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All current US champions to compete at Skate America

Oct. 17, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

For the season following an Olympics, when the world's best figure skaters tend to take a break, Skate America certainly is packed with top U.S. competitors. The six-event Grand Prix series begins in Everett, Washington, on Friday with all six American champions in action: world gold medalist Nathan Chen, U.S....

French, Japanese leaders to discuss case of missing tourist

Oct. 17, 2018 10:12 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron promised to discuss with Japan's prime minister the case of a French tourist who disappeared in Japan in July. As Macron was greeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday at the presidential palace in Paris, the sister of Tiphaine Veron asked the...

US to enter trade talks with Japan, European Union, Britain

Oct. 16, 2018 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration notified Congress on Tuesday that it plans to pursue trade agreements with the European Union, Japan and Britain. The announcement comes two weeks after the administration reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement....

Official: Move of Japan fish market could have been better

Oct. 16, 2018 6:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A top market official acknowledged Tuesday that the recent move of Japan's main fish market from Tsukiji to a site found contaminated by arsenic could have been better handled. "I can't say that discussions were sufficient," Hiroyasu Ito, chairman of the Toyosu Market Association, told...

Trump suggests 'rogue killers' murdered Saudi journalist

Oct. 15, 2018 8:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Monday that "rogue killers" could be responsible for the mysterious disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an explanation offering U.S. ally Saudi Arabia a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm. The Saudis continued to deny they...

Global stocks mostly slip on continuing global trade worries

Oct. 15, 2018 7:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks mostly slipped Monday as investors continued to worry about global trade and prospects for economic growth. The price of oil rose amid tensions over Saudi Arabia, a major crude exporter. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 lost 0.2 percent to 5,087, while Britain's FTSE 100 was down...

Japan raises concerns over Pacific's debt to China

Oct. 15, 2018 1:51 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Japan's foreign minister raised concerns Monday about the high levels of debt accrued by some Pacific Island nations and said his country wants to help resolve the problem. Foreign Minister Taro Kono made the comments while visiting New Zealand, where he met with his...

Asian stocks slip on continuing global trade worries

Oct. 14, 2018 11:34 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks slipped Monday, as investor worries continued about global trade tensions and prospects for economic growth. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dipped 1.2 percent to 22,426.32, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped nearly 1.1 percent in early trading to 5,832.00....

Marc Leishman wins CIMB Classic in Malaysia

Oct. 14, 2018 7:06 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Marc Leishman won the CIMB Classic by five strokes Sunday, closing with a 7-under 65 to match Justin Thomas' 2015 tournament record of 26-under 262. Leishman won for the fourth time on the PGA Tour. The Australian had four straight birdies on Nos. 2-5 and finished with eight...

Abe renews pledge to change Japan's charter to boost troops

Oct. 14, 2018 2:46 AM EDT

ASAKA, Japan (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe renewed his pledge Sunday to push for a revision to the country's war-renouncing constitution, in which he wants the military explicitly mentioned. Speaking before a field of about 4,000 troops, Abe said that a revision is needed to give his troops...