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Chinese swimming star defends failure to take doping test

Nov. 15, 2019 12:09 PM EST

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Chinese Olympic champion swimmer Sun Yang defended his failure to take a doping test by testifying at a rare public hearing Friday that inspectors drawing blood and urine samples failed to have the proper identification papers. Courtroom translation problems in both English and...

FIBA chooses sites for 2020 Olympic qualifying tournaments

Nov. 15, 2019 9:23 AM EST

MIES, Switzerland (AP) — Canada, Croatia, Lithuania and Serbia have been selected as hosts for the qualifying basketball tournaments that will determine the final four men's spots available in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Those tournaments will take place from June 23-28. Each of those four nations will host a...

Japan, S Korean envoys, execs discuss ways to cool tensions

Nov. 15, 2019 5:20 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Officials and business leaders from Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo on Friday seeking to cool a flare-up in tensions between the two U.S. allies. The head of Japan’s powerful Keidanren business group, Hiroaki Nakanishi, said that businesses could help bridge differences that have...

Olympic champ Sun Yang faces public hearing in doping case

Nov. 14, 2019 11:55 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — One of China’s biggest Olympic stars will undergo a rare public hearing in a doping case on Friday with his 2020 Tokyo Games place at stake. Three-time gold medalist swimmer Sun Yang is facing a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal in Switzerland that seeks to ban him for up to eight years...

Japanese emperor performs secretive key succession ritual

Nov. 14, 2019 9:33 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito performed a secretive and controversial ritual Thursday, a once-in-a-reign event to give thanks for good harvests, pray for the peace and safety of the nation and play host to his family’s ancestral gods. Or at least that’s what experts and officials...

Global markets lower amid uncertainty about US-China trade

Nov. 14, 2019 7:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets slipped Thursday amid doubts about a U.S.-Chinese trade deal and after the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman said it is likely to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged. London and Frankfurt were trading lower after Tokyo and Hong Kong closed down for the day. Wall...

Japan’s economy slows, logging 0.2% annual expansion in 3Q

Nov. 13, 2019 11:44 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy grew at a modest annual pace of 0.2% in July-September, supported by consumer purchases ahead of a tax hike, the government said Thursday. It was the fourth straight quarter of expansion for the world’s third largest economy, but well below analysts’...

Olympic champ Sun Yang faces public hearing in doping case

Nov. 13, 2019 4:57 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — One of China’s biggest Olympic stars will undergo a rare public hearing in a doping case on Friday with his 2020 Tokyo Games place at stake. Three-time gold medalist swimmer Sun Yang is facing a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal in Switzerland that seeks to ban him for up to eight years...

President Trump: Decision on auto tariffs coming ‘very soon’

Nov. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he “will make a decision very soon’’ about whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and auto parts. It was unclear whether he would meet a Wednesday deadline to decide. In May, Trump declared that auto imports posed a threat to U.S....

Japan spacecraft starts yearlong journey home from asteroid

Nov. 13, 2019 8:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft left a distant asteroid on Wednesday, starting its yearlong journey home after successfully completing its mission to gather soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system, the country's space agency said. The Japan Aerospace Exploration...