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Biden calls out China's Taiwan actions as 'coercive'

Oct. 27, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Joe Biden told leaders at the East Asia Summit on Wednesday that China's recent actions in the Taiwan Straits are “coercive" and undermined peace and stability in the region. The comments by Biden, who participated by video in...

Tokyo governor hospitalized for fatigue _ 2nd time this year

Oct. 27, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo’s governor has been hospitalized with severe fatigue for the second time in four months and will take about a week off, the metropolitan government said Wednesday. Gov. Yuriko Koike’s hospitalization comes days after she announced an end to 11...

Millions of unused cloth masks remain in storage in Japan

Oct. 27, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tens of millions of unpopular cloth masks produced as an anti-coronavirus measure under former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remain unused and are being kept in a private storage facility at a cost of hundreds of millions of yen (millions of dollars), an official...

Defense says American charged in Ghosn pay case not involved

Oct. 27, 2021 01:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The defense for former Nissan executive Greg Kelly said Wednesday there was no evidence or motives linking him to alleged under-reporting of his ex-boss Carlos Ghosn’s compensation. Kelly’s chief defense lawyer, Yoichi Kitamura, said in wrapping up the...

Hiroshima atomic bombing survivor Sunao Tsuboi dies at 96

Oct. 27, 2021 03:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sunao Tsuboi, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing who made opposing nuclear weapons the message of his life, including in a meeting with President Barack Obama in 2016, has died. He was 96. Tsuboi died Oct. 24 in a hospital in Hiroshima in...

Asian stocks fall after Australia inflation accelerates

Oct. 26, 2021 23:45 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets fell Wednesday after Australian inflation increased, highlighting global pressure for prices to rise, while investors looked ahead to U.S. economic growth data due out this week. Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong all retreated. ...

Carli Lloyd plays final match for US in rout of South Korea

Oct. 26, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Carli Lloyd didn't score in her final game for the United States, but it hardly mattered. The night was all about her. Fans chanted Lloyd’s name before Tuesday night's match, a 6-0 U.S. rout of South Korea, with one holding a sign that read:...

LPGA player of the year coming down to Ko and Nelly Korda

Oct. 26, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

The LPGA Tour decides its player of the year based strictly on points. If those were style points, Nelly Korda would be tough to beat. Korda's three LPGA victories this year include her first major, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, which...

Former MLB manager Valentine runs for mayor in hometown

Oct. 26, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Major League Baseball manager and player Bobby Valentine scoffs at any suggestion he might be out of his league running for mayor in his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut’s second-largest and fastest-growing city. The 71-year-old rookie...

'Bringing nature in': Japanese gardens speak to the moment

Oct. 26, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

Japanese-style gardens first caught the public imagination in the U.S. at an 1893 world exposition in Chicago, became a sought-after feature in Gilded Age estates, and were later adapted to open-plan modernist homes. Today they have evolved, and continue to inspire garden...