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University offers to rehire prof acquitted of ties to China

Oct. 16, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has offered to reinstate a professor who was acquitted of federal charges that had accused him of hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving NASA research grants, a letter obtained by the Knoxville News...

Taiwan's leader pays respects to 46 dead in building inferno

Oct. 16, 2021 06:28 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president on Saturday paid her respects at a morgue to the dozens of people killed in a deadly inferno that ripped through an aging tower block earlier in the week. The fire in the southern city of Kaohsiung killed at least 46 people,...

New crew docks at China's first permanent space station

Oct. 16, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese astronauts began Saturday their six-month mission on China's first permanent space station, after successfully docking aboard their spacecraft. The astronauts, two men and a woman, were seen floating around the module before speaking via a...

Japanese figure skaters win Olympic test event in Beijing

Oct. 16, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama and Mai Mihara have won the men's and women's singles titles at the Asia Open figure skating event. The 18-year-old world silver medalist Kagiyama scored 179.98 in the free skate for a 277.78 total in the 2022 Beijing Olympics test...

Today in History

Oct. 16, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2021. There are 76 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harpers...

China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft docks for 6-month mission

Oct. 15, 2021 23:35 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft carrying three Chinese astronauts docked Saturday at its space station, kicking off a record-setting six-month stay as the country moves toward completing the new orbiting outpost. The spacecraft was launched by a Long...

Japan, S Korea leaders look to deepen ties despite strains

Oct. 15, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and South Korea spoke by phone on Friday, saying they would look to deepen ties in the face of regional security threats despite strained bilateral relations. Although are both military allies of the U.S. and share common concerns over...

China's central bank says Evergrande risks 'controllable'

Oct. 15, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s central bank said Friday that financial risks from China Evergrande Group’s debt problems are “controllable” and unlikely to spill over, amid growing investor concerns that the crisis could ripple through other developers. Evergrande is...

At least 46 killed in Taiwanese apartment building inferno

Oct. 15, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — At least 46 people were killed and another 41 injured after a fire broke out early Thursday in a run-down mixed commercial and residential building in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung, officials said. Neighborhood residents said the...

UN extends Haiti political mission after US-China dispute

Oct. 15, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday evening to extend the U.N. political mission in Haiti after a dispute between China which has no diplomatic relations with Latin America’s poorest country and many other members who stressed the importance of the...