Wednesday

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Malaysia’s Proton launches 1st SUV with China’s Geely

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia  — Malaysian national car maker Proton launched its first SUV on Wednesday in a fresh effort to transform its stale brand and turn around its fortunes, more than a year after China’s Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd. bought a key stake in the company. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad launched the 1.8 liter … Continue reading KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Malaysia’s Proton launches 1st SUV with China’s Geely

KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: Ex-VP Gore thinks Trump may help climate cause

KATOWICE, Poland— The Latest on the climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore says he thinks President Donald Trump’s stance on global warming may actually advance the cause of tackling climate change. Gore has spent years raising awareness of global warming and advocating prevention strategies. … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: Ex-VP Gore thinks Trump may help climate cause

VATICAN CITY | Pope cuts 3 cardinals from cabinet, 2 implicated in scandal

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has removed three cardinals from his informal cabinet, two of whom have been implicated in the Catholic Church‘s sex abuse and cover-up scandal. The Vatican said Wednesday that Francis in October had written to Chilean Cardinal Javier Errazuriz, Australian Cardinal George Pell and Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya thanking them … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope cuts 3 cardinals from cabinet, 2 implicated in scandal

RIO DE JANEIRO | Brazil withdraws offer to host UN climate change conference

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil has withdrawn its offer to host a large U.N. conference on climate change next year, the foreign ministry said Wednesday, leading environmental groups to question the government’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions. Brazil pulled its offer to host the 2019 climate change conference because of “the current fiscal and budget … Continue reading RIO DE JANEIRO | Brazil withdraws offer to host UN climate change conference

LONDON | Chess world title match comes down to rapid tiebreakers

LONDON— After more than 50 hours of play over nearly three weeks, the chess world championship title will be decided by speedy tiebreaker games on Wednesday. A 12-game battle of brains between American challenger Fabiano Caruana and reigning champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway has resulted in 12 straight draws — the first time that has … Continue reading LONDON | Chess world title match comes down to rapid tiebreakers

LAHAINA, Hawaii | The Latest: No. 3 Gonzaga holds off No. 1 Duke 89-87 in Maui

LAHAINA, Hawaii  — The Latest on the Maui Invitational (all times local): 2:18 p.m. Duke’s Maui mastery is over. Gonzaga blocked the Blue Devils out of another title. Rui Hachimura scored 20 points and No. 3 Gonzaga blocked four shots in the final 46 seconds to hold off five-time champion Duke 89-87 Wednesday in the … Continue reading LAHAINA, Hawaii | The Latest: No. 3 Gonzaga holds off No. 1 Duke 89-87 in Maui

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump puts fighting words in Macron’s mouth

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump put fighting words in his French counterpart’s mouth this past week and assailed the special counsel’s Russia investigation with a familiar and false characterization of the man leading it. Also familiar, on a week honoring the sacrifice of America’s warriors, was his inaccurate assertion that veterans, thanks to him, no … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump puts fighting words in Macron’s mouth

SINGAPORE | World stocks gain on report of Brexit deal progres

SINGAPORE— World markets were mostly higher on Thursday following a report that British Prime Minister Theresa May has secured a deal with the European Union on financial services, as the country’s exit from the trading bloc looms. KEEPING SCORE: Germany‘s DAX rose 0.6 percent to 11,513.16 and France’s CAC 40 was 0.2 percent higher at … Continue reading SINGAPORE | World stocks gain on report of Brexit deal progres

MOSCOW | The Latest: Putin blames ‘globalization’ for Crimea attack

MOSCOW— The Latest on the Crimea school attack (all times local): 4 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the deadly shooting and bomb attack by a teenager in Crimea a “result of globalization” and says that adults are failing to offer young people an alternative to an outburst of violence. An 18-year-old student went … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Putin blames ‘globalization’ for Crimea attack

SINGAPORE | US officials optimistic on US-China military ties

SINGAPORE  — After a rocky few months, Pentagon officials say they sense that relations with the Chinese military may be stabilizing. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was meeting Thursday with his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, on the sidelines of an Asian defense ministers’ conference. Just weeks ago, Mattis had planned to travel to Beijing for … Continue reading SINGAPORE | US officials optimistic on US-China military ties

LOS ANGELES | Hernandez apologizes after criticizing quiet Dodgers fans

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers infielder Enrique Hernandez apologized Tuesday after complaining “the fans had no energy” during Los Angeles‘ Game 3 loss in the NL Championship Series. Hernandez tweeted a statement claiming his comments were taken out of context. He said he was “really frustrated” following a 4-0 loss to the Brewers on Monday night … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Hernandez apologizes after criticizing quiet Dodgers fans

CALABASAS, Calif. | Gunman arrested near California park where camper was shot

CALABASAS, Calif. — A man dressed in black and carrying a rifle was arrested Wednesday near Malibu Creek State Park, where a camper was shot and killed as he slept in a tent in June, authorities said. A vast search involving Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, a helicopter, search-and-rescue teams and detectives led to the … Continue reading CALABASAS, Calif. | Gunman arrested near California park where camper was shot

TAIPEI, Taiwan | Taiwan leader calls on China to not be ‘source of conflict’

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has called on China not to be a “source of conflict,” and has pledged to boost the island’s defenses against Beijing’s military threats. In a National Day address, Tsai said the best way to defend Taiwan was to “make it indispensable and irreplaceable to the world.” China has … Continue reading TAIPEI, Taiwan | Taiwan leader calls on China to not be ‘source of conflict’

LOS ANGELES | Heavyweights Wilder, Fury scuffle at promotional appearance

LOS ANGELES — Heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have wrapped up their three-city publicity tour for their upcoming bout by nearly coming to blows again. The unbeaten stars’ news conference in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday got physical when Wilder and Fury exchanged shoves after pushing their heads together during some nose-to-nose trash talk. … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Heavyweights Wilder, Fury scuffle at promotional appearance

VATICAN CITY | Pope urges hope for future as confidence dips over abuse

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged Catholic bishops on Wednesday to dream of a future free of the mistakes and sins of the past, as he opened a global gathering of the church leadership amid renewed outrage over the priestly sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Square with some of … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope urges hope for future as confidence dips over abuse

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | The Latest: Wife of Malaysian ex-PM arrested in graft case

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia  — The Latest on the arrest of the wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (all times local): 3:20 p.m. A government official says the wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been arrested and is expected to be charged in a graft scandal involving the 1MDB state investment … Continue reading KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | The Latest: Wife of Malaysian ex-PM arrested in graft case

TOKYO | Elaborate throne for Japan’s next emperor arrives in Tokyo

TOKYO — The monumental imperial throne for the coronation of Japan’s new emperor has arrived in Tokyo from an ancient imperial palace in Kyoto more than a year ahead of time, officials said Wednesday. Crown Prince Naruhito will become Japan’s next emperor on May 1 of next year, the day after his 84-year-old father, Emperor … Continue reading TOKYO | Elaborate throne for Japan’s next emperor arrives in Tokyo

DALLAS | Owner of 3D-printed gun company accused of sex with minor

DALLAS  — The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns is wanted on an arrest warrant tied to an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward. Austin police Cmdr. Troy Officer said Wednesday that the department is working with national and international law enforcement to … Continue reading DALLAS | Owner of 3D-printed gun company accused of sex with minor

PYONGYANG, North Korea | The Latest: Stone marker has wrong dates for Moon’s visit

PYONGYANG, North Korea  — The Latest on the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (all times local): 10:00 a.m. A stone marker commemorating South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Pyongyang has the wrong dates carved on it. The stone was unveiled during a tree-planting ceremony attended … Continue reading PYONGYANG, North Korea | The Latest: Stone marker has wrong dates for Moon’s visit

NYACK, N.Y. | Judge dismisses harassment charge against Liev Schreiber

NYACK, N.Y.  — A suburban New York judge has dismissed charges against Liev Schreiber for allegedly attacking a local photographer while the actor was filming the popular Showtime series “Ray Donovan.” The 50-year-old has been hit with a harassment violation after photographer Sherwood Martinelli claimed Schreiber damaged his camera when he tried to photograph him … Continue reading NYACK, N.Y. | Judge dismisses harassment charge against Liev Schreiber

WASHINGTON  | GOP Sen. Flake: Trump is ‘slandering’ his attorney general

WASHINGTON  — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona is condemning President Donald Trump‘s attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling them a “travesty.” Flake, a vocal Trump critic, said Wednesday from the Senate floor that Trump has been “relentlessly slandering” Sessions. He warned that Trump seems headed for “some future assault” on the justice system, … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | GOP Sen. Flake: Trump is ‘slandering’ his attorney general

WASHINGTON | US producer prices dip 0.1 percent in August

WASHINGTON — U.S. wholesale prices fell unexpectedly last month for the first time since February 2017, pulled down by falling prices for transportation and warehousing services. The drop suggests that inflationary pressures may be easing despite the strength of the U.S. economy. The Labor Department said Wednesday that its producer price index — which measures … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US producer prices dip 0.1 percent in August

MADRID | Spain finds 5 dead migrants, rescues hundreds over 2 days

MADRID  — Spanish authorities say rescuers have found five dead migrants and 53 survivors in a boat partially sunk in waters east of the Strait of Gibraltar. The Maritime Rescue Service said Thursday that a surveillance plane found the dinghy in a stretch of the Mediterranean known as the Alboran Sea on Wednesday. The bodies … Continue reading MADRID | Spain finds 5 dead migrants, rescues hundreds over 2 days

SINGAPORE | Asian stocks mixed as comment period for US tariffs ends

SINGAPORE  — Asian markets were mixed Thursday on fears that the U.S. would soon impose tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods, as public consultations drew to a close. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.2 percent to 22,528.46, while the Kospi in South Korea gained 0.1 percent to 2,294.84. Hong Kong’s Hang … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Asian stocks mixed as comment period for US tariffs ends

LONDON | Britain charges 2 Russians over Novichok poisoning

LONDON  — British prosecutors said Wednesday they have charged two Russian men with the nerve agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury. The Crown Prosecution Service said the men, known to British investigators as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, are charged in absentia with conspiracy to … Continue reading LONDON | Britain charges 2 Russians over Novichok poisoning

NEW YORK | ‘It’s cruel, sometimes, tennis’: Nadal tops Thiem at US Open

NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal began his U.S. Open quarterfinal as poorly as possible, shut out in a set by a 6-0 score for only the fourth time in 282 career Grand Slam matches. On the previous three such occasions, he’d lost. On this one, he managed to come back to win, although it took … Continue reading NEW YORK | ‘It’s cruel, sometimes, tennis’: Nadal tops Thiem at US Open

TOKYO | Global shares dip amid growing worry over US-Canada trade

TOKYO  — Global shares were mostly lower Monday amid worries about escalating trade friction between the U.S. and Canada, who have been unable to agree to a revamped trade deal but will continue negotiating this week. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 was virtually unchanged at 5,409.04 in early trading, while Germany’s DAX lost nearly 0.2 … Continue reading TOKYO | Global shares dip amid growing worry over US-Canada trade

WASHINGTON | Trump teases about successor to White House counsel

WASHINGTON  — A day after announcing the departure of his White House counsel, President Donald Trump teased Thursday that he’s excited about his choice for a replacement but isn’t ready to share his new lawyer’s name. Trump said Wednesday on Twitter that Don McGahn will leave in the fall. He has been a consequential insider … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump teases about successor to White House counsel

SALT LAKE CITY | Utah biodiesel execs linked to polygamous group stay jailed

SALT LAKE CITY  — Two Salt Lake City biodiesel executives linked to a polygamous group will stay in jail after prosecutors argued they could flee to Turkey if released ahead of trial in an alleged $511 ghmillion tax credit scheme. The men have access private jets, millions of dollars stashed abroad and an unidentified federal … Continue reading SALT LAKE CITY | Utah biodiesel execs linked to polygamous group stay jailed

MANILA, Philippines | Attacker at Philippine festival shared fruit to conceal bomb

MANILA, Philippines — A bomber who killed two people and wounded 35 at a town festival in the southern Philippines offered fruit to people in hopes of evading suspicion when he abandoned the bag that also contained the bomb, a Philippine military commander said Wednesday. Wary residents still alerted police when the man hurriedly left … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Attacker at Philippine festival shared fruit to conceal bomb