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South Korea's economy grows at fastest pace in 3 quarters

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:37:19 GMT2017-04-27T00:37:19Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy, grew at the fastest clip in nearly a year thanks to recovery in exports, the central bank said Thursday, despite a backlash from Chinese consumers over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system....



Samsung's profit jumps 46 percent thanks to semiconductor

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:18:15 GMT2017-04-27T00:18:15Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics says its first-quarter profit has surged nearly 50 percent thanks to the record-high income from its semiconductor division....



S.Korea presidential hopeful criticized for anti-gay comment

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:56:58 GMT2017-04-26T15:56:58Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in outraged persecuted sexual minority groups by saying during a television debate that he opposes homosexuality, something his supporters say he had to do to win office in the deeply conservative country....



Japan PM to visit Russia, Britain amid North Korean tension

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:39:30 GMT2017-04-26T13:39:30Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Moscow on Thursday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and pursue talks on joint economic projects aimed at a possible breakthrough in their decades-old island dispute....



In Kashmir, brutality of videos deepens anger against India

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:17:52 GMT2017-04-26T13:17:52Z

SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- One video showed a young Kashmiri man strapped to a patrolling Indian army jeep as a human shield against stone-throwing protesters. Others showed soldiers beating local men with sticks as other troops stood by with guns drawn....



Thai taxi driver arrested for alleged rape of Brazilian

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:39:43 GMT2017-04-26T12:39:43Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai police have arrested a taxi driver accused of raping a Brazilian woman who had just arrived from abroad at a Bangkok airport....



IS group, Taliban clash in Afghanistan, dozens killed

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:21:19 GMT2017-04-26T12:21:19Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan officials say Islamic State militants have attacked the Taliban in the northern Jawzjan province, igniting heavy clashes in which dozens of fighters were killed....



Deadly ambush raises fears of rebel resurgence in India

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:42:33 GMT2017-04-26T09:42:33Z

PALAMPUR, India (AP) -- Women wailed as Indian soldiers carried a flag-draped coffin holding the body of one of their colleagues killed this week in a deadly ambush by autonomy-seeking Maoist rebels....



AP Explains: Why S. Korea is debating US anti-missile system

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:17:58 GMT2017-04-26T09:17:58Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Amid alarm over North Korea's expanding nuclear weapons and missile arsenal, Washington and Seoul are speeding ahead with the installment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea to cope with the growing threats....



Hong Kong arrests 2 disqualified lawmakers over oath fracas

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:26:17 GMT2017-04-26T08:26:17Z

HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong police have arrested two disqualified pro-independence lawmakers over their attempts to barge into the legislature last year in a dispute over their oaths....