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Osaka reaches quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open

Sep. 18, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Top-seeded Naomi Osaka reached the quarterfinals at the Pan Pacific Open by beating qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday. Osaka, who was broken twice early in the match, is looking to win her first title in her hometown after finishing runner-up in 2016 and 2018. She will...

Global stocks mixed after oil falls, Wall Street advances

Sep. 18, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — European markets opened higher and Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday as investors watched for a U.S. Federal Reserve decision on a possible interest rate cut after oil prices fell back. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt and Shanghai advanced while Tokyo and Hong Kong slipped. Markets steadied...

Hong Kong cancels China national day fireworks amid protests

Sep. 18, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — An annual fireworks display in Hong Kong marking China's National Day on Oct. 1 was called off Wednesday as pro-democracy protests show no sign of ending. The city issued a terse statement saying the show over its famed Victoria Harbour had been canceled "in view of the latest situation...

A panda is the mascot for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Sep. 18, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A smiling panda and a walking Chinese lantern will be the mascots for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing. The mascots were revealed Tuesday at a ceremony at the Shougang Ice Hockey Arena in the Chinese capital. Beijing Mayor Chen Jining described them as adorable, unique and...

Filipino coast guard men convicted in Taiwan fisherman death

Sep. 18, 2019 3:44 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court found eight Filipino coast guard personnel guilty Wednesday of conspiring to shoot and kill a Taiwanese fisherman in a 2013 incident at sea that strained ties between the neighboring nations. Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Eduardo Ramon Reyes said in a...

Japan exports sink on weaker trade with China, US

Sep. 18, 2019 3:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports fell 8% in August from a year earlier, as trade tensions took a growing toll on demand across the region. Exports of machinery, vehicles and chemicals all declined, the Finance Ministry reported Wednesday. Exports totaled 6.1 trillion yen ($56 billion), while imports slipped...

South Korea confirms 2nd case of African swine fever

Sep. 18, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed a second case of African swine fever near its border with North Korea, raising concerns that the outbreak could spread and wreak havoc on the country's massive pig herds. Officials were planning to cull some 5,000 pigs raised at a farm in the...

Samoa's tattooed rugby players to cover up at times in Japan

Sep. 18, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

YAMAGATA, Japan (AP) — Samoan rugby players will wear skin suits to cover their traditional tattoos during some training sessions at the World Cup in order not to offend their Japanese hosts. Samoa captain Jack Lam said team officials consulted an expert on Japanese culture to make sure tattooed players...

China releases stockpiled pork to cool price surge

Sep. 18, 2019 2:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's government is releasing pork from stockpiles to help cool surging prices ahead of Oct. 1 celebrations of the Communist Party's 70th anniversary in power. The price of pork, China's staple meat, has soared almost 50% from a year ago due to a devastating outbreak of African swine fever...

Chinese-born Australian lawmaker fights election challenge

Sep. 18, 2019 12:36 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Lawyers for the first Chinese-born lawmaker to be appointed to Australia's Parliament and for a senior government minister appeared in a court on Wednesday to fight challenges to their elections over misleading Chinese-language campaign signs. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and a Hong...