U.S.-China Trade Talks Should Resume, U.S. Business Groups Say

U.S.-China Trade Talks Should Resume, U.S. Business Groups Say

A group of the most influential American business groups is urging the Biden administration to restart trade talks with China and cut tariffs on Chinese-made goods that had remained in place after the start of the bruising trade war between the two countries. The groups, which represented interests as diverse as potato farmers, microchip companies…

As Taliban Advance, Biden Officials Cling to Hope for Afghan Peace

As Taliban Advance, Biden Officials Cling to Hope for Afghan Peace

WASHINGTON — As Taliban fighters make startlingly swift advances across Afghanistan, Biden administration officials continue to pin their hopes on a peace deal that would halt the country’s relentless violence with a power-sharing agreement. They have stressed, at least in their public statements, that the peace process could succeed, even as the U.S. military withdraws…

Beijing must not host Winter Olympics, Uyghur American pleads in heartbreaking testimony

Beijing must not host Winter Olympics, Uyghur American pleads in heartbreaking testimony

A Uyghur American opened up about her mother’s disappearance at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party and urged the international community to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing or to insist that the Olympics take place elsewhere. “I’m here today not as a professional activist, expert, or a scholar but just as a…

The Australian state of Victoria goes back into lockdown.

The Australian state of Victoria goes back into lockdown.

Just a week after emerging from its fifth coronavirus lockdown, the Australian state of Victoria reimposed restrictions on Thursday as officials tried to avert a prolonged outbreak of the Delta variant like the one seen in the country’s largest city, Sydney. The authorities in Victoria — which includes Melbourne, the second largest city — said…

Iranian hardliner Raisi, tied to mass executions, sworn in as regime president

Iranian hardliner Raisi, tied to mass executions, sworn in as regime president

Iran’s new hardline president Ebrahim Raisi, who has been tied to mass executions and crackdowns of political opponents, was sworn in on Thursday as dissidents urged international leaders not to play ball with the regime. Iranian officials declared Raisi the winner of a June election marked by low turnout and dogged by accusations of election…