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Seoul lawmaker: Top Kim Jong Un adviser removed from post

Apr. 24, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's most trusted policy adviser has been removed from one of his posts, a South Korean lawmaker said Wednesday, a reshuffle that if confirmed may be related to the breakdown of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi in February. The head of parliament's...

China charges former Interpol president with bribery

Apr. 24, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China announced Wednesday that it has formally arrested former Interpol President Meng Hongwei on suspicion of accepting bribes. The indictment from the Supreme People's Procuratorate comes after Meng was expelled last month from public office and the ruling Communist Party. Meng's wife...

Stocks move sideways on Wall Street after record-setting day

Apr. 24, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks followed a record-setting day with more subdued trading Wednesday as investors continue digesting a steady flow of corporate earnings and a potential break in the trade war between the U.S. and China. Stocks are essentially stalling and bond prices are rising as investors pull...

North Korea's Kim upbeat as he arrives for Putin summit

Apr. 24, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Smiling and upbeat, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stepped off his khaki-green armored train in far-eastern Russia on Wednesday for a much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a meeting that comes amid deadlocked diplomacy over Kim's nuclear program. Kim,...

Reports Huawei to supply UK networks draw criticism

Apr. 24, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British officials downplayed reports that Prime Minister Theresa May will allow China's Huawei to supply parts of the U.K.'s new internet network, a decision that goes against U.S. pleas to ban the firm as it could help Beijing's spying efforts. British media reported Wednesday that the...

Japan reporter sues government after passport is invalidated

Apr. 24, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese journalist known for covering war zones sued the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday after it invalidated his passport and demanded he surrender it, saying it deprived him of his right to travel and restricted press freedom. Kosuke Tsuneoka was stopped at Tokyo's Haneda airport in...

Christians, hotel workers, tourists among Easter attack dead

Apr. 24, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 350 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Some details on the victims: ___ SRI LANKA The vast majority of victims were Sri Lankan, many from the nation's Christian minority. Their names and details of their lives were slow...

With limos and private train, Kim Jong Un travels in style

Apr. 24, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's a short hop from Pyongyang to Vladivostok by plane. There's even a semi-regular flight. But for his first summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has once again opted to go by train. And while they aren't quite as flashy as the "Beast," which...

China rejects 'unfounded hype' after GE spying accusation

Apr. 24, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Wednesday rejected accusations that it steals technology after a former General Electric Co. engineer and his Chinese business partner were indicted on charges of industrial spying. The charges announced Tuesday come amid a tariff war between Beijing and Washington over...

Iranian leaders defiant in face of Trump's move on sanctions

Apr. 24, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian leaders are defiant in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to impose sanctions on countries that import Iranian oil, vowing to respond to America's move. The U.S. announced the sanctions in November but some countries got temporary waivers that allowed them to import...