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US Expects China Tariff Retaliation

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. said Sunday it expects that China will retaliate with increased tariffs on U.S. exports after President Donald Trump sharply boosted levies on Chinese products headed to the United States. Chief White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told “Fox News Sunday” that “both sides will suffer” from …

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Iranian Media Say Reformist Magazine Closed by Authorities

TEHRAN —  Iranian authorities shut down a reformist magazine that had urged negotiations with the United States, local media reported Sunday. The weekly magazine Seda was handed a suspension order Saturday by a court in Tehran, the reformist newspaper Arman reported. Seda’s most recent front page had shown a U.S. …

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Gay Rights Groups Hold Unauthorized March in Havana 

HAVANA —  Gay rights activists using social media on Saturday organized an unauthorized march down eight blocks of one of Havana’s main thoroughfares before they were stopped by police. The march was the second by a nongovernmental organization in Cuba in slightly more than a month. That’s highly unusual in …

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Trump Has Long Seen Previous US Trade Agreements as Losers

WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump’s combative approach to trade has been one of the constants among his often-shifting political views. And he’s showing no signs of backing off now, even as the stakes intensify with the threat of a full-blown trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. The president …

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Hong Kong Lawmakers Brawl Over Extradition Bill

A session Saturday in Hong Kong’s legislative assembly about a controversial extradition law ended in a brawl between lawmakers, with one member of the assembly hospitalized. Neither the pro-democracy lawmakers nor the pro-Beijing politicians are budging from their disapproval or support of the proposed law that would allow Hong Kong …

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Music Helps Ease Communication,Social Connections

CHANTILLY, VA. —  It’s 9 o’clock in the morning, time for 3-year-old Lucas’ weekly music therapy session. “Lucas is autistic,” his mother Katey Hernandez explained. “He has a lot of sensory processing sensitivities, which means he’s really sensitive to loud noises, bright lights and a lot of [activity] around his …

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US Mideast Peace Plan Starts Argument Before It’s Released

UNITED NATIONS —  A key architect of the long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace lashed out at the U.N.’s “anti-Israel bias” Thursday while urging support for the Trump administration’s “vision.” But the Palestinian foreign minister dismissed the U.S. peace effort, saying all indications are it will be “conditions for surrender.” …

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US Seizes N. Korean Vessel for Violating Sanctions

U.S. authorities have seized a North Korean cargo vessel for allegedly violating U.S. and U.N. sanctions by transporting coal from the east Asian country. The Justice Department’s National Security Division said in a statement Thursday the ship was approaching U.S. territorial waters after it was first confiscated in April 2018 …

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