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European, Asian leaders want free trade, push back at Trump

Oct. 19, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe and Asia presented a united front Friday in support of free trade based on international rules and cooperation, starkly underscoring their differences with U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policy. That support for free trade "is the most important signal from this...

12-pound lunar meteorite sells for more than $600,000

Oct. 19, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000. Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle, came from a...

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...

Osaka drawn with 2 other Grand Slam champions at WTA Finals

Oct. 19, 2018 10:21 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka was drawn in the same group as Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens for her debut appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Karolina Pliskova, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina are in the other group for...

EU drug agency urges approval for dengue vaccine

Oct. 19, 2018 8:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Europe's drug regulator has recommended approving the first vaccine for dengue despite concerns about the vaccine's wide use and a lawsuit in the Philippines alleging that it was linked to three deaths. The European Medicines Agency said Friday it had adopted a "positive opinion" of French...

Copter crashes on USS Ronald Reagan in Asia, sailors hurt

Oct. 19, 2018 7:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on Friday, causing non-fatal injuries to a dozen sailors, the Navy said. The Navy's 7th Fleet said in a statement that the MH-60 Seahawk crashed shortly after takeoff Friday morning while the carrier...

Brit, Canadian face 10 years in jail for spraying Thai wall

Oct. 19, 2018 6:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Briton and Canadian face up to 10 years in prison on charges of spraying paint on an ancient wall in northern Thailand, police said Friday. Security camera footage purportedly showed Furlong Lee and Canadian Brittney Lorretta Katherine Schneider, both 23, spraying a message on the walls of...

Southeast Asian navies to hold 1st joint drills with China

Oct. 19, 2018 5:17 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Southeast Asian navies are heading to their first joint exercises with China in its southern waters next week, and defense officials agreed Friday to conduct a similar drill with the U.S. next year. Singapore's Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said the Oct. 22-28 drills in waters surrounding...

Malaysia ex-deputy PM charged with graft, money laundering

Oct. 19, 2018 5:01 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's former deputy prime minister was charged Friday with abuse of power, corruption and money laundering involving millions of dollars in another graft investigation against leaders ousted in elections earlier this year. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who now leads the opposition...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Oct. 19, 2018 4:35 AM EDT

Anti-India protests and clashes between Kashmiri demonstrators and government forces occurred this week in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Protests had taken place Tuesday during the last phase of local elections, and on Wednesday following a gunbattle between militants and government forces...