• In this Oct. 13, 2015 photo, Hwang You Yeon, left, points at his family’s two-volume gemological book written in 1723 at a museum commemorating one of his prominent ancestors in Paju, South Korea. Historic clan villages keep centuries-old genealogical books that they say have been handed down from generation to generation. The Yun family in Paju keeps woodblocks used to publish its family tree from 1630 to 1863; and Kim Sun Won has a modern version of genealogical books at his home. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    In S. Korea, a town of Kims _ and an unusual shared history

    NONSAN, South Korea (AP) — Many of his students are Kims. So are his fellow teachers, an elementary school alumnus and the owners of restaurants and pubs that he patronizes in his small farming village. Lots of Kims in his neighborhood, too. Such is everyday life for Kim Sun Won, who, obviously, is a Kim too.

  • Bismarck to host international Para-Olympic swim meet

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More than 200 Para-Olympic athletes from 10 countries will be headed to Bismarck next month for a swim meet.

  • Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu poses with his gold medal during an award ceremony at the NHK Trophy figure skating in Nagano, central Japan Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Olympic champion Hanyu sets record score to win NHK Trophy

    NAGANO, Japan (AP) — Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu set a record score for the second straight night to win the NHK Trophy on Saturday and qualify for the Grand Prix Final.

  • Supporters of former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed participate in a protest rally in Male, Maldives, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Hundreds of opposition supporters have started a three-day long protest demanding the release of the country’s ex-president and other politicians and activists in jail. (AP Photo/Sinan Hussain).

    Maldives opposition to regroup for 2nd night of protests

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Police in the Maldives dispersed opposition protesters for a second straight day Saturday, using tear gas and pepper spray and arresting more than a dozen demonstrators demanding the release of a former president and other jailed political leaders.

  • One of two newly-acquired FA-50PH fighter jets is given a water cannon salute while taxiing on the runway upon landing Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at Clark Air Base in Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines. The first two of the 12 brand new fighter jets from South Korea, arrived Saturday as part of the country's modernization program and to mark the air force's return to "supersonic jet age." (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippines gets 1st fighter jets in a decade amid sea feud

    CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Saturday took delivery of two Korean-made fighter jets — the country’s first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade — as it strengthens its underfunded military amid an escalating territorial feud with China.

  • Air pollution in Beijing hits hazardous levels

    BEIJING (AP) — Air pollution in Beijing reached hazardous levels on Saturday as smog engulfed large parts of the country despite efforts to clean up the foul air.

  • In this Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 photo, people gather to observe a Guinness World Records attempt for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree in Canberra, Australia. Australian David Richards set his third Christmas-themed world record in as many years Friday by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights. Guinness World Records confirmed that Richards had broken the record for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree that had been held for five years by Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. (Lukas Coch/AAP Via AP) AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT, PAPUA NEW GUINEA OUT, SOUTH PACIFIC OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES

    Australian Christmas tree sets record with 518,838 lights

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian set his third Christmas-themed world record in as many years Friday by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights.

  • Katrina Camille Pena of the Presidential Commission on Good Government holds a set of jewelry from the so-called Hawaii Collection, one of three sets of the Marcos Jewelry Collection, during appraisal by Sotheby's at the Central Bank of the Philippines Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The Hawaii Collection was seized by the US Bureau of Customs upon the Marcos' arrival in Hawaii in 1986 and is now under the custody of the Philippine Commission on Good Government or PCGG. The appraisal was made to determine its current value which was put at $5 to $7 million dollars in 1988 and 1991.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine website to seek tips on missing Marcos paintings

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government will launch a website to crowd-source tips on the whereabouts of some 200 missing art works, including paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rembrandt that were owned by former first lady Imelda Marcos, an official said Friday.

  • Bangladeshi Muslims attend the funeral of a man killed in an attack Thursday on a mosque in Bangladesh's Bogra district, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Thursday's attack follows a wave of deadly assaults in 2015 on foreigners, secular writers and the Shiite community in the Sunni majority nation. (AP Photo)

    Key radical Islamist groups in Bangladesh

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Gunmen attacked a Shiite mosque in Bangladesh, killing one person and wounding three others, in the latest in a wave of deadly assaults this year on foreigners, secular writers and members of the Shiite community in the Sunni-majority nation.

  • Ashwin dozen leads India to test series win over SAfrica

    NAGPUR, India (AP) — India beat South Africa in a test series for the first time in 11 years in winning the third test by 124 runs thanks to Ravichandran Ashwin’s 12-wicket match haul on Friday.