7 dead, 13 injured in China fireworks factory explosion

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in central China say seven people have been killed and 13 injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory in Hunan province. The Liuyang city government sa...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Families in Vietnam mourned the 39 people who died while being smuggled in a truck to England last month. The last bodies of the victims were repatriated to their home country on Saturday. ...

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into...

Approaching storm, snafus cast pall on Southeast Asian Games

CLARK, Philippines (AP) — An approaching typhoon is threatening to complicate the hosting by the Philippines of the largest biennial games in Southeast Asia, already marred by logistical foul-ups that...

Fans of Brazil's Flamengo celebrate Copa victory in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands of ecstatic soccer fans are celebrating their Flamengo team’s victory in South America’s top club competition, pouring into the streets of Rio de Janeiro in a f...

UEFA fines Copenhagen for burning Smurf fan banner at Malmö

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has fined Copenhagen 70,000 euros ($77,000) for incidents at a Europa League game against Malmö, including a fan banner of a burning Smurf cartoon character. ...

Explosion at Italian fireworks factory kills 5

ROME (AP) — Italian rescue services say a blast at a fireworks factory in Sicily has killed five people and seriously injured two others. Italian firefighters and Carabinieri police ...

Crowd honors tree as Havana celebrates 500th anniversary

HAVANA (AP) — Hundreds of people in Cuba’s capital stood in line to kiss, touch or walk around a towering silk floss tree Saturday in a nod to tradition as they celebrate Havana’s 500th anniversary th...

Dutch version of St. Nicholas has controversial sidekick

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch version of St. Nicholas is due to arrive in the Netherlands in an annual children’s party that has become the backdrop for increasingly acrimonious confrontatio...

Finland qualifies for major soccer tournament for 1st time

HELSINKI (AP) — A party decades in the making finally erupted in Finland after its national team qualified for a major soccer tournament for the first time on Friday. Finland beat Li...

Protesters in Iraq celebrate soccer win against Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of anti-government protesters in Iraq’s capital city celebrated with fireworks a 2-1 win over Iran in a much-anticipated World Cup qualifying match, hoping it would return mom...

Iraqi protests celebrate 2-1 win over Iran in soccer match

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters in Iraq’s capital city are celebrating with fireworks a 2-1 win over Iran in a much-anticipated World Cup qualifying match, hoping it’ll return momentum to th...

Music Review: DJ Shadow back with an album to mark the times

DJ Shadow, “Our Pathetic Age” (Mass Appeal) In the companion art piece to DJ Shadow’s “Our Pathetic Age,” a poem expresses not wanting to be permeated by the ubiquity of “tech parano...

Review: 'Ford v Ferrari' is a very pleasant (fast) ride

Cops might do well to position their speed traps near movie theaters wherever the new film "Ford v Ferrari" is playing. They might fund their whole year's budget busting speeders peeling out of the pa...

Havana celebrates 500th anniversary facing dire challenges

HAVANA (AP) — Havana has been ruled by Spanish colonial governors, American-backed strongmen and communist revolutionaries. It's an architectural jewel box where buildings collapse f...