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World stock markets mostly dip on Fed views on rates

Oct. 18, 2018 8:37 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets mostly dipped on Thursday on the news that some policymakers at Federal Reserve think interest rates should continue to be raised until they are slightly restrictive. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX shed 0.1 percent to 11,704 and the CAC 40 in France gained 0.4 percent to 5,163....

Top-ranked Simona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals

Oct. 18, 2018 3:15 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Women's Tennis Association said Thursday that No. 1-ranked Simona Halep has withdrawn from the WTA Finals because of a lower back injury. Halep's withdrawal means Kiki Bertens has qualified for the final spot, joining Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki,...

Asia shares sag after retreat on Wall St, weaker Japan data

Oct. 18, 2018 12:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell Thursday in Asia after a retreat on Wall Street driven by sell-offs of technology shares, homebuilders and retailers. A report of weaker Japanese exports in September underscored uncertainties over the outlook for trade. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index sank 0.7 percent to...

Japan exports fall in September, first decline since 2016

Oct. 17, 2018 11:28 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan recorded a trade surplus for September of 139.6 billion yen ($1.2 billion), but exports fell 1.2 percent from the previous year in the first decline for the world's third largest economy since 2016. A series of natural disasters took a toll, but the lag in exports also reflects...

All current US champions to compete at Skate America

Oct. 17, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

For the season following an Olympics, when the world's best figure skaters tend to take a break, Skate America certainly is packed with top U.S. competitors. The six-event Grand Prix series begins in Everett, Washington, on Friday with all six American champions in action: world gold medalist Nathan Chen, U.S....

French, Japanese leaders to discuss case of missing tourist

Oct. 17, 2018 10:12 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron promised to discuss with Japan's prime minister the case of a French tourist who disappeared in Japan in July. As Macron was greeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday at the presidential palace in Paris, the sister of Tiphaine Veron asked the...

US to enter trade talks with Japan, European Union, Britain

Oct. 16, 2018 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration notified Congress on Tuesday that it plans to pursue trade agreements with the European Union, Japan and Britain. The announcement comes two weeks after the administration reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement....

Official: Move of Japan fish market could have been better

Oct. 16, 2018 6:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A top market official acknowledged Tuesday that the recent move of Japan's main fish market from Tsukiji to a site found contaminated by arsenic could have been better handled. "I can't say that discussions were sufficient," Hiroyasu Ito, chairman of the Toyosu Market Association, told...

Trump suggests 'rogue killers' murdered Saudi journalist

Oct. 15, 2018 8:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Monday that "rogue killers" could be responsible for the mysterious disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an explanation offering U.S. ally Saudi Arabia a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm. The Saudis continued to deny they...

Global stocks mostly slip on continuing global trade worries

Oct. 15, 2018 7:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks mostly slipped Monday as investors continued to worry about global trade and prospects for economic growth. The price of oil rose amid tensions over Saudi Arabia, a major crude exporter. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 lost 0.2 percent to 5,087, while Britain's FTSE 100 was down...