Trump says he’ll sign first-step China trade deal on January 15

The first phase of a U.S.-China trade agreement will be inked at the White House in mid-January, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday, adding that he will visit Beijing at a

Huawei sales up 18% but US pressure means tough times ahead

  China’s Huawei Technologies said Tuesday that its sales rose a lower-than-projected 18% in 2019 and predicted tough times ahead as the U.S. moves to restrict its business. The flash sales estimate

Kim Jong Un gives up on Trump, prepares to endure US sanctions

Kim Jong Un is giving up on hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump will lift sanctions anytime soon. Alongside the North Korean leader’s latest saber-rattling this week was a stunning admission:

Lebanon receives Interpol wanted notice for Nissan ex-Chair

Lebanon’s justice minister said yesterday that Lebanon has received an international wanted notice from Interpol for Nissan’s ex-chair Carlos Ghosn. Albert Serhan told The Associated Press in an interview that the

Baghdad embassy attack prompts Pompeo to delay Ukraine visit

The breach of the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad has prompted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to postpone his trip to Ukraine and four other countries. Pompeo was to arrive in

This Day in History | 2000 – Art theft was ‘professional’ job

Police have said the Cezanne painting taken from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on New Year’s Eve was probably stolen to order. The painting - Auvers-sur-Oise - was bought by the

Offbeat | 2020 starts on frigid note with polar bear plunges

2020 began in frigid fanfare for hundreds of people who splashed through the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club Plunge. Swimmers wearing Santa hats and other costume

Australia ablaze

  • There’s no end in sight to Australia’s wildfire crisis, which this week intensified as strong winds fanned flames across the world’s driest inhabited continent   * Movies: 1917 * Books: A

A technical feat, ‘1917’ is great storytelling, too

It’s been a good time for World War I buffs — especially if they’re also movie buffs. A year ago director Peter Jackson applied state-of-the-art technology to

‘A Small Town’ slick, somewhat predictable revenge fantasy

As Thomas Perry’s new thriller opens, little Weldon, Colo., is still reeling from a brilliantly planned escape from a federal prison on the outskirts of town.

Townshend, Daltrey return to The Who’s rocking ways

While frequently joining forces for tours and other projects, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have released just two studio albums as The Who since 1982, with 2006’s

News of the World | No end in sight to Australian wildfire crisis

Australia’s wildfire crisis intensified this week as coastal towns across the southeast caught ablaze, forcing thousands of stranded tourists and locals to seek refuge on beaches.

F&B | How food will change in 2020

Like most corners of America, the food world saw unexpected drama in 2019. Fried chicken sandwiches caused chaos, and the meatlessness of plant-based Whoppers became a lawsuit.

Flavored vapes may be pulled from US market

President Donald Trump says the federal government will soon announce a new strategy to tackle underage vaping, promising, “We’re going to protect our families, we’re going to protect our children,

Hello, dogo: Two new breeds get the American Kennel Club’s nod

  A powerful Argentine big-game hunter and a sociable French water dog have made the American Kennel Club’s list of recognized breeds. The club announced Tuesday that the barbet and the dogo

Golf | Five questions for the new year from Tiger to the Olympics

Tiger Woods has inspired new hope. Brooks Koepka is the No. 1 player in the world. A new year brings a sense of familiarity, except for the details. Woods went into 2019

The Buzz | Youths hurl punches, anti-Semitic slurs in Venice attack

Venice’s mayor says police are investigating an anti-Semitic attack in which youths punched a left-wing Italian politician in the city’s St. Mark’s Square. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted Wednesday that fascist-like incidents

World Briefs

US-CHINA US President Donald Trump said he will sign the first phase of a trade deal with China on Jan. 15, sealing an agreement that sees the Asian nation raising

Apes, monkeys among 30 animals killed in German zoo fire

A fire raced through a zoo in western Germany in the first few minutes of the new year, killing more than 30 animals, including apes, monkeys, bats and birds, authorities

World Views | What happens when an airline opens a restaurant?

  The Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur has more than 100 restaurants, cafes, and snack stands to meet every kind of craving. As of this month, that list includes a

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