25, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated an area about 12 miles off the coast of Portsmouth as a long-term disposal site for dredging material from Maine, New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts, the agency announced Friday. The Isles of Shoals North Disposal Site...

$7M grant set for rail-to-port project in Tennessee

Sep. 21, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A $7 million federal grant will help fund a project to connect a northwest Tennessee port to a railroad line, as officials seek to boost the rural economy of the region. Tennessee's Department of Economic and Community Development said the U.S. Department of Transportation grant will...

Bollinger wins contract to build dry dock for Navy subs

Sep. 19, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

LOCKPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana-based shipyard has won a contract to build a floating dry dock that will be used to construct and maintain Navy submarines. Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport said Wednesday it landed the contract for an undisclosed amount with General Dynamics Electric Boat, The Courier ...

Pearl Harbor munitions depot expansion concerns residents

Sep. 16, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. military plan to expand a Pearl Harbor munitions depot has raised concerns there has not been enough information released to the public, considering that the depot was the site of a massive and deadly explosion 76 years ago. A 1944 explosion at the Navy’s West Loch Annex left...