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Evers headed to Japan as part of first trade mission

Jul. 17, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is headed to Japan in September for his first trade mission. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says Wednesday that the trip it is coordinating will include stops in Tokyo, Yokohama and Chiba City. Evers will also be attending the Midwest...

Hong Kong elders march in support of young demonstrators

Jul. 17, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong senior citizens, including a popular actress, marched Wednesday in a show of support for youths at the forefront of monthlong protests against a contentious extradition bill in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The seniors also slammed the police for their...

North and South Korea to meet in 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Jul. 17, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

North Korea and South Korea have been drawn together in an Asian qualifying group as the road to soccer's 2022 World Cup in Qatar became clearer Wednesday. The Korean neighbors will play each other home and away in the next year in the five-nation Group H that includes Lebanon, Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka. In...

Asian entertainment industries grappling with #MeToo issues

Jul. 17, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

When Wu Ke-xi was looking for a frightening plotline for her latest film, she didn't need to look further than her own industry. The Taiwanese actress and screenwriter's latest movie, "Nina Wu," is the story of an actress who, in pursuit of a role that will lead to stardom, is abused and psychologically scarred...

Global stocks mostly fall as Wall Street ends winning streak

Jul. 17, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares drifted lower Wednesday as investors await another batch of corporate earnings following Tuesday's mostly disappointing results, which put an end to Wall Street's five-day winning streak. The latest round of U.S. corporate financial reports ramps up this week and investors have...

US wants role in efforts to settle South Korea-Japan dispute

Jul. 17, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States will "do what it can" to help resolve festering trade and political disputes between South Korea and Japan, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday after a series of meetings with Seoul officials. David Stilwell, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asian affairs, is in...

The Latest: Japan urges South Korea to agree to arbitration

Jul. 17, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on trade and political disputes between Japan and South Korea (all times local): 6 p.m. Japan is making a final call for South Korea to agree to Japanese-requested arbitration over the Korean wartime labor dispute, while hinting at possible retaliation. Deputy Chief...

Man in NW China executed after decades-long blood feud

Jul. 17, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A man in northwest China was executed Wednesday for killing three neighbors in apparent revenge for his mother's death more than two decades earlier. The Supreme People's Court in Shaanxi province announced that it implemented the death penalty on Zhang Koukou for intentional homicide...

Asian stocks mixed as Wall Street ends 5-day winning streak

Jul. 17, 2019 2:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street ended a five-day winning streak following disappointing corporate earnings reports. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dipped 0.3% to 21,475.38 in morning trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.4% to 6,667.60. South Korea's Kospi dipped 1.0%...

Telescope viewing suspended as protesters block Hawaii road

Jul. 17, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Astronomers have indefinitely stopped looking through 13 existing telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii while protesters block the road downslope in an attempt to prevent the construction of a giant new observatory. Dozens of researchers around the world won't be able to gather...