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Boeing crashes alarm travelers, groundings snowball

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Fatal crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes less than five months apart have alarmed the public, triggering a wave of groundings worldwide, but experts say reported similarities between the two disasters are not conclusive evidence of a shared cause. The Ethiopian Airlines crash Sunday which claimed 157 lives was the … Continue reading Boeing crashes alarm travelers, groundings snowball

Global stocks follow Wall Street higher ahead of Brexit vote

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks followed Wall Street higher Tuesday as investors awaited a vote by British lawmakers on a plan to leave the European Union. In early trading, Germany’s DAX rose 0.5 percent to 11,596.37 and France’s CAC 40 added 0.4 percent to 5,288.02. London’s FTSE 100 slipped 0.3 percent to 7,103.90. On Wall … Continue reading Global stocks follow Wall Street higher ahead of Brexit vote

With Ghosn gone, Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi form new board

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The chief executives of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have announced a new board to oversee the French-Japanese auto alliance, seeking a “new start” for the partnership after the arrest and dismissal of Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn. “This is a very special day for the alliance,” Renault SA’s chairman, Jean-Dominique Senard, … Continue reading With Ghosn gone, Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi form new board

US envoy calls China’s Muslim camps ‘horrific,’ wants probe

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A U.S. envoy on religion has described China’s internment of an estimated 1 million Muslims as a “horrific situation.” Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, on Tuesday called for an independent investigation into the detentions and the release of those being held. China has already angrily protested Brownback’s remarks … Continue reading US envoy calls China’s Muslim camps ‘horrific,’ wants probe

US stocks move broadly higher on tech strength; Boeing drops

U.S. stocks marched broadly higher in afternoon trading on Wall Street Monday, led by a rally in technology shares. A sharp decline in Boeing stemmed the gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Stocks are coming off their worst week since December. Still, the major indexes are enjoying gains of 9 percent or more for … Continue reading US stocks move broadly higher on tech strength; Boeing drops

Ethiopian crash victims were aid workers, doctors, academics

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Three Austrian physicians. The co-founder of an international aid organization. A career ambassador. The wife and children of a Slovak legislator. A Nigerian-born Canadian college professor and satirist. They were among the 157 people from 35 countries who died Sunday morning when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner … Continue reading Ethiopian crash victims were aid workers, doctors, academics

US stocks mostly higher on tech strength; Boeing hurts Dow

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks opened mostly higher on Wall Street Monday, although a steep drop in Boeing is weighing down the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The early gains in the market follow the worst week for the S&P 500 since January. The major indexes are still enjoying gains of 9 percent or more … Continue reading US stocks mostly higher on tech strength; Boeing hurts Dow

World shares mostly higher as China-US trade talks drag on

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Europe on Monday, tracking gains in Asia as investors awaited further developments in trade talks between the U.S. and China. Boeing shares were predicted to fall at the open on Wall Street after the crash Sunday of a 737 Max 8 plane in Ethiopia that killed all … Continue reading World shares mostly higher as China-US trade talks drag on

Asian shares mostly higher as China-US trade talks drag on

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Monday as investors awaited further developments in trade talks between the U.S. and China. The Shanghai Composite jumped 1.9 percent to 3,026.99 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong gained 0.9 percent to 28,494.76. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index added 0.5 percent to 21,125.09 and the … Continue reading Asian shares mostly higher as China-US trade talks drag on

Indonesian woman freed 2 years after killing of Kim Jong Nam

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — An Indonesian woman held for two years on suspicion of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un‘s half brother was freed from custody Monday after Malaysian prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charge against her. Siti Aisyah cried and hugged her Vietnamese co-defendant, Doan Thi Huong, before leaving the courtroom and … Continue reading Indonesian woman freed 2 years after killing of Kim Jong Nam

Boeing likely to face new questions after another 737 crash

Sunday’s devastating plane crash in Ethiopia could renew safety questions about the newest version of Boeing’s popular 737 airliner. The Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after taking off from the capital of Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. The plane was new. The weather was clear. Yet something … Continue reading Boeing likely to face new questions after another 737 crash

A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Citizens from 35 countries were killed when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi on Sunday morning. Here is the latest list of nationalities as released by the airline. It accounts for the nationalities of 150 of the 157 people believed to … Continue reading A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

Bolton: Trump would be ‘pretty disappointed’ at Kim test

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — The top national security adviser says President Donald Trump would be “pretty disappointed” if North Korea were to launch a new rocket or missile test, as some experts believe he could be preparing to do. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” John Bolton would not confirm reports based on commercial … Continue reading Bolton: Trump would be ‘pretty disappointed’ at Kim test

7-phased voting for India’s national election in April, May

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Election Commission announced Sunday that the upcoming national election will be held in seven phases in April and May, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s Hindu nationalist party seeks a second term. About 900 million people are eligible to vote in a staggered process that allows the government to deploy tens … Continue reading 7-phased voting for India’s national election in April, May

North Korea goes to polls to rubber-stamp parliament lineup

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Millions of North Korean voters, including leader Kim Jong Un, went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new lineup of roughly 700 members for the next session of the national legislature, though the vote was more of an endorsement than a competitive contest. Voters were presented with just … Continue reading North Korea goes to polls to rubber-stamp parliament lineup

60 years after Dalai Lama fled, China defends Tibet policies

BEIJING (AP) — China is defending its often-criticized rule in Tibet 60 years after the Dalai Lama fled into exile amid an uprising against Chinese control, saying those who question its policies are merely biased. The official Xinhua News Agency said in an editorial dated Saturday that economic growth, increases in lifespan and better education … Continue reading 60 years after Dalai Lama fled, China defends Tibet policies

Italian envoy confirms deaths of 2 climbers in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two European mountain climbers who went missing on the Pakistani mountain Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth-tallest, were confirmed dead Saturday by Italy’s ambassador to Pakistan. Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo tweeted that the search for Italian Daniele Nardi and Briton Tom Ballard ended after a team confirmed that silhouettes spotted at a height of … Continue reading Italian envoy confirms deaths of 2 climbers in Pakistan

Japanese woman honored by Guinness as oldest person at 116

TOKYO (AP) — A 116-year-old Japanese woman who loves playing the board game Othello was honored Saturday as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records. The global authority on records officially recognized Kane Tanaka in a ceremony at the nursing home where she lives in Fukuoka, in Japan’s southwest. Her family and the … Continue reading Japanese woman honored by Guinness as oldest person at 116

Nissan ex-chair Ghosn steps out in Tokyo, trailed by media

TOKYO (AP) — Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn was seen walking in a Tokyo park on Friday, two days after his release from a Japanese detention center. Ghosn, in a cap and sunglasses, was spotted outdoors twice on Friday, strolling outside in the crisp March air. He and several others, believed to be his wife … Continue reading Nissan ex-chair Ghosn steps out in Tokyo, trailed by media

China leads stock markets retreat on trade talks doubts

SINGAPORE (AP) — Shanghai led a retreat in world markets on Friday amid worries that the U.S. and China may not be as close to a trade deal as President Donald Trump has suggested. Selling picked up after China reported that its exports plunged more than 20 percent in February from a year earlier. The … Continue reading China leads stock markets retreat on trade talks doubts

Asian shares fall on doubts over US-China trade deal

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets tumbled Friday on fears that the U.S. and China may not be as close to a trade deal as President Donald Trump had suggested. Selling was also fueled by worries about the global economy ahead of Chinese trade data. The Shanghai Composite index gave up 2.9 percent to 3,016.22 and … Continue reading Asian shares fall on doubts over US-China trade deal

Lawyer apologizes for Ghosn’s ‘disguise’ during release

TOKYO (AP) — The mystery of Carlos Ghosn‘s strange attire when he was released from Japanese detention has been solved, with his lawyer saying Friday that it was an effort to protect the former chairman of Nissan from intense media attention. Many had been baffled by why Ghosn was wearing a blue cap, surgical mask … Continue reading Lawyer apologizes for Ghosn’s ‘disguise’ during release

Analysts: Normal operations restored at NKorean launch site

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. analysts say North Korea appears to have restored normal operations at a long-range rocket launch site it partially dismantled last year as part of disarmament steps. Analysts say North Korea is trying to convey displeasure over the breakdown of a summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald … Continue reading Analysts: Normal operations restored at NKorean launch site

Cabrera Bello leads Bay Hill as Lefty salvages wild round

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)  — Rafa Cabrera Bello had a Bay Hill debut to remember with a 7-under 65 for a two-shot lead while playing with Arnold Palmer’s grandson. The entertainment, as usual, came from Phil Mickelson. Back at the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the first time in six years, Mickelson capped off a wild round … Continue reading Cabrera Bello leads Bay Hill as Lefty salvages wild round

Thai court disbands political party for nominating princess

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Thursday ordered the dissolution of a major political party ahead of this month’s general election because it nominated a member of the royal family to be its candidate for prime minister. The Constitutional Court also banned members of the Thai Raksa Chart Party’s executive board from political … Continue reading Thai court disbands political party for nominating princess

Global shares mostly lower as US-China trade optimism fades

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly lower Thursday as optimism about progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China appeared to be wearing thin. France’s CAC 40 slid 0.4 percent in midday trading to 5,268, while Germany‘s DAX lost 0.5 percent to 11,532. Britain’s FTSE 100 declined 0.4 percent to 7,165. U.S. shares … Continue reading Global shares mostly lower as US-China trade optimism fades

Japan stunned by Ghosn’s release, critics hope for change

TOKYO (AP) — Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn‘s release from detention nearly four months after his arrest has gripped Japan, giving the public a rare glimpse into how the criminal justice system works. Ghosn was recuperating Thursday, his lawyer said, after leaving the Tokyo Detention Center the evening before, just in time for his 65th … Continue reading Japan stunned by Ghosn’s release, critics hope for change

Seoul: Increased vehicle movement at NKorea’s ICBM center

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military said Thursday it is carefully monitoring North Korean nuclear and missile facilities after the country’s spy agency told lawmakers that new activity was detected at a research center where the North is believed to build long-range missiles targeting the U.S. mainland. Defense Ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo said … Continue reading Seoul: Increased vehicle movement at NKorea’s ICBM center

Blasts in Kabul hit near ceremony attended by top officials

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say several explosions have struck outside a ceremony in Kabul attended by the country’s chief executive and the former president, both of whom were unharmed. There was conflicting information as to the casualty figures. An official with the city’s ambulance services, Mohammad Asim, says five people were wounded in … Continue reading Blasts in Kabul hit near ceremony attended by top officials

Lawyer: Huawei arrest raises political motivation concerns

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The lawyer for a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei arrested in Canada on a U.S. extradition warrant said Wednesday that comments by President Donald Trump suggest the case against her is politically motivated. Attorney Richard Peck referred to Trump’s comments during a brief court appearance by Huawei CFO Meng … Continue reading Lawyer: Huawei arrest raises political motivation concerns