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Turkey Expects Lower Growth Amid Currency Turmoil

(AP) – Turkey expects lower economic growth in coming years amid concerns over inflation and a sliding currency. Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak presented the government’s economic plan Thursday, targeting 2.3 percent growth for 2019 and 3.5 percent for 2020. The previous target was 5.5 percent for both years. Albayrak estimated inflation in 2018 […]

Japan’s Abe Re-Rlected As Party Head, To Stay On As PM

(AP) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation’s leader. Abe handily defeated his sole challenger, Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister. Thursday’s decisive victory may embolden him to pursue his […]

Rains Set Off Landslide Burying Several In Mid-Philippines

(AP) – A Philippine police official says at least three people died and several are feared buried in a landslide during heavy rains in the central Philippines. Police Chief Inspector Roderick Gonzales told The Associated Press by telephone that a part of a mountainside collapsed on two villages after daybreak Thursday in Naga city in […]

Moon Returns Home After North Korea Trip

(AP) – South Korea’s president has returned home following a trip to North Korea for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Local media pool footage showed a plane carrying President Moon Jae-in landing at a military airport near Seoul on Thursday. Moon is expected to brief journalists about his three-day trip […]

China’s Premier Appeals For Free Trade Amid Tariff Battle

(AP) – China’s No. 2 leader has appealed for global support for free trade following tit-for-tat U.S. and Chinese tariff hikes in an escalating battle over Beijing’s technology policy. Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday in a speech to a business conference that disputes must be worked out through consultation. China announced a tariff hike on […]

Kim Agrees To Dismantle Main Nuke Site If US Takes Steps Too

(AP) – The leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contained a big condition, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stating he’d permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex only […]

Cybersecurity Firm: More Iran Hacks As US Sanctions Loomed

(AP) – A cybersecurity firm is warning that Iranian government-aligned hackers have stepped up their efforts in the wake of President Donald Trump pulling America from the nuclear deal. Officials with FireEye said on Tuesday the hackers appear to belong to a group it refers to as APT33, an acronym for “advanced persistent threat.” APT33 […]

1st Private Moon Flight Passenger To Invite Creative Guests

(AP) – Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa says he will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on a weeklong journey to circumnavigate the moon. Maezawa says if all goes right, the SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket will make the trip in 2023. The 42-year-old entrepreneur says he wants his guests to be […]

Kim, Moon Start Possibly Most Challenging Korean Summit Yet

(AP) – The leaders of the two Koreas have begun their official summit talks on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and other issues. South Korean President Moon Jae-in flew to Pyongyang on Tuesday for his third summit of the year with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Moon’s office says Moon’s summit with Kim began […]

China Vows ‘Counter-Measures’ To US Tariff Hike

(AP) – China said Tuesday it will take “counter-measures” to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to raise tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports and an American business group warned a “downward spiral” in their trade battle appears certain. The Commerce Ministry gave no details of China’s response to U.S. tariffs imposed in their fight […]