• IOC strips Ukrainian of 2008 Olympic medal for doping

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The bronze medalist in women’s modern pentathlon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics has been disqualified for doping.

  • Suspects charged with murder in airport nerve agent attack

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Wearing bulletproof vests, their eyes red and heads bowed, two young women accused of smearing VX nerve agent on the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader were charged with murder Wednesday in a Malaysian court.

  • Canadian imprisoned in North Korea meets Swedish ambassador

    TOKYO (AP) — A Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea has been allowed to meet with the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang and telephone his family.

  • Japan actor in Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ drawn to recurring theme

    TOKYO (AP) — Violence pulsates in Shinya Tsukamoto’s early films, driving stories into nightmarish fantasies like in the award-winning 1989 “Tetsuo,” which ridicules middle-class conformity with a man-becomes-machine metamorphosis.

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  • Asian markets mostly lower, watching Trump speech closely

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Wednesday as attention turned to President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress for clues on what might be ahead for trade, regulations and taxes.

  • China’s coal consumption falls for 3rd year in a row

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s consumption of coal fell in 2016 for a third year in a row, official data showed Tuesday, as the world’s top carbon polluter has emerged as a global leader in addressing global warming.

  • N. Korean diplomats in Malaysia to get Kim’s brother’s body

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A high-level North Korean delegation arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday seeking the body of leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother, the victim of a nerve-agent attack that many suspect Pyongyang itself of orchestrating.

  • South Korean prosecutors to indict Samsung’s de facto chief

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean special prosecutors indicted Samsung’s de facto chief Tuesday on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye.

  • Malaysian officials run into N. Korean’s diplomatic immunity

    TOKYO (AP) — Malaysian police investigating the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother believe they know somebody who might help them solve one of the most bizarre murder mysteries they have ever faced. They know his name, his nationality and have a pretty good idea where he’s holed up.

  • Uno wins gold medal in figure skating at Asian Winter Games

    SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Shoma Uno of Japan overcame several early mistakes Sunday to win the gold medal in men’s figure skating on the final day of the Asian Winter Games.