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China chemical plant blast kills 47, injures hundreds more

Mar. 22, 2019 4:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A massive explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China with a long record of safety violations has killed at least 47 people and injured hundreds of others, 90 of them seriously. Thursday's blast in an industrial park in the city of Yancheng, north of Shanghai, was one of China's worst...

Man in north China drives into pedestrians, killing 6

Mar. 22, 2019 3:46 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A man who tried to kill his wife and daughter crashed his car into pedestrians in northern China on Friday, killing six of them, authorities said. Cui Lidong, 44, was then shot dead by police in Zaoyang city in northern Hubei province. The restaurant owner had attempted to kill his wife and...

China's leader visits Italy with eye on infrastructure deal

Mar. 22, 2019 3:40 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is launching a two-day official visit aimed at deepening economic and cultural ties with Italy through an ambitious infrastructure building program that has raised suspicions among Italy's U.S. and European allies. Xi will be received Friday by President Sergio...

Asian stocks mixed on doubts over US-China trade deal

Mar. 22, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mixed on Friday as caution set in ahead of U.S.-China trade talks in Beijing next week. The Shanghai Composite index was 0.1 percent lower at 3,097.81 while the Kospi in South Korea rose 0.1 percent to 2,186.95. Australia's S&P ASX 200 gained 0.5 percent to 6,195.20....

Asian stocks stumble on doubts over US-China trade deal

Mar. 22, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mostly lower on Friday as caution set in ahead of U.S.-China trade talks in Beijing next week. The Shanghai Composite index gave up 0.8 percent to 3,077.56 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.5 percent to 28,913.55. The Kospi in South Korea was flat at 2,184.94. Japan's...

A local government in China reports the death toll in a chemical plant explosion has risen to 44

Mar. 21, 2019 9:42 PM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — A local government in China reports the death toll in a chemical plant explosion has risen to 44.

Top US general to meet with Google on China security worries

Mar. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that efforts like...

US targets Chinese firms for alleged NKorea sanctions dodge

Mar. 21, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday sanctioned two Chinese shipping companies suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions — the first targeted actions taken against Pyongyang since its nuclear negotiations with the U.S. in Hanoi last month ended without agreement. "The...

Coast Guard leader: More money needed to compete in Arctic

Mar. 21, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Strapped with an aging fleet, the U.S. Coast Guard is about to award a contract for a much-needed new icebreaker to help compete against Russia and China for a presence in the Arctic, but the service needs more funding for operations and infrastructure, its commandant said Thursday. Adm....

China's Xi visits Italy with Belt and Road deal as prize

Mar. 21, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — At the heart of Chinese President Xi Jingping's visit to Rome that started Thursday is a key prize: a deal to make Italy the first major democracy to join China's ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has pledged to sign a memorandum of understanding...