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TOKYO  | Japan’s June trade surplus jumps, while US dealings slip

TOKYO  — Japan’s trade surplus jumped 66 percent year-on-year in June on strong growth in shipments to China and other Asian countries, though exports and imports with the U.S. weakened. Preliminary data released Thursday by the Finance Ministry showed exports rose 6.7 percent in June from a year earlier to 7.1 trillion yen ($62 billion) … Continue reading TOKYO  | Japan’s June trade surplus jumps, while US dealings slip

ASPEN, Colo. | US intelligence chief is tough on Russia, at odds with Trump

ASPEN, Colo.  — National Intelligence Director Dan Coats’ drumbeat of criticism against Russia is clashing loudly with President Donald Trump’s pro-Kremlin remarks, leaving the soft-spoken spy chief in an uncomfortable — and perhaps perilous — seat in the administration. Trump’s remarks after Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, where he appeared to deny the longtime U.S. foe was … Continue reading ASPEN, Colo. | US intelligence chief is tough on Russia, at odds with Trump

WASHINGTON  | Amid harsh criticism, Trump tries a tougher tone on Russia

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump is taking a tougher tone on Russia, saying in an interview with CBS that he told Vladimir Putin to stay out of America’s elections. Such rhetoric is a turnabout from Trump’s initial upbeat description of his meeting with Russia’s president. The shifting stance came Wednesday as Trump spent more time … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Amid harsh criticism, Trump tries a tougher tone on Russia

WASHINGTON  | North Korea hasn’t met its promise to return US war remains

WASHINGTON  — North Korea has yet to fulfill its promise to return the remains of Americans killed in Korea in the 1950s. And it might be months or even years before any remains returned are identified. President Donald Trump stated four weeks ago that remains had been returned, though that was not accurate then and … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | North Korea hasn’t met its promise to return US war remains

WASHINGTON  | Kentucky’s Paul shares Trump’s skepticism of US intervention

WASHINGTON  — Sen. Rand Paul certainly has his differences with President Donald Trump, a one-time rival for the White House. But on one cornerstone issue, a resistance to U.S. intervention abroad, they are simpatico. Both Trump and the Kentucky Republican are inclined to dispense with the traditional U.S. role as the world’s top cop. It’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Kentucky’s Paul shares Trump’s skepticism of US intervention

WASHINGTON  | Top Democrats shy away from using word ‘treason’ with Trump

WASHINGTON  — Democrats are happy to say President Donald Trump undermined American democracy. That he patted Vladimir Putin on the back for interfering in U.S. elections. That he’s being blackmailed by Russia. But that he committed treason? That’s too far for some leading Democrats worried about sending the wrong message during an election year. “The … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Top Democrats shy away from using word ‘treason’ with Trump

BRUSSELS  | EU ruling against Google opens ‘opportunity,’ rival says

BRUSSELS  — European regulators’ latest swipe at the dominance of U.S. tech giant Google could open new opportunities for rivals in search and web browsers — that is, if handset manufacturers decide to make the most of the opening. The European Commission on Wednesday fined Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that … Continue reading BRUSSELS  | EU ruling against Google opens ‘opportunity,’ rival says

ANAHEIM, Calif. | Angels praise Mike Trout for ‘prioritizing personal values’

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels publicly praised Mike Trout “for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion” a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the All-Star outfielder would be an even bigger star if he would spend more time marketing himself. The team released a statement Wednesday congratulating Trout on his performance … Continue reading ANAHEIM, Calif. | Angels praise Mike Trout for ‘prioritizing personal values’