WASHINGTON | Finding a White House chief of staff turns into a scramble

WASHINGTON — Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world. Chief qualification: Willing to take the job. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills. Post-employment prospects: Uncertain. President Donald Trump is scrambling to find a new chief of staff after his first choice to replace … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Finding a White House chief of staff turns into a scramble

PHOENIX | Harris scores 33, Clippers outlast Suns 123-119 in overtime

PHOENIX — Tobias Harris scored 33 points and Patrick Beverley made two free throws with 33.3 seconds left in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 123-119 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. Avery Bradley sealed the Clippers’ 17th victory of the season with a pair of free throws with 1.6 … Continue reading PHOENIX | Harris scores 33, Clippers outlast Suns 123-119 in overtime

SEATTLE | Seahawks on brink of playoffs after 21-7 win over Vikings

SEATTLE — Bobby Wagner blocked Dan Bailey’s field goal attempt midway through the fourth quarter, sparking the Seahawks to two late touchdowns and a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, Seattle’s fourth straight victory. Chris Carson followed the blocked kick with a 2-yard TD run with 2:53 left, and Justin Coleman provided … Continue reading SEATTLE | Seahawks on brink of playoffs after 21-7 win over Vikings

TAIPEI, Taiwan  | Taiwan reinforces ban on Huawei network equipment

TAIPEI, Taiwan  — Taiwan is reinforcing its five-year-old ban on network equipment produced by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE amid security concerns. Officials sought over the weekend to reassure lawmakers and the public that such measures have been effective and the threat to the communications sector is minimal. Huawei has established a presence in Taiwan, … Continue reading TAIPEI, Taiwan  | Taiwan reinforces ban on Huawei network equipment

MANILA, Philippines | US to return 3 bells seized from Philippines a century ago

MANILA, Philippines— Three church bells seized by American troops as war trophies more than a century ago arrived in Manila on Tuesday to be handed back to the Philippines in a move long demanded by Filipino leaders, including the current president, who is critical of Washington and has moved closer to China. A representative of … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | US to return 3 bells seized from Philippines a century ago

SINGAPORE | Asian shares mixed on concerns over trade, economic outlook

SINGAPORE — Asian markets were mixed Tuesday in narrow trading on doubts that U.S. and China can manage to resolve their festering trade dispute. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.4 percent to 21,127.00 and South Korea’s Kospi added less than 0.1 percent to 2,055.07. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng edged 0.1 percent higher to … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Asian shares mixed on concerns over trade, economic outlook

BEIJING | China, US discuss plans for trade talks

BEIJING — China’s government says its economic czar and the U.S. Treasury secretary have discussed plans for the next round of talks in a tariff battle following a temporary cease-fire. The Commerce Ministry’s announcement Tuesday suggests negotiations are going ahead despite tension over the arrest of a Chinese technology executive. A ministry statement said Vice … Continue reading BEIJING | China, US discuss plans for trade talks