US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

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The world's two biggest economies are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after making...


Pope to China Catholics: Make gestures showing communion

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging Chinese Catholics to make gestures of reconciliation that show they are in full communion with the Holy See. Francis made the comments during his Wednesday general audience, amid what appears to be another stall in the Vatican’s longstanding efforts to...


Turkish currency drops to record low against dollar

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s currency, the lira, has fallen to an all-time record low against the dollar amid fears of economic instability as the country heads toward snap presidential and parliamentary elections next month. The lira dropped to over 4.80 per dollar on Wednesday, down some 5...


Thailand ups restrictions on paraquat, other farm chemicals

BANGKOK (AP) — The Thai government has chosen to allow continued use of the toxic weed killer paraquat and two other farm chemicals despite mounting concerns over health risks, especially for farmers. However, a Ministry of Industry official said Wednesday that the government will tighten...


Asian shares fall amid worries over US-China trade, Koreas

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TOKYO (AP) — Asian indexes mostly slipped Wednesday amid continuing worries about North Korea after the perk from the easing of U.S.-China trade tensions faded. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 dipped 1.2 percent to finish at 22,689.74, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.2 percent at 6,...


France's Macron takes on Facebook's Zuckerberg in tech push

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PARIS (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may finally find a friendly face when he meets French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron is courting Zuckerberg and some 50 other tech bosses at a conference Wednesday aimed at persuading them to use their unprecedented global influence for the public good....


Body of Pakistani killed at Texas school arrives in Karachi

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KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The body of a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Texas arrived before dawn Wednesday in the port city of Karachi, where her family lived and where she was being buried. Sabika Sheikh was among 10 students and staff slain...


Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples

Loch Ness Monster

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland’s Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths. But now the legend of “Nessie” may have no place left to hide. A New Zealand scientist is...


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Can anything stop foreign government favors to Trump?

Trump Businesses Foreign Favors

WASHINGTON (AP) — First came news that a Chinese government-owned company had signed on to help build an Indonesian project that will include a Donald Trump-branded hotel and golf course. Then, days later, the president tweeted that his administration would ease sanctions against a Chinese...


Foreign media prepare to board train for NKorea nuke site

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WONSAN, North Korea (AP) — A group of foreign journalists prepared to depart by train Wednesday to watch the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear test site after eight reporters from South Korea received last-minute permission to join them. The remote site deep in the mountains of the North’s...

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