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Toyota worker’s suicide ruled work-related after harassment

Nov. 19, 2019 5:23 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities have ruled that an engineer at Toyota was suffering from power harassment on the job when he killed himself after suffering from constant ridicule from his boss. Toyota Motor Corp. acknowledged the case after reports of the ruling emerged Tuesday. The company said it hopes...

The Latest: HK police say they hope for peaceful resolution

Nov. 19, 2019 5:05 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Hong Kong police spokesman Kwok Ka-chuen says police have not yet decided their next steps to end a standoff at Polytechnic University but are still hoping for a peaceful resolution. Kwok said at a daily briefing Tuesday,...

Last holdouts surrounded by police at Hong Kong university

Nov. 19, 2019 4:37 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — About 100 anti-government protesters remained holed up at a Hong Kong university Tuesday, unsure what to do next as food supplies dwindled and a police siege of the campus entered its third day. City leader Carrie Lam said 600 people had left the Hong Kong Polytechnic campus, including 200...

Global shares mixed amid caution on US-China trade talks

Nov. 19, 2019 4:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Shares advanced in early European trading Tuesday after a mixed session in Asia as investors awaited fresh developments in trade talks between the United States and China. France’s CAC 40 added 0.3% to 5,945.15, while Germany’s DAX rose 0.4% to 13,259.55. Britain’s FTSE...

Rich in dramatic Catholic history, Nagasaki awaits the pope

Nov. 19, 2019 3:31 AM EST

NAGASAKI, Japan (AP) — It’s fitting that Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, the city where Christianity first took hold in the country and where nearly 500 years later it remains steeped in blood-soaked symbolism, both religious and political. It was here that a...

Q&A: How the Hong Kong protests converged at Poly U

Nov. 19, 2019 3:25 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Anti-government protesters are occupying Hong Kong Polytechnic University after retreating from the other campuses where they had held demonstrations last week. The ongoing confrontation with police has turned the school known as “Poly U” into a fiery battleground. WHAT IS...

N. Korea snubs US move to postpone military drill with South

Nov. 19, 2019 2:30 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Tuesday it won’t consider a recent U.S. decision to postpone a joint military exercise with South Korea a major concession that can bring it back to nuclear talks. Senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol said the U.S. must completely scrap that military...

US, South Korea cut short meeting over sharing defense costs

Nov. 19, 2019 1:51 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. and South Korean officials on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the allies remain far apart in negotiations for increasing South Korea’s contributions to the costs for maintaining the American military presence on its soil. U.S. negotiator James DeHart said the U.S. side...

15 killed, 9 injured in northern China coal mine explosion

Nov. 19, 2019 1:03 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A gas explosion inside a coal mine in northern China has killed 15 miners and left another nine injured, authorities said Tuesday. The blast occurred Monday afternoon at a mine operated by the local Feng Yan Group in Shanxi province’s Pingyao county. Rescue work was halted early...

South Korean fishing boat catches fire; 1 dead, 11 missing

Nov. 18, 2019 11:48 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A fishing boat caught fire in South Korea’s southern waters early Tuesday, killing at least one fisherman and triggering a search for 11 others missing, coast guard officials said. Rescue workers found one of the fishermen unconscious in waters 7.4 kilometers (4.6 miles)...