BEIJING (AP) - Asian and African leaders plan to press China at a conference this week to reduce the politically volatile debt burden left by its Belt and Road Initiative to build ports and other trade-related infrastructure. That injects a potential note of conflict into the official celebration of President Xi Jinping's signature foreign initiative, which has stirred anxiety in Washington, Moscow and Tokyo that Beijing is trying to expand its global influence.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Two months after he failed to win a badly needed easing of sanctions from President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is traveling to Russia in a possible attempt to win its help as the U.S.-led trade sanctions hurt his country's already-struggling economy.
NEW YORK (AP) - Global oil prices are rising in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to impose sanctions on nations that import Iranian oil and could eventually climb to levels that would impact American consumers. Analysts said Tuesday that by taking Iranian crude off the market, the price of Brent crude oil - which is traded internationally - could rise to $80 per barrel or higher, depending on what happens in other countries where supply is at risk.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A former General Electric engineer and his business partner in China were indicted Tuesday on charges they stole the company's trade secrets from a New York plant for the Chinese government in what federal prosecutors called "a textbook example" of industrial espionage.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Henry Bloch, who helped found tax preparation giant H&R Block, died Tuesday at age 96, the company announced. Bloch died of natural causes at St. Luke's Hospice in Kansas City. He founded H&R Block in 1955 in the city with his brother, Richard, to take advantage of the vacuum left as the Internal Revenue Service stopped providing free income tax returns service. Richard Bloch died in 2004.
NEW YORK (AP) - The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. The S&P 500 index is closing at a record high, surpassing the peak it set last September and recouping all the ground it lost in a nosedive late last year. The Nasdaq index also closed at a record high Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump finally has a date on the calendar for a state dinner at Buckingham Palace - a visit more than two years in the making. The mere announcement of his June visit as the guest of Queen Elizabeth II stirred up fresh anti-Trump sentiment Tuesday among Brits who want to deny him a seat at the table. Trump and his wife, Melania, have accepted the queen's invitation to visit June 3-5, the White House and the palace announced.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A new plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species - including imperiled sage grouse - is a paradigm shift in strategy, federal officials said. The 248-page document released this month emphasizes new technologies and analytics as lands managers try to turn around a decades-long losing streak to a devastating combination of invasive plants and wildfires.
LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Theresa May faced renewed pressure Tuesday from her restive Conservative Party to resign as lawmakers returned to Parliament - and to Brexit wrangling - after an 11-day Easter break.