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Davos updates | Soros: New tech, AI help repressive regimes

May. 24, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Billionaire investor turned philanthropist George Soros has blamed new technology for helping repressive regimes like Russia and China exert greater control. Speaking Tuesday at a dinner for journalists on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s...

EXPLAINER: Why were Japanese abducted by North Korea?

May. 23, 2022 21:12 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden met Monday with families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago to show his support for their efforts to win the return of their loved ones. The families said Biden talked to each of them and listened to their stories,...

Kim, other N. Koreans attend large funeral amid COVID worry

May. 23, 2022 00:51 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A huge number of North Koreans including leader Kim Jong Un attended a funeral for a top official, state media reported Monday, as the country maintained the much-disputed claim that its suspected coronavirus outbreak is subsiding. Since admitting earlier...

Biden pushes economic, security aims as he ends SKorea visit

May. 22, 2022 06:27 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden tended to both business and security interests Sunday as he wrapped up a three-day trip to South Korea, first showcasing Hyundai's pledge to invest at least $10 billion in the United States and later mingling with troops at a nearby military base. ...

US, SKorea open to expanded military drills to deter North

May. 21, 2022 13:29 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said after meeting Saturday that they will consider expanded joint military exercises to deter the nuclear threat from North Korea at a time when there's little hope of real diplomacy on the matter. ...

North Korea reports more fevers as Kim claims virus progress

May. 21, 2022 03:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it found nearly 220,000 more people with feverish symptoms, even as leader Kim Jong Un claimed progress in slowing a largely undiagnosed spread of COVID-19 across his unvaccinated populace and hinted at easing virus restrictions to nurse a...

Biden in Asia: New friends, old tensions, storms at home

May. 20, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden hopes to use his visit to Asia to confirm his belief that long-standing friendships can afford to become even friendlier — and pay dividends. He opened the trip in South Korea on Friday and will end in Japan next week at a time when world events are...

US, S Korean leaders meet in face of N Korea nuclear threat

May. 20, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When the U.S. and South Korean leaders meet Saturday, North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile program, already a major focus, may receive extra attention if intelligence predictions of an imminent major weapons demonstration by the North, which is struggling with a...

N. Korea's low death count questioned amid COVID-19 outbreak

May. 19, 2022 23:47 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that nearly 10% of its 26 million people have fallen ill and 65 people have died amid its first COVID-19 outbreak, as outside experts question the validity of its reported fatalities and worry about a possible humanitarian crisis. ...

Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

May. 19, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden embarked Thursday on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations’ leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own...