Why Biden's choice of a running mate matters more than usual

World / Politics Aug 10, 2020

Why Biden's choice of a running mate matters more than usual

For all the secrecy and speculation that typically surrounds the search for a vice presidential candidate, the decision rarely sways an election. But ahead of Joe Biden's imminent announcement, this year could be different. At a minimum, the decision will shift the force of the ...

China-U.S. ties plunge further over Hong Kong sanctions

Asia Pacific / Politics Aug 8, 2020

China-U.S. ties plunge further over Hong Kong sanctions

China on Saturday slammed the United States for imposing "barbarous" sanctions in response to Beijing's crackdown in Hong Kong, capping a dramatic week of deteriorating relations between the world's two biggest economies. In the toughest U.S. action on Hong Kong since China imposed a sweeping ...

Officials long warned of explosive chemicals at Beirut port

World Aug 8, 2020

Officials long warned of explosive chemicals at Beirut port

At least 10 times over the past six years, authorities from Lebanon’s customs, military, security agencies and judiciary raised alarm that a massive stockpile of explosive chemicals was being kept with almost no safeguard at the port in the heart of Beirut, newly surfaced ...

Last-ditch U.S. virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

World / Politics Aug 8, 2020

Last-ditch U.S. virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

A last-ditch effort by Democrats to revive Capitol Hill talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money collapsed in disappointment Friday, making it increasingly likely that Washington gridlock will mean more hardship for millions of people who are losing enhanced jobless benefits and further damage for ...

Kids hospitalized by coronavirus infrequently, but number is rising

World Aug 8, 2020

Kids hospitalized by coronavirus infrequently, but number is rising

American children with COVID-19 are hospitalized infrequently compared to adults, but the rate has been growing and about a third of those hospitalized in a subset of a federal study published Friday needed intensive care. The study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

As Trump digs in, will it be U.S. versus China in tech?

Business / Tech | ANALYSIS Aug 8, 2020

As Trump digs in, will it be U.S. versus China in tech?

President Donald Trump’s bans on two popular Chinese social media apps — TikTok and WeChat — are the latest moves in an escalating U.S.-China rift, and point to a future where technology and innovation are increasingly walled behind political barriers. In China, the Communist Party ...