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FILE - In this April 18, 2018 file photo, Pope Francis meets a group of faithful from China at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. The Vatican on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, answered its critics and justified its decision to pursue an extension of an agreement with China over bishop nominations, acknowledging difficulties but insisting that limited, positive results had been achieved.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

Vatican defends China bishop negotiations on eve of US visit

Sep. 29, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday answered its critics and defended its pursuit of an extended agreement with China on bishop nominations, acknowledging difficulties but insisting the effort had achieved limited, positive results. The Holy See articulated its position on the eve of a visit by U.S....

FILE - In this May 26, 2020 file photo, a historic marker for Wall Street is shown in New York's financial district. Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street Tuesday, Sept. 29 as the market cooled off following a rally the day before and as investors waited for the presidential debate between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. Banks and industrial companies had some of the biggest losses shortly after the opening bell Tuesday, while several big technology and communications companies were higher. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Banks, technology companies lead stock indexes broadly lower

Sep. 29, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

Banks and technology companies led stocks broadly lower on Wall Street Tuesday, reversing some of the gains the market made in a rally a day earlier. The S&P 500 gave up 0.5%. The losses came ahead of the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Investors remain...

Meng Wanzhou leaves B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. The senior executive for Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies was in court arguing that her extradition to the U.S. should be halted because her rights have been violated. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lawyer for Huawei CFO says US evidence misleading

Sep. 29, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Lawyers for a senior executive for Chinese technology giant Huawei Technologies argued in a Canadian courtroom Monday that U.S. authorities used a misleading summary that “cherry picks” evidence in requesting her extradition. Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou,...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street recovered some of this month's losses as investors looked ahead to a debate between President Donald Trump and his challenger in the November election, former Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian stocks mixed after Wall St rally ahead of US debate

Sep. 29, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street recovered some of this month's losses as investors looked ahead to a debate between President Donald Trump and his challenger in the November election, former Vice President Joe Biden. Shanghai and Seoul advanced while Tokyo and Hong Kong declined. Sydney was...

Arthur Lee, owner of MoVertical Farm, feeds his fish inside a shipping container in Yuen Long, Hong Kong's New Territories Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. After a career making the shipping containers that transport untold tons of freight around the world, Lee has stuck with the metal boxes in retirement, now by repurposing them as farming environments for raising crops and fish. Operating on a rented 1,000 square meter patch of wasteland in the Hong Kong's rural area, Lee's MoVertical Farm utilizes around 30 of the decommissioned containers to raise red water cress and other local vegetables hydroponically, which eliminates the need for soil. A few are also used as ponds for freshwater fish. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

AP PHOTOS: Former shipping container maker uses them to farm

Sep. 25, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — After a career making shipping containers that transport freight around the world, Arthur Lee has stayed with them in retirement, using them to raise crops and fish. Operating on a rented 1,000-square-meter (quarter-acre) patch of wasteland in Hong Kong's rural Yuen Long, Lee's MoVertical...

FILE - This combination of file photos show Japan's then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, left, in Tokyo on April 1, 2019 and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Sept. 11, 2019. New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he and Chinese President Xi agreed in talks Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 to work closely together by holding high-level meetings including summits, but did not discuss the possibility of a visit by Xi to Japan. (AP Photo/File)

Japan's new PM says stable Japan-China ties key to region

Sep. 25, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in talks Friday to work closely together by holding high-level meetings including summits, but did not discuss the possibility of a visit by Xi to Japan. “I told (Xi) that the stability of...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon in Los Angeles. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state's top health official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health secretary, said nail salons could also reopen with restrictions, though he cautioned that California's reopening must remain

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

Sep. 25, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline. The state health secretary said Friday that there have been increases in the number of newly confirmed cases, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for...

Young visitors wearing face masks look at the iconic cartoon characters Goofy and Pluto at the Hong Kong Disneyland, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Hong Kong Disneyland reopened its doors to visitors after closed temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Asia Today: India's daily new virus cases on declining trend

Sep. 25, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another 86,052 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a declining trend with recoveries exceeding new cases this week. The latest update from the Health Ministry on Friday raised the nation’s total to more than 5.8 million. The ministry said 1,141 more people died in...

Various of groups of pro-democracy activists including Joshua Wong, center, arrive at a court in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Prominent activists Jimmy Lai and Joshua Wong were among more than two dozen activists appearing in court after being charged of participating in unlawful assembly. They were charged for joining a vigil last June 4 to commemorate the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. While the event has been held every year, authorities did not grant permission for the gathering this year citing concerns over the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong activist Wong arrested over unauthorized assembly

Sep. 24, 2020 6:42 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said he was arrested again Thursday for allegedly participating in an unauthorized assembly last October. Wong tweeted that he was arrested when he reported to the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s Central Police Station as part of a...

In this Monday, July 6, 2020, file photo, a police van is surrounded by press photographers at a court in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's professional journalism association on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, protested new rules restricting who can provide press coverage during demonstrations, saying the government has no right to determine who is or isn't a reporter. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu/ File)

Hong Kong journalists protest new accreditation rules

Sep. 24, 2020 2:42 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s professional journalism association on Thursday protested new rules restricting who can provide press coverage during demonstrations, saying the government has no right to determine who is or isn't a reporter. The rules outlined in a Tuesday letter from police have been...