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Middle East attack jolts oil-import dependent Asia

Jun. 15, 2019 3:45 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The blasts detonated far from the bustling megacities of Asia, but the attack this week on two tankers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz hits at the heart of the region's oil import-dependent economies. While the violence only directly jolted two countries in the region —...

The Latest: Iran urges regional dialogue to ease tensions

Jun. 13, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Iran's U.N. Mission is calling for an urgent dialogue among all countries in the Persian Gulf region to ease tensions following attacks on two oil tankers near...

Stocks slip as protests shake Hong Kong, trade woes linger

Jun. 12, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares retreated Wednesday and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell sharply as thousands continued protests against proposed legislation that many city residents fear could further erode the territory's legal autonomy. In midday trading in Europe, Germany's DAX lost 0.4% to 12,104 and the...

N. Korea sends condolences for former S. Korean first lady

Jun. 12, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent flowers and a message of condolence on Wednesday for the funeral of former South Korean first lady Lee Hee-ho, whose late husband held a historic summit with Kim's father in 2000. Senior South Korean officials traveled to the border village of...

Asian stocks mostly lower after retreat on Wall Street

Jun. 12, 2019 2:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday and Hong Kong's Seng index tumbled 1.7% as thousands continued protests against proposed legislation that many city residents fear could further erode the territory's legal autonomy. Renewed jitters over the trade war between the U.S. and China...

North Korea says it's fighting swine fever with quarantine

Jun. 11, 2019 11:09 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday it is actively fighting the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever weeks after it reported an outbreak near its border with China. The North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said workers around the country were proceeding with "airtight"...

Trump says he wouldn't allow US to use Kim family as assets

Jun. 11, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would not approve of U.S. intelligence agencies using family members of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as assets, a day after a report that Kim's half brother had traveled to Malaysia to meet his CIA contact before being assassinated there in...

Human rights group locates North Korean execution sites

Jun. 11, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A human rights group said Tuesday it has identified hundreds of spots where witnesses claim North Korea carried out public executions and extrajudicial state killings as part of an arbitrary and aggressive use of the death penalty that is meant to intimidate its citizens. The...

Former S. Korean first lady, feminist Lee Hee-ho dies at 97

Jun. 11, 2019 4:27 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lee Hee-ho, a South Korean feminist activist who fought for democracy against dictatorships alongside her husband and future President Kim Dae-jung, has died. She was 97. Lee, a devout Christian, left a will saying that she would pray for South Korea's people and a peaceful...

Robot baristas are latest front in S. Korea automation push

Jun. 6, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Are robot baristas the future of South Korea's vibrant coffee culture? Dal.komm Coffee thinks so. The company now has 45 robot-equipped outlets in shopping malls, company cafeterias, schools and an airport. Coffee is just one of many industries that could be transformed by...