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Asian shares pull back, chilled by decline on Wall Street

Oct. 28, 2021 01:47 AM EDT

Asian shares fell Thursday after a retreat on Wall Street as banks and health care companies pulled the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average back from their latest record highs. Shares fell in most major regional markets and oil prices also declined. ...

AP: Myanmar military uses systematic torture across country

Oct. 28, 2021 01:24 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The soldiers in rural Myanmar twisted the young man’s skin with pliers and kicked him in the chest until he couldn’t breathe. Then they taunted him about his family until his heart ached, too: “Your mom,” they jeered, “cannot save you anymore.” ...

AP: Myanmar military uses systematic torture across country

Oct. 28, 2021 01:19 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The soldiers in rural Myanmar twisted the young man’s skin with pliers and kicked him in the chest until he couldn’t breathe. Then they taunted him about his family until his heart ached, too: “Your mom,” they jeered, “cannot save you...

A monk, a student, an artist: Tortured by Myanmar military

Oct. 28, 2021 00:29 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A monk was made to hop like a frog, in a humiliation tactic. An accountant was shocked with electric probes. An artist was beaten in the head with a baton until he passed out. Since the military took over Myanmar’s government in February, it...

Taiwan defense minister says island must defend itself

Oct. 28, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's defense minister said Thursday that Taiwan must be prepared to defend itself and could not entirely depend on other countries to help if China were to launch an attack against the island, even as Taiwan's president said she had faith the U.S. would defend it....

India tests nuclear-capable missile amid tensions with China

Oct. 28, 2021 00:56 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has test-fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,125 miles) from an island off its east coast amid rising border tensions with China. The successful launch on Wednesday was in line with...

Asian shares pull back, chilled by decline on Wall Street

Oct. 27, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

Asian shares fell Thursday after a retreat on Wall Street as banks and health care companies pulled the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average back from their latest record highs. Shares fell in all major regional markets and oil prices also declined. ...

Samsung reports robust profit thanks to chip demand

Oct. 27, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics on Thursday reported its highest quarterly profit in three years as it continues to see robust global demand for its computer memory chips. The South Korean technology giant also said its revenue of 74 trillion won ($63...

Net zero goals aren't the solution, says India before COP26

Oct. 27, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The solution to climate change is not setting net zero carbon emissions targets as dozens of nations have done, India's federal environment minister said. Instead, rich countries need to acknowledge their “historic responsibility" for emissions and...

Thai police: Woman cut rope holding painters 26 floors high

Oct. 27, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A resident of a high-rise condominium in Thailand cut the support rope for two painters, apparently angry she wasn't told they would be doing work, and left them hanging above the 26th floor until a couple rescued them, police said Wednesday. The woman...