East Asia - the best personalized free web-based Email en en East Asia New Las Vegas casino-resort pushes opening date to 2020 LAS VEGAS (AP) — A years-delayed multibillion-dollar casino-resort project on the Las Vegas Strip that would cater to the city's Chinese and Chinese-American tourists announced Wednesday that it is pushing back its opening date by another year to 2020. The new delay is the result of an overhaul of the original design meant to attract younger gamblers, sai... Wed, 17 May 2017 23:26:00 GMT 2017-05-17T23:26:00Z US: Venezuela crisis worsening, wants to prevent new Syria UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called Wednesday's first-ever U.N. Security Council consultations on Venezuela because the crisis is getting worse and the Trump administration wants to prevent another conflict like Syria, North Korea or South Sudan, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said. Venezuelan Ambassador Rafael Ramirez strongly rejected the U.S. b... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:43:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:43:00Z New Zealand envoy pick to seek more trade with island nation WASHINGTON (AP) — The former senator President Donald Trump picked to be his ambassador to New Zealand pledged during a congressional hearing Wednesday to push for expanded trade and military cooperation with the island nation. Scott Brown told Senate Foreign Relations Committee members that New Zealand is an important ally in the Pacific as China continu... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:06:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:06:00Z Olympic champs Meryl Davis & Charlie White join dance tour LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olympic ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White have a new gig on solid footing. They will co-star with Cheryl Burke of "Dancing With the Stars" in a 30-city live dance tour called "Love on the Floor." The four-act show portrays the story of a relationship from beginning to end, with each star performing a... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:49:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:49:00Z South Korea names 'chaebol sniper' as antitrust chief SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's new president named a long-time shareholder rights advocate to lead the country's antitrust regulator, as the new administration took a step Wednesday toward reining in big businesses. Kim Sang-jo, an economist who has advocated for shareholder rights and reforming chaebol, the family-controlled big businesses that ... Wed, 17 May 2017 09:40:00 GMT 2017-05-17T09:40:00Z US admiral: North Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster' TOKYO (AP) — The top American military officer in the Pacific said Wednesday that North Korea's recent military actions are "a recipe for a disaster" and warned against a sense of complacency in the face of increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Adm. Harry Harris Jr. made the remarks at a lecture for a Tokyo think tank after meeting with Japanese le... Wed, 17 May 2017 05:44:00 GMT 2017-05-17T05:44:00Z US envoy: North Korea is intimidating the entire world UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused North Korea on Tuesday of intimidating the entire international community with its nuclear program, military ability and cyberattacks, and said any country that doesn't implement U.N. sanctions is supporting Pyongyang's actions. "No one is immune to the threat of North Korea," she told reporters be... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:06:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:06:00Z Guam residents cast wary eye at North Korea after launch HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — While most of the United States is still out of reach of a missile launched by North Korea, the U.S. territory of Guam, a key military hub in the Pacific, could be within range. That realization, coming after a missile launch over the weekend, had residents of the island casting a wary eye amid rising nuclear tensions between Pyongyang and Washington. So... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:28:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:28:00Z The Latest: Law enforcement officials flag North Korea link LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the global extortion cyberattack that hit dozens of countries (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Two law enforcement officials say U.S. investigators suspect North Korea may be behind the global "ransomware" attack. They say that's based on a preliminary investigation and stressed investigat... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:45:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:45:00Z New South Korean leader to go to White House summit in June SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit the White House next month for a summit with President Donald Trump amid worries over North Korea's progress in building a nuclear and missile arsenal, Seoul's presidential office said Tuesday. The agreement for the leaders to meet in late June followed a meeting in Seoul between ... Tue, 16 May 2017 10:55:00 GMT 2017-05-16T10:55:00Z From teenager to warlord in 'Farewell My Concubine' BEIJING (AP) — As a teenager, Zhao Hailong had a role in the award-winning film "Farewell My Concubine," the story of the life-long friendship between two men who met as apprentices in China's famed Peking opera. Today, almost 25 years later, Zhao is playing the lead on stage in the Peking opera classic of the same name. At a theater in Beijing, he plays ... Tue, 16 May 2017 09:04:00 GMT 2017-05-16T09:04:00Z The Latest: Cyberattack hits schools, hospital in Taiwan NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the global extortion cyberattack that hit dozens of countries (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Taiwanese state media say the WannaCry cyberattack infected computers in 10 schools, the national power company, a hospital and at least one private business. However, the Central News Agency says ... Tue, 16 May 2017 02:49:00 GMT 2017-05-16T02:49:00Z AP Explains: North Korea missile test is huge step forward SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's latest ballistic missile test may be nearly as big a deal as the country's propaganda machine claims. Although outside experts see several places where North Korea is likely stretching the truth, the missile launched Sunday appears to be the most powerful the country has ever tested. Some analysts believe the missile, if proven in furt... Tue, 16 May 2017 01:47:00 GMT 2017-05-16T01:47:00Z North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday boasted it successfully launched a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead, an escalation of its nuclear program that the U.N. Security Council warned could bring new sanctions on Pyongyang. Outsiders saw a significant technological jump in the weekend test, wi... Mon, 15 May 2017 23:52:00 GMT 2017-05-15T23:52:00Z The Latest: Security Council condemns NKorea missile test SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 7:55 a.m. The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and vowing to impose new sanctions in response to its "flagrant and provocative defiance" of council demands to halt all nuclear-related tests. ... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:58:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:58:00Z AP Top Stories May 15 P Here are the top stories for Monday, May 15th: President Donald Trump says police attacks "must end now"; The UN is condemning North Korea's latest missile... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-05-15T21:54:00Z North Korea missile launch tests Trump's China outreach WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea's launch of a longer-range missile shows advances in its technological capabilities and offers the sternest test yet of President Donald Trump's strategy to work with China to combat the threat. Will China fully enforce global sanctions on North Korea and back tough new penalties? If not, will Trump accept the growing calls f... Mon, 15 May 2017 19:46:00 GMT 2017-05-15T19:46:00Z AP Top Stories May 15 A Here's the latest for Monday, May 15th: Malware attacks continue on Monday; North Korea claims missile could carry nuclear warhead; Bill Clinton speaks... Mon, 15 May 2017 15:24:00 GMT 2017-05-15T15:24:00Z Hong Kong rejects asylum for refugees who sheltered Snowden HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities have rejected asylum requests from a group of refugees who sheltered Edward Snowden four years ago, in what their lawyer said is retaliation for helping the former NSA contractor. Immigration officials in the southern Chinese city denied the applications by the four adults and three children from Sri Lanka and the Ph... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:27:00 GMT 2017-05-15T10:27:00Z Si Woo Kim keeps his cool and wins Players Championship PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Si Woo Kim walked up to the 16th green at the TPC Sawgrass and couldn't resist looking across the water at an island. For those trying to catch Kim in The Players Championship, and for thousands of fans who anticipated the drama this tournament so often delivers, the infamous par-3 17th hole with its island green represented the best chance tha... Mon, 15 May 2017 06:50:00 GMT 2017-05-15T06:50:00Z Trade groups appeal to Beijing to postpone cybersecurity law BEIJING (AP) — A coalition of 54 global business groups appealed to Chinese authorities Monday to postpone enforcing a cybersecurity law they warned violates Beijing's free-trade pledges and might harm information security. The appeal by groups from the United States, Japan, Britain and other countries adds to complaints Beijing is improperly limiting acc... Mon, 15 May 2017 06:41:00 GMT 2017-05-15T06:41:00Z The latest: Australia says China responsible for NKorea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Australia's prime minister has called on China to use its leverage over North Korea to end the regime's missile testing. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Monday that North Korea's conduct was "... Mon, 15 May 2017 03:49:00 GMT 2017-05-15T03:49:00Z AP Top Stories May 14 P Here are the top stories for Sunday, May 14: Eight candidates have been interviewed for top FBI job; Emmanuel Macron inaugurated as France's next president;... Sun, 14 May 2017 21:29:00 GMT 2017-05-14T21:29:00Z Putin Shows Off Musical Talent on Piano in China Russian state television showed President Vladimir Putin playing the piano in Beijing on Sunday. Putin tried his hand at the anthems of Moscow and his... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:53:00 GMT 2017-05-14T19:53:00Z UNSC to hold urgent consultations on NKorea missile test UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will hold urgent consultations on North Korea's latest ballistic missile test at the request of the United States, Japan and South Korea. Uruguay holds the council presidency this month and its U.N. Mission said Sunday the closed consultations will be held on Tuesday afternoon. U.S. Ambass... Sun, 14 May 2017 18:36:00 GMT 2017-05-14T18:36:00Z Official: North Korea open to US talks under conditions BEIJING (AP) — A top North Korean diplomat said Saturday that Pyongyang would be willing to meet with the Trump administration for negotiations "if the conditions are set." Choe Son Hui, director general for North American Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, spoke briefly to reporters in Beijing en route to Pyongyang. She was traveling from Norway, where she led a delegation th... Sun, 14 May 2017 00:34:00 GMT 2017-05-14T00:34:00Z AP Top Stories May 13 P Here are the top stories for Saturday, May 13th: President Trump says his pick for FBI director could soon be announced; Trump delivers a commencement... Sat, 13 May 2017 21:06:00 GMT 2017-05-13T21:06:00Z North Korea sends protest to US Congress over sanctions TOKYO (AP) — A North Korean parliamentary committee sent a rare letter of protest to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday over its new package of tougher sanctions. The sanctions were condemned as a "heinous act against humanity" by the foreign affairs committee of the North's Supreme People's Assembly, according to a state media report. ... Fri, 12 May 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-05-12T21:08:00Z China and US reach agreement on beef, poultry, natural gas WASHINGTON (AP) — Beijing will open its borders to U.S. beef, while cooked Chinese poultry is closer to landing on American supermarket shelves under a U.S.-China trade agreement. Trump administration officials hailed the deal as a significant advance toward boosting U.S. exports and closing America's trade gap with the world's second-largest economy. U.S. trade experts offe... Fri, 12 May 2017 16:06:00 GMT 2017-05-12T16:06:00Z South Korea recalls Hyundai cars, asks probe on cover-up SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea ordered Hyundai and Kia on Friday to recall 240,000 vehicles to repair five defects initially raised by a whistleblower, in the country's first compulsory recall for a domestic carmaker. The Transport Ministry said it also asked prosecutors to investigate if South Korea's largest auto group had intentionally covered u... Fri, 12 May 2017 12:28:00 GMT 2017-05-12T12:28:00Z