BEIJING | China and US discuss plans for trade talks

BEIJING— China’s economy czar and U.S. trade envoys discussed plans for talks on a tariff battle, the government said Tuesday, indicating that negotiations are going ahead despite tension over the arrest of a Chinese tech executive. Vice Premier Liu He talked by phone with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer about … Continue reading BEIJING | China and US discuss plans for trade talks

Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves

The explosion in online shopping in the last decade has provided endless opportunities for “porch pirates” and stoop-surfers to make off with packages while homeowners are away or unaware. Some are caught on home video and shared on social media, but most escape undetected. In one New Jersey city, law enforcement are now watching. Jersey … Continue reading Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will leave his job Friday after 30 years with the agency. In an interview with The Associated … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas

KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: German minister stresses future for coal workers

KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Germany’s environment minister says it’s crucial to offer mining industry workers other options for a transition from coal to energy sources that don’t contribute to global warming to succeed. Svenja Schulze said at the U.N.’s climate summit in Poland … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: German minister stresses future for coal workers

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina | Flag dispute stalls talks on Bosnia’s new government

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — A flag dispute has stalled talks on the formation of a new government in Bosnia after an October election reflecting persisting ethnic divisions long after the 1992-95 war ended. Planned talks were canceled Tuesday over a demand by the Bosnian Serb presidency member Milorad Dodik that the flag of the Serb mini-state … Continue reading SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina | Flag dispute stalls talks on Bosnia’s new government

BERLIN | Factory mishap paves street with chocolate in Germany

BERLIN — A street in a western German town got a repaving worthy of fictional candy maker Willy Wonka when a ton of chocolate flowed out of a factory and solidified. The German newspaper Soester Anzeiger reported Tuesday that a “small technical defect” involving a storage tank caused the sweet and sticky spill from the … Continue reading BERLIN | Factory mishap paves street with chocolate in Germany

TIRANA, Albania | Thousands of Albanian students step up rally against fees

TIRANA, Albania — Public university students protesting the cost of tuition fees have gathered for the largest rally to date, threatening to escalate it unless their demands are met. Thousands of students on Tuesday held posters, blew vuvuzelas and shouted “Lower the tariffs!” in front of the Education Ministry. Students from other cities and Tirana … Continue reading TIRANA, Albania | Thousands of Albanian students step up rally against fees

BEIRUT | Lebanon: Israel border tunnel operation won’t endanger calm

BEIRUT  — Lebanon’s president said Tuesday Israel’s operation to destroy what it says is a series of cross-border attack tunnels built by the militant Hezbollah group won’t endanger the calm along the frontier, adding that his country takes the issue seriously. Michel Aoun spoke hours before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the border where … Continue reading BEIRUT | Lebanon: Israel border tunnel operation won’t endanger calm