• A currency trader walks by the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 29, 2016. Asian stocks were mixed Friday after Wall Street slid and Japan's central bank surprised markets by putting off possible additional stimulus. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street slide

    BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets mostly fell Friday after Wall Street slid and Japan’s central bank surprised markets by putting off possible additional stimulus.

    Updated: 2:37 am

  • Hackett apologizes for “pure stupidity” in groping incident

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Two-time Olympic 1,500-meter freestyle champion Grant Hackett has publicly apologized for a drunken incident on a flight home from the Australian Olympic trials earlier this month, when he was accused of groping a male passenger who reclined the seat in front of him.

  • Australia blocks $284 million ranch sale to Chinese

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Citing national interest, the Australian government on Friday blocked a Chinese-led consortium from buying the nation’s largest private land holding, a collection of Outback cattle ranches bigger than South Korea.

  • Australian believed to have been kidnapped in Afghanistan

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian aid worker is believed to have been kidnapped in Afghanistan, Australian officials said on Friday, as her father issued a plea for her safe return.

  • GreenEdge: Yates positive case resulted from paperwork error

    AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — British cyclist Simon Yates can continue to race despite a positive doping test during the Paris-Nice race, the International Cycling Union said Friday.

    Updated: 11:17 am

  • Ruling leaves refugees at Papua New Guinea camp in limbo

    SYDNEY (AP) — The fate of hundreds of asylum seekers being held in a detention center in Papua New Guinea was in limbo on Wednesday as the country’s prime minister announced the facility would close in response to a court ruling that Australia’s detention of the men on the island nation is illegal.

  • In this March 23, 2016, file photo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference in Sydney. Australia announced Tuesday, April 26, 2016, that French company DCNS had beat bidders from Japan and Germany to build the next generation of submarines in Australia's largest-ever defense contract. Turnbull said the French-designed submarines would be built in the Australian manufacturing hub of Adelaide. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

    Australia says French company wins huge submarine contract

    PARIS (AP) — Australia’s largest-ever defense contract has gone to a French shipbuilder to produce a new generation of submarines, thrilling officials in Paris and inaugurating half a century of close defense cooperation between the nations.

  • Ex-world time trial champ Rogers retires with heart problem

    SYDNEY (AP) — Former time-trial world champion Michael Rogers has retired from competitive cycling because of a heart condition.

  • In this Monday, April 18, 2016 photo, tourists read names on a memorial in Port Arthur, Tasmania state, Australia, where 35 people were killed by a lone gunman in 1996. The massacre galvanized Australia to drastically clamp down on guns. Today, as Australia approaches the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur tragedy - to be remembered with a ceremony Thursday, April 28 - there is renewed debate over guns amid a review of the landmark National Firearms Agreement, adopted after the 1996 attack, and the loosening of some gun-related regulations. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

    Renewed gun debate in Australia 20 years after mass shooting

    PORT ARTHUR, Australia (AP) — Carolyn Loughton still carries a bullet in her shoulder from one of the world’s worst mass shootings that killed her daughter 20 years ago and galvanized Australia to drastically clamp down on guns.

  • Haru Nomura, of Japan, follows her shot from the third tee of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the second round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic golf tournament Friday, April 22, 2016, in Daly City, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Japan’s Haru Nomura take 3-shot lead in Swinging Skirts

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Haru Nomura shot a 2-under 70 in windy conditions Friday at Lake Merced to take the second-round lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.