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NKorea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

Apr. 18, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of "tactical guided weapon," its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. The test, which didn't appear to be of a banned mid- or...

Indonesia's Widodo declares victory in presidential election

Apr. 18, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Thursday he has won re-election after receiving an estimated 54% of the vote, backtracking on an earlier vow to wait for official results after his challenger made improbable claims of victory. Widodo, after meeting with parties in his...

World stocks mostly rise on US-China trade talks, earnings

Apr. 15, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stocks mostly edged up on Monday after the U.S. and China said they were closing in on a trade deal, without giving a timeline, and amid optimism over corporate earnings. Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 7,433 while the CAC 40 in France gained 0.1% to 5,509. Germany's DAX was also up...

Asian shares advance on US-China trade hopes

Apr. 14, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were broadly higher Monday on signs that the U.S. and China were closing in on a trade deal after months of negotiations. The Shanghai Composite index gained 1.7% to 3,243.91. Japan's Nikkei 225 index jumped 1.5% to 22,190.71 and the Kospi in South Korea added 0.7% to...

Boeing makes 96 flights to test software on troubled Max jet

Apr. 11, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Boeing's CEO says crews have made 96 flights to test a software update for its troubled 737 Max jet and will make more in coming weeks as the company attempts to convince regulators to let the plane fly again. Dennis Muilenburg also said Thursday that the company has met with pilots and...

World markets mixed on growth, Brexit doubts

Apr. 11, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stocks turned slightly higher on Thursday after Britain secured a new deadline for its exit from the European Union, removing the immediate threat of a crash this week that would have disrupted trade. Markets recovered in Europe after losses in Asia, with France's CAC 40 up 0.8% to...

Asian shares fall as Fed minutes show data may tweak stance

Apr. 10, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets retreated Thursday on news that most U.S. Federal Reserve officials believed the central bank would leave interest rates unchanged for the rest of the year. But several said their views could shift with incoming data. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 shed 0.3% to 21,627.87 and...

Busts in Asia reveal scales from 38,000 endangered pangolins

Apr. 10, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore seized more than 28 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 38,000 of the endangered mammals in the past week, a global record that spurred calls for more protection for pangolins, whose scales are used in traditional medicine. The scales were linked to four species of...

Singapore PM defends proposed law combating fake online news

Apr. 9, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday defended Singapore's proposed law to fight "online falsehoods," but his Malaysian counterpart, Mahathir Mohamad, warned that anti-fake news laws were a double-edged sword that could be abused by governments to stay in power. The two...

Sydney Brenner, who helped decipher genetic code, dies at 92

Apr. 6, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

LA JOLLA, Calif. (AP) — Sydney Brenner, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who helped decipher the genetic code and whose research on a roundworm sparked a new field of human disease research, has died. He was 92. The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, where Brenner spent part of his...