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US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency

Apr. 18, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States and China, the world’s two biggest carbon polluters, agreed to cooperate to curb climate change with urgency, just days before President Joe Biden hosts a virtual summit of world leaders to discuss the issue. The agreement...

No masks, no worries — for now; Aussies preparing for Tokyo

Apr. 18, 2021 06:42 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — No masks. No worries. For now. Dani Stevens won a record 14th national title in the women's discus throw on Sunday to earn her spot on the Australian team for a fourth Olympics, less than a year after fearing a career-threatening neck injury could force...

Japanese leader asks Pfizer for additional vaccine supply

Apr. 18, 2021 04:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga asked the U.S. drug maker Pfizer Inc. for additional supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine to speed up his country's inoculation drive, which lags behind many other nations. Suga, after holding talks with President Joe...

China says US-Japan actions are stoking division

Apr. 17, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China hit back at the U.S.-Japan show of alliance during talks between President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, calling it an "ironic attempt of stoking division.” China said Suga and Biden's news conference Friday, in which they...

Tanaka allows 2 homers, loses in return to Japanese baseball

Apr. 17, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

Masahiro Tanaka allowed Sho Nakata’s two-run homer in the first inning of the pitcher’s return to Japanese baseball, a 4-1 loss for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday. The 32-year-old right-hander signed...

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

Apr. 17, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France. The number of lives lost, as...

After China, US envoy Kerry in S. Korea for climate talks

Apr. 17, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry met with South Korea’s foreign minister in Seoul on Saturday for talks ahead of a virtual climate summit of world leaders called by President Joe Biden for next week. Kerry arrived in South Korea after a four-day...

Highlights: An interview with China's vice foreign minister

Apr. 17, 2021 02:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng spoke with The Associated Press on a range of issues from U.S.-China relations to human rights. Below are highlights from Friday's interview: US-CHINA RELATIONS Le took on President Joe Biden's...

AP Interview: Beijing says US 'too negative' toward China

Apr. 16, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A top Chinese diplomat said Friday that U.S. policy toward China is “too negative" and that cooperation could be critically important as the Biden administration focuses on combatting COVID-19 and promoting economic recovery. The U.S. appears to be...

Japan, US showcase alliance, resolve in dealing with China

Apr. 16, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga showcased the alliance between their two countries as well as their shared resolve in dealing with China as they met at the White House on Friday in Biden's first face-to-face talks with a foreign leader as...