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Asian shares advance as easing virus fears boost Wall St

Dec. 08, 2021 00:46 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks advanced Wednesday in Asia after another broad rally on Wall Street as investors wagered that the new variant of the COVID-19 virus won’t pose a big threat to the economy. Shares rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul. Oil prices edged lower. ...

Hong Kong loses shine amid tough coronavirus restrictions

Dec. 07, 2021 23:36 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The bustling, cosmopolitan business hub of Hong Kong may be losing its shine among foreign companies and expatriates with its stringent anti-pandemic rules requiring up to 21 days of quarantine for new arrivals. The restrictions are discouraging both visitors and...

Australia joins US in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games

Dec. 07, 2021 22:32 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday that Australia will join the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games over human rights concerns. Morrison said it should come as no surprise that Australian officials would...

China says US diplomatic boycott violates Olympic spirit

Dec. 07, 2021 22:13 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China accused the United States of violating the Olympic spirit on Tuesday after the Biden administration announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games over human rights concerns. Rights groups have pushed for a full-blown boycott of the Games, accusing...

AP source: Reeve to be next US women's national team coach

Dec. 07, 2021 20:55 PM EST

The Minnesota Lynx’s Cheryl Reeve will be the next USA Basketball national team coach, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been publicly announced. USA...

China cleared to take part in men’s hockey at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing after concerns about competitiveness

Dec. 07, 2021 11:02 AM EST
ZURICH (AP) — China cleared to take part in men’s hockey at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing after concerns about competitiveness.

Japan holds drills in north as it faces Russia, China threat

Dec. 07, 2021 07:42 AM EST

ENIWA, Japan (AP) — The earth shook and explosions boomed in the crisp winter air of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Tuesday, as dozens of tanks and soldiers carried out drills at a Japanese army post that has long served to keep an eye on neighboring Russia, while showcasing Japanese...

EXPLAINER: Why does Beijing have the Olympics again?

Dec. 07, 2021 06:47 AM EST

The Beijing Winter Olympics open in just under two months and are the target of a diplomatic boycott by the United States, with others likely to follow. So how did Beijing land the Winter Olympics, so soon after it was host to the Summer Olympics in 2008? It will become the first...

EXPLAINER: Chinese builder’s debt struggle rattles investors

Dec. 07, 2021 04:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global investors are watching nervously as one of China’s biggest real estate developers tries to avoid a default on its $310 billion mountain of debt. Evergrande Group, which is scrambling to turn assets into cash, rattled financial markets Friday when it warned...

Column: US dignitaries shun Olympics. What about sponsors?

Dec. 07, 2021 04:15 AM EST

Refusing to send an official U.S. delegation while U.S. athletes compete at the Beijing Olympics is like dropping off dessert at a party you plan to protest by staying away. Your absence might cause a stir at the start, but it will be pretty much ignored by the time people tuck into their pie. ...