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Trump: China needs to reach a trade deal more than he does

Jun. 26, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's under little pressure to reach a trade deal with China when he meets late this week with President Xi Jinping and is prepared to impose further tariffs on Chinese imports. "The Chinese economy's going down the tubes," Trump said in an...

Thai court declines to suspend pro-army lawmakers

Jun. 26, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court said Wednesday it will allow 32 pro-military lawmakers to keep their seats while it decides whether they violated election rules by holding shares in media companies, a decision criticized as unfair because the court earlier suspended an opposition leader over a similar...

International prosecutor signals Rohingya investigation

Jun. 26, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor says she wants to open an investigation into alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims as they fled Myanmar and into Bangladesh. The court announced Wednesday that a panel of judges will consider whether to authorize Prosecutor...

Seoul: US, N. Korea in talks to set up 3rd Trump-Kim summit

Jun. 26, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean and U.S. officials are holding "behind-the-scenes talks" to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate of the North's expanding nuclear arsenal, South Korea's president said, four months after a second meeting...

Amnesty wants impartial probe of Indonesia police violence

Jun. 26, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Amnesty International is calling for an independent investigation into allegations of police brutality and unlawful killings during post-election riots in the Indonesian capital last month. The rights organization said Wednesday in a publicly released letter to President Joko...

Malaysia detains 4 Indians, seizes drugs, 5,255 turtles

Jun. 26, 2019 2:39 AM EDT

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia authorities have arrested four Indians and seized more than 14 kilograms of drugs and over 5,000 turtles from their luggage at the Kuala Lumpur airport. Senior customs official Zulkurnain Mohamed Yusof said Wednesday that agents found a total 5,255 red-ear slider baby...

North Korea says it won't surrender to US-led sanctions

Jun. 26, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday it won't surrender to U.S.-led sanctions and accused Washington of trying to "bring us to our knees." The statement is yet another reminder that North Korea keeps mistrust of the U.S. though its leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump recently...

Big plastic user Japan fights waste ahead of G-20 summit

Jun. 25, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has a plastic problem. In a country where cleanliness and neat packaging have long been considered good service, almost everything, from single bananas to individual pieces of vegetables, pastries, pens and cosmetics is sold plastic-wrapped. But as world leaders descend on Osaka for the...

APNewsBreak: Lawsuit claims Utah hotel exploited immigrants

Jun. 25, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the luxury Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City of luring workers from the Philippines to a program that promised training and cultural immersion but instead forced them to work long hours doing menial jobs for low pay. The hotel misused a type of visa...

Relative: Gunman killed 4, self over jealousy of in-laws

Jun. 25, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A man who family members in California say shot four relatives to death before taking his own life was upset his wife was able to get visas for her relatives to travel from Vietnam to the United States, a relative said Tuesday. To Van Khuat said 66-year-old Chi Dinh Ta had recently...