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Australia fights court ruling of a climate duty of care

Oct. 18, 2021 03:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Monday began its legal challenge to a judge’s landmark decision that the administration has a duty of care to prevent future climate change. The Federal Court battle over a proposed coal mine expansion comes as...

Asian shares slide as Chinese growth data disappoints

Oct. 18, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

Asian shares were mostly lower on Monday after China reported its economy grew at a meager 4.9% annual pace in July-September. The Shanghai Composite index lost 0.2% to 3,565.18 while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong declined 0.5% to 25,217.81. Chinese...

Asian shares slide as Chinese growth data disappoints

Oct. 18, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

Asian shares were mostly lower on Monday after China reported its economy grew at a meager 4.9% annual pace in July-September. The Shanghai Composite index lost 0.4% to 3,559.96 while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong declined 0.4% to 25,246.38. Chinese...

Commerce head out to save US jobs, 1 computer chip at a time

Oct. 18, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo only wears watches made by Bulova — a company that laid off her scientist father, closed its Rhode Island factory and moved production to China in 1983. The watches give Raimondo, a former Rhode Island governor, a...

China's economic growth weakens amid construction slowdown

Oct. 18, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth is sinking under pressure from a construction slowdown and power shortages, prompting warnings about a possible shock to its trading partners and global financial markets. The world’s second-largest economy grew by a...

Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success

Oct. 17, 2021 23:41 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below...

China's economic growth sinks to 4.9% over a year ago in latest quarter amid construction slowdown, energy controls

Oct. 17, 2021 22:01 PM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth sinks to 4.9% over a year ago in latest quarter amid construction slowdown, energy controls.

Nun imprisoned over peace activism, Megan Rice, dies at 91

Oct. 17, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

ROSEMONT, Penn. (AP) — Megan Rice, a nun and Catholic peace activist who spent two years in federal prison while in her 80s after breaking into a government security complex to protest nuclear weapons, has died. She was 91. Rice died of congestive heart failure Oct....

Japan PM says Fukushima wastewater release can't be delayed

Oct. 17, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new prime minister on Sunday said the planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant cannot be delayed, despite concerns from local residents. Speaking at his first visit to the facility since taking...

Japan's premier sends offering to controversial Tokyo shrine

Oct. 17, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister donated ritual offerings Sunday to a Tokyo shrine viewed by Chinese and Koreans as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression, though he did not make a visit in person. Fumio Kishida donated “masakaki” religious ornaments to...