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U.S. business group calls for 'urgent' Taiwan free trade talks

The United States should "urgently" start talks with Taiwan on a free trade agreement with the aim to present a completed text for passage next year, the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiw...

Leftist's election to test Colombia's alliance with US

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It’s one of the United States’ few enduring alliances in an often-turbulent Latin America, one built around a decades-long partnership combating the nation’s drug cartels. ...

Colombia picks 1st leftist president in tight runoff contest

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia will be governed by a leftist president for the first time after former rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly defeated a real estate millionaire in a runoff election that under...

First Taiwan-US Initiative meeting set for June 27 in Washington

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Minister-Without-Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中) said the first U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade meeting will be held on June 27 in Washington, D.C., followin...

Mexican government prodding its farmers to grow more food

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The corn has begun to sprout on the hillsides south of Mexico’s capital, though it’s unclear whether these shoots will have enough water to grow or whether the farmer will be able t...

'Islamophobia' controversy: Why India cannot risk a fallout with the Gulf

India has been at the receiving end of a strong diplomatic backlash from a number of Muslim-majority nations over the past few days after two spokespersons of the country's ruling Bharatiya Janata...

Why more European firms are choosing Vietnam over China

Vietnam was one of the few Asian countries that did not experience an economic contraction during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and 2021. This year,Vietnam's GDP is expected to grow by around 5...

Biden hoping to avoid Summit of the Americas flop in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When leaders gather at the Summit of the Americas this week, the focus is likely to veer from policy issues — migration, climate change and galloping inflation — and instead shift t...

Biden scrambles to avoid Americas Summit flop in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When leaders gather this week in Los Angeles at the Summit of the Americas, the focus is likely to veer from common policy changes — migration, climate change and galloping inflatio...

US and China present competing visions for the Pacific

US President Joe Biden's inaugural visit to Asia in May was seen as a reminder that Washington's long-term foreign policy goals remain focused on Asia, even as the war in Ukraine currently tak...

Israel, UAE sign free trade deal, first with an Arab country

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a free trade agreement on Tuesday, the first of its kind that Israel has concluded with an Arab country. The UAE agreed to...

Israel, UAE sign historic free trade deal

Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a free trade agreement on Tuesday in Dubai, Israel's ambassador to the UAE said on Twitter. "Done," diplomat Amir Hayek wrote, replying to ano...

How Vietnam's economy benefits from China's pandemic policy

Vietnam was one of the few countries whose economy grew during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. This was due to early and rigorous action by the government and a zero-COVID strategy that kept case nu...

Ex-rebel frontrunner in Colombian vote, could shake US ties

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Last year, Fabian Espinel helped organize roadblocks where young people protested against police violence and government plans to increase taxes on lower income Colombians. ...

The US took an oddly two-faced approach to Taiwan this week

TAICHUNG (Taiwan News) — On March 31, the U.S. and Taiwan held high-level talks “on expanding Taiwan’s participation at the United Nations and in other international fora” is i...