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North Korean delegation visits South to attend history forum

Nov. 14, 2018 8:27 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A five-member North Korean delegation came to South Korea on Wednesday to attend an academic forum on Japan's wartime actions, as the rivals continue reconciliation efforts despite stalemated U.S.-led nuclear diplomacy. The North Koreans are among 300 people from nine countries...

Missing elite Chinese university alumni spark outcry

Nov. 14, 2018 8:21 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Students and alumni of several Chinese universities are sounding the alarm over the apparent detention of more than a dozen young labor activists who have been missing since the weekend. Three recent graduates of the elite Peking University have been taken away by authorities, the Jasic...

Global shares dip after Wall Street falls over oil concerns

Nov. 14, 2018 8:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Concerns about political developments in Britain and Italy kept a lid on global stock markets on Wednesday. Meanwhile oil prices recouped some lost ground. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France's CAC slipped 0.4 percent to 5,082 while Germany's DAX fell .3 percent to 11,441. The FTSE 100 index of...

Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays

Nov. 14, 2018 7:23 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Leaders of Southeast Asian nations have again pushed back an agreement on a pan-Asian free trade deal amid a whirlwind of diplomacy Wednesday at their annual summit. In convening talks among the leaders of countries participating in the plan, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said a...

Danish shipper: US-China trade war hits container trade

Nov. 14, 2018 6:45 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk is warning that trade tensions between the United States and China could weigh on business. The company said a brewing trade war between the two had created uncertainty and could "reduce global container trade by 0.5 to 2.0 percent during 2019-2020"....

Fiji's leader of 12 years headed for convincing election win

Nov. 14, 2018 6:38 AM EST

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The man who first seized power in a military coup then refashioned himself as a legitimate leader appears set to rule Fiji for another four years. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his FijiFirst party were headed for a convincing election win early Thursday as votes were tallied....

The Latest: Southeast Asian-centered trade pact delayed

Nov. 14, 2018 4:39 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, meeting this week in Singapore (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a final agreement on a Southeast Asian-centered free trade agreement will be pushed back until 2019....

Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea

Nov. 14, 2018 3:53 AM EST

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders' meeting in the country that can least afford it. Barely penetrated by roads and scarred by violence,...

BTS's agency apologizes over band member's A-bomb shirt

Nov. 14, 2018 3:47 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The agency for K-pop superstars BTS apologized Wednesday for members wearing a T-shirt depicting the explosion of an atomic bomb and a hat with a Nazi emblem. Japanese TV broadcasters recently canceled or stopped discussing possible appearances by the band in that country after...

Restaurant owner sentenced for claiming to pay minimum wage

Nov. 14, 2018 3:32 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The owner of a suburban Kansas City restaurant was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for falsely claiming he was paying his workers minimum wage. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister announced Tuesday that 39-year-old Yong Lin, of Overland Park, was sentenced for falsifying...