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S Korean military to appeal ruling on transgender soldier

Oct. 21, 2021 01:57 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military said Thursday it will appeal a landmark court ruling that struck down its decision to discharge the country’s first known transgender soldier before she was found dead earlier this year. A local district court ruled...

India hits 1B vaccine doses, worries about gap between shots

Oct. 21, 2021 01:39 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has administered 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine, officials said Thursday, passing a milestone for the South Asian country where the delta variant fueled its first crushing surge earlier this year. About 75% of India’s total eligible adult...

Struggling Chinese developer calls off $2.6B asset sale

Oct. 21, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A major Chinese real estate developer whose struggle to avoid defaulting on billions of dollars of debt rattled financial markets says it has called off the sale of a $2.6 billion stake in a subsidiary and has made no progress in selling other assets. ...

Asian shares mixed after Evergrande sale deal called off

Oct. 20, 2021 23:59 PM EDT

Shares are mixed in Asia after major Chinese property developer Evergrande said a plan to sell its property management arm to a smaller rival had fallen through. Shares slipped in Hong Kong and Tokyo but rose in most other regional markets. China...

S Korea prepares test of 1st domestically made space rocket

Oct. 20, 2021 23:11 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea was preparing to test-launch its first domestically produced space rocket Thursday in what officials describe as an important step in its pursuit of a satellite launch program. If weather and other conditions prevail, the...

For sleepy Hong Kong residents, 5-hour bus tour is a snooze

Oct. 20, 2021 22:57 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Travel-starved, sleep-deprived residents might find a new Hong Kong bus tour to be a snooze. The 76-kilometer (47-mile), five-hour ride on a regular double-decker bus around the territory is meant to appeal to people who are easily lulled asleep by...

6 missing, a day after ship capsizes off South Korea

Oct. 20, 2021 22:50 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Aircraft and ships were searching off South Korea's eastern coast Thursday for six crew members still missing a day after a fishing ship capsized. One crew member has been found unconscious and two others were rescued. Nine crew members were...

Canadian wins 18th Chopin international piano competition

Oct. 20, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu of Canada was named early Thursday as the winner of the 40,000-euro ($45,000) first prize in the 18th Frederic Chopin international piano competition, a prestigious event that launches pianists’ world careers. The announcement...

North Korea says its sub-launched missile didn't target US

Oct. 20, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea hit back at U.S. criticism over its test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile this week, saying it was rightfully exercising its rights for self-defense and that the weapon doesn’t specifically target the United States. The...

1-stop Asia trips for PGA in Japan, LPGA in South Korea

Oct. 20, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

PGA TOUR ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP Site: Chiba, Japan. Course: Accordia Golf Narashino CC. Yardage: 7,041. Par: 70. Prize money: $9.75 million. Winner's share: $1.791 million. Television:...