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WASHINGTON | Trump-Omarosa feud rooted in her allegations of racism

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump unloaded on former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, calling her a “crazed, crying lowlife” and “that dog,” as a clash rooted in the reality star’s accusations of racism focused new attention on his frequent disparagement of prominent African-Americans. The public conflict showed no signs of slowing, as Manigault Newman did another … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump-Omarosa feud rooted in her allegations of racism

WASHINGTON | Ex-Trump aides often find a soft landing for staying quiet

WASHINGTON — Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. And, perhaps, your potential leakers closer yet. President Donald Trump’s political operation has made a regular practice of providing soft landing-pads for discarded staffers, offering nebulous jobs at big salaries to aides who have been pushed out of his West Wing. The revelation this week … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ex-Trump aides often find a soft landing for staying quiet

TOKYO | Japanese emperor tries to make amends for his father’s war

TOKYO— For his last time, Japan’s Emperor Akihito addressed a memorial service Wednesday marking the end of World War II. Once again, he expressed “deep remorse” for the war. It was in keeping with what by all appearances has become a mission for Akihito over his 30-year reign: to make amends for a war fought … Continue reading TOKYO | Japanese emperor tries to make amends for his father’s war

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey increases tariffs on some US imports, escalating feud

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey announced Wednesday that it is increasing tariffs on imports of certain U.S. products, escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency crisis. In a decision announced in the Official Gazette, Ankara said it will impose extra tariffs on imports of products including rice, vehicles, alcohol, coal … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey increases tariffs on some US imports, escalating feud

ROME | Death toll rises to 35 in Italy bridge collapse; 3 missing

ROME  — Rescue and recovery efforts continued through the night into the morning in Italy following the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, while authorities raised the death toll to 35 with three missing. Rescuers searched through tons of concrete slabs and steel for survivors or bodies from the collapse a day earlier on … Continue reading ROME | Death toll rises to 35 in Italy bridge collapse; 3 missing

KABUL, Afghanistan | The Latest: Afghan officials: Taliban attack kills 30 troops

KABUL, Afghanistan  — The Latest on the war in Afghanistan (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Afghan officials say a Taliban assault on two adjacent checkpoints in the northern Baghlan province has killed 30 soldiers and police. Mohammad Safdar Mohseni, head of provincial council, says the insurgents set fire to the checkpoints after the attack late … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | The Latest: Afghan officials: Taliban attack kills 30 troops

BEIJING | China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar panels

BEIJING — China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology. The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help U.S. producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. It said a … Continue reading BEIJING | China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar panels