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Bhutan Buddhist leader ordains 144 women, resuming tradition

Jun. 24, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

(RNS) — On Tuesday (June 21), the Je Khenpo, the senior Buddhist authority in Bhutan, began ordaining a group of 144 women as bhikshunis, or female monks, at the Ramthangkha monastery in the tiny Himalayan country. The ceremony “is of historical importance for all women in...

Tensions sparking change in US Olympic world, but how much?

Jun. 24, 2022 15:31 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Changes are coming at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, sparked by frustration with years of flat revenue and what some portray as heavy-handed management in the wake of sex-abuse scandals that upended the movement in America. At their...

Solidarity behind Ukraine's Russia fight atop summit agendas

Jun. 24, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back-to-back world leader summits in Europe opening this weekend will focus on uniting Western nations behind Ukraine in its fight against Russia's invasion and overcoming Turkey's opposition to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden. The Group of Seven leading...

Chinese electric car brand NIO says 2 killed in vehicle fall

Jun. 24, 2022 07:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Two people involved in testing for the electric car brand NIO died when one of its vehicles fell three stories from a Shanghai parking structure, the company said Friday. The crash Thursday was under investigation but appeared to be an accident and “not caused by...

EXPLAINER: Is North Korea moving nukes to its border?

Jun. 24, 2022 07:19 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Is North Korea preparing to deploy tactical nuclear weapons along its tense border with rival South Korea, which is only a short drive from the 26 million people living in and around Seoul, its capital? That's how it looks to many experts paying close...

N. Korea approves new front-line army duties amid tensions

Jun. 24, 2022 06:22 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doubled down on his nuclear arms buildup to overwhelm “hostile forces” at a key meeting where military leaders approved unspecified new operational duties for front-line army units. Members of the ruling Workers’...

Toyota recalls electric car for faulty wheel that may detach

Jun. 24, 2022 06:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is recalling 2,700 bZ4X crossover vehicles globally for wheel bolts that could become loose, in a major setback for the Japanese automaker’s ambitions to roll out electric cars. Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday the cause is still under investigation, but the...

China envoy says Australia fired first shot with Huawei ban

Jun. 24, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia had fired the “first shot” in its deteriorating relations with China four years ago when the then-government banned Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei from rolling out the country’s 5G network due to security concerns, a Chinese ambassador...

US Pacific admiral: Ties with Japan key to regional security

Jun. 24, 2022 02:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy’s top commander in the Pacific and the Japanese defense minister on Friday said that close cooperation between their naval forces is more important than ever in the region amid rising tensions over China, North Korea and Russia. Defense Minister Nobuo...

Asian shares gain, tracking Wall Street advance

Jun. 24, 2022 00:36 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were higher in Asia on Friday, tracking gains on Wall Street, where the market is headed for its first weekly gain after three weeks of punishing losses. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index added 0.9% to 26,411.64 and the Kospi in Seoul jumped 1.8% to 2,356.38. Hong...