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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday as uncertainty over the pandemic sapped the buying enthusiasm that has been driving prices higher. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Global shares mixed as pandemic uncertainty squelches buying

Jul. 8, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed Wednesday as uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic sapped the buying enthusiasm that has been driving prices higher. Wall Street appeared set to edge up on the open, with Dow futures up 0.1% and S&P 500 futures 0.2% higher. In Europe, France's CAC 40...

Residents swim past a riverside pavilion submerged by the flooded Yangtze River in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Rescuers in central China were searching Wednesday for people left missing in a landslide triggered amid widespread flooding across much of the country. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Rescuers seek 9 people missing in central China landslide

Jul. 8, 2020 6:49 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Rescuers in central China were searching Wednesday for nine people left missing in a landslide amid widespread flooding in much of the country. The disaster struck Huangmei county in Hubei province at around 4 a.m., according to rescue services. Forty other people were rescued and moved to...

Sri Lankan women police officers guard as members of Free Women Movement hold placards demanding that government bring back all the Sri Lankan workers from the middle east as they protest outside the labor ministry in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, July 8, 2020.(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: Australian PM defends Melbourne lockdown

Jul. 8, 2020 6:40 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister says a shutdown of the nation’s second-largest city is necessary and promised continuing financial support for businesses that fear they won’t survive a second lockdown. The Victoria state government said Melbourne and part of its...

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, left, is greeted by his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Biegun is in Seoul to hold talks with South Korean officials about allied cooperation on issues including North Korea. (Kim Hong-ji/Pool Photo via AP)

US envoy issues rare public criticism of N. Korean official

Jul. 8, 2020 6:12 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The top U.S. official on North Korea accused a senior North Korean nuclear negotiator on Wednesday of being “locked in an old way of thinking,” days after the negotiator said Pyongyang won't resume talks with Washington because of its “hostile”...

FILE - In this file photo taken May 23, 2019, and released by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, left, speaks with a monk at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa in western China's Tibet Autonomous Region. China said Wednesday, Jul 8, 2020, it will impose visa restrictions on U.S. individuals following the Trump administration's imposition of travel bans on Chinese officials it accuses of restricting foreigners' access to Tibet. (U.S. Mission to China via AP, File)

China threatens visa restrictions on US officials over Tibet

Jul. 8, 2020 6:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday it will impose visa restrictions on U.S. individuals following the Trump administration’s imposition of travel bans on Chinese officials it accuses of restricting foreigners’ access to Tibet. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the move...

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus walks past replicas of the Terracotta Warriors outside a restaurant in Beijing on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China defends WHO, lashes out at US move to withdraw

Jul. 8, 2020 6:01 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday defended the World Health Organization and lashed out at the U.S. decision to withdraw from the U.N. body. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the move was “another demonstration of the U.S. pursuing unilateralism, withdrawing from groups and breaking...

A man on a bicycle makes his way through a flooded road following heavy rains in Kurume, Fukuoka prefecture, southern Japan Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Floodwaters flowed down streets in southern Japanese towns hit by heavy rains. (Shoei Miyano/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan battered by more heavy rain, floods; 58 dead

Jul. 8, 2020 5:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan's main island, swelling more rivers, triggering mudslides and destroying houses and roads. At least 58 people died in several days of flooding. Parts of Nagano and...

FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, a dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is displayed at the Neighborcare Health clinics at Vashon Island High School in Vashon Island, Wash. Sri Lanka and Maldives have become the first two countries in the World Health Organization's South-East Asia region to eliminate both measles and rubella ahead of a 2023 target, the U.N. health agency announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

WHO says Sri Lanka and Maldives eliminate measles, rubella

Jul. 8, 2020 5:27 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka and Maldives have become the first two countries in the World Health Organization's South-East Asia region to eliminate both measles and rubella ahead of a 2023 target, the U.N. health agency announced Wednesday. “This success is encouraging and demonstrates the...

FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2018 file photo, Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli, left, shakes hand with the chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal after taking the oath of office at the Presidential building in Kathmandu, Nepal. Oli could be forced out of office within weeks amid an internal tussle for power within his governing party following his sharp rhetoric on neighboring India and as Chinese influence grows in Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)

Power tussle in Nepal ruling party as China influence grows

Jul. 8, 2020 5:14 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s prime minister could be forced out of office within weeks amid an internal tussle for power within his governing party following his sharp rhetoric on neighboring India and as Chinese influence grows in the country. Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli was set to meet...

Residents walk pas the Australian embassy in Beijing, China April 9, 2019. In a notice issued June 5, 2020, China is advising its citizens not to visit Australia, citing racial discrimination and violence against Asians, in what appears to be Beijing's latest attempt to punish the country for advocating an investigation into the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China dismisses Australian warning of arbitrary detention

Jul. 8, 2020 4:02 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Chinese Embassy on Wednesday dismissed Australia’s warning to travelers of arbitrary detention in China as “ridiculous” and “disinformation” in the latest diplomatic spat to mar a deteriorating relationship. Australia’s Department of...