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Young protesters around globe demand climate change action

Sep. 20, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A wave of climate change protests swept across the globe Friday, with hundreds of thousands of young people sending a message to leaders headed for a U.N. summit: The warming world can't wait for action. Marches, rallies and demonstrations were held from Canberra to Kabul and Cape Town to...

Kerber through to Pan Pacific Open semifinals

Sep. 20, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber advanced to the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Friday after Madison Keys retired injured in the deciding set. Kerber led 6-4, 4-6, 2-1 when the fifth-seeded Keys retired. "It was a really good match in the first two sets, and this is never the...

Japan accepts talks with South Korea on WTO arbitration

Sep. 20, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Friday it will accept South Korea's request for joint talks leading to arbitration by the World Trade Organization after Seoul filed a complaint with the international body over Tokyo's tightening of export controls. Trade minister Isshu Sugawara, however, said Japan's controls...

Rogue oil trader hits Mitsubishi unit for $320 million

Sep. 20, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of Japan's most storied trading houses says it's lost $320 million in a series of unauthorized transactions by a rogue trader. Mitsubishi Corp. said Friday that the employee in its Petro-Diamond unit in Singapore disguised the trades to look like legitimate hedges. Derivatives are...

Tonga's Manu beats cancer and chemotherapy to play at RWC

Sep. 20, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — No matter the score, if Nasi Manu gets on the field for Tonga in the Rugby World Cup game against England on Sunday it'll be a triumph. In many ways it already is. The 31-year-old Manu is on the brink of playing his first game at the World Cup, and first since being diagnosed with...

Page out as US Olympic sailing boss 10 months before Tokyo

Sep. 19, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two-time gold medalist Malcolm Page is out as chief of Olympic sailing for the U.S. national team less than a year before the Tokyo Games. U.S. Sailing said in a statement Thursday that it and Page, an Australian, "have agreed to part ways." Contacted by phone, US Sailing CEO Jack Gierhart...

Giorgi upsets Stephens at Pan Pacific Open

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Camila Giorgi dropped just three games to upset third-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-0, 6-3 in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Thursday. The unseeded Italian, who reached the semifinals last year, beat the 2017 U.S. Open champion to set up a quarterfinal match against...

Japan court: TEPCO execs not guilty in Fukushima disaster

Sep. 19, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Thursday that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant because ensuring absolute safety at nuclear plants was not a government requirement at that time....

World shares mixed following Fed's decision to cut rates

Sep. 19, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European stock markets pushed higher Thursday as traders had their first chance to respond to the U.S. Federal Reserve's widely anticipated decision to cut its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year. In Europe, Germany's DAX was up 0.3% to 12,422 while the FTSE 100 index of...

US keeps top spot in FIBA men's world rankings; Spain No. 2

Sep. 19, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

USA Basketball has kept its No. 1 spot in the FIBA world men's rankings, even after a disappointing seventh-place showing in the World Cup that ended earlier this week. It's now nine-years-and-counting in the top spot for the U.S., which has held the No. 1 ranking since winning the 2010 world championship. World...