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Global shares mostly lower as investors look to G-20 meeting

Jun. 26, 2019 4:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly lower Wednesday as investors awaited developments in trade friction between the U.S. and China at the Group of 20 meeting of major economies in Japan later in the week. France's CAC 40 dipped nearly 0.2% in early trading to 5,505.81. Germany's DAX was down 0.1% at...

Hong Kong court throws out ex-leader's misconduct conviction

Jun. 26, 2019 4:24 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court on Wednesday threw out former Chief Executive Donald Tsang's conviction for misconduct relating to a property deal while in office. Tsang was released in January after serving a 12-month sentence for failing to disclose plans to rent a luxury apartment from a businessman...

Saudi Arabia vows to help S. Korea if oil supply disrupted

Jun. 26, 2019 4:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in has met with visiting Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who promised to help with possible fuel shortages in case of supply disruption caused by tensions in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is South Korea's biggest source of crude oil....

Seoul: US, N Korea in talks to set up 3rd Trump-Kim summit

Jun. 26, 2019 3:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean and U.S. officials are holding "behind-the-scenes talks" to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate of the North's expanding nuclear arsenal, South Korea's president said, four months after a second meeting...

South Korea president says North Korea and the U.S. are holding "behind-the-scenes talks" to set up their third summit.

Jun. 26, 2019 3:01 AM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea president says North Korea and the U.S. are holding "behind-the-scenes talks" to set up their third summit.

Malaysia detains 4 Indians, seizes drugs, 5,255 turtles

Jun. 26, 2019 2:39 AM EDT

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia authorities have arrested four Indians and seized more than 14 kilograms of drugs and over 5,000 turtles from their luggage at the Kuala Lumpur airport. Senior customs official Zulkurnain Mohamed Yusof said Wednesday that agents found a total 5,255 red-ear slider baby...

Protesters urge discussion of Hong Kong issues at G-20

Jun. 26, 2019 2:29 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong activists opposed to contentious extradition legislation on Wednesday called on leaders of the U.S., the European Union and others to raise the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping at this week's G-20 summit in Japan. Beijing has strongly opposed such a development, saying...

North Korea says it won't surrender to US-led sanctions

Jun. 26, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday it won't surrender to U.S.-led sanctions and accused Washington of trying to "bring us to our knees." The statement is yet another reminder that North Korea keeps mistrust of the U.S. though its leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump recently...

Big plastic user Japan fights waste ahead of G-20 summit

Jun. 25, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has a plastic problem. In a country where cleanliness and neat packaging have long been considered good service, almost everything, from single bananas to individual pieces of vegetables, pastries, pens and cosmetics is sold plastic-wrapped. But as world leaders descend on Osaka for the...

Asian shares mostly lower as investors look to G-20 meeting

Jun. 25, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday as investors awaited developments on the trade friction between the U.S. and China at the Group of 20 meeting of major economies in Japan later in the week. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.5% to 21,088.32 in early trading, while Australia's...