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Trump says he's in no rush to see North Korea give up nukes

Feb. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants to see North Korea eventually give up its nuclear weapons program, but adds he's not in any rush because U.S. relations with Pyongyang are good going into next week's summit. "I have no pressing time schedule," Trump said. Trump said his...

Golf Glance

Feb. 19, 2019 2:38 PM EST

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PGA TOURS WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIP Site: Mexico City. Course: Chapultepec GC. Yardage: 7,345. Par: 71. Purse: $10.25 million. Winner's share: $1,745,000. Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-7 p.m. Saturday, noon-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-6 p.m. (NBC); Sunday,...

Indonesia makes 2032 Olympics bid official

Feb. 19, 2019 9:59 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has officially joined bidding to host the 2032 Olympics following its success staging the Asian Games last year, the deputy chairman of its national Olympic committee said Tuesday, highlighting the rising ambitions of the giant but perennially underperforming Southeast...

World stocks turn lower ahead of more China-US trade talks

Feb. 19, 2019 7:16 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock mostly fell in Europe and Asia on Tuesday and U.S. markets looked set to open lower as Chinese and U.S. negotiators geared up for trade talks in Washington. Germany's DAX fell 0.4 percent to 11,256 while the CAC 40 in France slipped 0.5 percent to 5,141. Britain's FTSE 100 sank 0.7...

Indonesian forest fires highlight president's campaign gaffe

Feb. 19, 2019 7:02 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Deliberately set fires are burning through peatland forests in the Indonesian province of Riau, the disaster agency said Tuesday, just two days after President Joko Widodo incorrectly claimed there'd been no fires for several years. The agency said that 843 hectares of land have...

Memorial speaks to North Korea's ties to summit host Vietnam

Feb. 19, 2019 6:27 AM EST

BAC GIANG, Vietnam (AP) — In a rice field in northern Vietnam, 14 headstones are an enduring symbol of the wartime friendship of Vietnam and North Korea. They mark the original burial ground of North Korean pilots who died while secretly fighting alongside Vietnamese comrades against U.S. Air Force and...

Asian shares gain on hopes for progress on China-US trade

Feb. 18, 2019 11:04 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares are mostly higher as Chinese and U.S. officials prepare for trade talks in Washington this week. U.S. markets were closed Monday for President's Day. Analysts said much is riding on the outcome of the trade talks after an inconclusive end to an earlier round in Beijing last...

Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

Feb. 18, 2019 9:26 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed partly on vaccination fears. A massive immunization drive that started last week in hard-hit Manila and four provincial...

Abe mum on Trump's claim of nomination for Nobel Peace Prize

Feb. 18, 2019 7:33 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kept quiet Monday over President Donald Trump's claim that he had nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize, but praised him and emphasized he did not deny doing so. Trump's assertion Friday that Abe had nominated him for the honor and sent him a copy of the...

Australia police say they didn't know Bahraini was a refugee

Feb. 18, 2019 6:47 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Federal Police did not know a Bahraini soccer player was a refugee who feared persecution in his homeland when the agency alerted Bahrain and Thailand that he was on a flight bound for Bangkok, Australian officials said Monday. Australian Border Force Commissioner...