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EU slaps duties on Cambodia exports over rights concerns

Aug. 12, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday began to reimpose customs duties on certain exports from Cambodia in response to what it said are concerns about the Southeast Asian country’s human rights record. The European Commission, which supervises trade deals and relations on behalf of the 27...

FILE - In this July 18, 2020 file photo, released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani adjusts his face mask in a meeting of the national headquarters of the fight against the COVID-19, in Tehran, Iran. Iranian hard-liners in parliament voted Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, against Rouhani’s nominee for trade minister. The vote marked the first serious confrontation between the newly elected house, dominated by conservatives and the bloc of supporters of the relatively moderate Rouhani. Writing in Farsi reads:

Iran's president, FM lash out at new US push on arms embargo

Aug. 12, 2020 7:47 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president and foreign minister lashed out on Wednesday at a revised proposal by the U.S. that would extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran indefinitely, the latest in the Trump administration's maximum pressure policy against Iran. The U.S. on Tuesday circulated the revised draft at...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong reports 95 new cases and three additional fatalities reported. The city of 7.5 million people has restricted indoor dining and require faces masks to be worn in all public places. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

US sanctions pro-China leader of Hong Kong, other officials

Aug. 8, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials, including the pro-China leader of the government, accusing them of cooperating with Beijing’s effort to undermine autonomy and crack down on freedom in the former British colony. The sanctions are the latest in a string...

Canada says it will impose retaliatory tariffs on US imports

Aug. 7, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s deputy prime minister said Friday that the country plans to impose $3.6 billion Canadian (US$2.69 billion) tariffs on U.S. imports in response to President Donald Trump saying the U.S. is reinstating a 10% import tax on Canadian aluminum. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia...

Pappas cosponsors bill to stop tax on workers at home

Aug. 7, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill supported by U.S. Rep. of Chris Pappas would protect New Hampshire employees from being taxed while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill was created after Massachusetts enacted an emergency regulation last month. It requires residents in other states who...

A China COSCO Shipping container ship sails past the skyline of Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province, on July 28, 2020. China's exports rose 7.2% in July over a year earlier despite the coronavirus pandemic. Sales to the United States rose 12.5% despite lackluster U.S. economic activity and lingering tariff war with Washington. (Chinatopix via AP)

China's July exports rise despite coronavirus, US tariff war

Aug. 7, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's exports rose by an unexpectedly strong 7.2% in July as the world's second-largest economy recovered from the coronavirus pandemic. Sales to the United States jumped 12.5% despite a plunge in U.S. economic activity and a lingering tariff war with Washington, customs data showed...

President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the Whirlpool Corporation facility in Clyde, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Trump is in Ohio to promote the economic prosperity that much of the nation enjoyed before the coronavirus pandemic and try to make the case that he is best suited to rebuild a crippled economy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

Aug. 6, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — President Donald Trump billed his trip to Ohio Thursday as a chance to promote economic recovery, but he quickly pivoted to a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God. Even for a president known for his blunt...

President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the Whirlpool Corporation facility in Clyde, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump targets Canada, reimposing tariffs on aluminum

Aug. 6, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States is reinstating a 10% import tax on Canadian aluminum, raising tensions with an American ally just weeks after his trade pact with Canada and Mexico took effect. Canada quickly vowed to respond in kind. Trump originally imposed...

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech before war veterans in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, July 27, 2020, marking the 67th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Kim said his country’s hard-won nuclear weapons were a solid security guarantee and a “reliable, effective” deterrent that could prevent a second Korean War, state media reported Tuesday. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

UN experts: North Korea flouts sanctions on nukes, missiles

Aug. 4, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say North Korea is flouting U.N. sanctions by expanding its nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile program and by exporting coal and illegally importing refined petroleum products in excess of its annual quota. The experts said in key sections of a report obtained Tuesday...

South Korea-Japan trade fight moves to global dispute panel

Jul. 29, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — World Trade Organization members on Wednesday created a dispute panel to rule on a complaint by South Korea against Japan over restrictions on exports to Korea of products used in semiconductors, mobile phone displays and television displays. Tokyo said it was “deeply...