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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

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

Molinari charges to a 64 to win at Arnie’s place

ORLANDO, Fla.(AP) — British Open champion Francesco Molinari delivered another big moment on the 18th green at Bay Hill, without wearing a red shirt and leaving the flag stick in the cup. His 45-foot birdie putt capped off an 8-under 64 to come from five shots behind Sunday and win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Molinari watched … Continue reading Molinari charges to a 64 to win at Arnie’s place

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

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

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

Germany to require suppliers of 5G networks be ‘trustworthy’

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have published a list of security requirements for telecoms networks amid concerns about the possible involvement of companies such as China’s Huawei in future 5G infrastructure. Authorities published a list of requirements Thursday that says “systems may only be sourced from trustworthy suppliers whose compliance with national security regulations and … Continue reading Germany to require suppliers of 5G networks be ‘trustworthy’

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

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

Health, technology stocks sink indexes in morning trading

Stocks marched lower on Wall Street in Wednesday afternoon trading, placing the market on track for its third straight loss. Health care, technology and energy companies accounted for the bulk of the market’s slide, offsetting gains in materials and utilities stocks. Several retailers also rose. Disappointing economic reports, uncertainty over trade and fears of a … Continue reading Health, technology stocks sink indexes in morning trading

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: HOUSE DEMOCRATS POISED FOR MORE COHEN TESTIMONY Trump’s former lawyer returns to Capitol Hill for a fourth day of questioning as Democrats pursue investigations into Trump’s White House, businesses and presidential campaign. FORMER NISSAN CHAIRMAN LEAVES DETENTION FACILITY … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

World stocks edge lower on growth concerns, Brexit

BANGKOK (AP) — World stock markets mostly turned lower on Wednesday on concerns for global growth and after another round of talks on Britain’s exit from the European Union proved inconclusive. Germany‘s DAX fell 0.2 percent to 11,594 while the CAC40 in France declined 0.1 percent, to 5,290 after the OECD, a watchdog, slashed its … Continue reading World stocks edge lower on growth concerns, Brexit

US trade gap jumped to 10-year high; record gap with China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit jumped nearly 19 percent in December, pushing the trade imbalance for all of 2018 to widen to a decade-long high of $621 billion. The gap with China on goods widened to an all-time record of $419.2 billion. The Commerce Department figures released Wednesday undermined a key commitment by … Continue reading US trade gap jumped to 10-year high; record gap with China

The Latest: Ghosn release allows ‘free and serene’ defense

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the release of former Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn from the Tokyo Detention Center after he posted 1 billion yen ($8.9 million) bail (all times local): 6:30 p.m. France’s finance minister says they decision to free Carlos Ghosn on bail will allow him to defend himself “freely and … Continue reading The Latest: Ghosn release allows ‘free and serene’ defense

Asian shares mostly higher as congress lifts Chinese markets

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mixed Wednesday, with European markets declining as uncertainties over Britain’s exit from the European Union deepened following another inconclusive round of talks. Germany’s DAX fell 0.2 percent to 11,595.18 while the CAC40 in France also fell 0.2 percent, to 5,289.75. Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 0.2 percent to 7,184.71. Shares … Continue reading Asian shares mostly higher as congress lifts Chinese markets