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EXPLAINER: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years later

TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa on Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of its return to Japan on May 15, 1972, which ended 27 years of U.S. rule after one of the bloodiest battles of World War II was fought on the...

Long-serving Utah US Senator Orrin Hatch dies at age 88

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Orrin G. Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in history who was a fixture in Utah politics for more than four decades, died Saturday at age 88. His d...

Plan to ban menthol cigarettes prompts late lobbying blitz

WASHINGTON (AP) — As federal officials finalize a long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes, dozens of interest groups have met with White House staffers to try to influence the process, which has t...

Johnson acknowledges his company, others benefited from law

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson told backers at a recent event in Wisconsin that his plastics company benefitted from a key provision he pushed for in former President Donald Trump's...

GOP's Senate campaign chief won't back down from party fight

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Rick Scott likes to think of himself as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War. Barely halfway through his first Senate term, the Florida Republican is a...

EXPLAINER: How would billionaire income tax work?

WASHINGTON (AP) — A “Billionaire Minimum Income Tax” is included in President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget proposal — part of the administration’s effort to reduce the federal deficit over the ...

Income-tax phaseout up for debate in long-poor Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is accustomed to being first in worsts: It's one of the poorest, unhealthiest states in the nation, with public schools that are chronically underfunded. Some Republi...

Defeat on virus law shows rifts in Poland's ruling coalition

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The defeat of a proposed COVID-19 law in Poland's parliament over free testing for employees has exposed deep divisions inside the ruling right-wing coalition and the waning infl...

CPA Australia calls for enhanced two-tiered consumption vouchers and quarantine tax deduction

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 27 January 2022 - Facing a fifth wave of Covid-19, Hong Kong's near-term economic outlook is increasingly uncertain, according to one of the world's largest profession...

Tsai makes no mention of 'ROC' in New Year's speech, only 'Taiwan'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — During her 2,700-word New Year's Day speech on Saturday (Jan. 1), President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) made no mention of the "Republic of China" (ROC) for the first...

California pot companies warn of impending industry collapse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leading California cannabis companies warned Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday that the state’s legal industry was on the verge of collapse and needed immediate tax cuts and a rapid expan...

More social housing needed in Taiwan as house prices skyrocket

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese economics expert is urging the government to invest more in social housing as the country’s youths are feeling increasingly dissatisfied due to soaring h...

German companies urge next government to step up on climate

BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of large German companies have urged the country's next government to put in place ambitious policies to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord. The 69 ...

Report details Trump's all-out bid to undo election results

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s extraordinary effort to overturn his 2020 election defeat brought the Justice Department to the brink of chaos, and prompted top officials there and at the White House...

Ireland agrees to increase corporate tax rate to 15%

Ireland will increase its corporate tax rate to 15% from 12.5%, Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe announced on Thursday. It means Ireland is signing up to a global tax reform for a minimum rate ...