Alleged cocaine smuggler appears in Australian court

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian businessman who was allegedly part of a criminal syndicate that smuggled 1.28 metric tons (1.41 U.S. tons) of cocaine inside a shipment of prefabricated steel from China ha...

Natural gas fields give Israel a regional political boost

JERUSALEM (AP) — A decade after discovering natural gas fields off its Mediterranean coast, Israel is starting to feel the geopolitical boost. Its newfound riches have fostered econo...

China's 2018 economic growth sinks to 3-decade low

BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth hit a three-decade low in 2018, adding to pressure on Beijing to beef up stimulus measures and settle a tariff war with Washington. Growth slow...

On the shop floor, workers wonder what Brexit will bring

LONDON (AP) — It's an understatement to say that Michael O'Brien is worried about Brexit. O'Brien is a supervisor at Clarity-The Soap Co., which employs visually impaired adults at a...

Taiwan President asks Japanese legislator for help with CPTPP

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday asked visiting Japanese legislator Katsuyuki Kawai for support for Taiwan’s efforts to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Tran...

From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delta Air Lines can't get eight new aircraft in the air. Roughly a million government employees and contractors aren't being paid. Some Americans who are trying to start small busine...

China's 2018 trade surplus with US hits record high $323B

BEIJING (AP) — China’s 2018 trade surplus with the United States surged to a record $323.3 billion but exports contracted in December as the delayed impact of President Donald Trump’...

Trade war's wounded: Companies improvise to dodge cost hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Rochester, New York, a maker of furnaces for semiconductor and solar companies is moving its research and development to China to dodge President Donald Trump's import taxes — a m...

Trade war's wounded: Companies improvise to dodge cost hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Rochester, New York, a maker of furnaces for semiconductor and solar companies is moving its research and development to China to dodge President Donald Trump's import taxes — a m...

How's the US economy doing? Shutdown makes it harder to say

WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has begun to make it harder to assess the health of the economy by delaying or distorting key reports on growth, spending and hiring. ...

Liberal lawmakers challenge Trump with drug cost legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading congressional liberals are unveiling a legislative package that aims to radically reduce what Americans pay for prescription drugs by linking prices to lower costs in other c...

US-China Trade Talks conclude in Beijing with some progress, but no deal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Trade talks between the U.S. delegation and Chinese officials in Beijing have extended into Wednesday along with some small signs of progress, but no deal has yet been ann...

5 things to know about US-Chinese trade negotiations

BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China have held their first face-to-face trade talks since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed on Dec. 1 to postpone further tariff increases in a fight ...

Taiwan building ties with India to shake off dependence on China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan External Trade Development Council Chairman James Huang (黃志芳) has said India is the “jewel” in Taiwan’s new economic strategy, according to Financ...

Foreign visitors to Taiwan now denied entry if unable to clear fines for illegal pork imports

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Foreign nationals will now be denied entry if they are unable to pay fines for attempting to bring pork products from restricted zones into the country. CNA reports the...