• A bank clerk counts renminbi banknotes in a bank branch in Huaibei in central China's Anhui province Wednesday Aug. 26, 2015.   Asian stocks rose Wednesday after a rocky start following Beijing's decision to cut a key interest rate to help stabilize gyrating financial markets and free up more funding to counter short liquidity. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT

    Asian stocks post modest gains after China rate cut

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening sharply higher Wednesday after slumping for six straight days amid concern that growth in China was slowing more quickly than previously thought.

  • In this Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 photo, North Koreans read the public copy of a daily newspaper on the platform of a subway station in Pyongyang, North Kroea. North Koreans are accustomed to being told they are on the brink of war with their southern neighbors and U.S. troops, and as talks with South Korea in the truce village of Panmunjom dragged on this weekend one had to look hard in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to find signs of a brewing crisis. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    In N. Korean capital, residents used to life in war’s shadow

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — For 30 minutes in North Korea, as talks were underway to try to avert the worst crisis between the two Koreas in years, all eyes were glued to the television — but not to the news, which had just ended. After five long years, the “Boy General” animation series was airing a much-anticipated new episode.