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China's Communist Party will signal its approach to the country's challenges at a meeting this week

Jul. 14, 2024 22:53 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party is starting a four-day meeting Monday that is expected to lay out a strategy for self-sufficient economic growth in an era of heightened national security concerns and restrictions on access to American technology. While the meeting...

Biden administration to tax foreign-made steel and aluminum imports routed through Mexico

Jul. 10, 2024 09:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum shipped from Mexico that were made elsewhere — an attempt to stop China from avoiding import taxes by routing goods through one of the United States' closest trading partners. Lael Brainard,...

U.S. to expand control of land sales to foreigners near 56 additional military sites

Jul. 08, 2024 13:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. wants to expand a Treasury committee's jurisdiction to review land sales near U.S. military sites where foreigners are the buyers. New Treasury rulemaking would expand the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' powers to review land...

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong asks for a lesser sentence in landmark security case

Jul. 05, 2024 00:23 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Prominent activist Joshua Wong asked for a lesser sentence in court Friday after he earlier pleaded guilty in Hong Kong's biggest national security case. Wong was one of 47 activists charged in 2021 under a Beijing-imposed national security law with conspiracy to...

Hong Kong court edges closer to sentencing democracy activists involved in unofficial primary

Jun. 26, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court on Tuesday began mitigation hearings for prominent pro-democracy activists who were convicted under a national security law and now face up to life in prison. The activists were among 47 democracy advocates who were charged with conspiracy to...

Senior Blinken aide is taking a top job with Austin after Senate confirmation holdup

Jun. 24, 2024 10:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Monday that one of his most senior aides is leaving for a top job with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and will be replaced by a brother of President Joe Biden’s national security adviser. State Department counselor...

2 people killed when police clash with locals protesting pork processing plant in Mexico

Jun. 21, 2024 00:40 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO LIMON, Mexico (AP) — Two people were killed Thursday when locals protesting alleged water contamination by a pork processing plant clashed with police in the Mexican gulf coast state of Veracruz. Residents of the community of San Antonio Limon had been blocking a road...

US will redirect air defense interceptor missiles to Ukraine that other allies had on order

Jun. 20, 2024 20:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced Thursday that it will rush delivery of air defense interceptor missiles to Ukraine by redirecting planned shipments to other allied nations, as Washington scrambles to counter increased Russian attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure. ...

TikTok accuses federal agency of 'political demagoguery' in legal challenge against potential US ban

Jun. 20, 2024 17:56 PM EDT

TikTok disclosed a letter Thursday that accused the Biden administration of engaging in “political demagoguery” during high-stakes negotiations between the government and the company as it sought to relieve concerns about its presence in the U.S. The letter — sent to David...

A Chinese military buff inadvertently bought 4 books of military secrets for under $1

Jun. 13, 2024 10:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A military history buff in China appears to have made an alarming discovery after picking up four discarded books for less than $1 at a neighborhood recycling station: They were confidential military documents. The country's Ministry of State Security told the story...