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Japan minister resigns over remark about 2011 tsunami

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:54:32 GMT2017-04-26T03:54:32Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's disaster reconstruction minister has resigned over his remark that "it was good" that the March 2011 quake and tsunami had hit northern Japan instead of areas closer to Tokyo....



Air China resumes booking flights to North Korea

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:37:43 GMT2017-04-26T03:37:43Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China's state-owned airline will resume flights from Beijing to North Korea that had been suspended because of poor ticket sales....



China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:30:49 GMT2017-04-26T03:30:49Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own on Wednesday, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes....



Emiratis, Malaysians reach $1.2B deal over troubled fund

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:57:15 GMT2017-04-24T10:57:15Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Emirati and Malaysian officials said Monday they reached a deal to resolve a legal dispute over the indebted and troubled Malaysian investment fund 1MDB, with the United Arab Emirates set to receive $1.2 billion over this year....



Taiwan's "hacker minister" reshaping digital democracy

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:42:51 GMT2017-04-24T05:42:51Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Taiwan's "digital minister" Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says she's a "civic hacker," who like a locksmith uses specialized skills to help rather than harm....



Converting coal would help China's smog at climate's expense

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:01:16 GMT2017-04-25T04:01:16Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China's conversion of coal into natural gas could prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. But there's a catch: As the country shifts its use of vast coal reserves to send less smog-inducing chemicals into the air, the move threatens to undermine efforts to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said Tuesday....



Thai gov't approves purchase of $393M submarine from China

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:26:03 GMT2017-04-25T12:26:03Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's government has approved the purchase of its first submarine in more than half a century, the country's top defense official said Tuesday, calling the $393 million deal with China necessary and a bargain....



AP Exclusive: The sad saga of North Korea's ATMs

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:50:14 GMT2017-04-24T03:50:14Z

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- No modern airport terminal is complete without an ATM, and Pyongyang's now has two. But they don't work - because of new Chinese sanctions, according to bank employees - and it's not clear when they will....



Report: Companies not complying with Bangladesh garment plan

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:04:08 GMT2017-04-24T12:04:08Z

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Dozens of global clothing companies are not complying with a plan to ensure better safety in Bangladesh garment factories following the deadly collapse of a building four years ago, a rights group said Monday....



Clarification: China-Auto Show-GM story

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:51:23 GMT2017-04-25T04:51:23Z

SHANGHAI (AP) -- In a story April 22, The Associated Press reported that General Motors Co. expects annual sales of electric vehicles to reach 150,000 by 2020 and possibly surpass 500,000 by 2025. Those figures include GM's Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet brands but not the Baojun brand made by its SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile joint venture, for which it says a forecast will be announced later....