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Kim orders South's buildings at resort in North be destroyed

Oct. 22, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the destruction of South Korean-made hotels and other tourist facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort, apparently because Seoul won't defy international sanctions and resume South Korean tours at the site. Pyongyang's official...

UN investigator: 11 million North Koreans are undernourished

Oct. 22, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Food insecurity in North Korea "is at an alarming level," with nearly half the population — 11 million people — undernourished, the U.N. independent investigator on human rights in the country said Tuesday. Tomas Ojea Quintana told the General Assembly's human rights...

UN mission head says risk of genocide recurring in Myanmar

Oct. 22, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of a U.N. fact-finding mission on Myanmar warned Tuesday that "there is a serious risk of genocide recurring" against the estimated 600,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority still living in the country. Marzuki Darusman told the General Assembly's human rights committee...

Whan sees strength in growth, not gap, of LPGA prize money

Oct. 22, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

Every week brings a sobering reminder of how much more money the men play for on the PGA Tour than the women do on the LPGA Tour. With four tournaments left in the LPGA Tour season, Danielle Kang became the 11th player to break the $1 million mark. The PGA Tour had 112 players earn at least $1 million last...

Facebook says Libra won't launch without US approval

Oct. 22, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg aims to reassure Congress on Wednesday that his company won't try to evade financial regulators as it prepares its planned digital currency Libra. In prepared remarks released Tuesday ahead of a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee,...

Taliban say new intra-Afghan peace talks to be held in China

Oct. 22, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A fresh round of intra-Afghan peace talks will be held in China next week, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said Tuesday, raising hopes for renewed negotiations, even as violence surges in Afghanistan's 18-year war. The talks planned for Oct. 28 and 29 will be the first meeting between...

The Latest: Trump congratulates Japanese Emperor Naruhito

Oct. 22, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Wednesday President Donald Trump has congratulated Japanese Emperor Naruhito on his enthronement. The White House said in a statement that the president and first lady Melania Trump offer their...

Golf glance

Oct. 22, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

PGA TOUR ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP Site: Chiba, Japan. Course: Accordia Golf Narashino CC. Yardage: 7,041. Par: 70. Television: Wednesday-Thursday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Purse: $9.75 million. Winner's share: $1,755,000. Defending champion: New event. FedEx Cup leader: Lanto Griffin....

Thailand bans use of paraquat and other toxic farm chemicals

Oct. 22, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government agreed Tuesday to ban the use of three farming chemicals widely regarded as dangerous to human health. The government's National Hazardous Substances Committee voted to put the herbicides paraquat and glyphosate and the insecticide chlorpyrifos in the category of banned...

Japanese Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

Oct. 22, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Three booming cheers of "Banzai!" rang out Tuesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo as Naruhito formally declared his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne as the nation's 126th emperor. As a driving autumn rain briefly gave way to sunshine and 2,000 guests looked on, Naruhito pledged at an...