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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

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

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

Facebook’s vision of future? Looks like Chinese app WeChat

LONDON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking the social media company in a new direction by focusing on messaging. Chinese tech giant Tencent got there years ago with its app WeChat. Zuckerberg outlined his vision to give people ways to communicate privately, by stitching together Facebook’s various services so users can contact each … Continue reading Facebook’s vision of future? Looks like Chinese app WeChat

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

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

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

S. Korea proposes rain project with China to clean Seoul air

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in has proposed a joint project with China to use artificial rain to clean the air in his country, where an acute increase in pollution has caused alarm. Moon also instructed government officials on Wednesday to quicken the retirement of old coal-burning power plants, according to … Continue reading S. Korea proposes rain project with China to clean Seoul air

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

Stocks drift between small gains, losses in midday trading

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are moving sideways in midday trading on Wall Street Tuesday as losses for banks and big technology companies offset gains elsewhere in the market. The stagnant movement came a day after the market failed to hold on to an early gain. Citigroup slumped 1.3 percent, while Micron Technology dropped … Continue reading Stocks drift between small gains, losses in midday trading

World shares mixed as China indicates support for economy

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mixed Tuesday, with European benchmarks mostly retreating by midday. But markets in China gained after the government set a 6-6.5 percent growth target for this year, suggesting strong government support for the economy. Germany’s DAX slid 0.1 percent to 11,579 and the CAC 40 in France fell 0.2 percent … Continue reading World shares mixed as China indicates support for economy

Over 1,500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said Monday that they found more than 1,500 live turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila’s airport. The various types of turtles were found Sunday inside four pieces of left-behind luggage of a Filipino passenger arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on a Philippine Airlines flight from Hong Kong, Customs … Continue reading Over 1,500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

Huawei opens Brussels security lab in bid to reassure EU

BRUSSELS (AP) — Chinese tech company Huawei on Tuesday opened a cybersecurity lab in Brussels, the heart of the European Union, as it tries to win over government leaders and fight back U.S. allegations that its equipment poses a national security risk. Company executives inaugurated the Huawei European Cybersecurity Center, which will allow the wireless … Continue reading Huawei opens Brussels security lab in bid to reassure EU

KFC dedicates China restaurant to memory of Communist hero

BEIJING (AP) — Fast-food chain KFC is memorializing a popular Chinese Communist hero with restaurant decor extolling his deeds, in a rare matching of an iconic American brand with Communist propaganda. The official Xinhua News Agency said the company launched its first “Lei Feng Spirit” restaurant in Lei’s home province of Hunan on Tuesday, the … Continue reading KFC dedicates China restaurant to memory of Communist hero

Health care, tech lead losses for stocks on Wall Street

Health care companies led stocks lower on Wall Street Monday as investors waited for more details on reports that the U.S. and China are moving closer to a deal to resolve their costly trade dispute. The sell-off was most pronounced in sectors that have shown strong gains over the last two months, including health care … Continue reading Health care, tech lead losses for stocks on Wall Street

Global stocks rise on reports US, China close to trade deal

BEIJING (AP) — Most global stocks rose Monday after news reports said Washington and Beijing are close to an agreement to end their costly tariff war. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Tokyo advanced after Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified sources, said China was offering to cut tariffs and other restrictions … Continue reading Global stocks rise on reports US, China close to trade deal

Xi firmly in charge as China turns to legislative season

BEIJING (AP) — A year since effectively making himself China’s leader for life, Xi Jinping appears firmly in charge, despite a slowing economy, a trade war with the United States and rumbles of discontent over his concentration of power. As China’s president and head of the ruling Communist Party, Xi wields more authority than any … Continue reading Xi firmly in charge as China turns to legislative season

Indonesia court allows dam in orangutan habitat to proceed

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Environmentalists lost a court challenge Monday to a Chinese-backed dam in Indonesia that will rip through the habitat of the most critically endangered orangutan species. The state administrative court in North Sumatra’s capital, Medan, ruled that construction can continue despite critics of the 510-megawatt hydro dam providing evidence that its environmental … Continue reading Indonesia court allows dam in orangutan habitat to proceed

The Latest: Kim boards train at the end of Vietnam visit

DONG DANG, Vietnam (AP) — The Latest on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s departure from Vietnam (all times local): 12:50 p.m. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has boarded his private train at the Vietnam-China border, ending a trip that saw a summit breakdown with President Donald Trump. He spent his last day in … Continue reading The Latest: Kim boards train at the end of Vietnam visit

Pompeo: US to make sure China can’t blockade South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the United States is committed to ensuring the South China Sea remains open to all kinds of navigation and that “China does not pose a threat” of closing the disputed sea lanes. Pompeo assured the Philippines during his visit to Manila that … Continue reading Pompeo: US to make sure China can’t blockade South China Sea

Closure of Pakistan air space snarls flights across Asia

BANGKOK (AP) — A temporary closure of air space over Pakistan snarled air traffic Thursday, especially between Asia and Europe, though some airlines adjusted by rerouting their flights. In Bangkok, an important and busy hub for transcontinental flights, thousands of travelers were stranded. Bangkok airport officials said over 4,000 travelers were affected. Those needing help … Continue reading Closure of Pakistan air space snarls flights across Asia

Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and export markets hit by President Donald Trump‘s tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years. Many agricultural loans come due around Jan. 1, in part to give … Continue reading Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump