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Gere Touched Hollywood's 'Third Rail,' and He's Just Fine

Criticism of China cost him mainstream roles, but he's happy with indie films

(Newser) - Richard Gere was once on the Hollywood A-list, with blockbusters such as Pretty Woman, American Gigolo, and An Officer and a Gentleman. Not so much anymore. He's 67 now, but other actors in their 60s are still pulling down mainstream leading roles. So why not Gere? He tells the... More »

N. Korea: US Is 'More Vicious' Under Trump

Official says he's more 'aggressive' than Obama

(Newser) - North Korea's vice foreign minister on Friday blamed President Trump for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula through his tweets and expansion of military exercises, saying the US was becoming "more vicious and more aggressive" under his leadership than it had been under President Obama. In an interview... More »

Trump: US Dollar Is 'Getting Too Strong'

He shifted on 3 policies in WSJ interview

(Newser) - President Trump managed to do an about-face on no less than three policies in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday—and he made what analysts say were highly unusual comments about the American dollar in the process. "I think our dollar is getting too strong, and... More »

Trump Offers Incentive to Get China to Act on North Korea

He promises a 'far better' trade deal

(Newser) - Forget a " ruthless blow ." North Korea says the US will face "catastrophic consequences," including possible war, if it continues to provoke the country, reports the Guardian . The message from a foreign ministry spokesman comes days after the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, a missile carrier, and... More »

Outrage Over United Incident Spreads to China

Some call for United boycott over what they see as discrimination against Asians

(Newser) - A set of viral videos showing an Asian man being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight over the weekend has prompted plenty of outrage in the US, but there's been overseas reaction, too—specifically in China, CNBC reports. A passenger who took one of the videos of the... More »

Xi Pays Surprise Visit to Alaska

He saw the sights, talked trade with Gov. Walker

(Newser) - China's President Xi Jinping followed up what President Trump called a "tremendous" summit with a look at some of Alaska's tremendous views. Xi made a surprise stop in Anchorage late Friday on his way back to Beijing from the US. The leader and his entourage went from... More »

Trump Brags of 'Tremendous Progress' in Summit With Xi

But Syrian airstrike casts shadow over meeting with Chinese president

(Newser) - Last week, President Trump tweeted that his meeting with the Chinese president "will be a very difficult one"—not a surprising prediction given Trump once accused China of having "raped the US," but apparently an incorrect one. The BBC reports Trump ended his two-day summit with... More »

GPS Told Him Where to Go. He Shouldn't Have Listened

Driver in China tells cops he didn't realize dirt road led straight to water

(Newser) - Why do people climb mountains? Because they're there. Why do they drive their cars into rivers? Because their GPS told them to. Mashable reports that's the experience of a man in China's Anhui province, where police had to spend a good portion of their day pulling a... More »

White House Played It Safe With Xi's Dinner Menu

Missiles hit Syria just before leader left Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - President Trump hosted China's President Xi Jinping for a formal dinner Thursday night that has been largely overshadowed by the rain of American cruise missiles that slammed into a Syrian airbase minutes after the meal finished. The Guardian reports that before the dinner at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump... More »

Chinese Worry Trump Will Embarrass Xi During Meeting

Trump and Chinese president expected to talk North Korea and trade

(Newser) - President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived separately at Palm Beach International Airport on Thursday, causing major traffic headaches for locals, but more importantly heading to Mar-a-Lago to meet for the first time, the Palm Beach Post reports. While Trump is warning everyone to temper expectations for the meeting—... More »

North Korea Launches Missile Ahead of US-China Summit

Latest medium-range launch seen as a provocation

(Newser) - North Korea may have just moved up the agenda at President Trump's first meeting with China's President Xi Jinping: In what is seen as a provocation ahead of the US-China summit later this week, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile into the sea Wednesday morning in defiance of... More »

Have a Cherry Coke, Get a Warren Buffett Smile

Billionaire's face is being used on Cherry Coke cans in China

(Newser) - Amazon's Jeff Bezos may have knocked Warren Buffett into third place on the world's richest people list, but only one of them has been deemed worthy of gracing Cherry Coke cans in China—and it's not Bezos. For a limited time, Coca-Cola is splashing Buffett's mug... More »

Trump: If China Doesn't 'Solve' N. Korea, We Will

He takes tough line ahead of Xi meeting

(Newser) - President Trump is taking a tough line on the North Korean nuclear threat days ahead of his first meeting with his Chinese counterpart. He says he plans to raise the issue with Xi Jinping when they meet in Florida this week. "China has great influence over North Korea,"... More »

Beijing Brings in 'Toilet Revolution'

It includes facial recognition toilet paper dispensers

(Newser) - Fed up with the theft of toilet paper from public bathrooms, tourism authorities in China's capital have begun using facial recognition technology to limit how much paper a person can take. The unusual move—part of a "toilet revolution"—is another step in China's vast upgrading... More »

Woman From China Said to Be Mystery Buyer of Trump Childhood Home

Trump Birth House LLC spent $2.14M for the Jamaica Estates abode

(Newser) - Someone has agreed to hand over $2.14 million for President Trump's childhood home in Queens—and an unnamed neighbor tells the New York Times she's witnessed suited-up people pulling up to the Jamaica Estates home in black luxury SUVs and speaking Chinese since the secretive deal went... More »

How All 3 Major US Airlines Have Teamed With China

American Airlines has bought stake in China Southern

(Newser) - American Airlines has agreed to pay $200 million for a stake in China Southern Airlines, one of China's three major state-owned carriers, in a bid for a bigger share of the country's growing travel market, the AP reports. China Southern will expand commercial cooperation, possibly in sales, airport... More »

Report: China Developing Spaceship for Lunar Mission

Advanced spaceship will have space for multiple astronauts

(Newser) - China is developing an advanced new spaceship capable of both flying in low-Earth orbit and landing on the moon, according to state media. The newspaper Science and Technology Daily cited spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian as saying the new craft would be recoverable and have room for multiple astronauts, the AP... More »

Chinese Media Taken in by Satirical Trump Story

They reported that he wrapped White House phones in tinfoil

(Newser) - A satirical story about a paranoid President Trump wrapping the White House telephones in tinfoil was believable enough to be carried by major media outlets in China. The story from the New Yorker's "Borowitz Report" ended up in publications such as business magazine Caijing this week after appearing... More »

China: We Can Stop Trump's 'Head-On Collision' With N. Korea

Beijing suggests 'suspension for suspension'

(Newser) - North Korea and President Trump are like two accelerating trains bound to crash into each other, according to China, which sees itself as the only "signalman" able to avert catastrophe. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned Wednesday of a "looming crisis" on the Korean peninsula and wondered:... More »

China's Premier: 'We Will Make Our Skies Blue Again'

National People's Congress is underway again

(Newser) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged Sunday to make the country's smoggy skies blue again and "work faster" to address pollution caused by the burning of coal for heat and electricity. His words to delegates at the opening of the annual National People's Congress highlight how public discontent... More »

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