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Pope’s Asian agenda: Disarmament, martyrs, family reunion

Nov. 17, 2019 9:06 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution. Emphasizing the dignity of...

US, S Korea postpone joint exercise criticized by N Korea

Nov. 17, 2019 3:49 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the United States and South Korea have indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an “act of goodwill” toward North Korea. The move comes even as Japan’s defense minister, whose country feels threatened by repeated...

Global shares mostly rise on talk of China-US trade deal

Nov. 15, 2019 7:39 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares mostly rose on Friday after U.S. governments officials said they were getting close to an agreement with China to cool tensions over trade. Germany’s DAX rose 0.2% to 13,208, and France’s CAC 40 gained 0.4% to 5,922. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the...

Stock prices surge on bullish talk on China-US trade deal

Nov. 15, 2019 12:27 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced in Asia on Friday after White House officials said China and the U.S. were getting close to an agreement to cool tensions over trade. Markets have swung from euphoria to alarm as officials in Beijing and Washington offered conflicting opinions about the state of the...

Cambodia says it defeated opposition effort to topple govt

Nov. 13, 2019 10:42 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s government claimed victory Wednesday in its jousting with exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who was unable to meet his self-imposed deadline to return to the country in an attempt to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen. A government statement Wednesday night said it...

Pentagon chief tries to keep Asia in focus with second trip

Nov. 13, 2019 12:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barely four months into his tenure, Defense Secretary Mark Esper is making his second trek across the Pacific. And yet it is the Middle East - most recently a near-war with Iran and an actual war in Syria - that in Washington commands more attention and demands more American troops....

3 fatally shot as long Thai legal dispute turns violent

Nov. 12, 2019 9:45 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Three people were fatally shot Tuesday in a courtroom in eastern Thailand when a long-running legal feud turned violent. Suriyan Hongwilai, a spokesman for the Chanthaburi Provincial Court, said in a statement that the shooting took place when the plaintiff and defendant in a perjury case...

World stocks rise as investors await US-China trade moves

Nov. 12, 2019 8:06 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — World stock markets rose Tuesday as investor awaited news on progress in negotiations on the trade dispute between China and the United States. An update could come later in the day, when U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to give a speech on trade and economic policy at the Economic...

Bespoke silk robes await Pope Francis on Thailand visit

Nov. 12, 2019 2:37 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's capital boasts garment makers ranging from bespoke tailors to sweatshops, but for a truly divine frock, you have to look a little harder. In a Catholic preparatory school, seamstresses from the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters of Bangkok are studiously snipping...

Stocks mixed as uncertainty reigns in US-China trade talks

Nov. 11, 2019 11:40 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Tuesday as investors awaited cues on trade talks between China and the U.S. The next hints on progress in the negotiations between Beijing and Washington could come later in the day, when Trump is scheduled to give a speech on trade and economic policy at the...