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Kerber through to Pan Pacific Open semifinals

Sep. 20, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber advanced to the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Friday after Madison Keys retired injured in the deciding set. Kerber led 6-4, 4-6, 2-1 when the fifth-seeded Keys retired. "It was a really good match in the first two sets, and this is never the...

Japan accepts talks with South Korea on WTO arbitration

Sep. 20, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Friday it will accept South Korea's request for joint talks leading to arbitration by the World Trade Organization after Seoul filed a complaint with the international body over Tokyo's tightening of export controls. Trade minister Isshu Sugawara, however, said Japan's controls...

Rogue oil trader hits Mitsubishi unit for $320 million

Sep. 20, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of Japan's most storied trading houses says it's lost $320 million in a series of unauthorized transactions by a rogue trader. Mitsubishi Corp. said Friday that the employee in its Petro-Diamond unit in Singapore disguised the trades to look like legitimate hedges. Derivatives are...

Young people lead global climate change protests

Sep. 20, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — In Canberra and Kabul, Cape Town and Berlin, and across the globe, hundreds of thousands of people took the streets Friday to demand that leaders tackle climate change in the run-up to a U.N. summit. Many were children who skipped school to take part in the second "Global Climate Strike,"...

Lawyer says US bid to extradite North Korean is 'political'

Sep. 20, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A lawyer for a North Korean man facing potential extradition from Malaysia to the United States to face money laundering charges said Friday that the request was baseless and "political in nature." Mun Chol Myong, 54, has lived in Malaysia for a decade and was arrested in May...

Global stocks ending action-packed week solidly

Sep. 20, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges on Friday at the end of a fairly eventful week that saw oil prices spike sharply after attacks on Saudi oil facilities and the Federal Reserve cut interest rates again. Though oil prices are up strongly on the week, there's been an element...

Scientists prepare for year-long expedition to Arctic center

Sep. 20, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Researchers from more than a dozen nations prepared Friday to launch the biggest and most complex expedition ever attempted in the central Arctic — a yearlong journey through the ice they hope will improve the scientific models that underpin our understanding of climate change. The...

South Korea reports more suspected swine fever cases

Sep. 20, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday that it is investigating more suspected cases of African swine fever from farms near its border with North Korea, as fears grow over the spread of the illness that has decimated pig herds across Asia. South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural...

NKorea welcomes Trump's call for 'new method' in talks

Sep. 20, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday praised President Donald Trump for saying Washington may pursue an unspecified "new method" in nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang. Those talks have been stalled for months by disagreements over trade-offs between sanctions relief and disarmament steps. In a...

Tonga's Manu beats cancer and chemotherapy to play at RWC

Sep. 20, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — No matter the score, if Nasi Manu gets on the field for Tonga in the Rugby World Cup game against England on Sunday it'll be a triumph. In many ways it already is. The 31-year-old Manu is on the brink of playing his first game at the World Cup, and first since being diagnosed with...