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Abe visits Darwin shrine to Japanese war dead

Nov. 17, 2018 1:15 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday visited a shrine in Darwin commemorating the deaths of 80 Japanese submariners in waters near the city in World War II. Abe arrived in Darwin on Friday for meetings with Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, becoming the first leader of Japan to...

China, US trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit

Nov. 16, 2018 11:48 PM EST

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — China's leader Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches to a summit of world leaders Saturday, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer. Pence said there would be no letup in...

The Latest: Pence meets Taiwan's delegation at APEC summit

Nov. 16, 2018 11:42 PM EST

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — The Latest on the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Papua New Guinea (all times local): 2:40 p.m. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has met with the head of Taiwan's delegation to an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting. The U.S. doesn't have...

A look at Americans who have been detained in North Korea

Nov. 16, 2018 9:09 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it is expelling American Bruce Byron Lowrance after he slipped unlawfully into the police state known for its anti-U.S. fervor. He is believed to be the same person who was deported by South Korea a year ago after being caught wandering near the mine-strewn border...

North Korea's stable exchange rates confound economists

Nov. 16, 2018 9:05 PM EST

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — It's a question that nags at North Korea economy watchers: How has the country been able to maintain stable exchange rates — and avert hyper-inflation — despite intense sanctions, political tensions and a swelling trade imbalance? In a nutshell, North Korea buys...

Key facts about APEC host Papua New Guinea

Nov. 16, 2018 7:31 PM EST

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Papua New Guinea hosts leaders from Pacific Rim countries, including the United States, Russia and China, this weekend in a coming-out party for the jungle-clad nation that is regarded as one of the world's last frontiers for trade and investment. The largely...

LPGA commissioner likes having many winners on tour

Nov. 16, 2018 5:50 PM EST

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — The LPGA will have either 25 or 26 different winners in 32 events this season, depending on what happens when the final putt of the CME Group Tour Championship drops Sunday. Commissioner Mike Whan is just fine with that sort of diversity. Whan delivered his annual "state of the LPGA"...

Howell with another 64 takes 3-shot lead at Sea Island

Nov. 16, 2018 5:39 PM EST

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Charles Howell III is playing some of his best golf when he least expected it. Coming from a missed cut in Mexico to a tournament where he missed the cut last year, Howell kept bogeys off his card for the second straight day and was just as good Friday on the tougher scoring...

Health care, energy companies power US stock market higher

Nov. 16, 2018 5:27 PM EST

Wall Street capped a day of volatile trading with a late-afternoon buying spree that sent U.S. stock indexes to a mostly higher finish Friday. Despite the 11th-hour rally, the benchmark S&P 500 index ended with its second weekly loss in four weeks. Gains in health care and energy companies powered the market...

The Latest: US official: American on plane from North Korea

Nov. 16, 2018 3:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The Latest on the deportation of an American man from North Korea (all times local): 3 p.m. A U.S. official says an American citizen detained last month by North Korea has been deported and is on a flight back to the United States. The official was not authorized to discuss the...