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China's Pacific plan seen as regional strategic game-changer

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When China signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands in April it raised concerns from the U.S. and its allies that Beijing may be seeking a military outpost in the...

Stars and royalty watch ABBA's return in digital stage show

LONDON (AP) — “ABBA Voyage” is certainly a trip. Four decades after the Swedish pop supergroup last performed live, audiences can once again see ABBA onstage in an innovative digital...

China's FM visits Kiribati, where fishing ground is at stake

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China's foreign minister on Friday arrived on the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati, where the future of a vast fishing ground is at stake. The planned...

Surfer helps families honor loved ones with 'one last wave'

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Surfing is no longer a solitary pursuit for Dan Fischer. When he catches a wave along the shores of Rhode Island, he looks down at a surfboard covered with the names of people who...

Ukraine: Emigrant men trapped by martial law

Andrei has lived outside of Ukraine for over a decade, but when his father died, he returned with his wife to the country of his birth to attend the burial in mid-February. After a short visit, they p...

Japan to lift tourism ban, puts Taiwan on blue list

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japan will further loosen its border control policy and quarantine requirements starting June 1 and has placed Taiwan on its blue list for countries with low COVID-19 infe...

Scheffler part of crowded Colonial leaderboard after PGA cut

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Scottie Scheffler did something last weekend that he rarely does, watching a golf tournament at home after missing the cut. The world's No. 1 player is back on the course, and...

China strategy is about rules-based order, not 'new Cold War,' Blinken says

The United States will not block China from growing its economy, but wants it to adhere to international rules, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday in a long-awaited speech on U.S. stra...

Japan to resume tourism in June; only packaged tour for now

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will open its borders to foreign tourists in June for the first time since imposing tight pandemic travel restrictions about two years ago, but only for package tours for now, the p...

KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Tour Scores

Thursday At The GC at Harbor Shores Benton Harbor, Mich. Purse: $3.3 million Yardage: 6,852; Par: 71 First Rou...

Steven Alker, Bob Estes share Senior PGA lead at 64

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — On a day when birdies were flying around Harbor Shores in the first round of the Senior PGA Championship, Steven Alker began soaring with an eagle. The 50...

US general: No need to add ground forces in Sweden, Finland

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweden and Finland's push to join NATO won't require adding more U.S. ground forces into either country, the U.S. general nominated to take over European Command told senators Thursd...

Player who had finger cut off to play rugby tour dies at 87

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Richard “Red” Conway, a famously tough All Blacks backrower who ordered doctors to amputate a finger to ensure he didn’t miss a tour to South Africa, has died. He was 87...

Depeche Mode founding keyboardist Andy Fletcher dies at 60

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andy “Fletch” Fletcher, the unassuming, bespectacled, red-headed keyboardist who for more than 40 years added his synth sounds to Depeche Mode hits like “Just Can’t Get Enough” and ...

Alan White, longtime drummer for prog rock's Yes, dead at 72

SEATTLE (AP) — Alan White, the longtime drummer for progressive rock pioneers Yes who also played on projects with John Lennon and George Harrison, has died. He was 72. White’s death...