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  • Singapore mounts ban of Goldman Sachs exec with 1MDB links

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore regulators have placed a lifetime ban on a former Goldman Sachs banker who faces criminal charges in the United States and Malaysia for ransacking the 1MDB state investment fund. The Monetary Authority of Singapore said Wednesday that it decided to lengthen its 10-year ban against Tim Leissner after he pleaded guilty […]
  • Stocks mixed in Asia on Fed rate decision, Japanese data

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday as traders mulled over the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision and weaker-than-expected Japanese trade data. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 0.6 percent to 20,987.92 while South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.8 percent to 2,078.66. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was flat at 25,816.67. The Shanghai Composite […]
  • Report: 53 journalists killed worldwide so far in 2018

    NEW YORK (AP) — The number of journalists killed worldwide in retaliation for their work nearly doubled this year, according to an annual report by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The New York-based organization found that 34 journalists were killed in retaliation for their work as of Dec. 14, while at least 53 were killed […]
  • AP PHOTOS: Editors’ picks for 2018 from Asia

    The historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the riveting drama that unfolded in a cave in northern Thailand and a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia were just some of the memorable stories from Asia in 2018. Associated Press photographers across the region captured remarkable images from these […]
  • Madagascar goes to the polls in runoff presidential election

    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Voters have begun casting their ballots are across the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar Wednesday to select a new president in a runoff election that pits two former leaders against each other. Andry Rajoelina, 44, president from 2009 to 2014, received 39 percent of the vote in the first round […]
  • Trust for US bondholders sues Venezuela over defaulted debt

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A trust representing holders of Venezuelan bonds filed suit in New York federal court Tuesday demanding payment on more than $34 million in unpaid debt. The lawsuit is believed to be the first by a long list of investors not being paid by Venezuela’s socialist government as it confronts a historic […]
  • SoftBank mobile subsidiary has bitter debut on Tokyo market

    TOKYO (AP) — SoftBank Group Corp.’s Japanese mobile subsidiary suffered a bitter debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Wednesday, slumping 15 percent, hurt by a recent service outage and concerns about the use of parts from Chinese telecom Huawei. Shares fetched an opening price of 1,463 yen ($13.03) and slid further to end their […]
  • UK business groups plead for deal to prevent no-deal Brexit

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s five leading business groups are pleading with the government to act to prevent the country’s departure from the European Union without a deal. In an unusual expression of unity, the groups that represent hundreds of thousands of businesses employing millions told the nation’s leaders to put their political party affiliations aside […]
  • Cuba eliminates gay marriage language from new constitution

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s government said Tuesday that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea. Gay rights advocates had proposed eliminating the description of marriage as a union of a man and woman, changing it to the union […]
  • The Latest: Standoff ends as US processes asylum seekers

    TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The latest on Honduran asylum seekers camped on U.S. soil to be processed for asylum claims (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Attorneys say six Honduran asylum seekers have been allowed to claim asylum at a U.S. border crossing in San Diego after spending a chilly night on a tiny piece of […]