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Containers are placed at a port in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on June 17, 2020. Japan’s trade surplus widened in August as the pandemic pummeled a wide array of industries and sapped consumer demand, according to preliminary data from the Finance Ministry released Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Japan exports fall 15% in August as pandemic pummels trade

Sep. 16, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

MITO, Japan (AP) — Japan’s trade surplus widened in August as the pandemic pummeled a wide array of industries and sapped consumer demand. The 15% drop in exports from a year earlier was outpaced by a more than 20% decline in imports, according to preliminary data from the Finance Ministry released...

Mark Morgan, the acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner, talks about the soon-to-be completed 300th mile of new border wall during a news conference prior to a campaign rally for President Donald Trump, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Yuma, Ariz. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

US halts imports from China's Uighur region for forced labor

Sep. 14, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four companies and a manufacturing facility in northwestern China were blocked Monday from shipping their products to the U.S. because of their suspected reliance on forced labor from people detained as part of a massive campaign against ethnic minorities in the region. U.S. Customs and...

In this undated photo provided by Outdoor Research in September 2020, a worker handles filter material for face masks in Seattle. A key challenge for N95 mask manufacturers racing to meet spiking demand is scarcity of meltblown textile. (Gerardo Villalobos/Outdoor Research via AP)

Scarcity of key material squeezes medical mask manufacturing

Sep. 10, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Rachel Spray is still grieving the loss of her fellow nurse who died after being exposed to the novel coronavirus at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center in California. Now, as she stands in front of the gleaming glass and concrete hospital, she says she “dreads going in...

German machinery industry sees big production drop this year

Sep. 8, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A group representing Germany's machinery industry said Tuesday it expects production to drop 17% this year as the sector struggles with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and international trade tensions. Orders for machinery, a major German export, were down 16% in this year's first...

Visitors wearing masks to protect from the coronavirus look at a robot displayed at a trade fair in Beijing on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. China's export growth accelerated in August while imports edged lower as the world's second-largest economy extended its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China's export growth quickens in August, imports edge lower

Sep. 7, 2020 5:07 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s export growth accelerated in August while imports edged lower as the world’s second-largest economy extended its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Exports rose 9.5% over a year earlier to $235.2 billion, up from July’s 7.2% growth, customs data showed...

UK man guilty of trying to smuggle generator from US to Iran

Sep. 1, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

A U.K. citizen has pleaded guilty in Florida to federal charges related to violating an embargo and attempting to smuggle industrial equipment to Iran. Colin Fisher, 45, pleaded guilty on Monday in Pensacola federal court to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and to attempted smuggling in...

Los Angeles company to pay $118M for customs fraud

Aug. 26, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A business in the Los Angeles Fashion District and its owner have agreed to pay nearly $118 million and plead guilty to defrauding the government by undervaluing imported clothing and cheating on taxes, authorities said Wednesday. Sang Noh of Los Angeles agreed to plead guilty to...

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to Minnesota and Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's flawed justification for postal cuts

Aug. 17, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the U.S. Postal Service's financial problems as his postmaster general defends cuts that have slowed mail delivery in advance of the November election. Speaking before the start of the Democratic National Convention, Trump raged anew about the...

FILE- In this Feb. 7, 2020 file photo,  Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh holds a model of a light machine gun during DefExpo20 in Lucknow, India. India will ban the imports of 101 items of military equipment in an effort to boost indigenous production and improve self-reliance in weapons manufacturing, Singh said Sunday. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh, File)

India to ban imports of 101 items of military equipment

Aug. 9, 2020 4:26 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Sunday that it will ban the imports of 101 items of military equipment in an effort to boost local production and improve self-reliance in weapons manufacturing. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is planning to progressively implement the embargo on select...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...