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Mnuchin says he was unaware of IRS memo on tax returns

May. 22, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday he has no idea who wrote a confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo that says that tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president asserts executive privilege. Appearing before the House Financial Services Committee,...

Taiwan navy holds drill amid China tensions

May. 22, 2019 4:48 AM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's navy held a major live-fire exercise Wednesday off the island's east coast in an area increasingly threatened by Chinese ships and planes. The drills are part of annual Han Kuang exercises that simulate an attack by China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be...

Chinese woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago wants to fire lawyers

May. 21, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Chinese woman charged with lying to illegally enter President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort told a stunned judge Tuesday that she wants to fire her attorneys and represent herself. Yujing Zhang surprised U.S. District Judge Roy Altman during what was to have been a routine...

Canada delegation pressing China on detained Canadians

May. 21, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian delegation in China is pressing Chinese officials to free two detained Canadians but there has been no contact between the two nations' leaders or foreign ministers despite the worst relations between Ottawa and Beijing since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. Adam...

US delay to Huawei ban gives tech sector time to adjust

May. 21, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

The United States is delaying some restrictions on U.S. technology sales to Chinese tech powerhouse Huawei in what it calls an effort to ease the blow on Huawei smartphone owners and smaller U.S. telecoms providers that rely on its networking equipment. The Trump administration insists the sanctions are unrelated...

Ex-Philippine judge says she was held at Hong Kong airport

May. 21, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A former Philippine Supreme Court justice who accused Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court said she was barred for hours Tuesday from entering Hong Kong. Conchita Carpio-Morales said she was stopped by immigration...

The Latest: Huawei: US actions should worry other firms too

May. 21, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on U.S. restrictions on sales to Chinese technology giant Huawei (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Chinese tech giant Huawei's top executive in the European Union is lashing out at the Trump administration's recently announced trade ban on the company and says other firms should be...

Australia government says it won't break tax cut pledge

May. 21, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's newly reelected government said Tuesday that its promise to slash income taxes might be delivered late but would not be broken as it seeks to stimulate consumer spending, revive a flagging economy and repair relations with China, its most important trading partner....

Tariffs have varying fallout in trade-heavy Washington state

May. 20, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Workers at a $1.7 billion polysilicon plant in central Washington believe President Donald Trump's trade war with China may be their best chance for staying employed. Unable to compete with Chinese factories aided by government subsidies and high tariffs, REC Silicon is shutting down the...

US backs calls for Taiwan to get role at UN health assembly

May. 20, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United States is backing calls for Taiwan to be granted observer status at the U.N. health agency's biggest annual gathering, the U.S. health secretary said Monday. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar spoke to reporters in Geneva on the sidelines of the start of the World...