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Japan defeats North Korea 2-1 to reach women's soccer tournament at the Paris Olympics

Feb. 28, 2024 16:53 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan defeated North Korea 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the women’s soccer tournament at the upcoming Paris Olympics. But not without a tiny bit of VAR controversy. The first match in the two-game series to determine one of Asia’s two qualifiers ended in a 0-0 draw on...

Airfares were already dropping. Here’s why they could go even lower in 2024

Feb. 28, 2024 09:43 AM EST

Inflation has hit most of the economy, but that’s hardly the case with airfare. Not only are airfares down 6% year-over-year based on January 2024 prices, but they’re even down 15% versus a decade ago. That’s according to consumer price index data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics...

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Feb. 23, 2024 04:09 AM EST

Feb. 16-22, 2024 Farmers in India continue to protest over crop prices, Singapore hosts an international airshow, Tokyo’s stock market surged to an all-time high, and Cambodian rice farmers get busy cooking sticky rice in bamboo for a post-harvest celebration while others are still...

Stock market today: Japan's benchmark briefly reaches all-time high after rally on Wall Street

Feb. 21, 2024 22:57 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Japan’s Nikkei 225 share index surged briefly to an all-time high on Thursday, bypassing its previous record set in December 1989. By midday Thursday, the index was up 1.6% at 38,861.98 after earlier trading as high as 38,924.88. The Nikkei 225's previous record...

Japan's exports surged nearly 12% in January in 2nd straight month of gains

Feb. 21, 2024 03:01 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports surged a stronger than expected nearly 12% in January, helped by robust demand for vehicles, auto parts and machinery. That helped the nation’s trade deficit shrink to 1.76 trillion yen ($12 billion), or about half of what it was a year earlier. ...

Singapore Airshow kicks off with aerial displays; Boeing and China's COMAC announce new orders

Feb. 20, 2024 22:28 PM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Singapore Airshow — Asia’s largest — kicked off Tuesday with an array of aerial displays including some by China’s COMAC C919 narrow-body airliner, with aircraft manufacturers such as COMAC and Boeing announcing new orders. It’s the first time...

PGA Tour heads to Mexico. LPGA begins Asia swing in Thailand

Feb. 20, 2024 18:10 PM EST

PGA TOUR MEXICO OPEN AT VIDANTA Site: Vallarta, Mexico. Course: Vidanta Vallarta, Mexico. Yardage: 7,456. Par: 71. Prize money: $8.1 million. Winner's share: $1.458 million. Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. (Golf...

Japan-North Korea women's Olympic soccer qualifier moved to Saudi Arabia

Feb. 20, 2024 03:36 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The first of two Olympic qualifying games between Japan and North Korea in women's soccer, to determine a berth in this year's Paris Olympics, has been moved from North Korea to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Asian Football Confederation has announced. The governing body...

Hideki Matsuyama wins at Riviera with 62. He becomes Asia's most prolific PGA Tour winner

Feb. 18, 2024 20:10 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The conversation began seven years ago when Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama won his fourth PGA Tour title to pass Shigeki Maruyama, his mentor. Maruyama told him the ultimate mark was nine tour wins, a record for most by an Asian-born player. Matsuyama had little...

How will Prabowo Subianto, an ex-general who's never held elective office, lead Indonesia?

Feb. 16, 2024 10:00 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Foreign leaders congratulated Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto on his apparent victory in Indonesia's presidential election, while rights activists called him a threat. But how he'll govern remains uncertain after a campaign in which he made few concrete promises...