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Stories with place: East Asia
  • new storyJapan's Hagino pulls out of swim worlds with injured elbow 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 4:18 am

    TOKYO - World champion Kosuke Hagino of Japan will not compete at the swimming worlds after breaking his right elbow in training.

  • new storyAP Exclusive: North Korean farmers face dry fields, drought 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 3:51 am

    UNPHA, North Korea - North Korean farmers work to pump underground water into parched fields. Instead of rice seedlings standing in flooded paddies, the baked earth is cracked. A big lake that used to supply surrounding farmland with water is almost completely dry.

  • new storyJapan is back in the final after emotional 2011 win 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 3:14 am

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Four years ago when Japan's players hoisted the Women's World Cup trophy, a nation rejoiced.

  • China stocks extend rout; Greece weighs on Asia sentiment 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 2:55 am

    HONG KONG - China's main stock benchmark plunged as much as 7 percent Friday as government stabilizing measures failed to reassure panicky investors while other Asian indexes fell ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum.

  • AP Exclusive: China Ministry posted bootleg 'Liar's Poker' story has photos
    Updated: Jul-03-15 2:35 am

    SHANGHAI - A complete bootlegged copy of Michael Lewis' bestselling book about Wall Street, "Liar's Poker," was hosted on the official website of the Chinese Commerce Ministry, the agency responsible for intellectual property protection in China, The Associated Press has found.

  • Explosion at chemical plant in South Korea kills 6 workers 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 2:10 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - An explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea killed six workers on Friday, fire officials said.

  • Asian women's teams show up male rivals 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 1:17 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - The contrast between the fortunes of Asia's women's soccer teams and their male equivalents could not be more striking.

  • China says 6.5 quake hits far western region of Xinjiang 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 11:25 pm

    BEIJING - A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook buildings in China's far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, sending people out onto the streets, but there were no immediate reports of casualties from the sparsely populated area surrounding the epicenter.

  • Bahamas concerned about US ruling for resort developer 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 7:19 pm

    KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Bahamas attorney general expressed frustration Thursday with a decision by the developer of a $2.5 billion hotel-and-casino project in Nassau to file for bankruptcy protection in a U.S. court.

  • '80s file shows plan for Hong Kong 'plantation' in NIreland 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 7:08 pm

    LONDON - A bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was considered an option in the uncertain years before Britain handed back the former British colony to Chinese rule, formerly classified government files showed.

  • Asafa Powell likes flying under radar to world championships 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 12:12 pm

    PARIS - Offered a glass of water in a sweltering Parisian heat wave, Asafa Powell shook his head, preferring the risk of thirst.

  • 173 Uighur refugees arrive in Turkey from Thailand 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 11:14 am

    ANKARA, Turkey - A total of 173 people from the minority Chinese Muslim community of Uighurs have arrived in Turkey from Thailand, where they were being held after fleeing China, a Turkey-based Uighur group said Thursday.

  • China's Evergrande Taobao team applies for stock listing 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 10:00 am

    HONG KONG - Chinese soccer team Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, owned by e-commerce giant Alibaba and one of the country's biggest property developers, could become the first club listed in Asia after applying to the Chinese stock market.

  • Taiwan pilot in February TransAsia crash described as hasty story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 8:20 am

    TAIPEI, Taiwan - A pilot described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in an airline crash that killed 43 people in Taiwan in February, flight safety officials said Thursday.

  • Athletes avoid South Korea over virus fears 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 7:53 am

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - As South Korea battles to contain an outbreak of the deadly MERS virus, some foreign athletes are turning their back on the country.

  • Monsters mix with the Great Wall in Matt Damon US-China film 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 7:32 am

    BEIJING - Matt Damon, one of China's favorite Hollywood stars, said Thursday he was overwhelmed at the fans turning up at his hotel in China - not for him but for an ex-boy band singer who also appears in a Sino-Hollywood fantasy adventure movie.

  • Image of Asia: Gay wedding in Beijing story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 6:31 am

    In this photo by Mark Schiefelbein, Li Tingting is lifted off the ground by her wife Teresa Xu in Beijing, where the two announced an informal marriage. The prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China. There's no broad social effort to legalize same-sex marriage in China. Still, Li says she and her wife were "doing the impossible when you know it's impossible, but it takes those constant efforts to make changes in history." Li and four other activists were detained in March and held for 37 days for their advocacy work.

  • China gay couple holds informal marriage to push for union 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 6:22 am

    BEIJING - A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for the legalization of same-sex unions in China.

  • Pianist Chi-Chen Wu brings new skills to UW 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 5:02 am

    LARAMIE, Wyoming - After more than 30 years of piano experience and world-wide studies, assistant professor Chi-Chen Wu ended her trek three years ago at the University of Wyoming Department of Music, ready to teach students skills not easily found.

  • Bus falls off bridge, killing 10 South Koreans 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 4:22 am

    BEIJING - A bus carrying a group of South Koreans fell off a highway bridge in northeastern China, killing 10 passengers and the Chinese driver, officials said Thursday.

  • Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 3:06 am

    TOKYO - North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who can access it with relative freedom by blacklisting and blocking social media accounts or websites deemed to carry harmful content.

  • 2nd person dies in Taiwan water park fire 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 2:52 am

    TAIPEI, Taiwan - The death toll from a blaze at a Taiwan water park party over the weekend rose to two on Thursday, with more than 200 injured still in intensive care.

  • Coach: Pressure's off Japan in World Cup final against US 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 2:42 am

    EDMONTON, Alberta - The pressure is off now that Japan gets the opportunity to defend its Women's World Cup championship.

  • Roswell man volunteers over 15,000 hours for wildlife refuge 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 2:09 am

    ROSWELL, New Mexico - Jim Montgomery has volunteered over 15,000 hours over the past 30 years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. In 1985, he began to do some volunteer work at the wildlife refuge but it wasn't until 1989 that he really became involved.

  • Own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in World Cup semi story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 11:54 pm

    EDMONTON, Alberta - England defender Laura Bassett was inconsolable as she lay face down on the field, sobbing.