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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020, file photo, Japan's outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media as he arrives at the prime minister's office for a cabinet meeting in Tokyo. Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe says he has visited a shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression. Abe's visit Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, which he announced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It is his first visit in nearly seven years. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Former Japanese PM Abe visits controversial Tokyo shrine

Sep. 19, 2020 5:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he has visited a shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression. Abe's visit Saturday to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which he announced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It was his first visit in nearly seven...

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, walks by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival for a welcome and family photo session at the G-20 leaders summit in Osaka, western Japan. When Abe announced his decision last month to step down as Japan’s prime minster over an illness, Moon’s office issued glowing praise about his unspecified contributions to bilateral ties. The rare praise came after years of intense diplomatic rows over wartime history, trade and military issues that sank the relationship between the key U.S. allies to post-war lows. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Analysis: With Abe's exit, Seoul seeks to mend Japan ties

Sep. 15, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It took a bombshell resignation before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heard anything nice from South Korea. The rare praise came after years of diplomatic rows and testy confrontations between Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and only after the Japanese prime...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe downs his head as he says he is stepping down during a press conference at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Japan's longest-serving prime minister Abe said Friday he intends to step down because a chronic health problem has resurfaced. He told reporters that it was “gut wrenching” to leave so many of his goals unfinished. (Kyodo News via AP)

World leaders praise Japan PM Abe's contributions to ties

Aug. 28, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

World leaders wished Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a rapid recovery and praised his contributions to bilateral relations during his years as Japan's longest-serving leader. Abe announced Friday that he is stepping down because of a health problem. He is expected to stay on until a new governing party leader...

Yang Jiechi, right, a top Chinese official in charge of diplomatic affairs, and South Korean National Security Council Chairman Suh Hoon leave after their meeting at a hotel in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.  (Lee Jin-wook/Yonhap via AP)

South Korea, China reaffirm plans for leaders' summit

Aug. 22, 2020 5:24 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Senior South Korean and Chinese officials on Saturday reaffirmed plans to arrange a summit between their leaders “at an early date” once coronavirus concerns subside, Seoul’s presidential office said. At a meeting in the South Korean port city of Busan, top...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2018, file photo, Kim Yo Jong, right, helps her brother North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sign a joint statement following the summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang, North Korea. In a closed-door briefing to South Korean lawmakers on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, Seoul's spy agency said the stress of managing state affairs caused Kim to recently delegate some of his powers to a select group of senior officials, including his sister Kim Yo Jong, who is now chiefly involved in shaping policies toward Washington and Seoul. (Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP, File)

North Korea's leader acknowledges economic shortfalls

Aug. 20, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With unusual candor, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un acknowledged his plans to improve the country’s dismal economy aren't succeeding as his ruling party scheduled a rare congress in January to set development goals for the next five years. The Workers’ Party said...

A sign is posted at the entrance to Hinton James dormitory at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. The university announced that it would cancel all in-person undergraduate learning starting on Wednesday following a cluster of COVID-19 cases on campus. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The Latest: Australia announces coronavirus vaccine deal

Aug. 19, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia has announced a deal to manufacture a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed by British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. “Under the deal, every single Australian will be able to receive the University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for free, should...

In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases in Davao province, southern Philippines late Monday Aug. 17, 2020. Duterte has decided to ease a mild lockdown in the capital and four outlying provinces to further reopen the country's battered economy in a high-risk gamble despite having the highest number of coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia.(Robinson Ninal Jr./Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

Asia Today: Philippine capital's virus lockdown to be eased

Aug. 18, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to ease a mild coronavirus lockdown in the capital and four outlying provinces to further reopen the country’s battered economy despite having the most reported infections in Southeast Asia. Most businesses, including...

Public officials disinfect the roadway to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in front of the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. South Korea will ban large public gatherings and shut down churches and nightspots in the greater capital area following an alarming surge in coronavirus cases. (Lee Ji-eun/Yonhap via AP)

S. Korea shuts Seoul nightspots, churches amid virus spike

Aug. 18, 2020 5:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will ban large public gatherings and shut down churches and nightspots in the greater capital area amid an alarming surge in viral infections that health officials describe as the country’s biggest crisis since the emergence of COVID-19. In a nationally...

Health workers wearing protective suits disinfect at an area placed under stricter lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Caloocan city, Philippines on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. The capital and outlying provinces is still under lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: 2nd wave of cases traced to 2 Australia hotels

Aug. 17, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — An epidemiologist told an inquiry on Tuesday that almost all of a second wave of coronavirus infections in Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state can be traced back to returned travelers in two Melbourne hotels. Department of Health and Human Services epidemiologist Charles...

In this April 20, 2020, photo, Sarang Jeil Church pastor Jun Kwang-hun speaks outside a detention center in Uiwang, South Korea. Jun who has been a bitter critic of the country's president has tested positive for the coronavirus health authorities said Monday, Aug. 17, two days after he participated in an anti-government rally in Seoul that drew thousands. (Ko Jun-beom/Newsis via AP)

South Korea pastor tests positive amid virus spike at church

Aug. 17, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A conservative South Korean pastor who has been a bitter critic of the country's president has tested positive for the coronavirus, health authorities said Monday, two days after he participated in an anti-government protest in Seoul that drew thousands. More than 300 virus cases...