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Philippines protests new China law as `verbal threat of war’

- Associated Press

The Philippines has protested a new Chinese law that authorizes its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy other countries' structures on islands it claims, Manila’s top diplomat said Wednesday.

FILE - This photo combo of images shows the Amazon, Google and Facebook logos. An international debate over how countries tax big U.S. technology companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook is heating up. It's a challenge for the new U.S. Biden Administration, since talks face a mid-year deadline to reach a global deal that all agree on _ and defuse trade disputes with France and other countries that are imposing go-it-alone taxes the U.S. sees as discriminatory. (AP Photo, file)

Debate heats up over how countries tax Big Tech companies

- Associated Press

An international debate over how countries tax big U.S. technology companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook is heating up, presenting a challenge for new President Joe Biden's administration.

In this undated photo released by Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (BAKAMLA), a BAKAMLA ship escorts Iranian-flagged tanker MT Horse, top right, as they sail towards Batam Island, Indonesia. Indonesian authorities detained the crews MT Horse and Panamanian-flagged MT Freya that were seized Sunday for illegally transferring oil in Indonesian waters, an official said Tuesday. (Indonesian Maritime Security Agency via AP)

China asks Indonesia to treat detained sailors fairly

Associated Press

China's government called on Indonesia on Wednesday to treat a group of detained Chinese sailors fairly but gave no indication what their oil tanker was doing when it was found at sea transferring fuel from an Iranian ship.

Report: Israeli settler population surged during Trump era

- Associated Press

Israel's West Bank settler population has grown at a far higher rate than the country as a whole over the last four years, a pro-settler group said Wednesday, a period that coincides with the Trump administration's unprecedented acceptance of settlement activity.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Kerry aims to talk US back into a lead role in climate fight

- Associated Press

From a wood-paneled library in his Boston mansion, new climate envoy John Kerry is talking the U.S. back into a leading role in global climate action, making clear the nation isn't just revving up its own efforts to reduce oil, gas and coal pollution but that it intends to push everyone in the world to do more, too.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Kerry aims to talk US back into a lead role in climate fight

- Associated Press

From a wood-paneled library in his Boston mansion, new climate envoy John Kerry is talking the U.S. back into a leading role in global climate action, making clear the nation isn't just revving up its own efforts to reduce oil, gas and coal pollution but that it intends to push everyone in the world to do more, too.

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2019 file photo, Aviv Kochavi, hold press conference following the killing of a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza by Israel, in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Kochavi on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 warned the Biden administration against rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, even if it toughens its terms, adding he's ordered his forces to step up preparations for possible offensive action against Iran during the coming year. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Israeli military chief warns of new plans to strike Iran

- Associated Press

Israel's military chief Tuesday warned the Biden administration against rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, even if it toughens its terms, adding he's ordered his forces to step up preparations for possible offensive action against Iran during the coming year.