• Philippines seeks China’s clarification on shoal plans

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines says it has asked China to clarify its reported plans to build an environmental monitoring station on a disputed shoal.

  • 12 books later, See tells how holiday letter launched career

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If she’d just stuck with her plan to write that family Christmas letter back in the early 1990s, Lisa See might still be reviewing best-selling novels instead of writing them.

  • US, global partners wrestle over trade stance

    BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — Top finance officials including new U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are debating what stance to take on free trade at a meeting that will help set the tone for the global economy.

  • China plans 1st structure on disputed South China Sea shoal

    BEIJING (AP) — China plans to build the first permanent structure on a South China Sea shoal at the heart of a territorial dispute with the Philippines, in a move likely to renew concerns over Beijing’s robust assertions of its claims in the strategically crucial waterbody.

  • Tillerson: Use of pre-emptive force an option with NKorea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States signaled a tougher strategy toward North Korea on Friday that leaves open the possibility of pre-emptive military action and rejects talks with the communist nation until it gives up its weapons of mass destruction.

  • US stock indexes hold steady while overseas markets rally

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian markets were mixed Friday, weighing prospects that the U.S. Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates as many times as some investors expect.

  • Longtime NHL coach Mike Keenan hired by Chinese team

    MOSCOW (AP) — Mike Keenan is taking charge of a Chinese hockey team.

  • Tillerson says NKorea ‘need not fear’ United States

    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on North Korea on Thursday to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, saying the isolated nation “need not fear” the United States.

  • US to confront trade partners at global finance meeting

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to get tough on trade partners like China, Mexico and Germany. Now his Treasury chief, Steven Mnuchin, will get his first opportunity to confront them all in one room.

  • North Korea threat looms over US envoy Tillerson’s Asia trip

    TOKYO (AP) — On his first trip to Asia as top U.S. diplomat, Rex Tillerson wants to forge cooperation with Japan, South Korea and China against the nuclear threat from North Korea and demonstrate “America First” does not mean a U.S. diplomatic retreat from the volatile region.