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Trump claims he’s why China didn’t crush Hong Kong protests

Nov. 22, 2019 9:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claims he’s the reason China hasn’t taken steps to crush pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Trump says he asked his “friend” Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) not to send in the military. Trump told “Fox &...

Ethiopia says its 1st satellite will launch next month

Nov. 22, 2019 9:05 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian officials say the country will launch its first ever satellite next month. It is the latest example of space ambitions by several African nations. The satellite was built in China and will be launched from a site there. Ethiopia's Innovation and Technology Minister...

Parents of late US hostage chasing North Korean assets

Nov. 22, 2019 8:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The parents of a former U.S. hostage who died after being released from North Korea in a coma in 2017 say they are committed to finding and shutting down illicit North Korean business assets around the world in efforts to hold its government accountable for widespread human rights...

Hong Kong court reinstates mask ban ahead of elections

Nov. 22, 2019 8:31 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court that had struck down a ban on face masks at protests said Friday that the government could enforce it for one week, as police readied for any unrest during keenly contested elections this weekend. The High Court granted the temporary suspension “in view of the...

Hong Kong election a referendum on anti-government protests

Nov. 22, 2019 7:57 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Cathy Yau remembers the first time she was called a “dirty cop” by Hong Kong’s anti-government protesters, days after police deployed tear gas to repel tens of thousands of black-clad demonstrators blocking the legislature. The former officer, exasperated at the...

US working with Taiwan to combat China election interference

Nov. 22, 2019 7:24 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The top U.S. representative in Taiwan says Washington is working with it to combat efforts by Beijing to influence upcoming elections on the island. The U.S. is “aware that China is attempting to apply pressure through various means on Taiwan ... to influence Taiwan's...

In reversal, Seoul to keep Japan military intelligence pact

Nov. 22, 2019 7:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a major policy reversal, South Korea said Friday it has decided to continue, at least temporarily, a 2016 military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan that it previously said it would terminate amid ongoing tensions over wartime history and trade. The announcement, made...

World shares advance on upbeat comments on US-China trade

Nov. 22, 2019 6:27 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — World stocks rose Friday as upbeat comments by Chinese President Xi Jinping helped quell anxiety over the state of trade talks with the U.S. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 1% to 7,311, while the CAC 40 in France gained 0.3% to 5,897. Germany’s DAX picked up 0.1% to 13,146. Wall Street...

China pressuring priest at center of agreement with Vatican

Nov. 22, 2019 5:22 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese Catholic priest whose demotion was key to a now-stalled effort at reconciliation between China and the Vatican is being pressured to join the official Communist Party-controlled church organization, a fellow priest and Catholic news source said. Monsignor Vincenzo Guo Xijin was one...

China’s Xi says Beijing wants trade deal, can ‘fight back’

Nov. 22, 2019 5:01 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that Beijing wants to work for a trade deal with the United States but is not afraid to “fight back” to protect its own interests. Echoing the upbeat tone adopted by other Chinese officials in recent days, Xi told a visiting U.S....