• EU seeks more ‘balanced’ economic relationship with China
    by The Associated Press on March 22, 2019 at 9:40 am

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders worried about China’s growing power are devising plans to counter the ambitions of a country they describe as a “systemic rival.” The European Council will discuss on Friday a 10-point strategy set out by the European Commission before an EU-China summit next month. The EU wants to “fully address […]

  • 20 detained at protests in Kazakhstan
    by The Associated Press on March 22, 2019 at 9:26 am

    MOSCOW (AP) — Media reports say that more two dozen people have been detained in Kazakhstan’s capital over a proposed name change. The parliament in this Central Asian nation voted earlier this week to change the name of the capital Astana to Nursultan after the outgoing long-time president. The new president will have to sign […]

  • From Israel, Pompeo arrives in Beirut for two-day meetings
    by The Associated Press on March 22, 2019 at 9:10 am

    BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Lebanon, the last leg of a Mideast tour that took him to Kuwait and Israel. Pompeo is scheduled to meet with a host of Lebanese officials, including allies of the Iran-backed Hezbollah during the two-day visit, his first as secretary of state. Pompeo […]

  • Iraqi president in Mosul after sinking of ferry killed 94
    by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA on March 22, 2019 at 8:49 am

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s president has rushed to the northern city of Mosul and is holding meetings with security officials there over the sinking of a ferry in the Tigris River that killed 94 people. President Barham Saleh’s visit came as search teams were trying to find more bodies after the ferry, overloaded with holidaymakers […]

  • Islamic State group claims Kabul attack on Shiite shrine
    by The Associated Press on March 22, 2019 at 8:14 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a string of bombings near a Shiite shrine and cemetery in the Afghan capital the day before that killed six people and wounded 20. The Sunni militant group, which has repeatedly targeted Afghanistan’s minority Shiites, said in a statement posted on an IS-affiliated […]

  • AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
    by The Associated Press on March 22, 2019 at 8:07 am

    New Zealanders mourned this week after a gunman killed 50 people and wounded others in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, Japanese Olympic Committee head Tsunekazu Takeda announced he would stand down when his term ends amid a bribery scandal that investigators suspect helped Tokyo […]

  • Cyclone Idai deaths could exceed 1,000 as need for aid grows
    by CARA ANNA and FARAI MUTSAKA on March 22, 2019 at 7:54 am

    BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Even as flood waters began to recede in parts of Mozambique on Friday, fears rose that the death toll could soar as bodies are revealed. The number of deaths could be beyond the 1,000 predicted by the country’s president earlier this week, said Elhadj As Sy, the secretary-general of the International […]

  • North Korea abruptly withdraws staff from liaison office
    by KIM TONG-HYUNG and HYUNG-JIN KIM on March 22, 2019 at 7:43 am

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea abruptly withdrew its staff from a liaison office with South Korea on Friday, a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the countries and further complicate global diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear program. The North Korean action came a week after its vice foreign […]

  • China’s leader visits Italy with eye on infrastructure deal
    by The Associated Press on March 22, 2019 at 7:39 am

    MILAN (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is launching a two-day official visit aimed at deepening economic and cultural ties with Italy through an ambitious infrastructure building program that has raised suspicions among Italy’s U.S. and European allies. Xi will be received Friday by President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, reciprocating his state visit to China […]

  • Palestinian-born Berliner leads efforts to rebuild synagogue
    by KIRSTEN GRIESHABER on March 22, 2019 at 7:22 am

    BERLIN (AP) — Raed Saleh was 5 years old when his family left their Palestinian village in the West Bank for a better life in Germany. Now 41, the Muslim has become one of Berlin’s top politicians and is spearheading efforts to rebuild a synagogue in the German capital that was destroyed by the Nazis […]