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NATO to set up new space center amid China, Russia concerns

KESTER, Belgium (AP) — To a few of the locals, the top-secret, fenced-off installation on the hill is known as “the radar station.” Some...

Global shares mixed as U.S. virus aid hopes fade

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Tuesday, after Wall Street's overnight decline as hopes faded Washington will come through with badly needed aid...

Intel to sell NAND business to SKorean rival for $9 billion

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Intel has agreed to a $9 billion deal to sell most of its memory business to South Korea’s SK...

Fortunes of China’s internet tycoons soar amid pandemic

BEIJING (AP) — Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, held onto his status as China’s richest tycoon this year as surging demand for...

6 Russian military officers charged in vast hacking campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced charges Monday against Russian intelligence officers in cyberattacks that targeted a French presidential election, the Winter Olympics...

Asian shares track Wall Street fall as virus aid hopes fade

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell moderately Tuesday, tracking Wall Street's overnight decline as hopes faded Washington will come through with badly needed aid...

China calls on India to honor pledge, return missing soldier

BEIJING (AP) — China’s military says it hopes India will make good on its pledge to swiftly return a Chinese soldier found lost along...

Taiwan, China trade accusations after staffers fight in Fiji

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees...

Canada-China spat heats up over ambassador’s alleged threat

TORONTO (AP) — The diplomatic spat between Canada and China grew more heated on Monday as Beijing denounced press criticism of its ambassador to...

The Latest: Ireland sets new virus restrictions for 6 weeks

LONDON — Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a...

Florida agency: Flying squirrels illegally shipped to Asia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Flying squirrels were being trapped in Florida, driven to Chicago and shipped to South Korea, Florida wildlife officials said Monday...

English women’s soccer targets titles, player development

LONDON (AP) — England’s soccer leadership has a couple of priorities for the women’s teams. ...

Asia Today: South Korea tests at hospitals, nursing homes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Monday began testing tens of thousands of employees of hospitals and nursing homes to prevent COVID-19...

India army apprehends Chinese soldier amid military standoff

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Indian army said it apprehended a Chinese soldier Monday in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are...

Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights

HANOI, Vietnam. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in his first overseas summit since taking office last month, agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart...

China’s economy accelerates as virus recovery gains strength

BEIJING (AP) — China’s shaky economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is gaining strength as consumers return to shopping malls and auto dealerships while...

Japan exports fall amid slow recovery from pandemic downturn

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports fell at a slower pace in September in a sign that trade damage from the coronavirus pandemic is easing,...

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at...

China passes new law restricting sensitive exports

BEIJING (AP) — China has passed a new law restricting sensitive exports to protect national security, allowing Beijing to reciprocate against the U.S. as...

Asia Today: Melbourne ready to ease rules with 1 new case

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Victoria state has reported just one new case of COVID-19 and no deaths as the city of Melbourne moves...

China rapidly expands use of experimental COVID-19 vaccines

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China is rapidly increasing the number of people receiving its experimental coronavirus vaccines, with a city offering one to the...

China defends Confucius Institutes now under fire from US

BEIJING (AP) — Following scathing political attacks from the Trump administration, China on Friday defended its Confucius Institutes as apolitical facilitators of cultural and...

More questions on human rights for Beijing Winter Olympics

Zumretay Arkin posed a question in a recent on-line meeting with Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the prominent International Olympic Committee member who oversees preparations...

Asia Today: Sydney lifts quarantine for N. Zealand travelers

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s largest city Sydney lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand on Friday while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked...

Asian shares mixed amid 2nd wave coronavirus, election fears

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed on Friday as investors weighed concerns about the U.S. presidential election and an economic stimulus package, on...

General manager Daryl Morey leaving Rockets on Nov. 1

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down on his own accord, a little over a year after sparking a...

Gloves linked to forced labor in China stopped at LA port

WASHINGTON (AP) — A shipment of women’s gloves at a California port has been traced to a factory that uses forced labor of people...

Shares of Chinese retailer Miniso rise in Wall Street debut

HONG KONG (AP) — Shares of Miniso Group Holding finished higher Thursday in their first day of trading on Wall Street but ended well...

Asia Today: SKorea reports 110 cases, half in Busan hospital

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 110 new cases of the coronavirus, half of them linked to a hospital in Busan....

Hong Kong police raids outspoken media tycoon’s office

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai on Thursday, according to Lai’s...

China threatens response to new US sanctions over Hong Kong

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday said new U.S. sanctions on officials responsible for Hong Kong security are an attempt to undermine the city’s...

Company behind SKorean hit band BTS soar in trading debut

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Big Hit Entertainment, the company that manages global pop sensation BTS, had a dynamite trading debut Thursday...

Asian stocks follow Wall St lower as stimulus hopes fade

Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower on Thursday as hopes U.S. leaders will agree on a new economic stimulus before the Nov. 3 presidential...

The Latest: Australia prioritizes air service to 3 countries

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister said on Thursday his government was giving priority to reopening air services to Japan, Singapore and South Korea. ...

The road to the Masters is a long way from Augusta National

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — This is no ordinary road to the Masters. ...

Top Russian diplomat skeptical about nuclear pact extension

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat voiced doubt Wednesday that Moscow and Washington could negotiate an extension of their last arms control pact still...

G-20 suspends poor nations’ debt payments for 6 more months

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Group of 20 nations, representing the world’s biggest economies, agreed Wednesday to extend the suspension of debt payments by an...

Asia Today: India reports 63,000 new cases, China tests 4.2M

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has confirmed more than 63,000 new cases of the coronavirus, an increase of over 8,000 from the previous day...

China’s Xi promises changes to promote tech center Shenzhen

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping on Wednesday promised new steps to promote development of China's biggest tech center, Shenzhen, amid a feud with...

Japanese director known for single shots releases Zoom film

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese director who shot to stardom with a zombie movie featuring a delightfully long single shot has for his latest...

Korean boy band BTS faces uproar in China over war comments

SEOUL (AP) — Chinese nationalists erupted in anger at South Korean boy band BTS after its leader thanked Korean War veterans for their sacrifices. ...

Asian shares track Wall Street decline on pandemic jitters

Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after pandemic concerns snapped a four-day winning streak on Wall Street. ...

China and Russia win seats on UN rights council, Saudis lose

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China, Russia and Cuba won seats on the U.N.’s premiere human rights body Tuesday despite opposition from activist groups over...

The Latest: China carries out 4.2 million tests in Qingdao

BEIJING — China says it has carried out more than 4.2 million tests in the northern port city of Qingdao, with no new cases...

AP Explains: The promise of 5G wireless – speed, hype, risk

A much-hyped network upgrade called “5G” means different things to different people. ...

UN: Climate change means more weather disasters every year

GENEVA (AP) — In the wake of heat waves, global warming, forest fires, storms, droughts and a rising number of hurricanes, the U.N. weather...

IMF envisions a sharp 4.4% drop in global growth for 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund foresees a steep fall in international growth this year as the global economy struggles to recover from...

Asia Today: China city says it’s tested 3 million for virus

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3...

China’s vehicle sales pick up in September as market revives

BEIJING (AP) — China’s vehicle sales including trucks and buses accelerated in September as the industry’s biggest global market recovered from the coronavirus pandemic,...

China’s trade growth accelerates in Sept; exports up 9.9%

BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade picked up in September as global demand for masks and medical supplies boosted exports and the economy's early reopening...

Report: Most exporters do little to prevent foreign bribery

BERLIN (AP) — An anti-corruption watchdog on Tuesday ranked the United States and United Kingdom as the largest exporters most active at enforcing rules...

China’s trade growth accelerates in Sept; exports up 9.9%

BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade growth accelerated in September as the world’s second-largest economy recovered from the coronavirus pandemic. ...

The Latest: 3 million tested for coronavirus in Chinese city

BEIJING -- Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao say they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following...

Asian shares lower after tech-driven rally on Wall Street

Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors awaited the release of Chinese trade data. ...

In India, top US diplomat calls China ‘elephant in the room’

NEW DELHI (AP) — A top U.S. envoy speaking in New Delhi has called China “an elephant in the room” and said Washington is...

Trump vs. Biden: Where they stand on health, economy, more

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the tumult of the 2020 presidential campaign, one dynamic has remained constant: The Nov. 3 election offers voters a choice...

The NBA offseason begins, with 1 major question: Now what?

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The season’s first big development came with the Los Angeles Lakers on a long road trip, in a...

Asia Today: China to test 9 million after new outbreak

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities will test all 9 million people in the eastern city of Qingdao for the coronavirus this week after...

French Open champ Swiatek rises to 17th; Djokovic, Nadal 1-2

French Open champion Iga Swiatek joined the Top 20 for the first time Monday by rising 37 spots in the WTA rankings to a...

Asian shares mostly higher after US rally, aid package hopes

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher in muted trading Monday, as worries about the pandemic kept optimism in check despite a rally...

The Latest: S. Korea reports 97 new coronavirus cases

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has confirmed 97 new cases of the coronavirus, a modest uptick from the daily levels reported last week,...

SKorea worries about missile shown in NKorea military parade

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Sunday urged North Korea to commit to its past disarmament pledges while expressing concerns over the...

North Korea unveils new weapons at military parade

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned that his country would “fully mobilize” its nuclear force if threatened as...

Pakistan bans Chinese app TikTok over unlawful content

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blocked the Chinese social media app TikTok, saying the company failed to fully comply with the instructions to develop an...

China classical music festival to feature Wuhan musicians

BEIJING (AP) — China is holding its first classical music festival since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, featuring musicians from the outbreak's initial...

Singapore man sentenced to prison for spying for China in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man from Singapore was sentenced to 14 months in prison Friday for spying by passing to the Chinese government valuable,...

Canadian extradition judge deals Huawei CFO legal blow

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A senior executive for Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies has been denied access to most of the documents her...

Professor charged in China case sues Harvard over legal fees

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University professor charged with hiding his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program sued the Ivy League school on Friday...

US sees ‘malign influence’ in China-backed school program

The Trump administration on Friday encouraged U.S. schools and colleges to rethink their ties to the Confucius Institute, a program that brings Chinese language...

China joins COVAX coronavirus vaccine alliance

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China, which has at least four coronavirus vaccine candidates in the last stage of clinical trials, said Friday it is...

Asia Today: Sri Lanka orders closures to contain virus

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan health authorities worked Friday to contain a growing cluster of new coronavirus infections, ordering the closure of...

China Golden Week holiday pumps up tourism, boon to economy

HONG KONG (AP) — Some 637 million residents of China traveled inside their country during the recent eight-day Golden Week holiday, spending tens of...

Judo in Japan: Getting unwanted scrutiny for abuse, violence

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is the home of judo, and the 19th-century martial art is sure to get more attention at home than any...

Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher on stimulus hopes

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Friday on hopes Washington will provide more aid to the struggling U.S. economy. ...

The Latest: California governor tests negative for virus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tested negative for the coronavirus. ...

Prominent GOP fundraiser charged in covert lobbying effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elliott Broidy, a prominent fundraiser for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, has been charged in an illicit lobbying campaign...

UK lawmakers warn Huawei 5G may need to be banned earlier

LONDON (AP) — A committee of British lawmakers is urging the government to consider banning Chinese technology giant Huawei from next-generation mobile phone networks...

Asia Today: Sri Lanka expands curfew, closes gov’t offices

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed key government offices and further expanded a curfew in an attempt to contain...

South Korean, Nigerian chosen as finalists for top WTO job

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization says South Korea’s trade minister and a Harvard-trained former Nigerian finance minister have qualified as the two...

700-year-old Chinese scroll sells for $41.8M in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — A 700-year-old Chinese painted scroll from the Yuan Dynasty fetched 306.6 million Hong Kong dollars ($41.8 million) at a Sotheby’s...

Asian shares mostly higher on hopes for U.S. stimulus

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher on Thursday on optimism U.S. stimulus may be coming after all, as President Donald Trump appeared...

The Latest: Seoul region remains virus hot spot for S Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has 69 new confirmed coronavirus cases, most of them in the Seoul region area where health workers are...

North Korea may show new missiles at weekend military parade

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For months, North Korea has been relatively uncombative, as leader Kim Jong Un grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, natural...

Stolen Mao calligraphy worth millions found cut in half

HONG KONG (AP) — A calligraphy scroll by former Chinese leader Mao Zedong estimated to be worth millions of dollars was cut in half...

Lawmakers: North Korean ex-envoy to Italy defected to South

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior North Korea diplomat who vanished in Italy in late 2018 lives in South Korea under government protection,...

World shares mixed after Trump calls halt to stimulus talks

World shares were mostly lower on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a stop to talks on another round of aid for the...

US medical supply chains failed, and COVID deaths followed

Nurse Sandra Oldfield’s patient didn’t have the usual symptoms of COVID-19 — yet. But then he tested positive for the virus, and it was...

Asian shares mixed after Trump calls off stimulus talks

Stocks were mixed in Asia on Wednesday despite an overnight decline on Wall Street after President Donald Trump ordered a stop to talks on...

Japan seeks to boost catch limits of prized bluefin tuna

MITO, Japan (AP) — Japan has proposed raising its catch quotas for Pacific bluefin tuna, a fish so highly prized for sushi and sashimi...

The Latest: Sri Lanka bans gatherings amid virus cluster

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of coronavirus infections expands in the Indian...

Negative views of China rise sharply in advanced democracies

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Negative perceptions of China have increased sharply among people in several advanced democracies, especially in Australia and Britain, according to...

Nearly 40 nations criticize China’s human rights policies

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly 40 mainly Western countries criticized China’s treatment of minority groups, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet, on Tuesday and expressed...

US trade deficit up to $67.1 billion in August, 14-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit rose in August to the highest level in 14 years. ...

Ex-Chinese diplomat details new WTO forecast on world trade

GENEVA (AP) — A former Chinese diplomat took center stage Tuesday at the World Trade Organization, announcing its revised prediction for a 9.2% percent...

Contributors to the AP/FRONTLINE probe of supply lines

Associated Press staff from around the world who contributed to the AP/"FRONTLINE" investigation into the failure of medical supply chains and its effect on...

US, Australia, India, Japan discuss China’s growing power

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that China's increasingly assertive actions across the region make it more critical than...

Asia Today: Sri Lanka confirms 321 cases in factory cluster

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka said Tuesday more than 300 garment factory workers are infected with the coronavirus, days after reporting the...

Asian shares gain on stimulus hopes, Trump leaving hospital

Shares advanced in on Tuesday Asia after hopes for economic aid from Washington helped Wall Street recover its losses from the initial shock of...

The Latest: 26 nations urge US to lift sanctions amid virus

UNITED NATIONS -- China and 25 other nations have called for the immediate lifting of sanctions by the United States and Western countries to...

WHO: 10% of world’s people may have been infected with virus

GENEVA (AP) — The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said Monday the agency's “best estimates” indicate roughly 1 in 10 people...

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