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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...

Japan's Emperor Naruhito mourns the deadly Noto quake in a solemn birthday speech

Feb. 23, 2024 02:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Emperor Naruhito made his first speech to the nation since a deadly earthquake hit the north-central region of Koto, with a message marking his 64th birthday on Friday. The ceremonial monarch expressed grief for people affected by the Jan. 1 earthquake,...

Stock market today: Asian stocks are mixed after Nvidia sets off a rally on Wall Street

Feb. 22, 2024 23:16 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian markets were mixed on Friday after Nvidia delivered stunning results, setting off a rally in other technology companies that carried Wall Street to another record high. Tokyo’s markets were closed for a holiday, a day after they surged to an all-time high....

Japan's Nikkei stock index breaks its 1989 record and surges to an all-time high

Feb. 22, 2024 06:39 AM EST

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index surged Thursday past the record it set in 1989 before its financial bubble burst, ushering in an era of faltering growth. The index closed Thursday at 39,098.68, up 2.2%. Its previous record was 38,915.87, set on Dec. 29, 1989. So now it is back...

Ukraine premier in Tokyo says his country needs missiles, but expects new US aid to come through

Feb. 20, 2024 10:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Tuesday that his country needs long-range missiles and other ammunition to end Russia's invasion, and said he expects a U.S. aid package that's stalled in Congress to come through, speaking at a news conference the day after he attended...

Stock market today: Asian shares trade mixed after Wall Street was closed for a holiday

Feb. 19, 2024 22:11 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were trading mixed Tuesday a day after Chinese markets reopened from a long Lunar New Year holiday. Wall Street trading was closed Monday in the United States for President's Day. Investors were generally turning less optimistic because of expectations...

After fallout in China, Messi insists politics had nothing to do with missing game in Hong Kong

Feb. 19, 2024 11:05 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Lionel Messi made another conciliatory gesture to fans in Hong Kong and mainland China on Monday by releasing a video on social media to explain why he didn't play in an exhibition match this month, and insisted that there were no political reasons behind his decision. ...

Why is Japan hosting a conference for Ukraine reconstruction when it's still at war? AP explains.

Feb. 19, 2024 02:01 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is hosting a conference for Japanese and Ukrainian officials to discuss reconstruction of Ukraine just ahead of the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion, while the U.S. and other Western countries are still focusing on military aid for the battlefield. Hundreds of senior...

A new Japanese flagship H3 rocket has lifted off in a 2nd test a year after failed debut flight

Feb. 16, 2024 19:39 PM EST
TOKYO (AP) — A new Japanese flagship H3 rocket has lifted off in a 2nd test a year after failed debut flight.

World medalist runner Mo Katir banned for 2 years for breaking anti-doping rules

Feb. 16, 2024 12:41 PM EST

MONACO (AP) — Two-time world championship medalist Mo Katir admitted breaking anti-doping rules and was banned for two years on Friday, removing the middle-distance runner from the Paris Olympics. Track and field’s Athletics Integrity Unit detailed Katir’s three breaches last...