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UN calls for truce around next year's Tokyo summer Olympics

Dec. 9, 2019 7:32 PM EST

United Nations (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution Monday urging all nations to observe a truce during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan, saying sports can play a role in promoting peace and tolerance and preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism. Diplomats...

Anti-doping agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia

Dec. 9, 2019 11:02 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia was slapped Monday with a four-year ban from international sports events, including next summer's Tokyo Olympics, over a longstanding doping scandal, although its athletes will still be able to compete if they can show they are clean competitors. The ruling by the World...

Japan PM Abe says visit by Iran's Rouhani being arranged

Dec. 9, 2019 9:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his country is arranging a visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani because it wants to play a greater role in resolving a nuclear impasse between Tehran and Washington and in relieving tensions in the Middle East, the source of more than 80% of...

Stocks slip as investors weigh outlook for US-China trade

Dec. 9, 2019 8:10 AM EST

Tokyo (AP) — Stock markets weakened during European trading on Monday as investors weighed the possibility of more U.S. tariffs on China and the outlook for negotiations on the trade dispute. A Chinese official said that Beijing wants a prompt settlement of its trade war with Washington as another U.S....

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Dec. 9, 2019 12:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ...

Asian shares rise after buying mood on Wall Street ends week

Dec. 9, 2019 12:18 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Monday, cheered by a wave of buying late last week on Wall Street that was spurred by strong U.S. jobs numbers and optimism over China-U.S. trade. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.4% in early trading to 23,439.13, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added...

Japan economy marks 4th straight quarter of expansion

Dec. 8, 2019 11:55 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy expanded at a faster than earlier estimated annual rate of 1.8% in July-September, powered by stronger consumer purchases and corporate investment ahead of an Oct. 1 tax hike. However that tax increase is expected to hurt growth in coming months. The data issued Monday were a...

Japan empress turns 56, still recovering her mental health

Dec. 8, 2019 8:13 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Empress Masako, still recovering from stress-induced mental health issues, said Monday she was happy to have completed her duties as part of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement rituals and pledged to keep up the work and help her husband more for the happiness of the people. In a palace...

Bernard and Jason Langer win PNC Father Son Challenge

Dec. 8, 2019 7:10 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jason Langer made a 16-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a playoff Sunday to give father Bernard his fourth victory in the PNC Father Son Challenge. The Langers closed with a second straight 12-under 60 to match Retief and Leo Goosen and Tom and Thomas Lehman atop the leaderboard in...

Navy-trained doctor, immigrant grateful for opportunities

Dec. 8, 2019 9:00 AM EST

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The military practically gave Dr. Jennea Correia a free ride to medical school, and in return, the doctor served her country for 12 1/2 years, including a stint in Afghanistan. During her time on active duty and reserves, the Navy commander_who was born in Trinidad and Tobago...