Southeast Asia

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

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

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

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

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

World shares mixed as Brexit uncertainties deepen

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 shares mixed as Brexit uncertainties deepen

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

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

Ariya Jutanugarn moves into 1st place at LPGA Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) — The No. 1 player in the world is No. 1 after three rounds at the HSBC Women’s World Championship. Two strokes behind American Amy Olson after two rounds, Ariya Jutanugarn moved to the top of the leaderboard Saturday and a one-stroke lead after a 6-under 66 at Sentosa Golf Club’s Tanjong course. … Continue reading Ariya Jutanugarn moves into 1st place at LPGA Singapore

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

Rescuers hope for miracle as Indonesia mine goes silent

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An official overseeing a grueling rescue at a collapsed Indonesian gold mine said that the voices of dozens of trapped miners are no longer being heard as the effort to reach them continued for a fourth day Saturday. Rescuers are currently not entering the mine in North Sulawesi’s Bolaang Mongondow district … Continue reading Rescuers hope for miracle as Indonesia mine goes silent

US stocks rise on hopes for a trade deal with China

Stocks are rising on Wall Street Friday, reversing a three-day losing streak amid renewed optimism of a potential resolution to the U.S.’s trade war with China. U.S. officials are reportedly preparing a deal that could be signed within a month, according to news agency Bloomberg. The trade war between the world’s largest economies has raised … Continue reading US stocks rise on hopes for a trade deal with China

Trump claims ‘very good’ Kim relations despite failed summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is claiming his relationship with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un (gihm jung oon) is “very good,” despite the collapse of the two leaders’ summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. A day after returning to Washington, Trump said on Twitter on Friday that the two had “very substantive negotiations.” He added, “We … Continue reading Trump claims ‘very good’ Kim relations despite failed summit

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

NKorea leader Kim Jong Un tours Hanoi after summit breakdown

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is heading out of his locked-down hotel in Hanoi for official meetings with Vietnamese leaders a day after his summit breakdown with President Donald Trump. His talks with Trump failed Thursday over a dispute on how much sanctions relief the U.S. should give North Korea … Continue reading NKorea leader Kim Jong Un tours Hanoi after summit breakdown

In a summit first, Kim Jong Un takes US media questions

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — So here’s a bit of history made at President Donald Trump‘s summit with Kim Jong Un: for what is almost certainly the first time, the North Korean leader actually answered an impromptu question from an American reporter. Then just a little bit later, as if to prove it wasn’t a fluke, … Continue reading In a summit first, Kim Jong Un takes US media questions

Thai lawmakers approve controversial cybersecurity act

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s legislature passed a cybersecurity bill on Thursday that would allow authorities access to people’s personal information without a court order. The Cybersecurity Act addresses computer hacking crimes, but activists fear it will allow the government sweeping access to people’s personal information. The act allows state officials to seize, search, infiltrate, and … Continue reading Thai lawmakers approve controversial cybersecurity act

Trump: I don’t think NK’s Kim had role in US student’s death

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doesn’t think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was involved in the mistreatment of American college student Otto Warmbier (WARM’-beer), who died after being detained in the isolated country. Trump says of Kim: “He tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take … Continue reading Trump: I don’t think NK’s Kim had role in US student’s death

Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un collapsed Thursday after the two sides failed to reach a deal due to a standoff over U.S. sanctions on the reclusive nation, a dispiriting end to high-stakes meetings meant to disarm a global threat. Trump, in a news … Continue reading Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal