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Ledecky stunned in 400 free at worlds; Sun wins record title

Jul. 21, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Katie Ledecky is usually there in the end, her endurance powering her to the wall well ahead of the competition. Someone else got there first at the world championships on Sunday night. Ariarne Titmus of Australia chased down Ledecky over the last lap to win the 400-meter...

Sun's doping case looms over start of world swimming meet

Jul. 20, 2019 3:33 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Nothing like a long-simmering feud to get the world swimming championships off to a bang-up start. The mere presence of Chinese star Sun Yang has drawn the ire of some swimmers, including his rival Mack Horton of Australia. Sun is the heavy favorite to win his fourth consecutive...

Instagram expands hiding 'likes' to make you happier

Jul. 19, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many "likes" people's posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has been running the test in Canada...

Budweiser brewer sells Australian unit to pay off debt

Jul. 19, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — AB Inbev, the world's biggest brewer with brands like Budweiser and Corona, said Friday it is selling its unit in Australia to reduce debt after it decided against listing shares in Asia. The company is selling Carlton & United Breweries for $16 billion AUD ($11.3 billion) to Japanese...

Australia 'deeply disappointed' China criminally detains man

Jul. 19, 2019 7:42 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, prompting China to urge against "irresponsible" interference. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said that China notified...

New Zealand leader says US lacks interest in Asia-Pacific

Jul. 19, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The United States is losing interest in the Asia-Pacific region, New Zealand's prime minister said on Friday, as concerns grow about China's expanding influence. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke in Melbourne where she met with her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to...

Lawyer says China has charged Chinese Australian writer

Jul. 18, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese Australian writer detained in Beijing since January has been charged with endangering state security and moved from house arrest to a detention center, his lawyer and a friend said Thursday. China said Yang Hengjun's case was under investigation by the Chinese national...

Global stocks mostly slide on trade war fears

Jul. 18, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets mostly fell on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he could impose more tariffs on Chinese goods and Japan's exports tumbled. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Tokyo all declined, as did Wall Street futures. Trump alarmed investors by saying he...

Memories of watching Apollo 11: 'You could hear a pin drop'

Jul. 18, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon in 1969, the world was watching. Live TV coverage made hundreds of millions witnesses to history. They huddled in front of televisions at home and gathered in auditoriums and schoolrooms as the Apollo 11 astronauts...

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on trade war fears

Jul. 17, 2019 11:46 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets on Thursday followed Wall Street lower after President Donald Trump reignited trade fears by saying he could impose more tariffs on Chinese imports. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney all declined. Oil rebounded from the previous day's losses. Trump...