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China detains 2 US citizens who ran teaching program

Oct. 17, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday it detained two U.S. citizens on suspicion of organizing others to illegally cross the border, amid sharpening tensions between the sides over trade, technology and other sensitive issues. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said police in the eastern province...

China appeals to Washington for quick end to trade war

Oct. 17, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China appealed to Washington for a quick end to their trade war but gave no indication Thursday what additional steps Beijing might want before carrying out what President Donald Trump says is a promise to buy up to $50 billion of American farm goods. Trump agreed Friday to delay a tariff...

Opposition lawmakers again shout down Hong Kong leader

Oct. 17, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was forced from the legislature for the second day on Thursday by opposition members protesting a bloody attack on a leader of the nearly 5-month-old pro-democracy movement. The lawmakers shouted and waved placards depicting Lam with bloodied hands, prompting...

Chinese snooping tech spreads to nations vulnerable to abuse

Oct. 17, 2019 4:44 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When hundreds of video cameras with the power to identify and track individuals started appearing in the streets of Belgrade as part of a major surveillance project, some protesters began having second thoughts about joining anti-government demonstrations in the Serbian capital....

Asian shares mixed on caution over China-US trade deal

Oct. 17, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Thursday after officials signaled work remains to be done on an agreement for a truce in the tariff war between the U.S. and China. Hong Kong led regional gains after its chief executive, Carrie Lam, announced help for the property sector. The semi-autonomous city's...

Hammer attack, thwarted speech stir more chaos in Hong Kong

Oct. 16, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Assailants with hammers attacked a protest organizer and lawmakers shouting abuse forced Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to abandon a speech in the legislature, in two dramas Wednesday that highlighted the chaos gripping the semi-autonomous Chinese territory after more than four months of...

Hong Kong, China warn of harm to US interests in House vote

Oct. 16, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader expressed "frustration and disappointment and regret" Wednesday over steps by the U.S. Congress to support pro-democracy protesters in the territory and warns they'll hurt American companies operating there. Reinforcing that criticism, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman...

Asian shares rise after Wall Street gain on solid earnings

Oct. 15, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were higher Wednesday after a gain on Wall Street boosted by healthy earnings reports from U.S. companies. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 1.6% in morning trading to 22,554.05, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 1.0% to 6,720.10, while South Korea's Kospi added 0.6% to...

House backs 3 bills to support protests in Hong Kong

Oct. 15, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed three bills Tuesday aimed at showing U.S. support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The action follows months of protests over the Beijing government's aggressive attempts to enforce control over the semi-autonomous territory. One of the bills condemns China's...

IMF downgrades outlook for world economy, citing trade wars

Oct. 15, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is further downgrading its outlook for the world economy, predicting that growth this year will be the weakest since the 2008 financial crisis, primarily because of widening global conflicts. The IMF's latest World Economic Outlook released Tuesday foresees...