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Mahathir expects early polls, ruling party gains in Malaysia

Aug. 19, 2022 03:22 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad expects Malaysia’s graft-tainted ruling party will hold general elections in coming months — and could win big — but the nonagenarian reformer vowed Friday that he would fight “even a losing battle” on principle. ...

Asian markets mixed after Wall St gains on jobs data

Aug. 19, 2022 01:52 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street rose as investors analyzed conflicting economic signals ahead of a Federal Reserve conference next week. Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul declined while Hong Kong advanced. Oil prices edged lower but stayed above $90...

Asian markets mixed after Wall St gains on jobs data

Aug. 19, 2022 00:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street rose as investors analyzed conflicting economic signals ahead of a Federal Reserve conference next week. Shanghai and Seoul declined while Tokyo and Hong Kong advanced. Oil prices edged lower but stayed above...

China's response to Pelosi visit a sign of future intentions

Aug. 19, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — China's response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan was anything but subtle — dispatching warships and military aircraft to all sides of the self-governing island democracy, and firing ballistic missiles into the waters nearby. The dust has still...

North Korea dismisses Seoul's aid offer as 'foolish' repeat

Aug. 18, 2022 22:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said her country will never accept South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol's “foolish” offer of economic benefits in exchange for denuclearization steps, accusing Seoul of recycling proposals Pyongyang already rejected. ...

US to hold trade talks with Taiwan, island drills military

Aug. 18, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. government will hold trade talks with Taiwan in a sign of support for the island democracy that China claims as its own territory, prompting Beijing to warn Thursday it will take action if necessary to “safeguard its sovereignty.” The...

Hong Kong seeks citizens caught in Southeast Asia scams

Aug. 18, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong officials said Thursday they are seeking the return of citizens who traveled to Southeast Asia for jobs that entrapped them in scams and virtual slavery. The victims, who also came from Taiwan and mainland China, took jobs in call centers that sought to...

16 dead, 18 missing in flash flood in western China

Aug. 18, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A sudden rainstorm in western China triggered a landslide that diverted a river and caused flash flooding in populated areas, killing at least 16 people and leaving 18 others missing, Chinese state media said Thursday. Rescuers, who earlier reported 36 people...

Hong Kong political activists plead guilty amid crackdown

Aug. 18, 2022 08:09 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Authorities in Hong Kong say 29 out of 47 pro-democracy activists charged with “conspiracy to commit subversion” under a tough National Security Law have entered guilty pleas in court, as the Beijing government seeks to further silence opposition voices in the regional...

Unification Church followers decry 'biased' Japanese media

Aug. 18, 2022 03:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of Unification Church followers rallied in South Korea on Thursday protesting negative Japanese media coverage of their religion after the suspect in the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe blamed the church for his family’s troubles. ...