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People are reflected on the electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday, ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration as president, ending President Donald Trump’s four-year term. Japan's benchmark lost early gains as worries grew about the surge in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Japan shares fall on pandemic worries as rest of Asia rises

Jan. 19, 2021 10:22 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday, ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration as U.S. president. Japan's benchmark lost early gains as worries grew about the surge in coronavirus cases. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost early gains to slip 0.4% in morning trading to 28,515.21. Australia's...

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi delivers a speech during an upper house plenary session at the parliament in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Motegi blamed South Korea for further deteriorating their already strained relations by allegedly making illegal compensation demands over wartime sexual abuse of Korean women and use of forced laborers, urging Seoul to drop the case and fix the “abnormal development.” (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan urges South Korea to drop wartime compensation demands

Jan. 18, 2021 7:18 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister accused South Korea on Monday of worsening already strained ties by making “illegal” demands for compensation for the sexual abuse of Korean women and use of forced laborers during World War II. Toshimitsu Motegi, in a diplomatic policy speech in...

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, members of the Supreme People’s Assembly attend a meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament has passed decisions made by a major ruling party meeting where leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster his nuclear deterrent and established plans to salvage a dismal economy. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

N. Korea's parliament rubber stamps new development plans

Jan. 18, 2021 3:04 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament has passed decisions made by a major ruling party meeting where leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster his nuclear deterrent and established plans to salvage the country's battered economy. The North’s Korean Central News Agency...

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during an on-line New Year press conference with local and foreign journalists at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Jeon Heon-kyun/Pool Photo via AP)

Moon urges Biden to learn from Trump's N. Korea diplomacy

Jan. 18, 2021 2:35 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president on Monday urged the incoming Biden administration to build upon the achievements and learn from the failures of President Donald Trump’s diplomatic engagement with North Korea. A dovish liberal and the son of northern war refugees, Moon Jae-in...

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong arrives at the Seoul High Court in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. South Korean court sentences Lee to 2 and a half years in prison over corruption case. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

SKorean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery

Jan. 18, 2021 2:31 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong was sent back to prison on Monday after a South Korean court handed him a two and a half-year sentence for his involvement in a 2016 corruption scandal that spurred massive protests and ousted South Korea’s then-president. In a...

South Korean court sentences Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong to 2 ½ years in prison over corruption case

Jan. 18, 2021 12:38 AM EST
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean court sentences Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong to 2 ½ years in prison over corruption case.
Second-place Amber Glenn, left, and first-place Bradie Tennell smile after receiving their medals at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Four-time champ Chen wins short program with ease

Jan. 17, 2021 12:38 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nathan Chen doesn't miss. As he has done since his last loss at the Pyeongchang Olympics — yes, nearly three years ago — the dynamic Chen was nearly perfect and rather playful in winning the short program Saturday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Saturday. Seeking...

A man wearing a face mask sits in front of a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The letters read

North Korean parliament to convene to approve Kim's agenda

Jan. 16, 2021 9:49 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament was scheduled to convene Sunday to pass decisions made by a major ruling party meeting where leader Kim Jong Un vowed maximum efforts to expand his nuclear weapons program in face of what he described as U.S. hostility. The...

This photo provided by the North Korean government shows missiles during a military parade marking the ruling party congress, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

N.Korea holds huge military parade as Kim vows nuclear might

Jan. 15, 2021 3:57 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea displayed new submarine-launched ballistic missiles under development and other military hardware in a parade that underlined leader Kim Jong Un’s defiant calls to expand the country's nuclear weapons program. State media said Kim took center stage in Thursday...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, arrives to attend a hearing on the extension of her detention at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea’s top court upheld 20-year prison term for Park over corruption on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

S. Korean court upholds prison term for ex-president Park

Jan. 14, 2021 2:33 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 20-year prison term for former President Park Geun-hye over bribery and other crimes as it ended a historic corruption case that marked a striking fall from grace for the country’s first female leader and conservative...