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Philippine police: Gunmen kill 9 people who occupied farm

Oct. 21, 2018 1:29 AM EDT

BACOLOD, Philippines (AP) — Gunmen killed nine members of a farmers' group who occupied part of a privately owned sugarcane plantation in a central Philippine province, police said Sunday. The victims were resting in a hut Saturday night when about 10 gunmen opened fire, police said. At least four farmers...

Osaka set for showdown against Stephens at WTA Finals

Oct. 20, 2018 3:00 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens, the last two U.S. Open champions, will make their career debuts at the WTA Finals by playing each other in their first match in Singapore on Monday. The initial stage of the eight-player WTA Finals field is a round-robin competition with two teams of four...

Japan deepens Southeast Asian ties with airmen program

Oct. 19, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Japan's defense minister says he plans to start a program for professional airmen to strengthen ties between his country and Southeast Asia. Takeshi Iwaya says the program fits in with the government's vision to raise defense cooperation with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian...

12-pound lunar meteorite sells for more than $600,000

Oct. 19, 2018 7:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000. Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle, came from a...

European, Asian leaders want free trade, push back at Trump

Oct. 19, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe and Asia presented a united front Friday in support of free trade based on international rules and cooperation, starkly underscoring their differences with U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policy. That support for free trade "is the most important signal from this...

US and South Korea again call off a major military exercise

Oct. 19, 2018 11:50 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — The United States and South Korea are scrapping another major military exercise this year, a Pentagon official said Friday, citing a push for diplomatic progress with North Korea. The top Pentagon spokeswoman, Dana W. White, said Washington and Seoul are suspending an air exercise known as...

Osaka drawn with 2 other Grand Slam champions at WTA Finals

Oct. 19, 2018 10:21 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka was drawn in the same group as Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens for her debut appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Karolina Pliskova, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina are in the other group for...

EU drug agency urges approval for dengue vaccine

Oct. 19, 2018 8:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Europe's drug regulator has recommended approving the first vaccine for dengue despite concerns about the vaccine's wide use and a lawsuit in the Philippines alleging that it was linked to three deaths. The European Medicines Agency said Friday it had adopted a "positive opinion" of French...

Copter crashes on USS Ronald Reagan in Asia, sailors hurt

Oct. 19, 2018 7:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on Friday, causing non-fatal injuries to a dozen sailors, the Navy said. The Navy's 7th Fleet said in a statement that the MH-60 Seahawk crashed shortly after takeoff Friday morning while the carrier...

Brit, Canadian face 10 years in jail for spraying Thai wall

Oct. 19, 2018 6:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Briton and Canadian face up to 10 years in prison on charges of spraying paint on an ancient wall in northern Thailand, police said Friday. Security camera footage purportedly showed Furlong Lee and Canadian Brittney Lorretta Katherine Schneider, both 23, spraying a message on the walls of...