• In this Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, file photo, a Malaysian police officer wears a mask as he stands in front of the Petronas Twin Towers shrouded by haze in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Scientists predict the haze this year is on track to surpass 1997 levels when pollution soared to record highs in an environmental disaster that cost an estimated $9 billion. A bad bout of haze resembles wintry fog, but laced with tiny particles of ash that are particularly harmful to the elderly, children and those with chronic heart and lung conditions. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)

    Neighbors turn up the heat on Indonesia over forest fires

    SINGAPORE (AP) — For weeks now, the quality of life in parts of Southeast Asia has been left to sheer chance — the direction of the wind. Every day, it alone determines which city will be shrouded by peaty white smoke blowing from burning forests in Indonesia.

  • This May 11, 2007, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign near the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Japan led world stock markets higher Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, on hopes for new stimulus from its central bank while investors were also buoyed by the prospect that the Federal Reserve will wait until next year to raise interest rates. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Asia stocks rise on hopes for Japan stimulus, Fed hike delay

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are getting off to a slow start a day after a big rally.

  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks about the agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

    United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries reached a contentious trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labor and environmental standards and protects the intellectual property of multinational corporations. Now each country must sell the deal to skeptical lawmakers.

  • In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, protesters holding yellow umbrellas gather to observe a moment of silence to mark the first anniversary of "Umbrella Movement" outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. A year ago, Hong Kong's famously busy streets were shut down by pro-democracy activists who occupied them for 79 days in what became known as the "Umbrella Movement." The protests were led by students and other activists who took to the streets to voice their opposition against Beijing's plan to restrict elections for top leader of the semiautonomous Chinese city. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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    Umbrellas captured attention in Asia last week, with protesters in Hong Kong marking the one-year anniversary of the pro-democracy “umbrella movement” that shut down parts of the bustling city for weeks last year. The moniker caught on after protesters used umbrellas to fend off pepper spray used by riot police.

  • Ferrer wins Malaysian Open final in straight sets

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Top-seeded David Ferrer became the first Spaniard to win the Malaysian Open when he defeated countryman Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 7-5 in the final on Sunday.

  • China's Guo Ailun, white, guards Jayson William of the Philippines, blue, in the final of the FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha in south China's Hunan province Saturday Oct. 3, 2015. China won 78-67. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT

    China beats Philippines 78-67 to win FIBA Asia title

    CHANGSHA, China (AP) — Yi Jianlian combined with youngsters Guo Ailun and Zhou Qi to lead China to a 78-67 win over the Philippines in the FIBA Asia basketball final on Saturday, helping the host nation secure an Olympic slot and finish the continental tournament unbeaten.

  • The financial skyline is seen through a thick haze, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Singapore. The haze is caused by the burning of forests in Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands.  (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Thickening haze in Singapore disrupts World Cup swim races

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Worsening smog in Singapore prompted swimming World Cup organizers to cancel 15 finals races just an hour before the session was to start.

  • Lopez beats Kyrgios in Malaysian Open semifinals

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Second-seeded Feliciano Lopez fired in 12 aces to edge past Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) in the semifinals of the Malaysian Open on Saturday and set up an all-Spanish final against top seed David Ferrer.

  • Top tennis players, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, and Rafael Nadal of Spain, hold garland to offer for Phra Phrom, the Thai interpretation of the Hindu god Brahma, at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Thailand is making special efforts to promote tourism after the Aug. 17 bombing at the shrine. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Djokovic and Nadal mix tennis with politics on Thailand trip

    BANGKOK (AP) — Two of the world’s top tennis players, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, came to Bangkok to earn a few million dollars for an exhibition match. But there were a few strings attached.

  • Kyrgios beats Karlovic in Malaysian Open quarterfinals

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Nick Kyrgios won the key points in both tiebreakers to beat third-seeded Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) Friday in the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open.