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Global shares mixed in quiet trading ahead of Fed decision

Jun. 16, 2021 05:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed in quiet trading Wednesday ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that may give clues on what lies ahead with its massive support for markets. France's CAC 40 added 0.1% in early trading to 6,645.92, while Germany's DAX slipped...

Kim warns of 'tense' food situation, longer COVID lockdown

Jun. 16, 2021 05:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned about possible food shortages and urged the country to brace for extended COVID-19 restrictions as he opened a major political conference to discuss national efforts to salvage a broken economy. The...

N Korea's Kim looks much thinner, causing health speculation

Jun. 16, 2021 04:44 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has long been a source of morbid fascination in rival South Korea, which sits in the shadow of Kim's 1.2-million-strong army and his growing arsenal of nuclear-armed missiles. Has he gained even...

China set to send first crew to new space station Thursday

Jun. 16, 2021 04:25 AM EDT

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — The three members of the first crew to be sent to China's space station say they're eager to get to work making their home for the next three months habitable, setting up testing and experiments and preparing for a series of spacewalks. The three...

China offers glimpse of Tibetan life without the Dalai Lama

Jun. 16, 2021 04:21 AM EDT

LHASA, China (AP) — A brisk wind ruffles yellow prayer flags as dozens of Tibetans, some on crutches, circle a shrine in a time-honored Buddhist ritual. Across the street, a red banner spells out a new belief system, one being enforced with increasing fervor, of China's ruling Communist...

AP Interview: Adviser says New Zealand used virus luck well

Jun. 16, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A scientist who has played a key role in New Zealand's lauded coronavirus response says the nation used its luck well to stamp out the disease and is now eyeing the experiences of other countries to determine when it can reopen its borders. ...

China says nuclear fuel rods damaged, no radiation leak

Jun. 16, 2021 02:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese nuclear power plant near Hong Kong had five broken fuel rods in a reactor but no radioactivity leaked, the government said Wednesday in its first confirmation of the incident that prompted concern over the facility’s safety. Radiation rose...

Australia's highest court upholds foreign interference law

Jun. 15, 2021 23:56 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court on Wednesday rejected a challenge to foreign interference laws in a case that involved a U.S. conservative political organization and free speech arguments. China has condemned the laws introduced in 2018 that are...

Asian shares mixed in quiet trading ahead of US Fed decision

Jun. 15, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed in quiet trading Wednesday ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that may give clues on what lies ahead with its massive support for markets. Japan released data that showed its trade surplus jumped 49.6% in May from the previous...

The Latest: Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at parks

Jun. 15, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at its theme parks in Florida and California in the latest move by the company to ease up on pandemic restrictions implemented last year. The company said Tuesday that firework shows would resume at the beginning...