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North Carolina governor heading to Europe for trade trip

May. 23, 2024 10:52 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is leading a weeklong state trade mission to Europe. The economic development trip starting Friday will include Cooper, his wife, other state officials and representatives of the state's business recruiting nonprofit...

Malaysia PM says his country keeps good ties with US but not China phobia, wants to engage both

May. 23, 2024 09:29 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday his country does not have a “China-phobia” policy and wants to engage both Beijing and Washington, expressing hopes for both powers to resolve their differences. Anwar, who is attending a Nikkei annual...

Leaders of South Korea, China and Japan will meet Monday for their first trilateral talks since 2019

May. 23, 2024 07:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Leaders of South Korea, China and Japan will meet next week in Seoul for their first trilateral talks in more than four years to discuss how to revive their cooperation, South Korea’s presidential office said Thursday. After their inaugural stand-alone...

Stock market today: Asian shares mostly higher after Wall Street sets more records

May. 22, 2024 00:04 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian markets were mixed in cautious trading on Wednesday, with most of the regions’ benchmarks climbing after U.S. stocks hit new record highs. U.S. futures rose while oil prices slipped. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.6% to 38,719.35 after Japan...

Japan racks up trade deficit as imports balloon due to cheap yen

May. 21, 2024 23:07 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s trade deficit in April grew nearly 8% from a year earlier as the weak yen boosted the value of imports, offsetting gains from a jump in exports, government data showed Wednesday. Exports totaled 8.98 trillion yen ($57 billion), while imports totaled 9.4...

UN Security Council rejects Russia-backed resolution on banning weapons in space

May. 21, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Monday that Russia last week launched a satellite that could be part of weaponizing space, a possible future global trend that members of the United Nations Security Council condemned even as they failed to pass a measure against it. The...

Japanese authorities urge caution after wild bears attack several people in the northeast

May. 19, 2024 06:50 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities have warned residents to be aware of wild bears in the country's northeast after several people were attacked, including police officers. A bear about 1 meter (3 feet) in size was captured in Fukushima prefecture Sunday by officials in charge of...

US ambassador to Japan visits southern islands at the forefront of China tension

May. 17, 2024 21:30 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Japan stressed Friday the importance of increased deterrence and his country’s commitment to its key ally as he visited two southwestern Japanese islands at the forefront of Tokyo's tension with Beijing. Rahm Emanuel visited Yonaguni, Japan’s...

Japan passes a revised law allowing joint child custody for divorced parents for the first time

May. 17, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s parliament on Friday passed a revision to the country’s civil code that will allow divorced parents the option of joint child custody, a change that brings the nation in line with many other countries. The revision, the first to custody rights in nearly 80...

A look at assassinations and assassination attempts this century

May. 17, 2024 04:10 AM EDT

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico was seriously wounded in an apparent assassination attempt just weeks before a Europe-wide election that has been deeply divisive. He was shot multiple times in an attack in the town of Handlova that authorities described as politically motivated, although...