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Police surround last holdouts at Hong Kong university

Nov. 19, 2019 7:56 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — About 100 anti-government protesters remained holed up at a Hong Kong university Tuesday, their choices dwindling along with their food supplies as they braced for the endgame in a police siege of the campus that entered its third day. Police were waiting them out after 10 days of some of...

Taiwan president alleges Chinese electoral interference

Nov. 19, 2019 7:41 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s leader, Tsai Ing-wen, says Chinese attempts to interfere in the island’s presidential election campaign are happening “every day.” Tsai gave no details, but she said China was using “every means they can” to influence the Jan. 11 vote...

China seen flexing legal muscles on Hong Kong

Nov. 19, 2019 7:37 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Criticism from China’s rubber-stamp parliament of a Hong Kong court decision is raising concerns that Beijing may move to flex its legal muscles and overrule the verdict. That’s laying bare the limits of the “one country, two systems” framework under which Hong...

Esper urges ‘very public posture’ on Chinese sea claims

Nov. 19, 2019 7:35 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. defense chief on Tuesday urged governments affected by China’s sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea “to take a very public posture” and assert their sovereign rights, adding that acting collectively is the best way to send a message...

Toyota worker’s suicide ruled work-related after harassment

Nov. 19, 2019 6:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An engineer at Toyota killed himself after being constantly ridiculed by his boss, authorities have ruled. Toyota Motor Corp. acknowledged the case after reports of the ruling emerged Tuesday. The company said it hopes to prevent further such cases and expressed condolences over the death. The...

The Latest: China accuses US of ‘double standards’ on HK

Nov. 19, 2019 5:47 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 6 p.m. China has accused America of “double standards” after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Hong Kong government bears the prime responsibility for restoring calm to the former British colony. Chinese foreign...

Global shares mixed amid caution on US-China trade talks

Nov. 19, 2019 4:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Shares advanced in early European trading Tuesday after a mixed session in Asia as investors awaited fresh developments in trade talks between the United States and China. France’s CAC 40 added 0.3% to 5,945.15, while Germany’s DAX rose 0.4% to 13,259.55. Britain’s FTSE...

Rich in dramatic Catholic history, Nagasaki awaits the pope

Nov. 19, 2019 3:31 AM EST

NAGASAKI, Japan (AP) — It’s fitting that Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, the city where Christianity first took hold in the country and where nearly 500 years later it remains steeped in blood-soaked symbolism, both religious and political. It was here that a...

Q&A: How the Hong Kong protests converged at Poly U

Nov. 19, 2019 3:25 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Anti-government protesters are occupying Hong Kong Polytechnic University after retreating from the other campuses where they had held demonstrations last week. The ongoing confrontation with police has turned the school known as “Poly U” into a fiery battleground. WHAT IS...

N. Korea snubs US move to postpone military drill with South

Nov. 19, 2019 2:30 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Tuesday it won’t consider a recent U.S. decision to postpone a joint military exercise with South Korea a major concession that can bring it back to nuclear talks. Senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol said the U.S. must completely scrap that military...