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N. Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in 4th launch this year

Jan. 16, 2022 21:47 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea in its fourth weapons launch this month, South Korea’s military said, with the apparent goal of demonstrating its military might amid paused diplomacy with the United States and pandemic border...

The Latest at the Australian Open: 5th-seeded Sakkari wins

Jan. 16, 2022 21:32 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Monday from the Australian Open at Melbourne Park (all times local): ___ 1:20 p.m. Fifth-seeded Maria Sakkari beat Tatjana Maria 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the first match completed on the main show court in the first...

Australian Open starts hours after Djokovic's deportation

Jan. 16, 2022 21:06 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian Open started Monday without nine-time champion Novak Djokovic and, finally, the focus was on forehands and backhands instead of his fight to avoid deportation because he isn't vaccinated against COVID-19. Fifth-seeded Maria Sakkari started...

Biden, new Japanese prime minister to meet virtually Friday

Jan. 16, 2022 20:56 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden will meet virtually with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan on Friday, as the omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to surge around the world. The White House said Sunday the meeting will take place to highlight the strength of...

Tsunami threat recedes from huge Pacific volcanic eruption

Jan. 16, 2022 00:43 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The tsunami threat around the Pacific from a huge undersea volcanic eruption began to recede Sunday, while the extent of damage to Tonga remained unclear. Satellite images showed the spectacular eruption that took place Saturday evening, with a plume...

Clap, don't chant: China aims for 'Zero COVID' Olympics

Jan. 15, 2022 12:25 PM EST

Athletes will need to be vaccinated — or face a long quarantine — take tests daily and wear masks when not competing or training. Clapping is OK to cheer on teammates, not chanting. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be sent into isolation and unable to compete until cleared for...

Teenager arrested in stabbing near Japan entrance exam venue

Jan. 15, 2022 00:43 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Three people, including two students on their way to take university entrance exams, were stabbed Saturday just outside of a test venue, and authorities arrested a 17-year-old student at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder, Tokyo police said. The victims — two...

N. Korea fires fresh missiles in response to US sanctions

Jan. 14, 2022 17:48 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles in its third weapons launch this month, officials in South Korea said, in an apparent reprisal for fresh sanctions imposed by the Biden administration for its continuing test launches. ...

Dutch dominance in jeopardy at Olympic speedskating oval

Jan. 14, 2022 14:11 PM EST

Make room on the podium for countries other than the Netherlands at the speedskating oval in Beijing. The Dutch typically dominate in their national sport — winning seven golds and 16 medals overall four years ago — but this time the medals figure to be more evenly spread around....

Japan’s Kobayashi among favorites in wide-open ski jumping

Jan. 14, 2022 12:22 PM EST

Even athletes who compete in ski jumping and a former Olympian paid to analyze the sport on TV have no idea who will win gold at the Beijing Games. That’s because more than a dozen men seem to have a shot. The list of contenders, though, might be reduced by one. ...