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8 dead, 10 hospitalized in Ukrainian hotel fire

Aug. 17, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A fire in a hotel in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa has killed eight people and left a further 10 hospitalized. A city police statement said a criminal investigation has been opened into the fire that spread to about 1,000 square meters (10,000 square feet) of the Tokyo Star hotel before...

High bacteria level cancels water portion of Tokyo triathlon

Aug. 17, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — High levels of bacteria forced the swimming portion of a triathlon test event for the Tokyo Paralympics to be canceled on Saturday. It's the second setback in the triathlon for organizers of next year's Olympics and Paralympics. An Olympic triathlon running event was shortened from 10...

Naomi Osaka's knee injury lends uncertainty to US Open

Aug. 16, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Naomi Osaka felt a strange sensation in her left knee, different than anything she'd experienced. The U.S. Open champion left the court worried about whether she'll be in shape to defend her precious title. Osaka retired from her quarterfinal match at the Western & Southern Open on...

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a...

Global stocks recover some ground at end of turbulent week

Aug. 16, 2019 7:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets looked set to end a turbulent week on a positive note although worries about the U.S. economy and the trade conflict between the U.S. and China still have the potential to derail Friday's recovery. Investors in stocks were spooked earlier this week by developments in the...

N. Korea fires more projectiles, rules out talks with South

Aug. 16, 2019 3:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday bluntly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the U.S. and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul. The statement by an unidentified...

Asian shares mixed amid ongoing worries about US-China trade

Aug. 16, 2019 12:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Friday as turbulence continued on global markets amid ongoing worries about U.S.-China trade conflict. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 recouped early losses to be up 0.3% at 20,456.96 in morning trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 inched down nearly 0.1% to 6,402.40,...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Aug. 15, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

Protesters massed inside Hong Kong's airport, paralyzing flight operations with their demonstrations while appealing to travelers to hear their pro-democracy messages. The protests held in the city since early June have increasingly been marked by spasms of mob violence and clashes with police. Amid fears China...

Can Tokyo's efficient rail system handle Olympic strain?

Aug. 15, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — First, Tokyo Olympic fans will have to find scarce tickets and pay the price. Then there's the quandary of landing a hotel room with rates that are being inflated due to unprecedented demand. And the summer heat and humidity will be off-putting for some. Then there's one more hurdle: getting...

Strong typhoon crosses southwest Japan; 1 dead, dozens hurt

Aug. 15, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon lashed southwestern Japan on Thursday with massive rain and strong winds, leaving one dead and at least 34 others injured, paralyzing traffic and cutting power to thousands of homes during Japan's Buddhist holiday week. Typhoon Krosa landed near Kure in western Hiroshima on...