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  • Who stopped China Catholics going to South Korea?

    BEIJING (AP) — Days after Chinese officials blocked Catholics from seeing the pope in South Korea, it's still unclear who was behind the action or why it was taken. Experts on the Chinese church said the travel bans were likely the work of overzealous local Communist Party bureaucrats...

  • 3 days of Nepal floods leave 54 dead, 142 missing

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Flooding and landslides in western Nepal have killed at least 54 people and left 142 missing amid continuous rainfall over the past three days, officials said Saturday. Ten districts in the area have been flooded, with rescuers recovering 54 bodies, police official Kesh...

  • John Kerry talks Asian relationships, trade pact

    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's address to Hawaii's East-West Center think tank this week drew attention primarily for its focus on the need for a constructive relationship with China to ensure regional peace and stability. However, Kerry touched also on U.S. relationships...

  • Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors' willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two centuries ago was a model for Asian missionaries today. The...

  • Building fail sheds light on N. Korean priorities

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Pyongyang isn't just any North Korean city. So when a 23-story apartment building under construction collapsed in the center of the showcase capital in May, officials faced a bona fide emergency. Their response was in some ways predictable: a grudgingly slow and...

  • S. Koreans express pride, surprise at pope visit

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — They came from across South Korea to see Pope Francis or, if the crowds were too big to get close enough, to hear his voice emanate from speakers set up around a stage during a Mass to beatify 124 martyrs. The massive crowd — an estimated 800,000 — packed a long, broad...

  • China, S. Korea blast Japan's war shrine visits

    TOKYO (AP) — China and South Korea reacted strongly Friday to visits by three Japanese Cabinet ministers to a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted war criminals, although Japan's prime minister stayed away. Keiji Furuya, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission,...

  • HK news boss counters rival's fake obit with video

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-democracy media magnate appeared in a humorous video to counter a fake obituary of him published Thursday in a rival newspaper. Next Media boss Jimmy Lai says in the video he is "sorry to disappoint" whoever paid for the full-page announcement in the Oriental...

  • Pope makes tough sell on materialism in SKorea

    DAEJEON, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis urged Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject "inhuman" economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of the region's powerhouses where financial gain...

  • Japan criticized as 2 ministers visit war shrine

    TOKYO (AP) — Two Japanese Cabinet ministers paid respects Friday at a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted criminals, a move that drew immediate criticism from South Korea, although Japan's prime minister stayed away. Keiji Furuya, chairman of the National Public Safety...

  • Pope's South Korea visit brings China opportunity

    BEIJING (AP) — Pope Francis' greeting to Chinese President Xi Jinping as he flew to South Korea on Thursday marked a rare cordial exchange between the sides, which have no diplomatic relations and are embroiled in a sometimes bitter contest for authority. However, any goodwill generated was...

  • Pope's small car fascinates South Koreans

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars. After his arrival Thursday, the pope left the airport in a...

  • S. Korea cuts key rate for 1st time in 15 months

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's central bank cut its key interest rate for the first time in 15 months on Thursday, providing support to an economy dragged down by the shock of a ferry sinking that killed hundreds of teenagers. The Bank of Korea lowered its policy rate by a quarter...

  • Chinese theaters won't hire drug-linked performers

    BEIJING (AP) — Performing arts associations in Beijing have pledged not to hire any actors connected with drugs, state media reported Thursday, after an actor became the latest Chinese celebrity detained in one of China's sternest crackdowns on illegal drug use in two decades. Gao Hu, 40, who...

  • American at NKorea labor camp gets consular visit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the Swedish Embassy in North Korea has visited a detained American at a labor camp. Spokeswoman Marie Harf said Wednesday this week's visit was the 12th by Swedish representatives since Kenneth Bae (bay) was arrested in November 2012. He is serving 15...



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