Latest East Asia News

The Latest: HK riot police deployed to chase down protesters

Aug. 17, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Hong Kong riot police have been deployed to chase down a group of pro-democracy protesters they say were assembling illegally after the end of a sanctioned protest march. The protesters had gathered outside a police station...

Kim expresses 'great satisfaction' over NKorea weapons tests

Aug. 17, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises. Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA,...

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Aug. 17, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues...

Signs of recession worry Trump ahead of 2020

Aug. 17, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation's strong growth and low unemployment rate. But privately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the economy won't look...

Hong Kong's divide: 1 protest for democracy, 1 for China

Aug. 17, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters marched on one side of Hong Kong's famous harbor on Saturday to demand the government heed their demands. Across the water, a pro-government rally called for an end to the often violent protests. The dueling demonstrations highlighted the political divide in the...

8 dead, 10 hospitalized in Ukrainian hotel fire

Aug. 17, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A fire in a hotel in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa has killed eight people and left a further 10 hospitalized. A city police statement said a criminal investigation has been opened into the fire that spread to about 1,000 square meters (10,000 square feet) of the Tokyo Star hotel before...

High bacteria level cancels water portion of Tokyo triathlon

Aug. 17, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — High levels of bacteria forced the swimming portion of a triathlon test event for the Tokyo Paralympics to be canceled on Saturday. It's the second setback in the triathlon for organizers of next year's Olympics and Paralympics. An Olympic triathlon running event was shortened from 10...

USA tops Spain in pre-World Cup exhibition, 90-81

Aug. 17, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — This was a week of wake-up calls for USA Basketball, some provided by unheralded G League players in practice and now more offered up by the Spanish national team. The Americans learned from both. Donovan Mitchell scored 13 points, Khris Middleton added 12 and the U.S. topped Spain...

Naomi Osaka's knee injury lends uncertainty to US Open

Aug. 16, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Naomi Osaka felt a strange sensation in her left knee, different than anything she'd experienced. The U.S. Open champion left the court worried about whether she'll be in shape to defend her precious title. Osaka retired from her quarterfinal match at the Western & Southern Open on...

China flexes muscle near Hong Kong amid more weekend rallies

Aug. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Members of China's paramilitary People's Armed Police marched and practiced crowd control tactics at a sports complex in Shenzhen across from Hong Kong in what some interpreted as a threat against pro-democracy protesters in the semi-autonomous territory. The sound of marching boots...