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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....

Germany wants ‘swift solution’ for lawyer detained in Turkey

Nov. 22, 2019 4:59 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says he’ll raise with his Turkish counterpart the issue of a lawyer retained by the Germany embassy in Ankara who was arrested two months ago. Heiko Maas said Friday that Germany wants a “swift solution” and he plans to speak to Turkish...

In reversal, Seoul to keep Japan military intelligence pact

Nov. 22, 2019 4:59 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a major policy reversal, South Korea said Friday it has decided to continue 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 just six hours before...

The Latest: Japan resumes export control talks with S. Korea

Nov. 22, 2019 4:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the dispute between South Korea and Japan (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Japan says it will resume export control talks with South Korea after Seoul notified Tokyo that it will drop action against it at WTO. Japan’s Trade Ministry made the announcement Friday....

Police to guard polls for vote in protest-wracked Hong Kong

Nov. 22, 2019 4:39 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police will be out in force at polling stations in Hong Kong this weekend as keenly contested local elections take place amid ongoing anti-government protests. Hong Kong’s new police commissioner, Tang Ping-keung, told reporters Friday that officers would deal with any outbreak of...

Japan says it will resume export control talks with South Korea after Seoul says it will drop action against it at WTO

Nov. 22, 2019 4:25 AM EST
TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it will resume export control talks with South Korea after Seoul says it will drop action against it at WTO.

Parents of late US hostage chasing North Korean assets

Nov. 22, 2019 4:22 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...

South Korea says it will continue 2016 military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan in major policy reversal

Nov. 22, 2019 4:04 AM EST
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it will continue 2016 military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan in major policy reversal.

China pressuring priest at center of agreement with Vatican

Nov. 22, 2019 3:56 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. Msgr. Vincenzo Guo Xijin was one of...

Hong Kong election a referendum on anti-government protests

Nov. 22, 2019 3:46 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...