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US, China impose visa restrictions on each other in Tibet row

by Beiyi Seow with Shaun Tandon in Washington The United States and China imposed visa restrictions on each other in tit-for-tat moves over their disagreement on Tibet, adding fuel to the diplomatic fire between the superpowers. China announced Wednesday its curbs on people from the US...

Harvard, MIT sue Trump govt over order revoking visas for foreign students

by Peter HUTCHISON Harvard and MIT asked a court Wednesday to block an order by President Donald Trump's administration threatening the visas of foreign students whose entire courses have moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic. The universities' lawsuit was in response to an announcement Monday...

US infections top three million as Trump pushes schools reopening

by Issam AHMED with AFP bureaus The United States topped three million confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday as President Donald Trump pushed for schools to re-open amid a COVID-19 resurgence in many southern hotspots. The US remains by far the worst affected country, with over 131,000 deaths,...

China clashes with US over new Hong Kong security law

by Jerome TAYLOR China promised Thursday to take "strong countermeasures" if the US presses ahead with tough new sanctions that target banks over infringements on Hong Kong's autonomy, after Beijing imposed a sweeping security law on the restless financial hub. Beijing has faced a groundswell of...

Trump says he’d have ‘no problem’ using mask in ‘tight’ quarters

US President Donald Trump, who has yet to be seen in public wearing a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic, said Wednesday he would have "no problem" doing so, while reiterating his belief that the contagion will just "disappear." "If I were in a tight...

As virus surges, Trump under pressure to adopt mask

President Donald Trump faced mounting bipartisan pressure Sunday to set an example by wearing a face mask, as his health secretary warned the "window is closing" to gain control of an explosion of infections in conservative-led US states. New coronavirus cases have been surging in...

US states reimpose virus measures as cases near record

by Julia Benarrous, with Leila Macor in Miami US officials on Wednesday imposed tough measures including quarantines and stay-at-home advice as daily coronavirus cases approached record levels after surging across the nation's South and West. Nearly four months after reporting its first death from COVID-19, the...

China threatens retaliation for US curbs on ‘propaganda’ outlets

by Laurie Chen with Shaun Tandon in Washington China threatened Tuesday to retaliate against new US restrictions on Chinese state media, escalating tensions between the two superpowers as they crack down on each other's news outlets. The US State Department said Monday it was reclassifying four...

US accuses China of using Floyd death for propaganda

The United States on Saturday accused China of using the unrest triggered by the death of George Floyd in police custody to justify denying its own people basic human rights. "As with dictatorships throughout history, no lie is too obscene, so long as it serves...

White House says China’s Tiananmen Square ‘slaughter’ not forgotten

The White House said Thursday that China's "slaughter" of protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989 has not been forgotten, urging Beijing to give its first accurate accounting of the bloodshed. "The Chinese Communist Party's slaughter of unarmed Chinese civilians was a tragedy that will not...