US expands anti-terror sanction powers

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump on Tuesday updated authorities to tighten anti-terror sanctions on US-designated terror groups. Trump’s executive order enlarges authorities “to expand and enhance the ability of the United States to sanction terrorists and those who finance them worldwide,” the White House said in announcing the new order. It “enhances our ability to … Read More

Jack Ma retires as Alibaba’s chairman

HANGZHOU — Jack Ma officially stepped down as group chairman of Alibaba Tuesday, handing over the position to the company’s CEO, Daniel Zhang. It is a special day for both the Chinese billionaire and the e-commerce giant he co-founded. Ma, a former English teacher, turns 55 Tuesday, which also marked the 20th anniversary of Alibaba … Read More

Hong Kong withdraws extradition bill

ANKARA — Unrelenting months-long protests finally pushed Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Wednesday to withdraw a proposed amendment which would have legalized extradition of suspects to mainland China. In a pre-recorded video, Lam said her government will withdraw the bill. In response to five demands of protesters, Lam said she has a four-point action … Read More

Typhoon Lekima leaves 44 dead, 16 missing in China

HANGZHOU/JINAN — Typhoon Lekima has left 44 dead and 16 missing in two Chinese provinces, wreaking havoc there with torrential rains and strong gales. By Monday morning, the death toll in Zhejiang Province has risen to 39 while nine others remained missing, said the Zhejiang provincial flood control headquarters. The ninth and strongest typhoon of the year … Read More