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World shares sink after inflation driven retreat on Wall St

May. 19, 2022 04:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Shares declined in Europe and Asia on Thursday after a broad retreat on Wall Street triggered by worries over the impact of persistent high inflation on corporate profits and consumer spending. U.S. futures were lower, while oil prices advanced. ...

Live updates | Red Cross registers Ukrainian POWs

May. 19, 2022 04:00 AM EDT

GENEVA — The international Red Cross says it has registered “hundreds” of Ukrainian prisoners of war who left the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. The International Committee for the Red Cross said Thursday the registrations of Ukrainian prisoners of war, which included...

Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

May. 19, 2022 00:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden departs on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations’ leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own saber-rattling in...

Climber from Japan dies after crevasse fall in Alaska

May. 18, 2022 23:53 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A climber from Japan is presumed dead following a fall into a crevasse near Mount Hunter in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, officials said. The park, in a statement, said a 43-year-old climber from Kanagawa, Japan, was unroped from his...

Stocks fall sharply as Target's woes renew inflation fears

May. 18, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 1,100 points and the S&P 500 had its biggest drop in nearly two years Wednesday, as big earnings misses by Target and other major retailers stoked investors' fears that surging inflation could cut deeply into corporate profits. ...

Japan records trade deficit as imports surge on energy costs

May. 18, 2022 22:14 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan recorded a trade deficit in April as imports ballooned 28% after energy prices soared following the war in Ukraine. Japan’s exports grew to 8.076 trillion yen ($63 billion) last month, up 12.5% from the previous year, according to Ministry of Finance data...

US: N. Korea may conduct missile test as Biden visits Asia

May. 18, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence shows that it's a “genuine possibility” that North Korea will conduct another ballistic missile test or nuclear test around President Joe Biden's visit to South Korea and Japan that begins later this week, according to the White House. White...

China blasts US, Japan rhetoric ahead of Quad summit

May. 18, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi criticized on Wednesday what he called negative moves by Washington and Tokyo against Beijing ahead of a meeting in Tokyo next week of the leaders of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India. "What arouses attention and vigilance is the...

Japan OKs plan to release Fukushima nuclear plant wastewater

May. 18, 2022 04:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved plans by the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant to release its treated radioactive wastewater into the sea next year, saying the outlined methods are safe and risks to the environment minimal. The plan was...

Australian leader won't say who might attend Tokyo summit

May. 18, 2022 04:13 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s opposition leader Anthony Albanese said Wednesday that he will begin rebuilding trust in his nation if he wins weekend elections and attends a summit with U.S., Indian and Japanese leaders in Tokyo just three days later. Albanese said he...