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WASHINGTON | New Pentagon leader Shanahan makes clear his focus is China

WASHINGTON — Jan 02, 2019—On his first working day as acting defense secretary, Pat Shanahan made clear that his focus is on China. The former Boeing executive, who moved up from the No. 2 job after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis left Monday, gathered civilian leaders of the military services and other top civilian officials at … Continue reading WASHINGTON | New Pentagon leader Shanahan makes clear his focus is China

PRISTINA, Kosovo | Kosovo to tax international branded goods made in Serbia

PRISTINA, Kosovo  — Kosovo’s government has extended a 100-percent tax on Serb imports to all international brand goods produced in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The new decision was taken Friday at a Cabinet meeting. It is expected to affect goods including auto products, food, construction materials and computer devices, and affect companies including Samsung, Panasonic and … Continue reading PRISTINA, Kosovo | Kosovo to tax international branded goods made in Serbia

SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea’s Moon ratifies deals with Kim despite backlash

SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea’s liberal president on Tuesday formally confirmed his recent reconciliation deals with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, triggering immediate backlash from conservatives who called him “self-righteous” and “subservient” to the North. Some experts say President Moon Jae-in’s move is largely symbolic, but others say it shows his determination to carry … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea’s Moon ratifies deals with Kim despite backlash

NEW YORK | The Latest: ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76

NEW YORK  — The Latest on the death of Aretha Franklin. (all times local): 1:24 p.m. President Donald Trump was among the many mourning the Queen of Soul on Thursday. During a cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump said: “I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76

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 | The Latest: Trump invites Pelosi, Schumer to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the immigration controversy (all times local): 1:05 p.m. President Donald Trump says he’s “officially” inviting Democratic leaders to the White House to discuss immigration legislation. Speaking ahead of a Cabinet meeting, Trump says he was making the open invitation through the press. Trump says: “We should be able to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump invites Pelosi, Schumer to White House

Latvian central bank chief suspected of taking bribes

HELSINKI /February 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Latvia’s anti-corruption agency says it suspects the nation’s central bank chief of demanding and receiving bribes of at least 100,000 euros ($125,000) and has started a criminal investigation against him. The agency said Monday that no formal charges have so far been filed against Ilmars Rimsevics, who is also … Continue reading Latvian central bank chief suspected of taking bribes