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World leaders fine-tune punitive measures against Russia

TOKYO (AP) — Twenty million dollars in U.N. humanitarian funds, and a planned infusion of 1.5 billion euros ($1.68 billion) in EU economic aid for Ukraine. A raft of new, stronger sanctions against Ru...

'Thugs and bullies': Nations sanction Russia over Ukraine

TOKYO (AP) — World leaders sought Wednesday to back up their tough words over Russia's aggression against Ukraine, announcing financial sanctions, trade and travel bans and other measures meant to pre...

Only Tokyo could pull off these Games? Not everyone agrees

TOKYO (AP) — Staging an Olympics during the worst pandemic in a century? There’s a widespread perception that it couldn’t happen in a better place than Japan. A vibrant, open democra...

With muted ceremony and empty stadium, Tokyo Olympics begin

TOKYO (AP) — Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a...

Japan girds for a surreal Olympics, and questions are plenty

TOKYO (AP) — After a yearlong delay and months of hand-wringing that rippled across a pandemic-inflected world, a Summer Games unlike any other is at hand. It's an Olympics, sure, but also, in a very ...

China looks to extend table tennis domination at Tokyo Games

TOKYO (AP) — HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: China won all four gold medals in Rio. It was China versus China in the women’s singles gold medal match, with Ding Ning beating teammate Li Xiaoxia, reversing the re...

Japan's Momota looks for badminton gold at Tokyo Games

TOKYO (AP) — HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: Rio saw a clear end to Chinese dominance in badminton, though there were still reminders of its traditional power. In women’s singles Carolina Mari...

AP PHOTOS: Tsunami scars linger a decade later in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — The images still hold the power to shock. Dazed survivors walk beneath huge sea tankers deposited amid an expanse of rubble and twisted iron that was once a busy downtow...

Myanmar cracked down brutally on protests. It may get worse.

TOKYO (AP) — Myanmar's security forces have killed scores of demonstrators protesting a coup. The new junta has jailed journalists — and anyone else capable of exposing the violence. It has done away ...

Virus casts shadow over AP's pictures of the year in Asia

TOKYO (AP) — The year of the virus. From sports to festivals, natural disasters to protests, hardly a moment of 2020 captured by the photojournalists of The Associated Press in Asia ...

A worried Asia wonders: What will Joe Biden do?

TOKYO (AP) — As Asia comes to terms with the reality of a Joe Biden administration, relief and hopes of economic and environmental revival jostle with needling anxiety and fears of inattention. ...

Shock, sympathy, mockery: World reacts to Trump infection

TOKYO (AP) — News of the infection of the most powerful man in the world with the most notorious disease in the world drew instant reactions of shock, sympathy, undisguised glee and, of course, the ev...

For North Korea, UN membership is a key link to larger world

TOKYO (AP) — Hermit Kingdom? Not quite. To pay close attention to North Korean diplomacy is to notice the many ways it upends the stereotype of the isolated, nuclear-armed wildcard ...

Amid China's bumpy rise, Xi faces delicate moment at UN

TOKYO (AP) — The descriptions that China’s state media rolled out ahead of leader Xi Jinping’s speech Tuesday at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations were hardly unexpected. ...

75 years later, can Asia shake off shackles of the past?

TOKYO (AP) — Northeast Asia doesn’t so much repeat history as drag it along like an anchor. The bombs stopped falling 75 years ago, but it is entirely possible — crucial even, some ...