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Americans try to win back the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin

Sep. 21, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

By The Associated Press (AP) — PGA OF AMERICA RYDER CUP Site: Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Course: Whistling Straits (Straits). Yardage: 7,387. Par: 71. Defending champion: Europe. Television:...

Asian shares extend losses as China worries darken sentiment

Sep. 20, 2021 23:25 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares declined Tuesday, with Tokyo down 2% as worries about heavily indebted Chinese real estate developers weighed on sentiment. On Monday, U.S. stocks logged their biggest drop since May, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite sinking 2.2%. ...

Japanese sisters certified as world's oldest twins at 107

Sep. 20, 2021 22:54 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Guinness World Records has certified two Japanese sisters as the world’s oldest living identical twins at 107, in an announcement Monday coinciding with Respect for the Aged Day, a national holiday in Japan. Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama were born the...

Hong Kong shares lead Asia lower; Tokyo and Shanghai closed

Sep. 19, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

Shares fell more than 3% in Hong Kong on Monday in holiday-thinned trading in Asia, with other big markets in Tokyo and Shanghai closed. Other regional benchmarks also fell after Wall Street wrapped up last week with another decline. Investors are...

Australia says France knew of 'grave' submarine concerns

Sep. 19, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — France would have known Australia had “deep and grave concerns” that a submarine fleet the French were building would not meet Australian needs, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday after the contract's cancellation set off a diplomatic crisis. ...

China, pandemic, energy top Japan's leadership race debate

Sep. 18, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Four candidates vying to lead Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party — and replacing outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga — held their first main debate on Saturday, discussing plans to tackle key issues such as China, the COVID-19 measures, the pandemic-hit economy...

IOC urges Olympic teams to ask for more vaccines

Sep. 17, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic teams were urged Friday to contact the IOC about getting more vaccines ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, which will be held in the country where the coronavirus outbreak started. The International Olympic...

EXPLAINER: Japanese ruling party race to determine next PM

Sep. 17, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Official election campaigning started Friday for the next head of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party. The winner will almost certainly become leader of the world’s No. 3 economy, shaping key political, military and security roles in the region. ...

Japan governing party begins race to pick Suga successor

Sep. 17, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The race is on for the next Japanese prime minister. Official election campaigning began Friday for the new head of Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party, who typically becomes the national leader because of the party's control over parliament. ...

Asian shares mostly higher after Wall Street retreat

Sep. 16, 2021 23:53 PM EDT

Asian shares were mixed on Friday after a hodge-podge of economic data led Wall Street to close mostly lower. Benchmarks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but fell in Shanghai and Sydney. Across the region, concerns over prolonged outbreak of...