• Olympic organizers say winter sports set for boom is Asia

    SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Lee Hee-beom, the head of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia.

  • China suspends coal imports from North Korea over missiles

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Sunday began a suspension of all coal imports from North Korea for the rest of the year as it increases pressure on its communist neighbor to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

  • 7 Hong Kong police get 2 years’ prison in activist’s beating

    HONG KONG (AP) — Seven Hong Kong police officers were sentenced Friday to two years in prison for assaulting a pro-democracy activist at the height of 2014 protests, in an attack that was caught on film by TV news cameras.

  • 7 Hong Kong police get 2 years’ prison in activist’s beating

    HONG KONG (AP) — Seven Hong Kong police officers have been sentenced to two years in prison for assaulting a pro-democracy activist at the height of 2014 protests.

  • Mystery deepens, questions build in N.Korea princeling death

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — What do we really know about the sudden death of an exiled North Korean princeling? Aside from heated media speculation and an instant “it’s-gotta-be-Pyongyang” reaction from Seoul’s spy agency, not much.

  • Harsh Mongolian winter risks livelihoods of herder families

    BEIJING (AP) — Exceptionally cold weather in Mongolia is putting the livelihoods of more than 150,000 nomadic herders and family members at risk, just one year after another extreme winter killed more than 1 million animals, the Red Cross said Thursday, as it launched an emergency appeal.

  • China makes deadly opioid carfentanil a controlled substance

    SHANGHAI (AP) — So deadly it’s considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China— until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China’s Ministry of Public Security said Thursday, closing a major regulatory loophole in the fight to end America’s opioid epidemic.

  • More questions than answers in assassination of North Korean

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It looks like a perfectly staged assassination, straight out of the pages of a spy novel: Kim Jong Nam, the estranged, exiled half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, falls ill at a Malaysian airport, complains of being sprayed with some sort of chemical, and drops dead.

  • Did a South Korean news report doom Kim Jong Un’s brother?

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Intelligence officials believe North Korean agents assassinated leader Kim Jong Un’s exiled half brother, but if the whodunit seems settled, a very big question still looms: Why now?

  • Recent Trump win on China trademark raises ethics questions

    SHANGHAI (AP) — There’s a Trump toilet, a Trump condom, a Trump pacemaker and even a Trump International Hotel among hundreds of trademarks in China that don’t belong to Donald Trump. But after a decade of grinding battle in China’s courts, the president was expected to get an unlikely win this week: the rights to his own name.