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Possible peace declaration looms large over Trump-Kim summit

Feb. 20, 2019 9:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the...

World shares mostly higher on upbeat talk on China-US trade

Feb. 20, 2019 7:20 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks were mostly higher in Europe and Asia on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested trade talks with China do not face a hard March 1 deadline for a deal. Negotiators from both sides resumed talks Tuesday in Washington following discussions in Beijing last week that U.S....

Nissan ex-boss Ghosn's new lawyer questions handling of case

Feb. 20, 2019 5:48 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The newly appointed star defender for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn said Wednesday that he believes the case against his client does "not meet international standards" and could scare international businesses away from Japan. Junichiro Hironaka, who was appointed part of Ghosn's defense...

Japan trade deficit highest in 5 yrs, hit by China doldrums

Feb. 20, 2019 12:19 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan reports its exports tumbled 8.4 percent in January from a year earlier, as slowing Chinese growth pushed its monthly trade deficit to the highest level in nearly five years. Exports to all of Asia dropped 13 percent year-on-year, largely due to the 17 percent plunge in shipments to...

Asian shares mostly higher, extending Wall St advance

Feb. 19, 2019 11:03 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday after a modestly high finish on Wall Street that extended the market's gains into a fourth week. The Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6 percent despite news that Japan's exports sank 8.4 percent in January from a year earlier, far more than forecast....

Trump says he's in no rush to see North Korea give up nukes

Feb. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants to see North Korea eventually give up its nuclear weapons program, but adds he's not in any rush because U.S. relations with Pyongyang are good going into next week's summit. "I have no pressing time schedule," Trump said. Trump said his...

No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses 1st match since splitting from coach

Feb. 19, 2019 3:45 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Naomi Osaka lost her first match since moving up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings — and first since splitting from her coach. The two-time major champion had trouble with her serve and was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by 67th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Championships in...

Honda to shut plant in Brexit-shaken Britain

Feb. 19, 2019 10:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Japanese carmaker Honda plans to close its car factory in western England in 2021, a fresh blow to the British economy as it struggles with the uncertainty associated with leaving the European Union next month. The company announced the decision, which will imperil 3,500 jobs and possibly...

Honda Motor says it will close its car factory in western England's Swindon in 2021, with loss of 3,500 jobs

Feb. 19, 2019 3:06 AM EST
TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor says it will close its car factory in western England's Swindon in 2021, with loss of 3,500 jobs.

Report: Honda to shut UK plant, imperiling 3,500 jobs

Feb. 18, 2019 11:08 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Honda will close a car factory in western England with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs, British media and a local lawmaker said Monday, in another blow to a British economy made jittery by Brexit. Sky News said the Japanese carmaker is to announce Tuesday that the Swindon plant will close in...