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North and South Korea say they plan bid for 2032 Olympics

Sep. 19, 2018 5:04 AM EDT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement Wednesday that the countries planned to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. At a major summit, the two leaders gave no details of which cities might host certain events at the...

Indonesian court rules militant guilty of terrorism

Sep. 13, 2018 8:46 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic militant on Thursday to 11 years in prison after finding him guilty of conducting training in preparation for a terrorist attack. Wawan Kurniawan was arrested along with four other militants last October by the anti-terror squad in...

Asian Games stir Indonesia's pride, boost Jokowi's campaign

Sep. 2, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's hosting of the Asian Games and a record haul of gold medals have swelled national pride, boosting the re-election campaign of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. The 2-week games ended Saturday with Indonesia fourth on the medal table behind China, Japan and South Korea. A...

Asian Games close: Indonesia shows it's the 'Energy of Asia'

Sep. 2, 2018 10:33 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia billed itself the "Energy of Asia" during the Asian Games, which closed Sunday in a ceremony emphasizing the country's diversity and the ties linking the 11,000 athletes who competed for 45 nations. The opening ceremony two weeks ago was highly choreographed, but the...

Indonesia announces surprise bid for 2032 Olympics

Sep. 1, 2018 9:16 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia will bid to host the 2032 Olympics following the success of the Asian Games held there over the past two weeks, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said in a surprise announcement Saturday that highlights the rising ambition of the giant but long underperforming Southeast...

India's Amit Panghal wins surprise Asian Games boxing gold

Sep. 1, 2018 9:02 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indian light flyweight Amit Panghal upset Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov to win gold at the Asian Games on Saturday and deliver a blow to Uzbekistan's domination of the region's men's boxing titles. Uzbekistan fighters still managed to win five of the seven golds in the men's...

Ready, set, go. Coe expects Asian track and field to boom

Aug. 31, 2018 6:51 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Almost unthinkable to some a decade ago, sprinters from China and Japan are running sub-10 seconds for the 100 meters. There's plenty more to come from Asia, too, according to international athletics federation president Sebastian Coe. With billions of people, increasing...

Police say detained Polish man to face trial in Papua

Aug. 31, 2018 5:21 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Polish man detained in Indonesia's troubled Papua region on suspicion of links to separatists will be tried there instead of being deported, police said Friday. Jakub Fabian Skrzypski, 39, described by police as a journalist, was arrested several days ago in Wamena, the capital...

Yao in wings as China's NBA stars seeking Asian Games gold

Aug. 31, 2018 2:34 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — He may no longer be playing but ex-Houston Rockets star Yao Ming remains a talismanic figure in Chinese basketball as he inspires a generation of Chinese NBA stars toward a gold medal at the Asian Games. A China team featuring Rockets center Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks guard Ding...

Indonesia detains Polish man in conflict-prone Papua region

Aug. 29, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian security forces have detained a Polish man in the troubled Papua region on suspicion of links to separatists. A police report seen Wednesday by The Associated Press describes Jakub Fabian Skrzypski as a journalist who was in contact with Papuan separatists. A military...