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Putin, Kim discuss how to break N. Korean nuclear standoff

Apr. 25, 2019 2:45 AM EDT

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Thursday they had good talks about their joint efforts to resolve a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program, amid stalled negotiations with the United States. Speaking at the start of the discussions at a...

The Latest: Putin, Kim say they've had fruitful talks

Apr. 25, 2019 2:39 AM EDT

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — The Latest on the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un say they have had fruitful talks about how to defuse a standoff over Pyongyang's...

Belt and Road meeting draws world leaders, snarls traffic

Apr. 25, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing was enveloped in a massive security presence Thursday as leaders gathered for a conference on China's sweeping Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. Paramilitary troops, police and various other security services patrolled streets, subway stations and other key locations, while...

Nissan ex-chair Ghosn's release on bail approved by court

Apr. 25, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Detained former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn paid 500 million yen ($4.5 million) in bail, the Tokyo District court said Thursday, clearing the way for his release but under strict conditions. Prosecutors appealed the decision by the court earlier in the day to grant release on bail. They say...

Hand-carved mahjong tiles are a dying craft in Hong Kong

Apr. 25, 2019 1:52 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Just opposite the entrance to a neon-lit night market, one of Hong Kong's few remaining carvers of mahjong tiles engraves the two Chinese characters for the number 8,000 on a piece of acrylic. With a knife in his right hand, Cheung Shun-king turns the tile with the other to cut into it....

The Latest: Australia says Sri Lanka bomber studied there

Apr. 25, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Australia's prime minister said one of the suicide bombers in the Sri Lanka Easter attacks had been in Australia years earlier. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the person had been in Australia on a...

11 die as elevator cable snaps at work site in north China

Apr. 25, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Eleven workers were killed and two seriously injured Thursday when an elevator at a construction site in northern China fell due to snapped cable, state media reported. The Voice of China radio said the accident, the latest in a series of deadly industrial incidents, occurred around 8 a.m....

Putin says Russia supports Kim Jong Un's efforts to normalize North Korea's relations with the United States

Apr. 25, 2019 12:31 AM EDT
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Putin says Russia supports Kim Jong Un's efforts to normalize North Korea's relations with the United States.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands before heading to talks

Apr. 25, 2019 12:10 AM EDT
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands before heading to talks.

Japan's new emperor Naruhito: A cosmopolitan team player

Apr. 24, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's soon-to-be-anointed new emperor is a musician and historian, both mild-mannered and quietly tenacious, a team player and a loyal husband and friend who will bring an unusually global perspective to an ancient institution when he ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1. Because...