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FILE - In this March 14, 2018, file photo, former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak arrives for questioning over bribery allegations at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea’s top court on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, upheld a 17-year prison term imposed on ex-President Lee over a range of high-profile corruption charges, a ruling that will send him back to jail again.(Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP, File)

S. Korea's top court upholds ex-leader's 17-year jail term

Oct. 29, 2020 5:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s top court upheld a 17-year prison sentence on former President Lee Myung-bak for a range of corruption crimes in a final ruling Thursday that will send him back to prison soon. Lee has been convicted of taking bribes worth millions of dollars from big...

FILE - In this June 8, 2020 file photo, Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea. As Samsung Electronics mourns the death of its long-time chairman, Lee Kun-Hee, questions loom over what's next for South Korea's biggest company. Samsung has struggled for years to diversify from its core hardware business to tap new technologies and services. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

Samsung reports record sales amid questions about future

Oct. 29, 2020 12:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The flood of obituaries for Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-Hee since his death over the weekend have mostly shared his most defining quote: “Change everything except for your wife and children.” Lee’s rant against what he saw as complacency during a...

A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...

People wearing face masks walk past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Asian shares headed lower Wednesday on worries about rising virus counts and Washington's inability to deliver more aid to the economy. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Asian stocks fall on worries over rising virus cases, US aid

Oct. 27, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares headed lower Wednesday on worries about rising virus counts and Washington's inability to deliver more aid to the economy. The uncertainty surrounding the upcoming U.S. election also has regional market players hesitant to make big moves. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 0.3%...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2019, file photo, members of South Korean K-pop group TWICE pose for photos on the red carpet at the Seoul Music Awards at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea. TWICE, a popular K-pop group known for its catchy lyrics and colorful aesthetics, released its second full album, a collection that invites listeners into the band's more daring side. “Eyes Wide Open,” released Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, has 13 songs, including the lead single “I Can't Stop Me.

K-pop band TWICE reveals its daring side on new album

Oct. 27, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — TWICE, a popular K-pop group known for its catchy lyrics and colorful aesthetics, has released its second full album, a collection that invites listeners into the band's more daring side. “Eyes Wide Open,” released Monday, features 13 songs, including the lead single...

A woman walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Shares skidded in Asia on Tuesday after surging coronavirus cases and waning hopes for U.S. economic stimulus gave Wall Street its worst day in a month. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares slip after Wall St's worst day in a month

Oct. 27, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

Shares skidded in Asia on Tuesday after surging coronavirus cases and waning hopes for U.S. economic stimulus gave Wall Street its worst day in a month. Stock benchmarks fell in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney. Shares were flat in South Korea, where economic growth data were slightly better than expected. ...

FILE - In this July 6, 2011, file photo, Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee, right, greets people from the South Korean delegation in Durban, South Africa, for the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) session that will decide the host city for the 2018 Olympics Winter Games. Lee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics, has died, a Samsung statement said Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. He was 78. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

Lee Kun-Hee, force behind Samsung’s rise, dies at 78

Oct. 25, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lee Kun-Hee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics but whose leadership was also marred by corruption convictions, died on Sunday. He was 78. Lee died with his family members by his side,...

A policeman checks documents of a driver at central Syntagma square in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Greece's government has imposed a nightly curfew in greater Athens and other areas with high infection rates as well as a mask requirement. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne

Oct. 24, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews withheld any announcement on an easing on Sunday as the state...

Samsung says Lee Kun-Hee, the ailing chairman of Samsung Electronics, has died.

Oct. 24, 2020 9:13 PM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung says Lee Kun-Hee, the ailing chairman of Samsung Electronics, has died.
A banner showing mandatory mask wearing and social distancing as a precaution against the coronavirus, is seen at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asia Today: Sri Lanka closes harbors after 609 test positive

Oct. 24, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Authorities in Sri Lanka on Saturday closed at least two fishery harbors and many stalls after a surge of 609 cases linked to the country's main fish market. The government also widened the curfew in parts of Colombo, the capital. At least 11 villages were isolated in densely...