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Trump says he hosted Otto Warmbier's parents over weekend

Sep. 20, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he and first lady Melania Trump hosted the family and friends of former hostage Otto Warmbier at the White House last weekend. The president says 25 people were invited last Saturday to honor Warmbier. His parents say their son was tortured by North Korea after...

Trump says he doesn't need China trade deal before election

Sep. 20, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doesn't feel he needs to secure a trade deal with China before next year's election. Ahead of the next round of negotiations, Trump tells reporters Friday he wants a complete deal with China and won't accept one that only addresses some of the differences...

Young protesters around globe demand climate change action

Sep. 20, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A wave of climate change protests swept across the globe Friday, with hundreds of thousands of young people sending a message to leaders headed for a U.N. summit: The warming world can't wait for action. Marches, rallies and demonstrations were held from Canberra to Kabul and Cape Town to...

Kerber through to Pan Pacific Open semifinals

Sep. 20, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber advanced to the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Friday after Madison Keys retired injured in the deciding set. Kerber led 6-4, 4-6, 2-1 when the fifth-seeded Keys retired. "It was a really good match in the first two sets, and this is never the...

Japan accepts talks with South Korea on WTO arbitration

Sep. 20, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Friday it will accept South Korea's request for joint talks leading to arbitration by the World Trade Organization after Seoul filed a complaint with the international body over Tokyo's tightening of export controls. Trade minister Isshu Sugawara, however, said Japan's controls...

Rogue oil trader hits Mitsubishi unit for $320 million

Sep. 20, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of Japan's most storied trading houses says it's lost $320 million in a series of unauthorized transactions by a rogue trader. Mitsubishi Corp. said Friday that the employee in its Petro-Diamond unit in Singapore disguised the trades to look like legitimate hedges. Derivatives are...

Lawyer says US bid to extradite North Korean is 'political'

Sep. 20, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A lawyer for a North Korean man facing potential extradition from Malaysia to the United States to face money laundering charges said Friday that the request was baseless and "political in nature." Mun Chol Myong, 54, has lived in Malaysia for a decade and was arrested in May...

Global stocks ending action-packed week solidly

Sep. 20, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges on Friday at the end of a fairly eventful week that saw oil prices spike sharply after attacks on Saudi oil facilities and the Federal Reserve cut interest rates again. Though oil prices are up strongly on the week, there's been an element...

Scientists prepare for year-long expedition to Arctic center

Sep. 20, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Researchers from more than a dozen nations prepared Friday to launch the biggest and most complex expedition ever attempted in the central Arctic — a yearlong journey through the ice they hope will improve the scientific models that underpin our understanding of climate change. The...

South Korea reports more suspected swine fever cases

Sep. 20, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday that it is investigating more suspected cases of African swine fever from farms near its border with North Korea, as fears grow over the spread of the illness that has decimated pig herds across Asia. South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural...