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Chinese ambassador to US says Beijing doesn't know who to deal with

The Chinese ambassador to the United States said diplomats are confused over who is the "final decision maker" in the Trump administration, complicating future negotiations amid the escalating US China trade war.

China admits locking up Uyghurs, defends crackdown as necessary

China has fiercely defended an escalating crackdown in the far western province of Xinjiang as necessary for security, claiming inmates of "re-education camps" are happier following their imprisonment.

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China disappearances show Beijing sets its own rules

Beijing's crackdown on a film star and the Interpol chief highlights its use of secret detentions.

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US, Saudi Arabia Have Leverage on Each Other; Using It Has Costs

The United States and Saudi Arabia have had a mutually dependent relationship for seven decades based on a central bargain: the kingdom would pump ...

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Immigrant Caravan Organizer Held After Trump Threatens Honduras

The organizer of a migrant caravan from Honduras was detained Tuesday in Guatemala after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw funding ...

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China Breaks Silence on Muslim Detention Camps, Calling Them ‘Humane’

A senior official defended the vast detention network in the Xinjiang region, calling it a “vocational education and training program.”

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China admits to locking up Uyghurs but defends Xinjiang crackdown

China has defended an escalating crackdown in the far western province of Xinjiang as necessary for security, claiming inmates of "re-education camps" are happier following their imprisonment.

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Trump Administration Aims to Force Drug Companies to List Prices in Ads

The Department of Health and Human Services released proposed regulations Monday that would require companies selling drugs covered by Medicare or Medicaid that cost more than $35 to disclose prices in their television ads. HHS Secretary Alex Azar framed the move as a way to reduce prices and protect consumers. "Patients deserve to know what a ...

'Crazy Rich Asians' finally lands a release date in China

"Crazy Rich Asians" is scheduled to hit theaters in China on Nov. 30. The date is more than two months after its release in some East Asian territories.

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Market Can Cope with Push for Zero Iranian Oil Sales, Says US Envoy

The United States still aims to cut Iran's oil sales to zero and does not expect restored oil sanctions against Tehran to have a negative impact on a ...

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Trial Starts on Claim Harvard Discriminates against Asian-Americans

A trial began on Monday in a lawsuit alleging Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants, a closely watched case that could ...

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Yang Kaili: China live-streamer detained for 'insulting' national anthem

Yang Kaili, who has millions of followers in China, apologised for not singing the anthem "seriously".

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IMF World Bank: What the economic outlook holds for Asia

Emerging market contagion and trade tensions are among the key risks facing the region, the IMF says.

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Chinese Envoy Says US Charge of Election Interference 'Groundless'

China's ambassador to the U.S. says many accusations the Trump administration has made against Beijing are "groundless", including election interference. "One of the fundamental principles in China's foreign policy is non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries," Ambassador Cui Tiankai told Fox television Sunday. "We have been ...

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Snake drops into Chinese bank meeting

Python drops in on a staff meeting at a bank in Nanning, southern China.

A baby orca's death, a mother's grief and a state's call to action

From 2007 to 2014, two-thirds of Pacific Northwest orca pregnancies failed. Not a single calf has survived more than three years.

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Taliban, US Agree to Sustain Direct Dialogue on Afghan Peace

The United States and the Taliban held a new round of direct talks this week in Qatar, where the two sides agreed to continue the dialogue process to ...

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IMF Urges US and China to De-escalate Tariff Wars

President Donald Trump says the U.S. economy is the strongest it has ever been, because of his economic and trade policies. But the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are urging the U.S. and China to de-escalate their tariff wars, saying the standoff could hurt global economic growth. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara ...

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Kenyan girl golfer Chanelle Wangari aims for the top

Eleven-year-old Chanelle Wangari has broken into the top 10, making her Africa's top-ranked junior.

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US Arms Makers Express Concern to Trump Administration Over Saudi Deals

Major U.S. defense contractors have expressed concern to the Trump administration that lawmakers angered by the disappearance of a Saudi journalist in Turkey will block further arms deals with Saudi Arabia, a senior U.S. official told Reuters on Friday. Turkish reports that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a vocal critic of Riyadh, was killed ...

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Harvard Bias Trial to Spotlight Use of Race in College Admissions

A lawsuit challenging the use of race as a factor in U.S. college admissions will go to trial in Boston on Monday, when Harvard University will face ...

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China Says in 'Communication' Amid Report of Trump-Xi Meet

China said Friday it is in contact with the United States amid reports of a planned meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump ...

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Papua New Guinea Maserati fleet for Apec raises questions

The 40 luxury cars were flown in to chauffeur leaders at the Apec summit in the poor Pacific country.

China's paranoia and oppression in Xinjiang has a long history

China finally admitted this week what had been widely reported: that it is interning thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people in ...

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Pence Promises US Backing for Central America if Borders Strengthened

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Central American countries on Thursday the United States was willing to help with economic development and investment if they did more to tackle mass migration, corruption and gang violence. Speaking at a meeting with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and El Salvador ...

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China’s Exports, Imports Grow, as Does Trade Surplus With US

China’s September exports rose a solid 14.5 percent from a year earlier, well above expectations despite wider application of U.S. tariffs and signs of shrinking export orders for Chinese companies. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast shipments from the world’s largest exporter would rise 8.9 percent in September from a year earlier, slowing ...

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China Says Accusations Against Alleged Spy 'Out of Thin Air'

China said Thursday that accusations against an alleged Chinese spy accused of attempting to steal trade secrets from American aviation and aerospace companies were “made out of thin air.” Yanjun Xu, an operative of China’s Ministry of State ...

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