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U.S. brands China as among worst human trafficking offenders

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WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department on Tuesday placed China on its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that had eased under President Donald Trump.

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Trump urges India's Modi to fix deficit, but stresses strong ties 4:53pm BST

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax Indian trade barriers on Monday during talks in which both leaders took great pains to stress the importance of a strong U.S.-Indian relationship. | Video

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U.S. vice president says Trump-Modi meetings 'historic and productive' 4:53pm BST

WASHINGTON U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday hailed a first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "historic and productive" and said Trump recognises U.S. ties with India as "one of the most important strategic relationships in the 21st century."

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Trump growing frustrated with China, weighs trade steps: officials 4:25pm BST

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with China over its inaction on North Korea and bilateral trade issues and is now considering possible trade actions against Beijing, three senior administration officials told Reuters.

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U.S. Supreme Court breathes new life into Trump's travel ban 4:05pm BST

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by reviving parts of a travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries that he said is needed for national security but that opponents decry as discriminatory. | Video

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Pence to join U.S. Senate Republican leaders in healthcare push 3:31pm BST

WASHINGTON Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate pushed on Tuesday to gather enough support to pass a healthcare bill, but got little help from a report saying the measure would cause 22 million Americans to lose medical insurance over the next decade.

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U.S. to list China among worst human trafficking offenders - sources 12:43pm BST

WASHINGTON The United States plans to place China on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour, said a congressional source and a person familiar with the matter, a step that could aggravate tension with Beijing that has eased under President Donald Trump. | Video

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Image of the U.S. has plunged under Trump, survey shows 12:28pm BST

BERLIN The image of the United States has deteriorated sharply across the globe under President Donald Trump and an overwhelming majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his ability to lead, a survey from the Pew Research Center showed. | Video

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U.S. Republican healthcare bill imperiled with 22 million seen losing insurance 11:09am BST

WASHINGTON Twenty-two million Americans would lose insurance over the next decade under the U.S. Senate Republican healthcare bill, a nonpartisan congressional office said on Monday, complicating the path forward for the already-fraught legislation. | Video

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Fed's Williams sees advanced economies stuck in low growth mode 9:10am BST

SYDNEY Central banks in the United States and other advanced economies will find themselves stuck with slow growth over the longterm unless fiscal authorities do something decisive to turn things around, a U.S. central banker warned Tuesday.

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