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South Korea faces potential WCup qualifier in North Korea

Jul. 18, 2019 3:30 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean men's national soccer team's path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will include a crucial road match against North Korea, but it's unclear whether a rare match between the Koreas in Pyongyang will materialize considering the political tension between the rivals....

Japanese fire official says more than 20 now confirmed or presumed dead after Kyoto animation studio fire.

Jul. 18, 2019 3:28 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fire official says more than 20 now confirmed or presumed dead after Kyoto animation studio fire.

South Korea's central bank lowers rate amid Japan trade row

Jul. 18, 2019 3:25 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's central bank on Thursday cut its policy rate for the first time in three years to shore up growth threatened by a trade dispute with Japan. The Bank of Korea lowered its key interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 1.50% following a meeting of its monetary...

Lawyer says China has charged Chinese-Australian writer

Jul. 18, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A lawyer says a Chinese-Australian writer detained in Beijing since January has been charged and moved to a different detention center. Australian lawyer Rob Stary says he had been told by Yang Hengjun's family and friends of the charge on Thursday and is seeking confirmation...

Suspected arson in Japan anime studio leaves up to 13 dead

Jul. 18, 2019 3:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation production studio in Kyoto and set it on fire early Thursday, killing one person, leaving 12 others presumed dead and a dozen possibly trapped inside. The blaze injured another 36 people, some of them critically, Japanese authorities said. The...

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on trade war fears

Jul. 18, 2019 2:45 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Thursday after President Donald Trump reignited trade fears by saying he could impose more tariffs on Chinese imports. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney all declined. Trump alarmed investors by saying he had $325 billion of...

The Latest: 12 presumed dead in arson at Japan film studio

Jul. 18, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on a fire in a Japanese animation studio (all times local): 3 p.m. A Japanese fire official says at least 12 people are presumed dead and more could be missing after they were trapped by fire at a popular animation production studio in Kyoto. Kyoto fire department official Satoshi...

Japanese fire official says 12 people presumed dead, more missing after Kyoto animation studio fire

Jul. 18, 2019 1:48 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fire official says 12 people presumed dead, more missing after Kyoto animation studio fire.

Japan fire official says several people found unresponsive after Kyoto animation studio fire

Jul. 18, 2019 1:40 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan fire official says several people found unresponsive after Kyoto animation studio fire.

China launches STAR, tech stock market to boost industry

Jul. 18, 2019 1:39 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Trading starts Monday on a Chinese stock market for high-tech companies that play a key role in official development plans that are straining relations with Washington. Regulators have approved 25 companies in information technology and other fields seen by communist leaders as a path to...