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China raises tariffs on $50B of US soybeans, other goods

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Beijing, Apr 4 (AP) - China on Wednesday issued a $50 billion list of U.S. goods including soybeans and air-craft targeted for possible retaliation in an escalating technology dispute with Washington that companies worry could set back the global economic recovery.
The Chinese tax agency said the date the 25 percent tariff hike might take effect would be announced later de-pending on what U.S. President Donald Trump's government does about plans to raise duties on a similar amount of Chinese...
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Iraq grapples with Iranian influence ahead of May elections

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Baghdad, Apr 4 (AP) - Iran's influence is looming large as Iraqis prepare to head to the polls for parliamentary elections in May, with many in the country worried that Tehran may be looking to strengthen its political grip on Baghdad through the ballot box.
Iranian support and military advisers...
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Turkey’s Erdogan says missile deal with Russia is final

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Ankara, Apr 4 (AP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that his country's plan to purchase Russia's long-range missile defense system is a "done deal," brushing aside concerns from some NATO allies.
Erdogan appeared at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir...
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Netanyahu cancels deal with UN to resettle African migrants

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Jerusalem, Apr 3 (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled an agreement with the United Nations on Tuesday to resettle thousands of African migrants after pressure from hawks in his coalition prompted him earlier to suspend it.
Netanyahu suddenly announced he was suspending the...
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German prosecutors seek to extradite ex-Catalan leader

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Berlin, Apr 3 (AP) - German prosecutors said Tuesday they are seeking the extradition of former Catalan sepa-ratist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain, where he could face trial for his role in organizing an independence referendum.
Puigdemont was detained in Germany on March 25 as he attempted to...
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