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The Latest: Pakistan expects to get 15M doses through COVAX

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s foreign minister says the country will receive 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses through the UN-backed COVAX program. ...

Asia Today: India records another surge in COVID-19 cases

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another record daily surge in coronavirus infections Monday to pass Brazil as the country with the second-most reported...

Chinese regulator orders Ant Group to conduct major overhaul

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese regulators have ordered Ant Group, a financial affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, to become a financial holding...

Tokyo adopts tougher virus rules, starts vaccinating elders

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo adopted tougher measures against the coronavirus Monday as Japanese authorities struggle to curb the spread of a more contagious variant...

Huawei, HSBC agree on document deal for extradition case

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese telecommunications equipment firm Huawei said Monday that it has reached an agreement with HSBC in Hong Kong to obtain...

Japan’s champion: Matsuyama wins the Masters for his nation

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama almost turned down his first chance to play the Masters. It was a month after a devastating earthquake...

Prime minister leads celebrations of Matsuyama’s Masters win

TOKYO (AP) — Led by Japan's prime minister, the country celebrated golfer Hideki Matsuyama's victory in the Masters — the first Japanese player to...

Top Chinese official admits vaccines have low effectiveness

BEIJING (AP) — China’s top disease control official, in a rare acknowledgement, said current vaccines offer low protection against the coronavirus and mixing them...

Asian shares decline on vaccine, virus worries

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were lower on Monday, as investors grew wary over the recent surge in coronavirus cases in many places while...

Matsuyama becomes first Japanese in Masters green jacket

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The pressure was even more than Hideki Matsuyama could have imagined when he stood on the first tee Sunday at...

The Latest: Matsuyama hopes to be pioneer for Japanese golf

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the Masters, the first golf major of the year (all times EDT): ...

The Latest: Michigan pushing for more vaccines amid spike

DETROIT — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vowed to keep pushing the White House for more COVID-19 vaccines as the state experiences a spike in...

Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

TOKYO (AP) — Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics who come down with minor symptoms of COVID-19 could be isolated in a hotel lined up...

21 Chinese coal miners trapped by underground flood

BEIJING (AP) — Rescuers on Sunday were trying to reach 21 coal miners who were trapped by an underground flood in China's northwest, a...

US-Philippines officials discuss concerns over China’s ships

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday discussed with his Philippine counterpart China’s recent positioning of “militia vessels”...

A masterpiece from Hideki Matsuyama to take Masters lead

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The storms that stopped play for a little more than hour Saturday at the Masters were expected. The masterpiece delivered...

John Naisbitt, author of bestseller ‘Megatrends,’ dies at 92

BERLIN (AP) — The American author John Naisbitt, whose 1982 bestselling book “Megatrends” was published in dozens of countries, has died. He was 92. ...

Alibaba fined $2.8 billion on competition charge in China

BEIJING (AP) — Alibaba Group, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, was fined 18.3 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) by Chinese regulators on Saturday for anti-competitive...

Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

LONDON (AP) — As many as 60 countries, including some of the world’s poorest, might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus...

US unveils new rules for government contacts with Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Friday unveiled new rules for U.S. government contacts with Taiwan that are likely to anger China but...

The Latest: US 7th Fleet: 14,000 personnel fully vaccinated

PHILIPPINE SEA — The U.S. 7th Fleet that operates throughout the Indo-Pacific says more than 14,000 of its service members have received their full...

Positive atmosphere, little progress in Iran nuclear talks

BERLIN (AP) — Nascent talks aimed at bringing the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran broke Friday without any immediate...

Japan imposes new virus measures in Tokyo ahead of Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Friday that it will raise the coronavirus alert level in Tokyo to allow tougher measures to curb the rapid...

Japan to announce Fukushima water release into sea soon

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government has decided to dispose of massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water stored in tanks at the...

Iran frees South Korean ship it held amid dispute over funds

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A South Korean oil tanker held for months by Iran amid a dispute over billions of dollars seized...

Kim compares North Korea’s economic woes to 1990s famine

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for waging another “arduous march” to fight severe economic difficulties, for...

Chipmaker TSMC says revenue up 16.7% as demand surges

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s biggest contract producer of processor chips, said Friday its revenue rose 16.7% in the...

China report accuses US of causing humanitarian disasters

BEIJING (AP) — China accused the U.S. of causing humanitarian disasters through foreign military interventions in a report Friday that was the latest broadside...

US sanctions Chinese computer makers in widening tech fight

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Friday criticized the Biden administration's curbs on access to U.S. technology for its supercomputer developers and said sanctions...

COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

TOKYO (AP) — Doctors in Japan announced Thursday they have successfully performed the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a...

Asian shares mostly lower on strong China price data

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell Friday in most Asian markets after China reported a stronger than expected rise in prices that could prompt authorities...

Japan to raise virus steps in Tokyo, 3 months ahead of Games

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is set to strengthen anti-virus measures in Tokyo on Friday to curb the rapid spread of a more contagious coronavirus...

EXPLAINER: Starving for more chips in a tech-hungry world

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — As the U.S. economy rebounds from its pandemic slump, a vital cog is in short supply: the computer chips...

Paul Andrew steps down as Ferragamo creative director

MILAN (AP) — Designer Paul Andrew is stepping down as creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo, effective in May, the fashion house said Thursday. ...

Asia Today: Modi gets 2nd vaccine dose as India hits record

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s prime minister received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the country hit another peak Thursday with 126,789...

Asian shares mostly higher after S&P record high

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Thursday after a mixed close on Wall Street, where gains for several Big Tech...

US military cites rising risk of Chinese move against Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American military is warning that China is probably accelerating its timetable for capturing control of Taiwan, the island democracy that...

China warns Washington not to boycott Winter Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — China's government warned Washington on Wednesday not to boycott next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing after the Biden administration said it...

The Latest: 11 new COVID-19 cases in China’s lone outbreak

BEIJING — Chinese officials say 11 more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in a southwestern city bordering Myanmar that is the scene of...

Major economies support $650 billion boost in IMF resources

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finance officials of the world’s major economies on Wednesday agreed on a proposal to boost the resources of the International Monetary...

Leaders of Russia and China tighten their grips, grow closer

MOSCOW (AP) — They're not leaders for life — not technically, at least. But in political reality, the powerful tenures of China's Xi Jinping...

The Latest: NHL’s Canucks say 21 players tested positive

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Olympic gold: Clemson men’s track tries to save its program

Middle-distance runner Kameron Jones' lasting mark on the Clemson track and field program may not have anything to do with the times he turns...

Russia to boost ties with Pakistan, supply military gear

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister on Wednesday said Moscow and Islamabad will boost ties in the fight against terrorism, with Russia providing unspecified...

Asia Today: India sees another record rise in virus cases

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported a record daily surge in new coronavirus cases for the second time in four days on Wednesday, while...

Osaka issues virus spike warning, wants torch relay rerouted

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Osaka prefecture issued a special warning Wednesday that a rapid surge in coronavirus cases is placing medical systems in the...

EXPLAINER: Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and some options

The U.S. State Department says it's talking with allies about China's human rights record and how to handle next year's Beijing Winter Olympics. ...

Tokyo Olympic torch relay taken off streets of Osaka

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will not run through the streets of Osaka prefecture next week because of rising COVID-19 cases. ...

China condemns 2 ex-Xinjiang officials in separatism cases

BEIJING (AP) — China has sentenced a former education official and a former legal official in the northwestern region of Xinjiang to death with...

Japan’s Toshiba studies acquisition proposal by global fund

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Toshiba Corp. says it is considering a preliminary acquisition proposal that would take the technology conglomerate private. ...

Asian stocks mixed after lackluster day on Wall Street

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street took a breather, with major indexes edging lower. ...

Greenland election shows divide over rare-earth metals mine

HELSINKI (AP) — Greenland is holding an early parliamentary election Tuesday focused in part on whether the semi-autonomous Danish territory should allow international companies...

US weighs joint approach to Beijing Olympics with allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Tuesday the Biden administration is consulting with allies about a joint approach to China and its human...

The Latest: N Korea says it still has no coronavirus cases

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea continues to claim a perfect record in keeping out the coronavirus in its latest report to the World...

EXPLAINER: Why is North Korea skipping the Tokyo Olympics?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea, citing the coronavirus, has become the world's first country to drop out of the Tokyo Olympics. ...

Turkey summons China’s ambassador over Twitter posts

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned China’s ambassador after the embassy suggested on Twitter that it could take action against two Turkish politicians who...

Serbia’s leader chooses Chinese-made vaccine for own shot

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic finally rolled up his sleeve for a coronavirus vaccine Tuesday, seeking to encourage his country's increasingly...

Tokyo Olympic organizers postpone water polo test event

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers on Tuesday postponed a water polo test event set for this weekend and said it might be rescheduled...

Eating our lunch: Biden points to China in development push

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing for trillions of dollars in development spending, President Joe Biden and Democratic lawmakers are directing Americans’ eyes to the rear-view...

North Korea says it won’t participate in Tokyo Olympics

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea became the first country to drop out of the Tokyo Olympics because of coronavirus fears, a decision...

Asian stocks mixed after Wall St rally on economic optimism

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Tuesday after a Wall Street rally that reflected some optimism about the economy recovering from the pandemic....

Eating our lunch: Biden points to China in development push

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing for trillions of dollars in development spending, President Joe Biden and Democratic lawmakers are directing Americans’ eyes to the rear-view...

Hashida, who wrote ‘Oshin,’ many other hit dramas dies at 95

TOKYO (AP) — Renowned Japanese scriptwriter Sugako Hashida, best known for the internationally popular TV drama series “Oshin," has died of lymphoma. She was...

Asia Today: Philippines extends lockdown as infections spike

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government extended a lockdown by another week Monday after an alarming spike in coronavirus infections continued to surge...

SKorea’s LG to exit loss-making mobile phone business

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean electronics maker LG said Monday it is getting out of its loss-making mobile phone business to focus...

Asian stocks up after Wall St. record amid vaccine optimism

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday after Wall Street hit a record high on optimism the spread of coronavirus vaccines...

The Latest: Lockdown extended for metro Manila, surroundings

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government extended a lockdown by another week Monday after an alarming spike in coronavirus infections continued to surge and...

Truck owner behind deadly Taiwan railway crash apologizes

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The owner of a construction truck that caused Taiwan's worst rail accident in decades, killing 48 people, apologized in tears...

Rikako Ikee qualifies for Tokyo Olympic after leukemia

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee on Sunday qualified for the Tokyo Olympics just two years after she was diagnosed with leukemia. ...

Aiming big, Biden is looking to restore faith in government

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden preaches patience but acts with urgency, his vision of the powers of the Oval Office is quickly...

Taiwan prosecutors seek arrest in deadly train crash

HUALIEN COUNTY, Taiwan (AP) — Prosecutors in Taiwan on Saturday sought an arrest warrant for the owner of an unmanned truck that rolled onto...

The Latest: SKorea’s daily virus increase tops 500 again

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea’s daily increase in coronavirus infections exceeded 500 for the fourth straight day, a pace unseen since January, as...

US consults with Japan, South Korea on North Korea approach

National security adviser Jake Sullivan consulted with his counterparts from Japan and South Korea on Friday as the Biden administration settles on its approach...

Global stocks rise; Treasury yields rally after jobs report

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose in many of the markets worldwide that were open on Good Friday, while Treasury yields rallied after a...

Train hits truck that slid onto track in Taiwan, killing 51

HUALIEN COUNTY, Taiwan (AP) — A train barreled into an unmanned truck that had rolled onto the track Friday in Taiwan, leaving at least...

Tesla 1Q sales of 185K more than double last year’s numbers

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla says it delivered nearly 185,000 electric vehicles in the first quarter despite a shortage of computer chips that has hit...

China says H&M changed online map after criticism

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators on Friday said H&M has agreed to change a “problematic map” online following government criticism, adding to pressure on...

Japanese leader to hold talks with Biden in US on April 16

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will visit Washington for talks with President Joe Biden on April 16, the government said Friday....

Asian shares higher after S&P 500 tops 4,000 points

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were higher Friday after a broad rally pushed the S&P 500 past 4,000 points for the first time. ...

China aims to vaccinate entire city in 5 days after outbreak

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese border city hit by a fresh outbreak of COVID-19 began a five-day drive Friday to vaccinate its entire population...

Pakistan, India peace move silences deadly Kashmir frontier

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The machine guns peeking over parapets of small, sandbagged concrete bunkers and the heavy artillery cannons dug deep into Himalayan...

The Latest: FDA authorizes 2 changes to Moderna’s vaccine

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial. ...

7 Hong Kong democracy leaders convicted as China clamps down

HONG KONG (AP) — Seven of Hong Kong's leading pro-democracy advocates, including a media tycoon and an 82-year-old veteran of the movement, were convicted...

The Dutch went first in 2001; who has same-sex marriage now?

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Twenty years ago, just after the stroke of midnight on April 1, the mayor of Amsterdam married four couples in City...

EXPLAINER: Starving for more chips in a tech-hungry world

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — As the U.S. economy rebounds from its pandemic slump, a vital cog is in short supply: the computer chips...

World trade body chief says vaccine inequity ‘unacceptable’

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Trade Organization called Thursday for expanded capability in developing countries to manufacture vaccines, saying the gaping...

Beijing begins to test venues for 2022 Winter Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — The organizers of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics started 10 days of testing Thursday for the hockey and other indoor venues. ...

Japan puts Osaka, 2 other areas under virus semi-emergency

TOKYO (AP) — Japan designated Osaka and two other areas for new virus control steps on Thursday as infections there rise less than four...

Mayor, governor want to cancel Osaka legs of Olympic relay

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic torch relay ran into big trouble on Thursday when the governor of Osaka prefecture and the mayor of...

Taiwan chip maker TSMC to invest $100B to grow capacity

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Major Taiwan computer chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. plans to invest $100 billion in the next three years in...

Pakistan lifts weekslong ban on TikTok over racy content

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's media regulatory agency on Thursday reinstated access to the Chinese video service TikTok, after a court banned it weeks...

Asian stocks follow Wall St. up on strong Japan, Korea data

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Thursday after Japan and South Korea reported unexpectedly strong economic data and President Joe...

Bank of Japan ‘tankan’ survey upbeat over economic recovery

TOKYO (AP) — A closely watched economic survey by the Bank of Japan shows growing optimism as the world’s third-largest economy grapples with the...

The Latest: 6 more COVID cases found in local China outbreak

BEIJING — Health officials in China say six more people have become ill with COVID-19 in a southwestern Chinese city on the border with...

UN envoy: Myanmar faces possibility of major civil war

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar warned Wednesday that the country faces the possibility of civil war “at an unprecedented...

Blackhawks’ Bowman named as GM of 2022 US Olympic men’s team

With an opportunity to draw from what he considers the deepest pool of American-born talent ever assembled, Stan Bowman welcomes expectations that come with...

Asian neighbors pen letter of fear to Ohio’s lieutenant gov

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of Asian American residents of the suburb that Ohio’s Republican lieutenant governor calls home penned a letter to him...

Utah tour bus that crashed and killed 4 had previous problem

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A tour bus that crashed and killed four Chinese tourists near a national park in Utah in 2019 had...

Blinken reaffirms Trump-era ruling on Hong Kong autonomy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday reaffirmed a determination made last year by the Trump administration that Hong Kong is...

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