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US, SKorea open to expanded military drills to deter North

May. 21, 2022 07:20 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said after meeting Saturday that they will consider expanded joint military exercises to deter the nuclear threat from North Korea at a time when there's little hope of real diplomacy on the matter. ...

Bach says Russia ban is to protect athletes, not punish them

May. 20, 2022 09:17 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Russian athletes and officials who have been banned from international sporting events because of the war in Ukraine are being protected rather than punished, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Friday. Most sports bodies have followed the IOC...

IOC reveals more talks with Peng Shuai, plans Europe visit

May. 20, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has continued to speak with Olympic officials since the Beijing Winter Games and wants to visit Europe soon, IOC president Thomas Bach said on Friday. The fallout from Peng's allegations last November of being sexually...

As Biden visits Asia, China launches South China Sea drills

May. 20, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea coinciding with U.S. President Joe Biden’s visits to South Korea and Japan that are largely focused on countering the perceived threat from Beijing. China's Maritime Safety Administration office in...

EXPLAINER: How do Australian parties differ on key issues?

May. 20, 2022 04:17 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s center-left opposition Labor Party has outspent the ruling conservative Liberal Party-led coalition in election promises during the six-week campaign leading up to the vote on Saturday. Labor says more spending is needed to increase...

Philippines establishes coast guard outposts in disputed sea

May. 20, 2022 04:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has established three coast guard outposts on three islands in the disputed South China Sea to monitor ship movements and promote safety, officials said Friday, amid increasing maritime tensions with China. The move reinforced the...

Economy, China, climate dominate as Australia set for polls

May. 20, 2022 03:59 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians will go to the polls on Saturday following a six-week campaign that has focused on pandemic-fueled inflation, climate change and fears of a Chinese military outpost being established less than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) off Australia’s shore. ...

China becomes wild card in Sri Lanka's debt crisis

May. 20, 2022 01:18 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — China says its initiative to build ports and other infrastructure across Asia and Africa, paid for with Chinese loans, will boost trade. But in a cautionary tale for borrowers, Sri Lanka's multibillion-dollar debt to Beijing threatens to hinder efforts to resolve a...

Asian stocks rise after Wall St slips closer to bear market

May. 20, 2022 00:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Friday after Wall Street fell closer to bear territory, China cut a key interest rate and Japanese inflation edged higher. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney advanced. Oil prices fell more than $1 per barrel. ...

Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

May. 19, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden embarked Thursday on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations’ leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own...