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Hong Kong police say homemade bomb targeted officers

Oct. 14, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A homemade, remote-controlled bomb intended to "kill or to harm" riot control officers was detonated as they deployed against renewed violence in Hong Kong over the weekend, police said Monday, in a further escalation of destructive street battles gripping the business hub. The "loud thud"...

Global stocks turn lower as US-China tariff truce in focus

Oct. 14, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global shares turned lower Monday after the U.S. and China announced a truce on tariff hikes but uncertainty remained over their wide-ranging economic dispute. London and Frankfurt declined and Wall Street was set for small losses on the open, while Asian markets largely closed higher....

Japan looks for missing after typhoon kills dozens

Oct. 14, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — Rescue crews dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday as they looked for those missing from a typhoon that left dozens dead and caused serious damage in central and northern Japan. Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds Saturday, leaving...

South Korean pop star Sulli found dead at her home

Oct. 14, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean pop star and actress Sulli was found dead at her home south of Seoul on Monday, police said. The 25-year-old was found after her manager went to her home in Seongnam because she didn't answer phone calls for hours, said Kim Seong-tae, an official from the Seongnam...

Japan storm survivors though worst was over, then it flooded

Oct. 14, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) — After the worst of Typhoon Hagibis passed over this town north of Japan's capital, Kazuo Saito made sure there was no water outside his house and went to bed. Saito woke up a few times throughout the night to check, but by the time he woke for good on Sunday morning, the view outside...

China's auto sales sink 6.3% in September

Oct. 14, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales sank 6.3% in September from a year earlier and purchases of electric cars tumbled 34.2% at a time when the industry is spending heavily to meet government sales quotas for the technology, an industry group reported Monday. The global industry's biggest market is on track...

Joe Biden's son Hunter stepping down from Chinese board

Oct. 14, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing intense scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden says he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not to work on behalf of any foreign-owned companies should his...

China's trade with US shrinks again in September

Oct. 14, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's trade with the United States fell by double digits again in September amid a tariff war that threatens to tip the global economy into recession. Exports to the United States, China's biggest foreign market, fell 21.9% to $36.5 billion, a deterioration from August's 16% decline,...

South Korean justice minister resigns during finance probe

Oct. 14, 2019 4:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's justice minister resigned Monday, citing the political burden of an investigation into alleged financial crimes and academic favors surrounding his family, a scandal that has rocked Seoul's liberal government and spurred huge protests. Cho Kuk has denied wrongdoing....

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Oct. 14, 2019 2:08 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...