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2008 Beijing Olympics vs. 2022: No lofty promises this time

Jan. 25, 2022 00:32 AM EST

The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics showcased China's reemergence on the world stage. In awarding those Games to China, the International Olympic Committee predicted the Olympics could improve human rights, and Chinese politicians hinted at the same. Soaring promises are absent this...

US names 223 to Olympic team; 4 athletes are 5-timers

Jan. 24, 2022 23:58 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The 223-person U.S. Olympic roster revealed Monday includes four athletes making their fifth trip to the Games: Shaun White and Lindsey Jacobellis in snowboarding, Katie Uhlaender in skeleton and John Shuster in curling. There are 114 men, 108 women...

Australian opposition leader: China relations won't change

Jan. 24, 2022 23:16 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The opposition leader in Australia said Tuesday its relationship with China will remain difficult even if his center-left Labor Party wins power at elections for the first time in almost a decade. Anthony Albanese addressed the National Press Club in what...

U.S. coach David Quinn gets second chance to go to Olympics

Jan. 24, 2022 14:10 PM EST

David Quinn walked into Boston University coach Jack Parker's office in the summer of 1987 and got news that destroyed his Olympic dream. Quinn learned he was a hemophiliac and was told his hockey-playing career was over. "It was a big blow," said Quinn, now 55. “It...

Chairmen of the boards: Japanese team powerful in halfpipe

Jan. 24, 2022 13:41 PM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — With Winter X Games medals in one hand and their snowboards in the other, the Hirano brothers — Ayumu and Kaishu — posed for picture after picture at the bottom of the halfpipe. Get used to it. They could be on the podium again at the Beijing Games, and it...

In global 5G race, European Union is told to step up pace

Jan. 24, 2022 12:39 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — As the United States grapples with the 5G rollout affecting airlines, a European Union watchdog warned on Monday the EU faces much bigger economic and security threats unless member countries step up cooperation. The alarm bells are included in a special report on...

China tests 2M in Beijing, lifts COVID lockdown in Xi’an

Jan. 24, 2022 12:17 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Less than two weeks before the opening of the Winter Olympics, a few dozen COVID-19 cases in Beijing have prompted authorities to test millions of people in the capital and extend that to anyone buying cold medicine. The tough new measures came even as the city of...

The new guy: Marco Odermatt is the Next Big Thing in skiing

Jan. 24, 2022 07:44 AM EST

It’s like how Lindsey Vonn was inspired by Picabo Street when she met her idol as a 9-year-old kid at an autograph-signing session: When he was 10, Marco Odermatt won a junior race and benefitted from the coveted first-place prize — a day of skiing with his idol, Swiss downhill great Didier...

China sends 39 warplanes toward Taiwan, largest in new year

Jan. 24, 2022 05:16 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China flew 39 warplanes toward Taiwan in its largest such sortie of the new year, amid tensions over the self-ruled island's future and as the U.S. pushes to assert its presence in the region. The Chinese formation Sunday night included 24 J-16 fighter jets...

Australian prime minister loses control of WeChat account

Jan. 24, 2022 05:05 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lost control of his account on the Chinese-owned social media platform WeChat and a lawmaker on Monday accused China's leaders of political interference. Morrison’s 76,000 WeChat followers were notified his...