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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...

Hong Kong cancels China national day fireworks amid protests

Sep. 18, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — An annual fireworks display in Hong Kong marking China's National Day on Oct. 1 was called off Wednesday as pro-democracy protests show no sign of ending. The city issued a terse statement saying the show over its famed Victoria Harbour had been canceled "in view of the latest situation...

A panda is the mascot for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Sep. 18, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A smiling panda and a walking Chinese lantern will be the mascots for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing. The mascots were revealed Tuesday at a ceremony at the Shougang Ice Hockey Arena in the Chinese capital. Beijing Mayor Chen Jining described them as adorable, unique and...

China releases stockpiled pork to cool price surge

Sep. 18, 2019 2:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's government is releasing pork from stockpiles to help cool surging prices ahead of Oct. 1 celebrations of the Communist Party's 70th anniversary in power. The price of pork, China's staple meat, has soared almost 50% from a year ago due to a devastating outbreak of African swine fever...

Air China jet returns to Dulles after engine fire reported

Sep. 17, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say an Air China jet bound for Beijing made an emergency return Tuesday to Dulles International Airport after reporting an engine fire. In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration says that the Air China flight landed safely Tuesday in Washington after reporting an...