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Solomon Islands forms ties with China after Taiwan break

Sep. 21, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Solomon Islands formed diplomatic relations with China on Saturday after breaking ties with rival Taiwan, giving Beijing another victory in its campaign to isolate the self-ruled island it claims as part of its territory. The two governments announced in a joint statement they were...

Hong Kong protesters burn flag, police fire pepper spray

Sep. 21, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong burned a Chinese flag and police fired pepper spray Saturday in renewed clashes over anti-government grievances. Police accused some protesters of throwing gasoline bombs after a march by several thousand people in Tuen Mun, an outlying district in the Chinese...

Trump says he doesn't need China trade deal before election

Sep. 20, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As China and the U.S. near a new round of trade talks, President Donald Trump said Friday he doesn't feel he needs to secure an agreement before next year's election. Trump told reporters he wants a complete deal with China and won't accept one that only addresses some of the differences...

Fresh US-China trade worries erase early gains for stocks

Sep. 20, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

Wall Street closed out a volatile week with losses Friday as investors worried that upcoming trade talks aimed at resolving the costly trade war between Washington and Beijing could be in trouble. The selling, which erased modest early gains for the market, snapped a three-week win streak for the S&P 500. The...

Kiribati cuts ties with Taiwan, presaging switch to China

Sep. 20, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Pacific island nation of Kiribati cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan on Friday, becoming the second country to do so this week and strengthening Beijing's hand. Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that Kiribati had officially notified his government of the decision. Kiribati is...

China attacks Pelosi for meeting Hong Kong activists

Sep. 19, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign ministry on Thursday accused U.S. congressional leader Nancy Pelosi of making irresponsible remarks about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, one day after she welcomed activists from the city to the U.S. Capitol. Spokesman Geng Shuang said Pelosi and other American...

UN chief rejects claim he didn't condemn China over Muslims

Sep. 19, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly rejected claims by five human rights groups that he hasn't condemned the Chinese government's detention of more than a million Muslims in the Xinjiang region, saying he has spoken out forcefully. "I don't think anyone has been more...

A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year

Sep. 18, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year but declined to signal that further rate cuts are likely this year. The Fed's move reduced its key short-term rate — which influences many consumer and business loans — by...

USA Bobsled pilot Elana Meyers Taylor expecting baby

Sep. 18, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor announced Wednesday that she will not compete this season because she is pregnant, though she plans to return in a year to prepare for the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Meyers Taylor and her husband, fellow U.S. bobsledder Nic Taylor, are expecting their first child in March. Meyers...

Pelosi welcomes Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to Capitol

Sep. 18, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday welcomed Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to the U.S. Capitol, sending a message to Beijing that Congress supports the protesters in their months-long campaign for human rights. Pelosi thanked the activists for "challenging the conscience," not...