Tensions

WASHINGTON  | Trump touts good relations with ‘sort of a Democrat’ Mattis

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump says he has a “very good relationship” with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis even though he thinks the Pentagon chief is “sort of a Democrat.” Asked during a “60 Minutes” interview airing Sunday whether Mattis will step down, Trump says Mattis hasn’t told him that. But Trump says: “It could be … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Trump touts good relations with ‘sort of a Democrat’ Mattis

ALIAGA, Turkey | New technology, housekeeping among concerns in hotel strikes

ALIAGA, Turkey— A Turkish court on Friday convicted an American pastor of terror charges but released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave Turkey, a move that’s likely to ease the tensions between Turkey and the United States. The court near the western city of Izmir sentenced Andrew Brunson to 3 years, 1 … Continue reading ALIAGA, Turkey | New technology, housekeeping among concerns in hotel strikes

BERLIN | German government cuts growth forecast amid trade tensions

BERLIN — The German government has cut its forecast for the country’s economic growth this year to 1.8 percent from 2.3 percent, in part because of rising global trade tensions. The government also trimmed its 2019 outlook for Europe‘s biggest economy on Thursday, saying that it now expects 1.8 percent growth rather than the 2.1 … Continue reading BERLIN | German government cuts growth forecast amid trade tensions

NUSA DUA, Indonesia | As markets swoon, finance chiefs urge US, China to cool it

NUSA DUA, Indonesia  — The heads of the World Bank and IMF appealed Thursday to the U.S. and China to cool their dispute over technology policy and play by world trade rules, as tumbling share prices drove home potential perils from a clash between the world’s two biggest economies. Global economic growth is slowing but … Continue reading NUSA DUA, Indonesia | As markets swoon, finance chiefs urge US, China to cool it

GENEVA | WTO cuts trade growth forecast to 3.9 percent for 2018

GENEVA — The World Trade Organization has lowered its global trade growth forecast for this year by one-half percentage point to a still-robust 3.9 percent, saying increased trade tensions between large economies and heightened uncertainty contributed to the downgrade. For next year, the Geneva-based trade body predicts a further slowing of growth in volume terms, … Continue reading GENEVA | WTO cuts trade growth forecast to 3.9 percent for 2018

NEW DELHI | Pompeo, Mattis talk bolstering Indian ties despite tensions

NEW DELHI — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis held long-delayed talks Thursday with top Indian officials, looking to shore up the alliance with one of Washington’s top regional partners. The so-called “2+2” talks were scheduled to last just a few hours and focus on strategic and security topics. They … Continue reading NEW DELHI | Pompeo, Mattis talk bolstering Indian ties despite tensions

As tensions ease, China keeps building on disputed islands

WASHINGTON / December 14, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  Tensions over China’s island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy. New satellite imagery shows China has built infrastructure covering 72 acres (28 hectares) in the Spratly and Paracel islands during 2017 to equip its larger outposts to … Continue reading As tensions ease, China keeps building on disputed islands

US flies powerful warplanes amid tensions with North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea/September 18, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The U.S. military flew advanced bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula and near Japan in drills with South Korean and Japanese warplanes on Monday, three days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan. The United States often sends powerful military aircraft in a show of … Continue reading US flies powerful warplanes amid tensions with North Korea