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Kazakhstan president fires govt over low living standards

Feb. 21, 2019 10:33 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan's president fired the government Thursday over what he called its failure to raise living standards and diversify away from oil and gas in the Central Asian nation. President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has ruled since the country became independent after the 1991 collapse of the...

Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state

Feb. 19, 2019 5:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese database Victor Gevers found online was not just a collection of old personal details. It was a compilation of real-time data on more than 2.5 million people in western China, updated constantly with GPS coordinates of their precise whereabouts. Alongside their names, birthdates...

US following case of missing refugee wanted by China

Feb. 11, 2019 12:29 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Beijing says it is following the case of a Chinese-born Kazakh man who had been fighting attempts by Beijing to return him to China from neighboring Uzbekistan and whose current whereabouts are unknown. A spokesman said Monday that the embassy was aware of Halemubieke...

Japan's Kihira rallies for ladies' title at Four Continents

Feb. 9, 2019 3:05 AM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Japan's Rika Kihira was steadfast that she was going to land a triple axel at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championship. She didn't land it during the short program and found herself in fifth place going into Friday night's free skate. She successfully nailed it on her first...

Germany, Serbia, Russia lead on Day 1 of revamped Davis Cup

Feb. 1, 2019 4:46 PM EST

Alexander Zverev gave Germany a commanding 2-0 lead over Hungary in the revamped Davis Cup on the opening day Friday. The third-ranked Zverev, who has repeatedly criticized the event's format changes, eased past Peter Nagy 6-2, 6-2 to double Germany's advantage after Philipp Kohlschreiber rallied to beat Zsombor...

The Latest: Zimbabwe president returns to address crisis

Jan. 21, 2019 5:06 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's ongoing protests and turmoil. (all times local): 11:57 p.m. Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived in Harare late Monday after cutting short his fund-raising trip in order to address the country's economic crisis and crackdown. Mnangagwa was...

NYC woman thanks man who returned her lost bag with $10,000

Jan. 11, 2019 1:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan woman has expressed her gratitude to a man who recovered her purse, containing $10,000, from a subway platform. Aiya Tulemaganbetova (EYE'-uh too-leh-mah-gan-beh-TOH'-vah) met with Richard Taverna on Thursday. He found her Chanel bag, including an envelope filled with $100...

China allowing 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs to leave Xinjiang region

Jan. 9, 2019 7:57 AM EST

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — China is allowing more than 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs to abandon their Chinese citizenship and leave the country, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said, in a sign that Beijing may be starting to feel a mounting backlash against its sweeping crackdown on Muslims in the far west region of...

Canada, Sweden fall in world junior quarterfinals

Jan. 3, 2019 1:11 AM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canada and Sweden tumbled out of the world junior hockey title chase in stunning quarterfinal collapses, while the United States and Russia advanced to the semifinals Wednesday night. Canada fell 2-1 to Finland in overtime after giving up the tying goal in the final...

UN Security Council gets new members, and 1 gets presidency

Jan. 2, 2019 11:48 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council has five new members, and one of them — the Dominican Republic — is starting out as the group's president. Belgium, Germany, Indonesia and South Africa also are starting their two-year terms. All five new members are being recognized...