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China sentences military veterans for protesting

Apr. 19, 2019 3:09 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese courts have sentenced more than three dozen military veterans to years in prison for protesting over the lack of benefits, saying they disrupted social order in a bid to further their own interests. The announcements on Friday from the courts in the eastern provinces of Shandong and...

China downplays political impact of global development push

Apr. 19, 2019 2:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China downplayed the political implications of its global Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, saying Friday that it aimed to boost multilateralism amid protectionist trends in the U.S. and elsewhere. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that a conference to promote the initiative to be held...

Asian stocks modestly higher in quiet holiday trading

Apr. 19, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock indexes were mostly moderately higher in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5% to 22,189.01. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3% to 2,219.78. The Shanghai Composite was little changed at 3,248.87. Some markets remain...

Alibaba head's remarks spark debate over China working hours

Apr. 19, 2019 1:52 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Remarks by the head of Chinese online business giant Alibaba that young people should work 12-hour days, six days a week if they want financial success have prompted a public debate over work-life balance in the country. Jack Ma is one of China's richest men and his comments last week...

Asian stocks rise in quiet holiday trading

Apr. 18, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock indexes rose moderately in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5% in early trading to 22,191.98. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3% to 2,221.1. The Shanghai Composite gained 0.6% to 3,269.59. Some markets remain...

Ai Weiwei remembers disappearance of 43 Mexican students

Apr. 18, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's interest in studying human rights around the world led to his meeting with relatives of the 43 college students who disappeared in southern Mexico in 2014. That encounter led, in turn, to his new exhibit in Mexico's capital. Ai has lived under house arrest in...

US wins WTO case against China over grain exports

Apr. 18, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Trade Organization handed the United States a win Thursday in a trade dispute with China, ruling that Beijing did not fairly administer quotas on U.S. wheat, rice and corn. The WTO, the Geneva organization that oversees the rules of global trade, found that China had not been...

6.1 quake causes light damage in Taiwan capital, east coast

Apr. 18, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A strong earthquake shook eastern Taiwan on Thursday afternoon, causing scattered light damage in the capital and along the eastern coast. The 6.1 magnitude quake was centered northwest of the city of Hualien at a depth of nearly 19 kilometers (12 miles), Taiwan's Central Weather...

Kremlin says Kim Jong Un will visit Russia this month

Apr. 18, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia later this month, the Kremlin said Thursday, in a meeting that offers President Vladimir Putin an opportunity to emerge as a broker in the long-running nuclear standoff and raise Russia's profile in regional affairs. The Kremlin said in a...

Global stocks subdued as investors eye earnings, data

Apr. 18, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Stock markets were subdued Thursday as investors digested corporate earnings reports and mixed economic data, with some traders in Europe preparing for a long weekend. London's FTSE 100 fell 0.1% to 7,460 and Frankfurt's DAX rose 0.5% to 12,208. France's CAC 40 gained 0.3% to 5,576. A survey...