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Ukraine premier in Tokyo says his country needs missiles, but expects new US aid to come through

Feb. 20, 2024 10:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Tuesday that his country needs long-range missiles and other ammunition to end Russia's invasion, and said he expects a U.S. aid package that's stalled in Congress to come through, speaking at a news conference the day after he attended...

Stock market today: Asian shares trade mixed after Wall Street was closed for a holiday

Feb. 19, 2024 22:11 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were trading mixed Tuesday a day after Chinese markets reopened from a long Lunar New Year holiday. Wall Street trading was closed Monday in the United States for President's Day. Investors were generally turning less optimistic because of expectations...

After fallout in China, Messi insists politics had nothing to do with missing game in Hong Kong

Feb. 19, 2024 11:05 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Lionel Messi made another conciliatory gesture to fans in Hong Kong and mainland China on Monday by releasing a video on social media to explain why he didn't play in an exhibition match this month, and insisted that there were no political reasons behind his decision. ...

Why is Japan hosting a conference for Ukraine reconstruction when it's still at war? AP explains.

Feb. 19, 2024 02:01 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is hosting a conference for Japanese and Ukrainian officials to discuss reconstruction of Ukraine just ahead of the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion, while the U.S. and other Western countries are still focusing on military aid for the battlefield. Hundreds of senior...

A new Japanese flagship H3 rocket has lifted off in a 2nd test a year after failed debut flight

Feb. 16, 2024 19:39 PM EST
TOKYO (AP) — A new Japanese flagship H3 rocket has lifted off in a 2nd test a year after failed debut flight.

World medalist runner Mo Katir banned for 2 years for breaking anti-doping rules

Feb. 16, 2024 12:41 PM EST

MONACO (AP) — Two-time world championship medalist Mo Katir admitted breaking anti-doping rules and was banned for two years on Friday, removing the middle-distance runner from the Paris Olympics. Track and field’s Athletics Integrity Unit detailed Katir’s three breaches last...

Japan slips into a recession and loses its spot as the world's third-largest economy

Feb. 15, 2024 16:08 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy is now the world’s fourth-largest after it contracted in the last quarter of 2023 and fell behind Germany. The government reported the economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.4% in October to December, according to Cabinet Office data on real GDP...

Godzilla, Oscar newbie, stomps into the Academy Awards

Feb. 15, 2024 14:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Godzilla has been to Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, San Francisco, Boston, Moscow, London and Hawaii. But before now, he’s never been to the Oscars. When the Academy Awards roll around on March 10, Godzilla will stretch its scaly, reptilian legs down the Oscars red...

US company's lunar lander rockets toward the moon for a touchdown attempt next week

Feb. 15, 2024 09:51 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Another private U.S. company took a shot at the moon Thursday, launching a month after a rival’s lunar lander missed its mark and came crashing back. NASA, the main sponsor with experiments on board, is hoping for a successful moon landing next week as...

On Valentine's Day, LGBTQ+ activists in Japan call for the right for same-sex couples to marry

Feb. 14, 2024 07:38 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Activists and LGBTQ+ community members handed out colorful chocolate candy for Valentine’s Day in Tokyo on Wednesday, marking the fifth anniversary of the launch of a legal battle to achieve marriage equality for same-sex couples. Japan is the only member of the...