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Afghan official says car bomb kills 2, wounds 26 in east

Oct. 16, 2019 1:27 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that at least two security officers have been killed when a car bomb detonated near a district headquarters in eastern Laghman province. Asadullah Dawlatzai, spokesman for the provincial governor, says that 26 people including 20 children and six security...

NKorea seen as weak link in swine fever's spread across Asia

Oct. 16, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea. African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian...

Chaos as Hong Kong lawmakers thwart leader's annual address

Oct. 16, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — In chaotic scenes, furious pro-democracy lawmakers twice forced Hong Kong's leader to stop delivering a speech laying out her policy objectives and clamored for her to resign after she walked out of the legislature on Wednesday and then delivered the annual address 75 minutes late via...

Australia wants trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia, Peru

Oct. 16, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants bilateral free trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia and Peru to take effect early next year, the trade minister said Wednesday, adding that the Hong Kong treaty supports its unique status within China. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham introduced legislation into...

Kim vows to fight US sanctions, visits sacred N. Korean peak

Oct. 16, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to surmount U.S.-led sanctions on his country in state media reports Wednesday alongside evocative propaganda images of him riding a white horse seen as foretelling significant decisions before his own deadline for U.S. movement on nuclear...

The Latest: China threatens retaliation against US HK bill

Oct. 16, 2019 12:44 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong's protests (all times local): ___ 12:45 p.m. China says it will take countermeasures after the U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills showing support for protesters in Hong Kong. China's foreign ministry said Wednesday in a statement posted to its website...

Asian shares rise after Wall Street gain on solid earnings

Oct. 16, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday after a Wall Street rally driven by healthy earnings reports from U.S. companies. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 1.2% to 22,476.70, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 1.2% to 6,729.50. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was unchanged at 26,505.95, while...

Vietnam bans animated 'Abominable' over South China Sea map

Oct. 16, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has pulled "Abominable" from theaters because the U.S.-Chinese-made animated movie showed a map supporting Chinese claims to the disputed South China Sea. The image in one scene showed the so-called nine-dash line, a vague and broken outline around the resource-rich waters...

Japan typhoon death toll climbs, while floodwaters recede

Oct. 16, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government says the death toll from a weekend typhoon that caused widespread flooding has climbed to 63, with another 11 presumed dead. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that a further 11 people are missing in typhoon-hit areas in central and northern Japan. Suga...

Juggling Gary Woodland back in South Korea for CJ Cup

Oct. 16, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — Gary Woodland finished runner-up to Brooks Koepka in last year's CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. He returns this year for the first of three PGA Tour events in Asia with a major victory on his resume and two new infant seats in the back of the family car. Woodland won the U.S. Open...