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Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on trade war jitters

Aug. 13, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Tuesday amid anxiety the U.S.-Chinese trade war will hurt already slowing global economic growth. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney all retreated. Investor anxiety has been fed by President Donald Trump's threat of new U.S....

North Korea fires more weapons, denounces US military drills

Aug. 6, 2019 2:15 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing two presumed short-range ballistic missiles into the sea Tuesday while lashing out at the United States and South Korea for continuing military exercises that the North says could derail fragile nuclear...

US, South Korea prepare military drills despite North's ire

Aug. 5, 2019 1:41 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and the United States are preparing to hold their annual joint military exercises despite warnings from North Korea that the drills could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy, Seoul's military said Monday. Choi Hyun-soo, spokeswoman of Seoul's Defense Ministry, said the...

North Korea, China top Pompeo agenda on Asia trip

Jul. 26, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Asia next week with an agenda dominated by a stalemate in the Trump administration's nuclear talks with North Korea and impasses with China over trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea. Pompeo travels to Thailand on Tuesday for the Association of...

US back in top 5 innovative economies, China climbs to 14th

Jul. 24, 2019 10:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States reclaimed its ranking in the top five countries in the world for economic innovation, while China climbed from 17th to 14th position in the new list of nearly 130 nations released Wednesday. The Global Innovation Index 2019 released by the U.N. intellectual property...

2 S. Koreans, 15 Russians held in NKorea after boat drifts

Jul. 24, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two South Koreans and 15 Russians have been held in North Korea for a week after their boat drifted into North Korean waters, Seoul officials said Wednesday. The crew members were aboard a Russia-flagged fishing boat when it was detained by North Korea on July 17, the Unification...

Singapore seizes tons of elephant tusks, pangolin scales

Jul. 23, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore has seized about 12 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 2,000 of the endangered mammals and nearly 10 tons of elephant ivory. The National Parks Board, Singapore Customs and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said Tuesday it was the city-state's third major seizure...

Pirates rob S. Korea ship crew members near Singapore Strait

Jul. 22, 2019 5:13 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pirates boarded a South Korean-flagged cargo ship near the Singapore Strait on Monday and robbed its crew of their money, clothes and cellphones, South Korean officials said. Two of the ship's 22 crew members suffered minor bruises during the maritime robbery, South Korea's...

Kane wonder strike gives Tottenham 3-2 win over Juventus

Jul. 21, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Harry Kane smashed the winning goal from the halfway line as Tottenham beat Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus 3-2 in a pre-season friendly on Sunday. Kane struck in the 93rd minute of the International Champions Cup at Singapore's National Stadium with a first-time shot from just inside the...

Indonesia returning 57 containers of developed world's waste

Jul. 9, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia is sending dozens of containers of waste back to wealthy nations after finding it was contaminated with used diapers, plastic and other materials, adding to a growing backlash in Southeast Asia against being a dumping ground for the developed world's rubbish. The...