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Apple Daily to close, last pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper

Jun. 23, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s sole remaining pro-democracy newspaper will publish its last edition Thursday, forced to shut down after five editors and executives were arrested and millions of dollars in its assets were frozen as part of China's increasing crackdown on dissent in the...

Xi congratulates Chinese astronauts aboard space station

Jun. 23, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke Wednesday with three astronauts who are making the country's first permanent space station their home for the next three months, and called their mission an important milestone in China’s space industry. Former air...

Japan top court says married couples must adopt one surname

Jun. 23, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that laws requiring married couples to have the same surname are constitutional, dismissing a challenge by three couples seeking to keep their original names. The decision to affirm a 2015 Supreme Court ruling was...

The Latest: France adds Russia to list of banned countries

Jun. 23, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

PARIS — France is adding Russia to its “red list” of countries from which travels are banned unless it is for urgent reasons as they are struggling with virus surges and worrisome variants. French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said Wednesday that Russia,...

China prepares for Communist Party centenary in secret

Jun. 23, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have closed Beijing's central Tiananmen Square to the public, eight days ahead of a major celebration being planned to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Communist Party. The square, which normally attracts...

North Korea's foreign minister says no interest in US talks

Jun. 23, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s foreign minister on Wednesday said his country is not even considering a resumption of stalled nuclear talks with the United States, dismissing hopes expressed by U.S. and South Korean officials for a quick resumption of negotiations. ...

Carli Lloyd makes U.S. soccer team for her 4th Olympics

Jun. 23, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

Carli Lloyd is headed to her fourth Olympics after all. The 38-year-old Lloyd had vowed after the 2019 World Cup that she would push to make the team for Tokyo before stepping away from the sport. But then the games were pushed back a year because of the coronavirus, and...

Tokyo governor takes time off due to fatigue before Olympics

Jun. 23, 2021 03:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's governor will take time off to recover from severe fatigue, the metropolitan government said Wednesday, one month before the Olympics begin. As the host city's leader, Gov. Yuriko Koike has been deeply involved with preparations for the Olympics and...

Pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper, under financial pressure from Hong Kong authorities, says it will close by Saturday

Jun. 23, 2021 03:21 AM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper, under financial pressure from Hong Kong authorities, says it will close by Saturday.

Until golf's Olympic return, DeChambeau didn't dare dream it

Jun. 23, 2021 02:59 AM EDT

Bryson DeChambeau grew up watching the Olympics and wishing that someday he would be able to take part. As a golfer, he knew that was a bit of a stretch. Although the sport was a part of the Olympic program early in the 20th Century, it was dropped...