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Paralympic marathon to stay in Tokyo; street party planned

Dec. 12, 2019 3:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Paralympic marathons are staying in Tokyo, unlike the marathons for the Olympics, which have been moved north to the cooler city of Sapporo. International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons confirmed the move on Thursday as Tokyo Olympic organizers wrapped up planning meetings...

Sold to China as a bride, she came home on brink of death

Dec. 12, 2019 2:18 AM EST

MAZAIKEWALE, Pakistan (AP) — Sold by her family as a bride to a Chinese man, Samiya David spent only two months in China. When she returned to Pakistan, the once robust woman was nearly unrecognizable: malnourished, too weak to walk, her speech confused and disjointed. “Don’t ask me about...

Asian shares mixed as Fed leaves rates unchanged

Dec. 12, 2019 1:09 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Thursday after a wobbly day on Wall Street following the Federal Reserve announcement it would leave interest rates unchanged. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged 0.3% higher to 23,455.96, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.6% to 6,709.40. South Korea's Kospi...

Asian shares mixed as Fed leaves rates unchanged

Dec. 11, 2019 9:58 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Thursday, after a wobbly day on Wall Street following the Federal Reserve announcement it would leave interest rates unchanged. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.2% in early trading to 23,433.83, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.7% to 6,706.90. South...

Volcanoes an ever-present, if usually distant danger

Dec. 11, 2019 9:30 PM EST

The eruption of an island volcano in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty killed up to 16 people, injured dozens and prevented rescuers from retrieving the bodies of eight victims believed to be on the island. A famed tourist attraction, White Island is one of several active volcanoes in New Zealand and one of the...

US: NKorea missile tests are 'deeply counterproductive'

Dec. 11, 2019 8:58 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States warned North Korea Wednesday that its “deeply counterproductive” ballistic missile tests risk closing the door on prospects for negotiating peace but said it is “prepared to be flexible” and take concrete, parallel steps with Pyongyang...

AP honors journalist executed in 1951 by Chinese officials

Dec. 11, 2019 8:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Y.C. Jao was a respected Chinese correspondent working for The Associated Press in April 1949 when Mao Zedong’s Red Army stormed into Nanjing, defeating the Nationalist forces of leader Chiang Kai-shek and paving the way for the Communist takeover of China. A family man in his late...

US hits Iran with new sanctions, hopes for prisoner dialogue

Dec. 11, 2019 7:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday hit Iran with new sanctions that target several transportation firms as it continues its “maximum pressure campaign" against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The sanctions target Iran's state shipping line...

Fed leaves low rates alone and sees no moves in near future

Dec. 11, 2019 6:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Jerome Powell made clear Wednesday that the Federal Reserve is prepared to keep its benchmark interest rate very low through at least next year — and possibly longer. Fueling that expectation is the growing belief of Fed officials that inflation will remain tame even as...

EU to offer billions to help poorer EU nations cut emissions

Dec. 11, 2019 2:03 PM EST

To get everyone on board with her plan to combat global warming, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants to put up 100 billion euros ($130 billion) to help EU nations that still heavily rely on fossil fuels transition to lower emissions. Von der Leyen, who took office this month at the helm of...