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Pakistani policeman, 2 gunmen killed in shootout in capital

Jan. 17, 2022 14:36 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two gunmen opened fire at police officers manning a roadside checkpoint in the capital, Islamabad, on Monday night, triggering a shootout that killed an officer and both assailants, police said. Two policemen were also wounded in the attack near a market, the...

Twin earthquakes in western Afghanistan kill at least 22

Jan. 17, 2022 13:54 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two earthquakes rattled Afghanistan's western Badghis province along the border with Turkmenistan on Monday afternoon, killing at least 22 people, a local official said. There were fears the death toll could rise further as the first rescuers reached some...

German luge star Geisenberger says she's going to Olympics

Jan. 17, 2022 13:45 PM EST

Natalie Geisenberger has made it official: She’s heading to the Beijing Games and seeking a third consecutive Olympic women’s luge gold medal. The German slider, generally considered the best in the history of her sport, had considered skipping the Olympics for a multitude of...

China's Xi rejects 'Cold War mentality,' pushes cooperation

Jan. 17, 2022 12:54 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that his country will send an additional 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to other countries, calling for global cooperation to tackle the pandemic and other challenges while urging other powers to discard a "Cold-War mentality” — a...

N. Korea fires short-range missiles in 4th launch this month

Jan. 17, 2022 10:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea Monday in its fourth weapons launch this month, South Korea’s military said, with the apparent goal of demonstrating its military might during paused diplomacy with the United States and pandemic border...

Beijing to offer Olympic tickets to 'selected' spectators

Jan. 17, 2022 09:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Only “selected” spectators will be permitted at next month's Beijing Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Monday. Beijing had already announced that no fans from outside the country would be permitted at the events, and had not offered...

Pandemic hasn't slowed China's love for US lobster

Jan. 17, 2022 08:34 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — China is showing no signs of slowing its demand for American lobster this year despite disruption to the supply chain and international trade caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Chinese demand for the crustaceans grew dramatically during the 2010s in part...

Indonesian officials make rare visit to Israel on COVID-19

Jan. 17, 2022 08:02 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A delegation of Indonesian officials made a rare visit to Israel recently to discuss coronavirus strategies, despite the countries not having diplomatic relations, Israel's Army Radio reported Monday. The Indonesian health officials aimed “to learn how to deal...

Osaka, Nadal advance in Australia after Djokovic flies home

Jan. 17, 2022 07:58 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The first test of Naomi Osaka’s new approach to tennis might have been when she completely whiffed an overhead to give her opponent a break point on Day 1 of the no-Novak Djokovic Australian Open. Osaka didn’t throw her racket. She didn’t roll her...

Former NBA great Yao Ming addresses Peng Shuai, Olympics

Jan. 17, 2022 06:44 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Former NBA great Yao Ming said Monday he and others had a pleasant talk when they met last month with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, whose disappearance after making a sexual assault allegation against a former government official raised international concern. He...