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IOC seeks pathway to let Russians compete at Paris Olympics

Jan. 25, 2023 17:21 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The IOC made clear Wednesday it wants Russians to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympics as neutral athletes, in defiance of Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s call to exclude them entirely. Citing a “unifying mission” during a time of war, the International...

FAO: Rising prices, food insecurity add to ranks of hungry

Jan. 24, 2023 01:14 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Growing numbers of people in Asia lack enough to eat as food insecurity rises with higher prices and worsening poverty, according to a report released Tuesday by the Food and Agricultural Organization and other United Nations agencies. Nearly a half-billion people,...

Lunar New Year tourism hopes fizzle as Chinese stay home

Jan. 19, 2023 22:08 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A hoped-for boom in Chinese tourism in Asia over next week’s Lunar New Year holidays looks set to be more of a blip as most travelers opt to stay inside China if they go anywhere. From the beaches of Bali to Hokkaido’s powdery ski slopes, the hordes of Chinese...

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Jan. 19, 2023 20:10 PM EST

Jan. 13-19, 2022 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific. The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Masayo Yoshida in Tokyo. Follow AP visual journalism: ...

Marcos says sea feud involving China keeps him up at night

Jan. 19, 2023 06:40 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said the long-raging disputes in the South China Sea that involve China, the Philippines and other coastal states have kept him “up at night” and warned that any major confrontation in Asia, similar to the war in Ukraine,...

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Jan. 12, 2023 20:45 PM EST

Jan. 6-12, 2023 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific. The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Shuji Kajiyama in Tokyo. Follow AP visual journalism: ...

Davos report: Cost-of-living crisis overshadows climate

Jan. 11, 2023 05:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Climate change is the global economy's biggest long-term challenge but one the world is least prepared to tackle because of short-term problems led by a cost-of-living crisis, the World Economic Forum said in a report Wednesday. The group's Global Risks Report,...

Lawyers for jailed Hong Kong publisher Lai ask to meet UK PM

Jan. 10, 2023 21:21 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Lawyers for a jailed Hong Kong pro-democracy publisher have asked for an urgent meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, a leading member of his international legal team said Tuesday. Jimmy Lai, the 75-year-old founder of the now-defunct newspaper Apple...

Filipino Catholics hold big procession after pandemic eases

Jan. 08, 2023 01:28 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of Catholic devotees, many donning protective masks and bearing candles, joined a night procession through downtown Manila early Sunday to venerate a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ, which was not paraded to discourage an even larger crowd amid...

Asian shares mostly rise in muted trading on bargain-hunting

Jan. 05, 2023 22:53 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Friday after Wall Street benchmarks fell on worries that the U.S. Federal Reserve will keep raising interest rates. Markets rose in Japan, Australia, South Korea and China in muted trading. Oil prices gained $1 a barrel. ...