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WTO rules against Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs

Dec. 09, 2022 14:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Trade Organization has rejected the 2018 import taxes that then-President Donald Trump imposed on foreign steel and aluminum, saying they violated global trade rules. Trump’s tariffs of 25% on foreign steel and 10% on aluminum outraged America’s...

K-pop star among 8 to join Japan tycoon Maezawa's moon trip

Dec. 09, 2022 11:05 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Friday that K-pop star T.O.P will be among eight people who will join him on a flight around the moon on a SpaceX spaceship in the coming years. The Japanese tycoon launched plans for the lunar voyage in 2018, buying all the...

Japan investigating repeated assaults by guards at prison

Dec. 09, 2022 09:28 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Justice Ministry disclosed Friday that more than 20 prison guards had repeatedly pushed, slapped and used other forms of physical violence against a group of inmates at a prison in central Japan, raising questions about the extent of prison abuse in the country. ...

Japan to jointly develop new fighter jet with UK, Italy

Dec. 09, 2022 07:12 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Friday that it will jointly develop its next-generation fighter jet with the U.K. and Italy as it looks to expand defense cooperation beyond its traditional ally, the United States. The Mitsubishi F-X fighter jet will replace the aging fleet of F-2s...

American team Knierim and Frazier eye Grand Prix Final gold

Dec. 08, 2022 16:10 PM EST

World champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier did nothing to harm their chances of becoming the first American pairs team to win the prestigious Grand Prix Final, turning in a brilliant short program Thursday in Turin, Italy. Knierim and Frazier trailed their biggest rivals, Riku...

Asian shares slip after tech stock slump on Wall St

Dec. 08, 2022 00:41 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares are mostly lower in Asia after Wall Street sagged under weakness in tech stocks. U.S. futures edged lower while oil prices rebounded. Japan revised upward its GDP data to show the economy contracted less than earlier reported in July-September,...

Japan's economy shrank less in July-Sept, revised data show

Dec. 08, 2022 00:18 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy contracted less than previously thought in the last quarter, weathering the country's latest big COVID wave with less damage than had been thought. The Cabinet Office reported Thursday that the economy shrank at a 0.8% annual rate in July-September....

Editorial Roundup: United States

Dec. 07, 2022 07:11 AM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Dec. 5 The Washington Post on microchips, the U.S. and the future When President Biden visits a microchip factory under construction in Arizona, it might look like a political victory lap:...

The next World Cup will jump to 48 teams. Is bigger better?

Dec. 07, 2022 04:59 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The next World Cup will be the biggest ever after world soccer body FIFA took the leap from a 32-team field to 48 teams in 2026. It means more of soccer's so-called “little teams” that didn't make it to Qatar will be given a chance of a lifetime when the...

Today in History: December 7, Japan attacks Pearl Harbor

Dec. 07, 2022 00:04 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2022. There are 24 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched an air raid on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as well...