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Malaysian PM says China-financed projects canceled

Aug. 21, 2018 5:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Multibillion-dollar China-financed projects in Malaysia have been canceled because they aren't needed and will saddle the country with an unsustainable amount of debt, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters on the final day of a visit to Beijing on Tuesday. Mahathir told...

Image-conscious China appoints new global propaganda czar

Aug. 21, 2018 1:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's increasingly image-conscious government has appointed a trusted member of the ruling Communist Party to head up its international propaganda operation. Former top internet regulator Xu Lin will be in charge of efforts to portray China as a progressive force for good in the world at a...

El Salvador, Taiwan break ties as China isolates island foe

Aug. 21, 2018 1:38 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan broke off diplomatic ties with El Salvador on Tuesday as the Central American country defected to rival Beijing in the latest blow to the self-ruled island China has been trying to isolate on the global stage. The break in ties means Taiwan is recognized as a sovereign nation...

Taiwan breaks off ties with El Salvador as Beijing ramps up campaign to diplomatically isolate self-ruled island rival

Aug. 20, 2018 10:14 PM EDT
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan breaks off ties with El Salvador as Beijing ramps up campaign to diplomatically isolate self-ruled island rival.

Ill health forces Dutch Olympian to halt long-distance swim

Aug. 20, 2018 2:06 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Maarten van der Weijden beat leukemia and went on to win an Olympic gold swimming medal in Beijing, but even his powers of endurance weren't enough to complete his latest challenge. Ill health on Monday forced Van der Weijden to halt his ambitious bid to swim the 200-kilometer...

Russian military braces for massive war games in the east

Aug. 20, 2018 7:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's military forces in the country's east were put on high alert Monday ahead of massive war games that also involve China and Mongolia, the largest show of power in nearly 40 years, the Russian defense minister said. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the five days of military drills...

Malaysia lobbies for Chinese help amid fiscal woes

Aug. 20, 2018 7:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Malaysia's leader said Monday that he hoped China would sympathize with his country's fiscal problems as he met with the country's leaders after suspending multibillion-dollar construction projects financed by Chinese loans. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said at a news briefing with...

China protests to US over stopover by Taiwan's president

Aug. 20, 2018 6:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign ministry said Monday it has protested to the United States over a stopover by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen during which she toured the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Houston. Tsai made the visit while returning from a trip to Paraguay and Belize, two of...

US firms to Trump: Don't raise tariffs on more Chinese goods

Aug. 20, 2018 3:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fishermen off the Alaskan coast. A Florida maker of boat trailers. A building materials distributor in Tennessee. Those and hundreds of other American businesses are delivering the same plea to President Donald Trump as he considers imposing tariffs on nearly 40 percent of imported...

Today in History

Aug. 20, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2018. There are 133 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 20, 1953, the Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb. On this date: In 1866, President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over,...