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China dismisses complaints over quarantining US diplomats

Sep. 30, 2022 05:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday dismissed complaints from two U.S. congressmembers over the quarantining of American diplomats and their family members under the country’s strict COVID-19 regulations. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said China “adopts a science-based and...

China manufacturing weak, adding to economy pressure

Sep. 30, 2022 05:42 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Growth in Chinese factory activity was weak in September, export orders fell and employers cut jobs, two surveys showed Friday, adding to pressure on lackluster economic growth. A monthly purchasing managers’ index released by business news magazine Caixin fell to...

Japan to pay up to $320M for US company's chip production

Sep. 30, 2022 05:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is providing a major U.S. chipmaker a subsidy of up to 46.6 billion yen ($322 million) to support its plan to produce advanced memory chips at a Hiroshima factory, the Japanese trade minister said Friday. The announcement to subsidize Micron Technology comes on...

Fewer trips for China's Golden Week amid quarantine fears

Sep. 30, 2022 05:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — While China's top leaders commemorated revolutionary martyrs Friday, far fewer Chinese are expected to be traveling during the upcoming “Golden Week” National Day holidays amid rigid anti-COVID-19 restrictions and calls from health officials for people to stay put. ...

Thai court rules PM can stay, did not exceed term limit

Sep. 30, 2022 05:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled Friday that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha can remain in his job and did not violate a constitutional provision limiting him to eight years in office. Opposition lawmakers had petitioned the court to decide on their...

S. Korea, US and Japan hold anti-N. Korean submarine drills

Sep. 30, 2022 05:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea, U.S. and Japanese warships launched their first trilateral anti-submarine drills in five years on Friday, after North Korea renewed missile tests this week in an apparent response to bilateral training by South Korean and U.S. forces. The...

Court rules Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth did not exceed constitution's 8-year term limit, can stay in office

Sep. 30, 2022 04:30 AM EDT
BANGKOK (AP) — Court rules Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth did not exceed constitution's 8-year term limit, can stay in office.

Bombing inside Pakistani sweets shop kills 1, wounds 14

Sep. 30, 2022 04:26 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb exploded inside a sweet shop in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least one person and wounding 14 others, officials said. The bombing happened in the town of Kohlu in Baluchistan province, according to district administrator Qurban Ali. He...

Taliban say suicide bombing in Shiite area of Kabul kills 19

Sep. 30, 2022 04:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck an education center in a Shiite area of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing 19 people and wounding 27, a Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief said. The explosion inside the center in the Dashti Barchi...

India raises interest rate to 5.90% to tame inflation

Sep. 30, 2022 02:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s central bank on Friday raised its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 5.90% in its fourth hike this year and said developing economies were facing challenges of slowing growth, elevated food and energy prices, debt distress and currency depreciation. ...