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Strong field minus Woods in Bahamas, Australia a mixed event

Nov. 29, 2022 10:30 AM EST

PGA TOUR HERO WORLD CHALLENGE Site: Nassau, Bahamas. Course: Albany Golf Club. Yardage: 7,414. Par: 72. Prize money: $3.5 million. Winner's share: $1 million. Television: Thursday-Friday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Golf Channel);...

US dismisses China objections to South China Sea mission

Nov. 29, 2022 04:07 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Tuesday dismissed Beijing’s protests over a "freedom of navigation operation” conducted near a Chinese-held island in the South China Sea, in the latest incident drawing new attention to one of the world's potential military flashpoints. In an...

Polio is back in Indonesia, sparking vaccination campaign

Nov. 28, 2022 08:55 AM EST

PIDIE, Indonesia (AP) — Children in school uniforms and toddlers with their parents lined up Monday for polio vaccinations in the Sigli town square on the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, after four children were found infected with the highly contagious disease that was declared...

Japan filmmaker freed from Myanmar prison vows to tell story

Nov. 28, 2022 03:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Toru Kubota, a Japanese journalist who was arrested while covering a protest in military-ruled Myanmar and detained for more than three months, said his experience made him more determined to tell the story of people there. “I feel I can understand their feelings...

Monkeys in central Thailand city mark their day with feast

Nov. 27, 2022 07:27 AM EST

LOPBURI, Thailand (AP) — A meal fit for monkeys was served on Sunday at the annual Monkey Feast Festival in central Thailand. Amid the morning traffic, rows of monkey statues holding trays were lined up outside the compound of the Ancient Three Pagodas, while volunteers prepared...

Indonesia earthquake toll reaches 310 as more bodies found

Nov. 25, 2022 08:34 AM EST

CIANJUR, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from an earthquake that struck Indonesia's Java island early this week rose to 310 after rescuers found more bodies under landslides, an official said. At least 24 people remain missing. In devasted towns in western Java, residents gathered...

Hong Kong airport launches new third runway

Nov. 25, 2022 06:39 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's airport on Friday officially launched a new third runway which is expected to boost the city’s status as an aviation hub. The Airport Authority Hong Kong said about 140 flights a day are already using the new runway, which has been in operation since...

Election battle won, real test begins for new Malaysian PM

Nov. 25, 2022 02:07 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Reformist leader Anwar Ibrahim has won a hard-fought battle to become Malaysia’s new prime minister. But working with former foes to form a unity government as a polarized nation watches will immediately test his political mettle. There is no...

Hong Kong emigres seek milk tea in craving for taste of home

Nov. 24, 2022 19:47 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — In London, Wong Wai-yi misses the taste of home. A year ago, the 31-year-old musician was in Hong Kong, earning a good living composing for TV and movies and teaching piano. Today, she makes about half as much in London working part-time as a server alongside her...

From prisoner to PM, Malaysia's Anwar had long ride to top

Nov. 24, 2022 19:42 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — More than two decades after his dramatic ouster from government and imprisonment, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim finally has his day. Anwar was named Malaysia’s 10th prime minister by the nation’s king and sworn in Thursday, trumping a...