Long-term US mortgage rates slump to 3-month lows

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest level in three months, deepening the incentive for prospective homebuyers although they face eroded affordability as pric...

Banks post big profits, but lower interest rates are a worry

NEW YORK (AP) — So far, it appears 2019 was another record year for Wall Street. Trading of stocks and bonds rebounded after a terrible end to 2018 and consumers spent tons of mone...

Nearly 90% of Taiwanese wish to work overseas

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Nearly 90 percent of salary employees in Taiwan wish to work aboard after Lunar New Year, the highest since 2014, according to a survey by online job bank yes123. Aroun...

China says Human Rights Watch barred over protest support

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it barred the head of the internationally renowned organization Human Rights Watch from entering Hong Kong due to the group's support for the territory's ongoing prote...

Asian stocks rise ahead of US-China trade pact

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday as investors shrugged off weaker-than-expected American jobs data and looked ahead to the signing of a U.S.-Chinese trade pact. Benchma...

Business Highlights

___ Boeing papers show employees slid 737 Max problems past FAA A newly released batch of emails and text messages shows Boeing employees raising doubts among thems...

Stocks are off to mixed start on Wall Street as hiring slows

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street after the government reported that U.S. employers eased back on hiring last month. Health care and technology stocks were doing well in t...

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ‘NO MISSILE HIT THE PLANE’ Iran denies Western allegations a Ukrainian jetl...

Asian shares rise as worries recede on Iran, US tensions

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Friday as worries receded the United States and Iran might be stepping closer to the edge of war, and U.S. indexes hit records. Japan's benchmark Nikke...

US employers expected to have added 160,00 jobs in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market appears to be entering 2020 on a solid footing. Economists expect that Friday's jobs report will show job gains of 160,000 in December, with the...

US stocks open lower as investors monitor Iran trensions

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as investors continue to closely monitor tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Oil prices gave up some of their recent big gains after a ...

Taiwan ranks No. 9 in world for gender equality

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan ranked No. 9 on the latest Gender Inequality Index (GII), No. 1 in Asia, according to the Gender at a Glance report published by the Gender Equality Committee of th...

Taipei mayor calls for higher retirement age as Taiwan braces for super-aged society

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — It is unsustainable for Taiwan to maintain the official retirement age at 65, as the country is on track to become a super-aged society from 2020 onwards, said Taipei Mayo...

Gold, oil prices retreat, shares rebound in Asian trading

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced in Asia Tuesday following modest gains on Wall Street despite caution over rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran. U.S. officials were bracing for ...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Dec. 31 The Houston Chronicle on the anti-Semitic attacks in New York: ...