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Bangladesh PM tells UN that Myanmar must take Rohingya back

Aug. 17, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's leader told a visiting U.N. official on Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of ethnic minority Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh must return home to Myanmar, where they had fled waves of violent persecution. Prime...

Wall Street points lower with more retail data on the way

Aug. 17, 2022 08:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street pointed toward declines before the market opened Wednesday after Target reported a huge decline in profits on the same day that the U.S. posts retail sales data for July. Futures for the S&P 500 slipped 0.8% and futures for the Dow fell 0.6%. ...

Missing India soldier's body found on glacier after 38 years

Aug. 17, 2022 08:23 AM EDT

LEH, India (AP) — The remains of an Indian army soldier have been found more than 38 years after he went missing on a glacier at the highest point along the heavily militarized contested border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, officials said Wednesday. The soldier and 17...

China and US spar over climate on Twitter

Aug. 17, 2022 08:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases are sparring on Twitter over climate policy, with China questioning whether the U.S. can deliver on the landmark climate legislation signed into law by President Joe Biden this week. “You can bet America will...

Japan makes arrests on bribery suspicions in Tokyo Olympics

Aug. 17, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee board member and three people from a clothing company that was a surprise sponsor of the 2020 Games were arrested on bribery suspicions Wednesday. Haruyuki Takahashi, 78, a former executive at advertising company Dentsu, is...

Taiwan, China hold opposing military drills amid tensions

Aug. 17, 2022 07:07 AM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan is staging military exercises to show its ability to resist Chinese pressure to accept Beijing’s political control over the self-governing island, following new rounds of threatening drills from China. The exercises Wednesday off the southeastern...

EXPLAINER: Dueling views remain a year after Afghan pullout

Aug. 17, 2022 06:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after America's tumultuous and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, assessments of its impact are divided — and largely along partisan lines. Critics slam the August 2021 evacuation of more than 120,000 American citizens, Afghans and others as poorly...

South Korean leader: Seoul won't seek own nuclear deterrent

Aug. 17, 2022 05:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president said Wednesday his government has no plans to pursue its own nuclear deterrent and called instead for more diplomacy in the face of growing North Korean nuclear weapons capabilities, even as the North test-fired two suspected cruise missiles. ...

Thailand's restive south hit by wave of arson and bombings

Aug. 17, 2022 04:20 AM EDT

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — A wave of arson and bombing attacks overnight hit Thailand’s southernmost provinces, which for almost two decades have been the scene of an active Muslim separatist insurgency, officials said Wednesday. At least 17 attacks occurred Tuesday night in...

China cuts power to factories, homes as reservoirs fall

Aug. 17, 2022 04:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Factories in China’s southwest have shut down and a city imposed rolling blackouts after reservoirs to generate hydropower ran low in a worsening drought, adding to economic strains at a time when President Xi Jinping is trying to extend his hold on power. ...