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Cancer patients seek damages from Fukushima nuclear plant

May. 26, 2022 08:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo court began hearings Thursday in a lawsuit seeking nearly $5 million in damages for six people who were children in Fukushima at the time of its 2011 nuclear power plant disaster and later developed thyroid cancer. The plaintiffs are suing the operator of the...

Wall St. heads higher after Fed confirms rate hike plans

May. 26, 2022 07:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. markets marched higher before the open, one day after details from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting confirmed expectations of more interest rate hikes but no big surprises. On Wall Street, futures for the benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.8%, as...

Japan's troubled Toshiba proposes outside directors to board

May. 26, 2022 07:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Troubled Japanese technology giant Toshiba announced some additions to its proposed leadership Thursday, ahead of a shareholders’ meeting next month. Toshiba Corp. said it seeks to add on the board outside directors, such as Nabeel Bhanji, an executive at Elliott...

US aims to leverage Russia-Ukraine bloc against China

May. 26, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Biden administration is aiming to lead the international bloc opposed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine into a broader coalition to counter what it sees as a more serious, long-term threat to global order from China. The officials said...

China's foreign minister starts Pacific tour in the Solomons

May. 26, 2022 06:55 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and a 20-strong delegation arrived in the Solomon Islands Thursday at the start of an eight-nation tour that comes amid growing concerns about Beijing’s military and financial ambitions in the South Pacific region. ...

Japan, US fly fighters after China drill, N. Korean missiles

May. 26, 2022 01:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and U.S. forces have conducted a joint fighter jet flight over the Sea of Japan, Japan’s Defense Ministry said Thursday, in an apparent response to a Russia-China joint bomber flight while U.S. President Joe Biden was in Tokyo. The Japan-U.S. joint flight on...

EXPLAINER: What's at stake for China on South Pacific visit?

May. 26, 2022 02:17 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the South Pacific with a 20-person delegation this week in a display of Beijing's growing military and diplomatic presence in the region. The U.S. has traditionally been the area's major power, but China has been...

Asian stocks mixed after Fed confirms rate hike plans

May. 25, 2022 23:37 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after notes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting confirmed expectations for more interest rate hikes but contained no surprises to rattle investors. Benchmarks in Hong Kong and Sydney declined while Tokyo, Shanghai and...

China wants 10 Pacific nations to endorse sweeping agreement

May. 25, 2022 20:54 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a “game-changing” bid by Beijing to wrest control of the region. A draft of the agreement obtained by...

US sets Thursday vote on new UN sanctions on North Korea

May. 25, 2022 20:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called for a vote Thursday on a U.N. resolution that would impose tougher sanctions on North Korea for its recent launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons. The U.S. Mission to the United...