Tensions

MOSCOW | The Latest: Trump fails to single out Russia in Ukraine spat

MOSCOW — The Latest on tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local): 12:05 a.m. President Donald Trump says the U.S. doesn’t approve of escalating violence “either way” between Russia and Ukraine. Speaking publicly for the first time after a weekend naval confrontation off the disputed Crimean Peninsula raised tensions anew in the volatile region, … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Trump fails to single out Russia in Ukraine spat

MOSCOW | The Latest: Ukrainian lawmakers vote to impose martial law

MOSCOW — The Latest on tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has told lawmakers that the martial law introduced in the country will only affect regions bordering Russia, Belarus and Moldova’s breakaway republic of Trans-Dniester. Ahead of the parliamentary vote that overwhelmingly supported his motion for a … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Ukrainian lawmakers vote to impose martial law

MOSCOW | The Latest: Ukraine: Russia tensions ‘clear threat’ to peace

MOSCOW — The Latest on tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United Nations is warning that rising tensions with Russia “constitute a clear threat to international peace and security.” Volodymyr Yelchenko told a United Nations Security Council meeting Monday that Russia’s claim that Ukrainian ships violated Russia’s … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Ukraine: Russia tensions ‘clear threat’ to peace

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