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China's economy growth cools further amid US tariff war

Jul. 15, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth sank to its lowest level in at least 26 years in the quarter ending in June, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington. The world's second-largest economy grew 6.2% over a year ago, down from the previous quarter's 6.4%,...

Taiwan party picks mayor over ex-Foxconn chief for 2020 run

Jul. 15, 2019 2:07 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's main opposition party picked a pro-China populist mayor Monday as its candidate for the 2020 presidential race against an incumbent who often bashes Beijing. The Nationalist Party said Han Kuo-yu had won the presidential primary after opinion poll results gave him a 45...

Hong Kong police fight with protesters amid rising tensions

Jul. 14, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Police in Hong Kong fought with protesters on Sunday as they broke up a demonstration by thousands of people demanding the resignation of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's chief executive and an investigation into complaints of police violence. The protest in the northern district of...

Hong Kong protests augur murky outlook for financial hub

Jul. 12, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — It's still the world's "freest" economy, one of the biggest global financial centers and a scenic haven for tycoons and tourists, but the waves of protests rocking Hong Kong are exposing strains unlikely to dissipate as communist-ruled Beijing's influence grows. The end of the former...

37 countries rally around China at top UN human rights body

Jul. 12, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — More than three dozen countries have defended China's "remarkable achievements" in human rights, challenging Western countries that have raised concerns about Beijing's treatment of Uighur Muslims. Thirty-seven countries including Russia, Saudi Arabia and others, mostly from southeast Asia,...

China imports from US plunge 31% in June amid tariff war

Jul. 12, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's trade with the United States plunged last month as a tariff war battered exporters on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. And there's no letup in sight: Tensions between the world's two biggest economies continue to simmer even though President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart,...

The Latest: Gibraltar police detain 2 more from Iran tanker

Jul. 12, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the United States and Iran (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Police in Gibraltar say they have arrested the two second mates of an Iranian supertanker seized last week by the British navy on suspicion of carrying Tehran's oil to Syria. Police in the British...

China says US should not allow visit by Taiwan's leader

Jul. 12, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday that the U.S. should not allow an ongoing visit by Taiwan's president to New York and that it would impose sanctions on American companies that sell arms to the self-governing island as part of an expected $2.2 billion deal. President Tsai Ing-wen is in New York on a...

World shares mostly higher after Wall St sets new records

Jul. 12, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly higher on Friday after Wall Street ended overnight with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above 27,000 for the first time. Germany's DAX edged 5.68 points higher to 12,337.80 while the CAC 40 in France surged 0.6% to 5,585.27. Britain's FTSE climbed 0.3% to...

The Latest: UN chief calls for 'maximum restraint' in Gulf

Jul. 11, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the United States and Iran (all times local): 10:45 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is again calling for "maximum restraint" in the Persian Gulf region and warning all parties that a new confrontation "would be a...