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Australia 'deeply disappointed' China criminally detains man

Jul. 19, 2019 4:29 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister said on Friday her government was "deeply disappointed" that a Chinese-Australian writer was placed in criminal detention in Beijing six months after he was taken into custody at a Chinese airport. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said that China...

Police search Kyoto animation studio where fire killed 33

Jul. 19, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police are searching for clues into why a man set a Kyoto anime studio on fire, gutting the building and crushing the hearts of many comic fans around the world. The man, screaming "You die!" stormed into Kyoto Animation on Thursday, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on...

South Korean dies from self-immolation near Japan's embassy

Jul. 19, 2019 3:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A 78-year-old South Korean man died hours after setting himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Friday, police said, at a time of worsening tensions between Seoul and Tokyo. The man, surnamed Kim, ignited a fire inside his car parked in front of the building where the...

Japan summons SKorean envoy to protest wartime labor dispute

Jul. 19, 2019 2:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister on Friday summoned South Korea's ambassador and accused Seoul of violating international law by refusing to join in an arbitration panel to settle a dispute over World War II forced labor. South Korea had until midnight Thursday to respond to Japan's request for a...

The Latest: S. Korean man dies of burns near Japan Embassy

Jul. 19, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on a South Korean man who set himself on fire in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Police say a 78-year-old South Korean man who set himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul has died. The incident comes amid rising trade and...

Police say a 78-year-old South Korean man has died hours after setting himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy

Jul. 19, 2019 1:43 AM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police say a 78-year-old South Korean man has died hours after setting himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy.

FIFA-backed students sent out to help run world sports

Jul. 19, 2019 1:41 AM EDT

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP) — It's the Swiss finishing school that has prepared hundreds of post-graduate students to lead, manage and litigate world sports. Graduates have later headed campaigns to host soccer's World Cup, run Olympic sports federations, and prosecuted landmark cases in international...

Asian shares rebound, extending Wall Street gains

Jul. 19, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares rebounded Friday on hopes for progress in trade talks between China and the U.S., extending overnight gains on Wall Street. Japan's Nikkei 225 index jumped 1.9% to 21,449.27 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng climbed 1.1% to 28,772.46. The Shanghai Composite index rose 1% to 2,930.58,...

A different era: Oda wins Japan's first Olympic gold in 1928

Jul. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Few paid much attention when Mikio Oda won Japan's first Olympic gold medal — and Asia's first individual gold medal — way back at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. There was no podium ceremony. That protocol was introduced in 1932 at the Winter Games in Lake Placid and the Summer...

Li Na's tennis journey to stretch from China to Hall of Fame

Jul. 19, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Li Na remembers first watching a tennis match on TV, drawn to the unforgettable style of one of the players. Andre Agassi had long hair, an earring and wore denim shorts, and made an instant fan in China. "Andre Agassi is my role model," Li said. Li went on to become one herself. The first...