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In rebuke to China, Taiwan calls for closer ties with U.S., allies

In rebuke to China, Taiwan calls for closer ties with U.S., allies

Business
Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A report released on Wednesday by Taiwan's defense ministry calls for closer alliances with the United States, Japan and other countries in a rebuke to China's military threat. The annual National Defense Report of the Ministry of Defense outlines strategies for countering China, and Taiwan's continued role as a "defender of peace" in the region. It encourages the Indo-Pacific Strategy of defense -- which involves the United States, Australia, Japan, Singapore South Korea and the Philippines -- and notes the growth of the indigenous Taiwanese defense industry. Taiwan, formally known as the Republic of China, is an island nation off the coast of China and is regarded by China as a breakaway province, eventually to return. Its 2019 defense budget of $ 11.1 billion is dwar...
U.S. border arrests down as Mexico’s enforcement rises

U.S. border arrests down as Mexico’s enforcement rises

World
Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Customs and Border Protection official said Monday that 64,000 people were arrested in August, less than half of a peak in May, as Mexico's enforcement rises. Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said at a press conference Monday that August arrests were down 56 percent from the peak in May when there were over 144,000 arrests. Arrests at the southern border in August were also down from just over 82,000 the previous month, which represents a 22 percent decline, he said. Morgan credited President Donald Trump's efforts to "curb the flow of illegal migration" as a reason for the decline, along with cooperation from Mexico to step up enforcement, but said Congress still needs to do more to pass legislation to address a border crisis where childre...
Watch: Bianca Andreescu wins 2019 U.S. Open, denies Serena Williams a record

Watch: Bianca Andreescu wins 2019 U.S. Open, denies Serena Williams a record

Sports
Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Bianca Andreescu won the 2019 U.S. Open tennis title in straight sets, denying Serena Williams a record-tying 24th Grand Slam on Saturday in New York. Andreescu, 19, is the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam. She also is the first teenager to win a Grand Slam since Maria Sharapova captured the 2006 U.S. Open. Andreescu beat Williams 6-3, 7-5. "It's so hard to explain in words, but I'm just beyond grateful and truly blessed. I've worked really hard for this moment," Andreescu said in her post-match interview. "I can't complain. This year has been a dream come true." Williams rallied to get back into the match in the second set, after falling 6-3 in the first set. Andreescu held a 5-1 lead in the second set before Williams tied it at 5-5. Williams broke Andreescu's serve w...
U.S., Britain, China send military, financial aid to stricken Bahamas

U.S., Britain, China send military, financial aid to stricken Bahamas

Business
Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The United States, Britain and China announced the commitment of funds and goods to help hurricane-devastated Bahamas. U.S. military and civilian emergency teams from the United States have been sent to the Bahamas, where tens of thousands of people need food and supplies after Hurricane Dorian struck the nation of the tens of thousands of residents on the small islands. The White House has encouraged donations through the Center for International Disaster Information website. The U.S. Coast Guard said on Friday morning that it has rescued 205 people in the Bahamas since the start of the hurricane, conducting air operations from Andros Island, Bahamas, with seven MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and five MH-65 Dolphin helicopters. Search and rescue missions, area assessments a...
U.S. Air Force orders all units to accommodate breastfeeding mothers

U.S. Air Force orders all units to accommodate breastfeeding mothers

Business
Aug. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Air Force units must provide breastfeeding stations for nursing personnel under a policy announced this week. An Air Force Guidance Memorandum of Aug. 15 calls for action that "immediately implements policy and procedures for women's health by supporting nursing mothers with a private, secure (lockable from the inside) and sanitary area, herein referred to as a lactation room, within unit facilities." The order applies to accommodations for all new mothers in the Air Force, and calls for a lactation room, similar to a break room. It specifies appropriate furniture and lighting, as well as electrical outlets and proximity to hot and cold running water. "This policy gap came to our attention from the grassroots level. Our job here is to do what we can to make it easie...