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Asian shares mixed after broad rally on Wall Street

Dec. 02, 2021 22:52 PM EST

Stocks were mixed in Asia on Friday after a broad rally on Wall Street as investors kept an eye on the spread of the new coronavirus variant and measures governments are taking to restrain it. Hong Kong slipped more than 1% while Tokyo edged lower. Shanghai and Seoul...

Figure skating Grand Prix Final canceled over travel rules

Dec. 02, 2021 19:56 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The figure skating Grand Prix Final next week has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic for the second season in a row. The Dec. 9-12 event in Osaka, Japan, was the only global event matching the best skaters across all four...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 02, 2021 13:59 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary...

Russia sends missiles near Pacific islands claimed by Japan

Dec. 02, 2021 12:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has deployed coastal defense missile systems near the Kuril Islands, a Pacific chain also claimed by Japan. The move appeared intended to underline Moscow's firm stance in the dispute. The Bastion systems were moved to Matua, a...

US defense chief slams China's drive for hypersonic weapons

Dec. 02, 2021 05:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America's defense chief rebuked China on Thursday, vowing to confront its potential military threats in Asia and warning that its pursuit of hypersonic weapons intended to evade U.S. missile defenses “increases tensions in the region.” U.S....

Padres, P Nick Martinez fail to complete deal before lockout

Dec. 02, 2021 01:00 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres and right-hander Nick Martinez were close to an agreement but didn’t get it completed before the owners locked out the players Wednesday night, according to a person with knowledge of the talks. The person spoke to The Associated...

Japan retracts new flight bookings ban after criticisms

Dec. 01, 2021 23:57 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it has retracted a ban on new incoming international flight bookings to defend against the new variant of the coronavirus only a day after the policy was announced, following criticisms that it was an overreaction. The transport ministry on...

Asian markets mixed after Wall St decline, virus unease

Dec. 01, 2021 23:38 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after a turbulent day on Wall Street as traders tried to forecast the impact of the coronavirus's omicron variant. Shanghai and Tokyo fell while Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. Wall Street's...

Asian markets mixed after Wall St decline, virus unease

Dec. 01, 2021 23:25 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after a turbulent day on Wall Street as traders tried to forecast the impact of the coronavirus's omicron variant. Shanghai and Tokyo fell while Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. Wall Street's...

Japan coast guard rescues man a day after his boat capsizes

Dec. 01, 2021 23:11 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A 69-year-old man drifted in choppy waters for nearly a day while clinging to the bottom of his capsized boat until he was saved by the coast guard, officials said Wednesday. The man, whose name has not been released, was the only one on the boat, the No. 5...