- Seoul, US to open talks on missile defense aimed at N. Korea Updated: Feb-12-16 6:54 am
SEOUL, South Korea - Looking to take a harder line after North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, officials said Friday.
- UK: Hong Kong bookseller 'removed' in breach of China treaty Updated: Feb-12-16 6:15 am
HONG KONG - Britain says a missing Hong Kong bookseller was likely abducted to mainland China, calling it a "serious breach" of the treaty under which Beijing took control of the city.
- European shares gain as bank sell-off abates, oil rebounds Updated: Feb-12-16 4:47 am
TOKYO - European shares rose Friday, shrugging off a bad day in Asia, as the sell-off in banking shares abated and oil prices rebounded from a 12-year low. But Japan's main stock index lost nearly 5 percent, leading other Asian markets lower.
- Buffalo public school designated Confucius Classroom School Updated: Feb-12-16 3:05 am
BUFFALO, New York - A Buffalo public school has been designated a Confucius Classroom School, meaning it will get funding, books and other support from China for its Chinese language programming.
- Williams beats Sevastova to reach semifinals of Taiwan Open Updated: Feb-12-16 3:00 am
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan - Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 7-5, 6-2 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Taiwan Open.
- Australian minister resigns for breaching code of conduct Updated: Feb-12-16 12:11 am
CANBERRA, Australia - An embattled Australian government minister resigned on Friday for breaching ministerial standards through a business trip to China, clearing the way for the prime minister to announce a final Cabinet reshuffle ahead of elections due this year.
- Taiwanese leaders and victims' families hold quake memorial Updated: Feb-11-16 11:11 pm
TAINAN, Taiwan - Taiwanese leaders and relatives held a memorial service on Friday for victims of last weekend's earthquake as the official death toll rose to 94.
- What a recession does to your money Updated: Feb-11-16 4:29 pm
NEW YORK - If we are indeed in the midst of a recession - and we won't know we're in one until well after it's begun - stocks likely still have a long way to go down.
- US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election Updated: Feb-11-16 3:40 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Thursday it is urging China and Taiwan to maintain dialogue amid concern that the election of an independence-leaning party on the island could heighten tensions in one of Asia's security hotspots.
- Nokia says quarterly profit rose but cautions on outlook Updated: Feb-11-16 1:53 pm
HELSINKI - Nokia Corp. saw fourth-quarter profit grow more than 50 percent to 498 million euros ($560 million) on a slight increase in sales, but the telecom networks company cautioned it would face some "market headwinds," especially in China.
- Hong Kong activists face riot charges after holiday protest Updated: Feb-11-16 11:14 am
HONG KONG - Several dozen people appeared in a Hong Kong court Thursday to face rioting charges following a violent clash earlier this week between protesters and police sparked by a clampdown on holiday street food vendors.
- Image of Asia: Prayer flags raised in Dharmsala Updated: Feb-11-16 9:11 am
In this photo by Ashwini Bhatia, an exile Tibetan holds prayer flags called "lungta," or wind horse, to be tied on tall posts on the third day of the Tibetan New Year, in Dharmsala, India. Tibetans believe the Buddhist prayers printed on the flags are spread on the wind. The flags' colors represent the five elements - earth, fire, sky, water and air. The north Indian hill town of Dharmsala became the base of a Tibetan government-in-exile after their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled a Chinese military crackdown in Tibet in 1959
- Burden of Kaesong closure to mostly fall on S. Korean firms Updated: Feb-11-16 8:18 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's sudden withdrawal from a factory park in North Korea is a severe blow for the South Korean businesses that populated it, but is unlikely to make much difference to the North's decrepit economy despite being a stern diplomatic measure.
- Hong Kong to send Chinese man back to US over teen deaths Updated: Feb-11-16 7:34 am
HONG KONG - A Chinese man agreed in a Hong Kong court Thursday to be sent back to the U.S., where he is wanted by authorities in connection with the slayings of his teenage nephews.
- Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 59; 76 still missing Updated: Feb-11-16 6:42 am
TAINAN, Taiwan - The death toll from a weekend earthquake in Taiwan rose to 59 on Thursday, with 76 people still missing and presumed trapped under the rubble of a collapsed residential building, the Ministry of Interior said.
- The Latest: Bush says he won't blame Obama for problems Updated: Feb-10-16 8:39 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Here's the latest on the 2016 presidential race as Republican and Democratic candidates head from New Hampshire to South Carolina and beyond. All times local:
- Kenyan athletes allege doping bribery Updated: Feb-10-16 5:44 pm
EMBU, Kenya - Two Kenyan athletes serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships say the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country's governing body for track and field, asked them each for a $24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions.
- Report: Harmful gas levels in Lumber Liquidators flooring Updated: Feb-10-16 5:42 pm
NEW YORK - A national retailer sold Chinese-made flooring that emits hazardous levels of formaldehyde, a federal investigation found.
- Shanghai Disneyland; Leap Year; TSA rules on bug spray Updated: Feb-10-16 3:09 pm
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- Chinese investors bid $1.2B for Norwegian tech firm Opera Updated: Feb-10-16 9:38 am
HELSINKI - Opera Software, a Norwegian company behind one of the world's most popular browsers, says Chinese investors have made a $1.2 billion takeover offer, causing its stock to jump more than 30 percent.
- China reports first case of imported Zika virus Updated: Feb-10-16 6:51 am
BEIJING - China's first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery, the government said Wednesday.
- Hong Kong student held at airport after violent clashes Updated: Feb-10-16 3:11 am
HONG KONG - A Hong Kong student activist was detained at the city's airport on Wednesday morning, apparently on suspicion of involvement in a violent Lunar New Year clash between police and protesters, his group said.
- Aussie lawmakers gifted designer watches, think they're fake Updated: Feb-10-16 2:46 am
SYDNEY - Australia's former prime minister and two other politicians were gifted designer watches by a Chinese businessman - but initially kept them only because they thought the 40,000 Australian dollar ($28,000) timepieces were fake, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
- Former Adelson casino exec takes dismissal case to US court Updated: Feb-09-16 3:41 pm
LAS VEGAS - A former executive in billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's empire is asking a federal court in Nevada to rule on a continuing legal fight over his 2010 dismissal as head of operations in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.
- Intelligence officials: IS determined to strike US this year Updated: Feb-09-16 3:21 pm
WASHINGTON - Leaders of the Islamic State are determined to strike targets in the United States this year, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday, telling lawmakers that a small group of violent extremists will attempt to overcome the logistical challenges of mounting such an attack.