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Wave of new coronavirus cases hits US, Europe

MILAN/CHICAGO — The United States, Russia, France and many other countries are setting records for coronavirus infections as a tidal wave of cases washes over parts of the Northern Hemisphere, forcing some countries to impose new curbs.

China and US economies diverge over coronavirus response

WASHINGTON — The United States and China dealt with the spread of the devastating coronavirus pandemic in vastly different ways, and that split is...

Indonesia rejected US request to host spy planes — officials

JAKARTA — Indonesia rejected this year a proposal by the United States to allow its P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance planes to land and refuel there, according to four senior Indonesian officials familiar with the matter.

US museums sell Picasso and Warhol, embrace diversity to survive

THE ONE-TWO punch of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) and the racial-justice movement has upended huge swathes of society — work, school and health care. Below the radar, it’s also shaking the foundations of another set of US institutions — museums — forcing them to sell prized works and broaden the definition of great art.

While Europe, US cinemas suffer, Japan’s Toho does very well

While global cinemas are reeling from the coronavirus and delays to Dune and the latest James Bond release, shares of Japan’s biggest movie company are climbing back toward a record high as the world’s third-largest movie market slowly returns to normal.

Here’s what could happen if China invaded Taiwan

Xi Jinping’s Chinese Communist Party has threatened to invade Taiwan for more than seven decades. Now fears are growing among analysts, officials, and investors that it might actually follow through over the next few years, potentially triggering a war with the US.

Central bankers say fiscal aid crucial in pandemic battle

TOP United States and European central bankers on Tuesday called for renewed government spending to support families and businesses as the battle against the coronavirus-triggered recession enters a newly critical phase.

US housing boom threatened by short supply of homes to buy

THE US housing market, which has been a bright spot in the pandemic-battered economy, is running out of fuel.

US-China tensions flare at UN as Trump accuses Beijing of unleashing...

NEW YORK — US President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable for having “unleashed” COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him of “lies” and abusing the U.N. platform to provoke confrontation.

China air force video seems to show attack on US base

BEIJING — China’s air force has released a video showing nuclear-capable H-6 bombers carrying out a simulated attack on what appears to be Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam, as regional tensions continue to rise.

US blacklists Chinese company over Cambodia project

WASHINGTON/PHNOM PENH — The United States on Tuesday blacklisted a Chinese developer of a port, airport and resort complex in Cambodia, saying it was built on land seized from local people and there were “credible reports” it could be used to host Chinese military assets.

Vietnam backs US role in South China Sea, rebuffing Beijing

SOUTHEAST ASIAN countries want the US to play a role in maintaining peace in the South China Sea, Vietnam said, pushing back against Beijing’s comments that American forces were destablizing the region.

Beef is proving more profitable than chicken in the pandemic

Inexpensive chicken was supposed to be the pick of the proteins in the pandemic. But suppliers with a greater focus on beef are outperforming those that rely more on poultry.

US records a coronavirus death every minute as total surpasses 150,000

One person in the United States died about every minute from COVID-19 on Wednesday as the national death toll surpassed 150,000, the highest in the world.

US warns vs planting mystery seeds from China

US FEDERAL AGENCIES are investigating suspicious and unsolicited packages of seeds that have been arriving at addresses across America and appear to come from China.

US accuses two Chinese nationals of hacking spree for COVID-19 data

WASHINGTON — The US Justice department on Tuesday indicted two Chinese nationals over their role in what the agency called a decade-long cyber espionage campaign that targeted defense contractors, COVID researchers and hundreds of other victims worldwide.

US approves pooled testing for COVID-19

THE US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized so-called “pool testing” for COVID-19, a move aimed at broadening checks for the coronavirus and using fewer testing resources.

Creative destruction: A high-risk idea that nobody wants to test

The US is usually better than Europe at reshaping its economy after recessions, partly because it’s easier for American entrepreneurs to streamline their business by firing workers, or even start a new one by going bankrupt.

Duterte still likely to end troop deployment deal with America

THE GOVERNMENT of President Rodrigo R. Duterte is bent on ending a military agreement with the US on the deployment of troops for war games, the presidential palace said on Thursday.

US to force out foreign students taking classes fully online

NEW YORK — Foreign students must leave the United States if their school’s classes this fall will be taught completely online or transfer to another school with in-person instruction, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced on Monday.

Fearful and frugal: coronavirus wreaks havoc on America’s psyche

As the US reopens, Americans aren’t much interested in going out and spending.

US population growth has been driven exclusively by minorities

US racial and ethnic minorities accounted for all of the nation’s population growth during the last decade, according to new Census Bureau estimates.

US, PHL, Japan forces to hold joint military exercises

MEMBERS OF the US, Japanese and Philippine military will hold the third KAMANDAG exercises on Oct. 9–18 in various training venues in Luzon and Palawan.

Trust in China falls, while trust in US improves — SWS

THE Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported that even more Filipinos are distrustful of China since its last survey, while their trust of the United States has been increasing.

US ‘scared’ of China — Duterte

CHINA’s military buildup in the disputed waters of the South China Sea was made possible by US fears over the Asian power, Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Sunday night.

US still at the top of Filipinos’ trust list, China the...

FILIPINOS STILL trust the United States (US) the most and China the least among four countries in a poll by Social Weather Stations (SWS) in December.

US, Japan commit support for PHL’s fight vs terrorism

THE UNITED STATES has committed over P300 million in “intelligence support” to the Philippines, Malacañang announced on Monday.

Review of US-PHL defense treaty not influenced by other countries

REVIEWING the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States is not influenced by the interest of other countries, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said on Friday.

China’s record trade surplus with US adds fuel to trade war

BEIJING — China’s trade surplus with the United States widened to a record in August even as the country’s export growth slowed slightly, an outcome that could push President Donald Trump to turn up the heat on Beijing in their cantankerous trade dispute.

Expats say there are 46 better countries to live in than...

How the mighty have fallen. And fallen again. The appeal of the U.S. as a destination for expatriates slid for the fifth consecutive year, to...

Much detail, little progress in US-China talks

BEIJING/WASHINGTON — U.S-China trade talks this week were heavy on details but short on progress as U.S. negotiators outlined cases of American firms harmed by Chinese practices and China argued it was meeting its WTO obligations, people familiar with contents of the discussions said.

US-Mexico trade talks progressing but no breakthrough with China

Washington, United States -- US officials holding a two-front battle in President Donald Trump's bid to revise major trade ties made progress with Mexican...

US-China trade war hits $100 billion in goods

Washington -- From Harley-Davidson motorcycles and American bourbon to Chinese parts and machinery, the world's two largest economies have exchanged punitive tariffs that slice...

Trump says market would ‘crash’ if he were impeached

Washington -- President Donald Trump said in an interview aired Thursday that the US economy would collapse if he were impeached. "I will tell you...

Duterte to Trump’s men: ‘Prove good faith’ on defense assets offer

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday announced that three Cabinet officials of United States President Donald J. Trump wrote him...

What’s next in the trade war? Key US-China events to watch...

China and the US resume trade talks this week, ending the hiatus after an earlier deal collapsed in May. Fresh rounds of tariffs on each...

Starbucks boycott? Nike shutdown? China holds trade war leverage

America’s corporate bosses could be excused if they don’t agree with President Donald Trump’s boasts that a trade war is “ easy to win.”...

Duterte slams US for warning against buying Russian submarines

By Camille A. Aguinaldo President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday, Aug. 17, slammed the United States for warning the Philippines against buying submarines from Russia,...

China, unsure of how to handle Trump, braces for ‘new Cold...

Perhaps nowhere outside America’s heartland is Donald Trump given more credit than in Beijing. In government offices and think tanks, universities and state-run newsrooms, there...

China-US to resume low-level talks in bid to resolve trade war

China will dispatch Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen to the U.S. for low-level trade talks in late August, the first official exchanges since earlier...

Further US sanctions would be ‘declaration of economic war’: Medvedev

Moscow, Russia -- Russia warned Friday that if the US followed through with threats to impose further harsh economic sanctions it would be seen as...

US readies to slap duties on $16 billion of Chinese goods

The U.S. said it will begin imposing 25% duties on an additional $16 billion in Chinese imports in two weeks, escalating a trade war...

US reaffirms position in South China Sea code negotiations

By Camille A. Aguinaldo The United States made clear its position that the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea should also include the...

China prepared for long trade war with US, state media says

After a weekend of claims by U.S. President Donald Trump that he has the upper hand in the trade war with China, Beijing responded...

China rejects US request to cut Iran oil imports

The US has been unable to persuade China to cut Iranian oil imports, according to two officials familiar with the negotiations, dealing a blow...