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Global stocks mixed after oil falls, Wall Street advances

Sep. 18, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — European markets opened higher and Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday as investors watched for a U.S. Federal Reserve decision on a possible interest rate cut after oil prices fell back. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt and Shanghai advanced while Tokyo and Hong Kong slipped. Markets steadied...

Osaka reaches quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open

Sep. 18, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Top-seeded Naomi Osaka reached the quarterfinals at the Pan Pacific Open by beating qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday. Osaka, who was broken twice early in the match, is looking to win her first title in her hometown after finishing runner-up in 2016 and 2018. She will...

Japan exports sink on weaker trade with China, US

Sep. 18, 2019 3:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports fell 8% in August from a year earlier, as trade tensions took a growing toll on demand across the region. Exports of machinery, vehicles and chemicals all declined, the Finance Ministry reported Wednesday. Exports totaled 6.1 trillion yen ($56 billion), while imports slipped...

Samoa's tattooed rugby players to cover up at times in Japan

Sep. 18, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

YAMAGATA, Japan (AP) — Samoan rugby players will wear skin suits to cover their traditional tattoos during some training sessions at the World Cup in order not to offend their Japanese hosts. Samoa captain Jack Lam said team officials consulted an expert on Japanese culture to make sure tattooed players...

South Korea downgrades Japan trade status as dispute deepens

Sep. 17, 2019 11:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday dropped Japan from a list of countries receiving fast-track approvals in trade, a reaction to Tokyo's decision to downgrade Seoul's trade status amid a tense diplomatic dispute. South Korea' trade ministry said Japan's removal from a 29-member "white list"...

Roger Federer to decide soon on Tokyo Olympic plans

Sep. 17, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Roger Federer plans to decide "in the next month or so" whether he will play at next year's Tokyo Olympics. Federer said Tuesday his 2020 schedule is set through Wimbledon, which ends July 12. The week-long Olympic tournament starts July 25 and ends a few days before his 39th birthday. "I...

Keys beats Kasatkina in 1st round of Pan Pacific Open

Sep. 17, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Fifth-seeded Madison Keys improved her overall record against Daria Kasatkina to 6-0 by beating the Russian 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open. Keys converted six of her 10 break points in the match. "I feel good. I'm always a little bit nervous ahead of my...

Asia Development Bank president to step down

Sep. 17, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The president of the Asia Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, plans to step down early next year, the regional lender said Tuesday. Japan has usually headed the ADB as a top donor. Finance Minister Taro Aso said in a statement that Tokyo would soon nominate a "high-caliber candidate" as Nakao's...

Japanese officials cautious on prospects for US trade deal

Sep. 17, 2019 2:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Officials in Japan appeared wary over the prospects for a trade deal with the U.S. after President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sign a pact soon. Japan's chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said Tuesday that the two sides are still finalizing details after reaching a basic...

Oil prices jump as attack on Saudi plant jolts supply

Sep. 16, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

Global energy prices spiked more than 14% Monday after a weekend attack on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia caused the worst disruption to world supplies on record. It was an increase on par with the 1991 Gulf War and analysts said heightened tensions in the Middle East could keep prices elevated for the...