U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday unveiled sweeping bans on U.S. transactions with China’s ByteDance, owner of video-sharing app TikTok, and Tencent, operator of messenger app WeChat, in a major escalation of tensions with Beijing. The executive orders, which go into effect in 45 days, come after the Trump administration said
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The U.S. closed its consulate in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu on Monday, a victim of the rising tensions between the global powers. China ordered the mission closed late last week in retaliation for a U.S. order to shut down the Chinese Consulate in Houston earlier the same week.
An armed man seized a long-distance bus and took people in it hostage in northwestern Ukraine on Tuesday, launching an hours-long standoff with police, Ukrainian authorities said. About 10 people are currently being held hostage, Ukraine’s Security Service said in a Facebook statement. Police earlier had put the number at
The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on companies connected to a Russian businessman who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and suspected of helping finance the covert social media campaign aimed at American voters ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The actions announced Wednesday take aim at front companies
The latest: A long-expected upturn in the United States for coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic. The number of deaths per day from the virus had been falling for months and even remained down as states like Florida and
The latest: WHO officials arrive in Beijing to investigate origins of the coronavirus pandemic. United Kingdom quarantine measures for travellers ease. Canada’s hardest-hit nursing homes lost 40% of residents in just 3 months of the pandemic. Texas reports new high for hospitalizations for 10th consecutive day. Two World Health Organization (WHO) experts headed to the Chinese
Heavy rain in southern Japan triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen people presumed dead, about 10 missing and dozens stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said. More than 75,000 residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were urged to vacate the areas
The latest: U.S. heads into July 4 holiday weekend after days of record cases. Australian authorities consider locking down more Melbourne suburbs. Mandating masks will help will convince more Canadians to wear them, physicians say. Atlantic bubble opens, allowing travellers from within the four provinces to cross borders. After days of record