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Asian stocks follow Wall St down after Fed inflation report

Aug. 18, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Thursday after the Federal Reserve said U.S. inflation is too high, suggesting support for more aggressive interest rate hikes. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney declined. Oil prices edged higher. Wall...

Hanae Mori, Japanese designer for films, empress, dies at 96

Aug. 17, 2022 23:47 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Designer Hanae Mori, known for her elegant signature butterfly motifs, numerous cinema fashions and the wedding gown of Japan's empress, has died, her office said Thursday. She was 96. Mori symbolized the rise of Japan as a modern, fashionable nation and the rise of...

Japan makes arrests on bribery suspicions in Tokyo Olympics

Aug. 17, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee board member and three people from a clothing company that was a surprise sponsor of the 2020 Games were arrested on bribery suspicions Wednesday. Haruyuki Takahashi, 78, a former executive at advertising company Dentsu, is...

Afghan Olympians resettle in Australia to start afresh

Aug. 17, 2022 01:12 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Olympic sprinter Kimia Yousofi has arrived in Australia to start afresh just over a year after carrying the Afghan flag into the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games, competing in the 100-meters, and then having to watch from afar as the Taliban regained control of her country. ...

Asian shares rise on optimism about US, China economies

Aug. 17, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday as regional markets looked to strong economic signs out of the U.S. and China as drivers of growth. Benchmarks rose in morning trading in Japan, China and Australia, although shares dipped slightly in South Korea. Analysts...

FedEx Cup playoffs head to Delaware for BMW Championship

Aug. 16, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

PGA TOUR BMW CHAMPIONSHIP Site: Wilmington, Delaware. Course: Wilmington CC (South). Yardage: 7,534. Par: 71. Prize money: $15 million. Winner's share: $2.7 million. Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel);...

Germany flying 6 fighters 8K miles in 24 hours to Singapore

Aug. 16, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A group of German air force fighter jets landed in Singapore on Tuesday as part of a marathon bid to fly them some 12,800 kilometers (8,000 miles) from their home base to Southeast Asia in just 24 hours. The exercise comes at a time of heightened tensions between...

Asian shares mostly higher, echoing Wall Street rebound

Aug. 15, 2022 23:12 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose Tuesday after a rebound on Wall Street, despite regional investor risks reflected in negative economic data out of China. The benchmark in Tokyo was little changed, erasing earlier gains, but indexes in South Korea, Australia and China gained...

S Korea offers North economic benefits for denuclearization

Aug. 15, 2022 05:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol offered “audacious” economic assistance to North Korea on Monday if it abandons its nuclear weapons program, while avoiding harsh criticism of the North days after it threatened “deadly” retaliation over a COVID-19 outbreak it...

Japan marks WWII's end, Kishida doesn't mention aggression

Aug. 15, 2022 02:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida renewed Japan's no-war pledge at a somber ceremony Monday as his country marked the 77th anniversary of its World War II defeat, but he did not mention Japanese wartime aggression. In his first address as prime minister since...