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Global shares rally on tentative Brexit deal

Oct. 17, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Global markets were boosted Thursday by news that Britain and the European have agreed on an outline Brexit deal after days of intense negotiations. Benchmarks in London and Frankfurt rallied and Wall Street was positioned for gains when the market opens in New York. Although news of a...

South Korean soccer team tells of 'rough' match in Pyongyang

Oct. 17, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's national soccer team described their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a "rough" match played under strange conditions that may be raised with FIFA. The historic match ended in a scoreless draw Tuesday at huge Kim Il Sung Stadium, which was...

Asian shares mixed on caution over China-US trade deal

Oct. 17, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Thursday after officials signaled work remains to be done on an agreement for a truce in the tariff war between the U.S. and China. Hong Kong led regional gains after its chief executive, Carrie Lam, announced help for the property sector. The semi-autonomous city's...

North Korea seen as weak link as swine fever spreads in Asia

Oct. 16, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea. African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian...

Kim rides horse on sacred peak, vows to fight US sanctions

Oct. 16, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea released a series of photos Wednesday showing leader Kim Jong Un riding a white horse to a sacred mountain he has often climbed before making key decisions. Near the mountain, Kim reportedly vowed to overcome U.S.-led sanctions that he said had both pained and...

North Korea holds South Korea to 0-0 in World Cup qualifier

Oct. 15, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea held South Korea to a 0-0 draw Tuesday in a World Cup qualifying soccer match played in an empty stadium in Pyongyang. Specific details of the game weren't immediately available. South Korean soccer officials were unable to watch a telecast of the historic game at Kim...

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....

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...

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....

Asian stocks gain after US-China announce truce on tariffs

Oct. 14, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets have risen after Washington and Beijing announced a truce on tariff hikes in a trade war. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. President Donald Trump agreed Friday to put off planned tariff hikes this week on...