• 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.

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, at the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing, China, Friday, April 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — Denouncing what they see as outside interference in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministers of Russia and China voiced mutual support Friday as they seek to counter the influence of Washington and its allies, particularly in Asia.

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain smiles to supporters during the autographs session with fans at the 'Sochi Autodrom' Formula One circuit, in Sochi, Russia, on Thursday, April 28, 2016.  The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Hamilton expects tough challenge to make up gap on Rosberg

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — With the gap widening, Lewis Hamilton faces an increasingly tense Formula One title defense as his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg grows more confident by the race.

  • Otto leads by 2 at 9 under after 1st round of China Open

    BEIJING (AP) — Hennie Otto had seven birdies and an eagle in an opening round of 63 on Thursday to lead the China Open at 9 under.

  • Han Yunhong, an official from the Public Security Bureau listens to questions during a press conference about a law regulating overseas non-governmental organizations held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Thursday, April 28, 2016. China passed a much-debated law on foreign non-governmental organizations on Thursday in a move in which Beijing says would better serve the groups but critics are concerned would further restrict them by subjecting them to close police supervision. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    China passes law to tighten controls on foreign nonprofits

    BEIJING (AP) — China passed a law Thursday tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations by subjecting them to close police supervision, a move officials say will help the groups but critics charge is the latest attempt by authorities to clamp down on perceived threats to the ruling Communist Party’s control.

  • In this photo taken March 16, 2016, a man takes a photo of the mummified body of revered Buddhist monk Fu Hou in Quanzhou city in southeastern China's Fujian province. The monk, who died in 2012 at the age of 94, was prepared for mummification by his temple to commemorate his devotion to Buddhism. The mummifed remains were then treated and covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT

    Revered Chinese monk is mummified and covered in gold leaf

    BEIJING (AP) — A revered Buddhist monk in China has been mummified and covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions.

  • 2nd Chinese city in a week halts trash incinerator plans

    BEIJING (AP) — For the second time in a week, a Chinese city has announced it would halt plans for a garbage incinerator project following angry protests by residents that underscore growing concern over threats to public health.

  • In protest of the Japanese coast guard recently detaining a Taiwanese fishing boat, fishermen hurl eggs outside of the Japan representative office in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Scores of Taiwanese fishermen protested Wednesday outside Japan’s representative office in Taiwan to demand an apology over the seizure of one of their fishing boats by the Japanese coast guard. (AP Photo/ Chiang Ying-ying)

    Taiwan fishermen protest over seizure of boat by Japan

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Scores of Taiwanese fishermen protested Wednesday outside Japan’s representative office in Taiwan to demand an apology over the seizure of one of their fishing boats by the Japanese coast guard.

  • Renault-Nissan's CEO Carlos Ghosn speaks during a press conference held at Auto China 2016 in Beijing, China, Monday, April 25, 2016. Automakers are showcasing a new generation of luxurious SUVs at China's biggest auto show of the year to lure buyers in its cooling, crowded market. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    China auto show highlights SUVs in slowing market

    BEIJING (AP) — Automakers are showcasing a new generation of luxurious SUVs at China’s biggest auto show of the year as they battle for buyers in the country’s cooling, crowded market.