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Pope to China Catholics: Make gestures showing communion

May. 23, 2018 5:24 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged Chinese Catholics on Wednesday to show they are in full communion with the Holy See, amid what appears to be another stall in the Vatican's longstanding attempts to reach a deal with Beijing over bishop nominations. Francis made the comments during his general...

US: Gov. employee in China reported strange sounds, pressure

May. 23, 2018 5:18 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, the State Department said Wednesday, recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba who later fell ill. In an emailed notice to American citizens in China, the department it...

AP Explains: American football with niche following in Japan

May. 23, 2018 5:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has been absorbed for several weeks by a late hit during a college football game. The tackle earlier this month in a game between Japanese teams — Nihon University and Kwansei Gakuin University — has been repeatedly shown on television and social media sites and talked...

Global shares fall amid worries over US-China trade, Koreas

May. 23, 2018 4:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Europe and Asia on Wednesday after President Donald Trump raised doubts that a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un planned for June 12 will take place as planned. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 dipped in early trading, down 1.2 percent to 5,573.71, while...

US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track

May. 23, 2018 4:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and South Korea are laboring to keep the highly anticipated U.S. summit with North Korea on track, even after President Donald Trump abruptly said "there's a very substantial chance" it won't happen as scheduled. South Korean President Moon Jae-in reminded Trump Tuesday...

Merkel heads to China to talk economy, trade, rule of law

May. 23, 2018 4:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to China with a business delegation as both Beijing and the European Union are grappling with the United States over trade issues and Washington's rejection of the Iran nuclear deal. Merkel, who is set to leave Wednesday afternoon, said in her weekly...

Summits give aged North Korean spies hope of returning home

May. 23, 2018 3:05 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — He's spent nearly six decades trapped on enemy soil, surviving 29 years in a prison where he was tortured by South Korean guards before being released to a life of poverty and police surveillance. Now, 89 years old and bedridden with illness, former North Korean spy Seo Ok-yeol...

Foreign media prepare to board train for NKorea nuke site

May. 23, 2018 2:45 AM EDT

WONSAN, North Korea (AP) — A group of foreign journalists prepared to depart by train Wednesday to watch the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear test site after eight reporters from South Korea received last-minute permission to join them. The remote site deep in the mountains of the North's sparsely...

Takuma Sato back to defend Indy 500 victory with new team

May. 23, 2018 2:42 AM EDT

The fans lined up one by one in the most orderly fashion, waiting for their chance to take a photograph or snag an autograph from the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500. Good thing they were patient, too. Takuma Sato spent time chatting with every single one of them. The meet-and-greet came during a...

Australian lawmaker accuses billionaire in UN bribe scandal

May. 23, 2018 2:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government lawmaker has accused a China-born Australian billionaire who generously donates to Australian political parties of conspiring to bribe a top United Nations official. Lawmaker Andrew Hastie told Parliament late Tuesday that Chau Chak Wing was the real estate developer...