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US and South Korea again call off a major military exercise

Oct. 19, 2018 11:50 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — The United States and South Korea are scrapping another major military exercise this year, a Pentagon official said Friday, citing a push for diplomatic progress with North Korea. The top Pentagon spokeswoman, Dana W. White, said Washington and Seoul are suspending an air exercise known as...

South Korea, Britain in talks about future trade talks

Oct. 19, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — South Korea's foreign minister says Seoul has begun "contingency planning" to ensure that her country and Britain maintain close trade relations after Britain leaves the European Union. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Friday that "we are already having serious discussions about this."...

Global stocks mixed as Chinese economy slows

Oct. 19, 2018 7:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks were mixed Friday after data showed Chinese economic growth slowed more than expected but officials moved to shore up the country's markets. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX lost 0.3 percent to 11,556 and France's CAC-40 sank 0.8 percent to 5,078. London's FTSE 100 was flat at...

Piercy shoots 65 to lead by 1 at CJ Cup at Nine Bridges

Oct. 19, 2018 4:08 AM EDT

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — Brooks Koepka, recently named the PGA Tour player of the year, gave himself the perfect opportunity to become the No. 1 player in the world when he shot a 7-under par 65 to move to within one shot of the lead in the CJ Cup on Friday. At the Nine Bridges course, the...

Asian stocks tumble after Wall Street skids, China slows

Oct. 18, 2018 11:52 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets sank Friday after Wall Street declined on losses for tech and industrial stocks and Chinese economic growth slowed. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index fell 1.1 percent to 22,411.33 and Seoul's Kospi shed 0.3 percent to 2,141.06. The Shanghai Composite Index was flat...

Progressives say Seoul caved in denying asylum to Yemenis

Oct. 18, 2018 9:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean progressives accused the government of caving to xenophobic sentiment by rejecting a plea for refugee status by hundreds of asylum seekers from war-ravaged Yemen whose arrival on a resort island earlier this year triggered outrage. Justice Party spokesman Choi Seok...

Pope indicates willingness to visit North Korea

Oct. 18, 2018 12:36 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis indicated a willingness to visit North Korea during a private audience Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, according to Vatican and South Korean officials. Moon "conveyed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's desire for a papal visit to North Korea," the South...

Ariya Jutanugarn takes 1-shot lead with 66 at LPGA Shanghai

Oct. 18, 2018 5:08 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Buick LPGA Shanghai tournament on Thursday. The Thai player had six birdies in a bogey-free round, including three straight on Nos. 4, 5, and 6. "I always have so much fun when I play in Asia," said...

Chez Reavie takes 1st-round lead at CJ Cup with 4-under 68

Oct. 18, 2018 4:31 AM EDT

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — Chez Reavie overcame cool, windy conditions for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Thursday. In the breezy conditions, the back nine of the course posed the most difficulty, but the 36-year-old American made two birdies...

At Vatican, South Korean leader says he's certain of peace

Oct. 17, 2018 8:51 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — South Korea's president said he was certain peace could be achieved on the Korean Peninsula as he prepared for an audience Thursday with Pope Francis where he's expected to extend an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for Francis to visit. South Korean President Moon Jae-in...