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Global markets lower amid uncertainty about US-China trade

Nov. 14, 2019 7:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets slipped Thursday amid doubts about a U.S.-Chinese trade deal and after the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman said it is likely to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged. London and Frankfurt were trading lower after Tokyo and Hong Kong closed down for the day. Wall...

South Korean ex-justice minister summoned in financial probe

Nov. 14, 2019 5:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Thursday summoned the former justice minister as they expand an investigation into corruption allegations surrounding his family that sparked huge protests. Cho Kuk’s questioning at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office came weeks...

Asian markets mixed after Wall Street high

Nov. 13, 2019 11:20 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday amid doubts about the status of a U.S.-Chinese trade deal after the U.S. Federal Reserve’s chairman said it is likely to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged. Investors were wary after The Wall Street Journal reported Chinese negotiators...

Esper: US could alter military drills to boost NKorea talks

Nov. 13, 2019 2:23 PM EST

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday that he is open to the possibility of altering American military activities in South Korea if it would help advance a diplomatic deal with North Korea to eliminate its nuclear program. In an interview with reporters flying...

South Korean court begins trial over Japan's sexual slavery

Nov. 13, 2019 5:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Seoul court on Wednesday began hearing a long-awaited civil case filed against the Japanese government by South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan's World War II military brothels. The trial at the Seoul Central District Court proceeded with empty seats in the...

Japan, US say 3-way ties with S. Korea are key to security

Nov. 12, 2019 10:00 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, agreed with Japanese officials Tuesday that three-way cooperation with South Korea is key to regional security and that an intelligence sharing pact between Tokyo and Seoul should not be scrapped. Japanese Foreign Minister...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Nov. 8, 2019 12:01 AM EST

An Indian Hindu performs a ritual to thank the sun god for sustaining life on Earth in the Yamuna River, which is covered by chemical foam caused by industrial pollution in New Delhi. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, a visitor walks during the Seoul Lantern Festival. Simona Halep of Romania...

South Korea deports North Koreans who fled after killing 16

Nov. 7, 2019 8:33 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In an extremely unusual case, South Korea deported two North Korean fishermen on Thursday after determining they had killed 16 other crew members on their boat and then fled to South Korean waters, Seoul officials said. South Korea has a policy of accepting North Koreans who want...

North says US-S. Korea drills 'throw wet blanket' on talks

Nov. 7, 2019 1:56 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday planned U.S.-South Korean military drills would amount to "throwing a wet blanket over the spark" of nuclear negotiations that are "on the verge of extinction." Since the start of the nuclear talks last year, the U.S. and South Korea have cancelled or...

US official says Moon-Abe meeting was 'encouraging sign'

Nov. 6, 2019 7:26 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior U.S. official said Wednesday an unexpected meeting this week between the leaders of South Korea and Japan was an "encouraging sign" that the Asian U.S. allies are on track to improve a relationship strained by deep disagreements over trade and history. David Stilwell,...