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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Talking tough on trade, Trump pushes ‘America first’ in Asia

President Donald Trump stood before a summit of Asian leaders keen on regional trade pacts and delivered a roaring “America first” message Friday, denouncing China for unfair trade practices just …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

U.S., Russia nearing agreement on resolving Syrian civil war

The United States and Russia are nearing an agreement on Syria for how they hope to resolve the Arab country’s civil war once the Islamic State group is defeated, officials …

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits edge up by 10,000

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up slightly to a still-low 239,000 last week. Meanwhile, the four-week average fell to a fresh 44-year low, evidence that …

U.S. says new airstrike in Somalia kills ‘several militants’

The U.S. military says “several militants” have been killed in an airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia.

U.S. takes steps to make it harder for Americans to visit Cuba

Americans who visit Cuba must now avoid hotels, shops, tour companies and other businesses on a lengthy list released Wednesday by the Trump administration as part of a new policy …

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

Securing North Korean nuclear sites would require a ground invasion, Pentagon says

The only way to locate and secure all of North Korea’s nuclear weapons sites “with complete certainty” is through an invasion of U.S. ground forces, and in the event of …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

U.S. tells Somalia mission staffers to leave over threat

The United States has ordered all non-essential employees of its mission to Somalia to leave the capital, Mogadishu, because of “specific threat information” against them.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 4:31 p.m.

U.S. report contradicts Trump team: Warming mostly man-made

A massive U.S. report concludes the evidence of global warming is stronger than ever, contradicting a favorite talking point of top Trump administration officials, who downplay human’s role in climate …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

Caterpillar distributor is first U.S. company to get permission to set up in Cuba’s Mariel zone

A slow but steady campaign to become the first U.S. company to set up business in Cuba’s Mariel Special Economic Development Zone has paid off for a Caterpillar distributor. Cuba …

Survey: U.S. services sector posts strongest gains in 12 years

U.S. services companies in October grew at the best rate in more than a dozen years.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 11:26 a.m.

U.S. carries out 1st airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia

A Somali security official says a suspected U.S. airstrike has targeted a base run by Islamic State group-affiliated fighters in Somalia’s northern state of Puntland.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 10:34 a.m.

U.S. hiring jumps after hurricanes as employers add 261K jobs

U.S. employers added a solid 261,000 jobs in October in a bounce-back from the hurricanes that slammed the Southeast in September.

U.S. trade deficit rose to $43.5 billion in September

The U.S. trade deficit rose in September to $43.5 billion as imports grew faster than exports.

U.S. factory orders up 1.4 percent in September

Orders to U.S. factories rose 1.4 percent in September, the strongest gain in four months. A key category that tracks business investment plans jumped by the largest amount in more …

U.S. weekly requests for jobless aid fall to a low of 229,000

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, close to historical lows in a sign that the job market is healthy.

U.S. workers’ productivity jumps 3 percent in third quarter

U.S. workers’ productivity jumped 3 percent in the third quarter, the strongest gain in three years, while labor costs remained moderate.

United States votes against U.N. resolution condemning U.S. embargo on Cuba

The United States voted against a U.N. resolution condemning America’s economic embargo against Cuba on Wednesday, reversing last year’s abstention by the Obama administration and reflecting worsening U.S.-Cuban relations.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

Trump admin to defend Cuba embargo at U.N., reversing Obama

The Trump administration will defend America’s decades-old economic embargo on Cuba in a United Nations vote this week, the State Department said Tuesday, in a reversal from the Obama administration …

U.N. environment chief: U.S. likely to live up to Paris accord

The head of the U.N. environment program said Tuesday the United States is likely to live up to the Paris climate deal despite President Donald Trump’s planned pullout, because “all …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 9:40 p.m.

U.S. captures key Benghazi militant

U.S. special operations forces captured a militant in Libya accused of playing an instrumental role in the Benghazi attacks, officials said Monday, in a high-stakes operation designed to bring the …

Cuba announces new immigration policies to boost ex-pat ties

Cuba’s foreign minister on Saturday announced changes to the island’s immigration policies, seeking to strengthen ties with the 800,000 Cubans living outside the country amid strained relations with Washington following …

U.S. economy grew at 3 percent rate in July-September quarter

The U.S. economy, bolstered by business investment, grew at a solid annual rate of 3 percent in the third quarter. It marks the first time in three years that growth …

U.S. 30-year mortgage rates rise to 3.94 percent

The costs of borrowing to buy a home increased slightly this week, but U.S. mortgage rates are still near relative lows.

New screenings begin for passengers on U.S.-bound flights

New security screenings for all passengers on U.S.-bound flights began on Thursday, with airlines worldwide questioning flyers about their trip and their luggage in the latest Trump administration decision affecting …

Kaspersky: We uploaded U.S. documents but quickly deleted them

Sometime in 2014, a group of analysts walked into the office of Eugene Kaspersky, the ebullient founder of Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, to deliver some sobering news. Kaspersky’s anti-virus …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 5:22 p.m.

Review to confirm Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

U.S. officials are preparing a recommendation for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to declare that “ethnic cleansing” is occurring against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. That assessment would raise pressure on the …

U.S. general: Many questions remain about Niger attack

The U.S. special forces unit ambushed by Islamic militants in Niger didn’t call for help until an hour into their first contact with the enemy, the top U.S. general says, …

U.S. sanctions against Hezbollah will not target banks: Banker

New U.S. sanctions against the militant Hezbollah group expected to be released in the near future are not likely to affect the country’s banking sector that is the backbone of …

Turkey regulators say no U.S. probe into banks, denying reports

Turkish banks aren’t under investigation and U.S. authorities haven’t sent any information or documents to their Turkish counterparts, Mehmet Ali Akben, the head of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency, …

U.S.-backed forces take Syria’s largest oil field from IS

U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces.