Xi’s latest promises of economic openness ring hollow

China 11/13/18, 21:44

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke at China’s first International Import Expo in Shanghai earlier this month, reiterating familiar promises that China will improve access to trade, facilitate investment, and protect intellectual property. He and President Donald Trump will meet to discuss outstanding trade issues at the G20 summit in Argentina later this month. The ...

Pink diamond sells for more than $50M, setting world record

Europe 11/13/18, 17:03

Christie's sold the "Pink Legacy" diamond at auction Tuesday for more than $50 million including fees, saying it's a new world record price per carat for a pink diamond. Christie's said that renowned jeweler Harry Winston was the buyer. The auction house had expected to fetch $30 million to $50 million ...

Underlying issues keep Israel, Hamas locked in violent loop

World 11/13/18, 15:06

A slew of grievances and major underlying issues have Israel and Hamas locked in a spiral of violence that has caused three wars in the last decade and repeated rounds of deadly fighting.With an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, a riven Palestinian leadership and a militant Hamas, Gaza's predicament remains seemingly unsolvable.Here is ...

Civilians in Israel, Gaza feel helpless amid new fighting

World 11/13/18, 14:38

Loren Amar was watching TV with her father around midnight when an air-raid siren warning of incoming rocket fire blared through their working-class neighborhood in southern Israel.Their old apartment had no in-house shelter, so they huddled in the stairway just before a rocket from Gaza slammed into the building next-door, ...

Slovak president condemns questioning of protest organizers

Europe 11/13/18, 14:10

Slovakia's president has condemned a move by the country's police, which started questioning the organizers of recent massive anti-government protests over allegations of staging a coup and corruption.Tens of thousands of Slovaks repeatedly took to the streets amid a political crisis in major protests triggered by the slaying of an ...

Macedonia to seek arrest in Hungary of former prime minister

Europe 11/13/18, 13:49

Macedonia will seek the arrest with an international warrant of conservative former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski after confirming he fled to Hungary to avoid serving a two-year prison sentence for corruption, authorities said Tuesday.The Interior Ministry responded nearly five hours after Gruevski announced he was in Budapest in a Facebook ...

Gaza timeline: Main events in years of Israel-Hamas clashes

World 11/13/18, 13:19

The latest round of fighting in Gaza is rooted in the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and comes after Israel and the territory's Hamas rulers have fought three wars in the past decade.The fighting in recent years has killed thousands of Palestinians and scores of Israelis, but has yet to dislodge the ...