• China to snub arbitration hearing on feud with Philippines

    Updated: 12 min ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China is standing pat on its decision to reject arbitration by an international tribunal that will begin formal hearings this week to resolve a long-seething feud with the Philippines over the South China Sea, Beijing's ambassador to Manila said Monday. The five-member tribunal starts hearings in The Hague on Tuesday to address China's contention that the arbitration body does not have authority to assume jurisdiction over Manila's complaint against Beijing. A high-level delegation that includes the Philippines' solicitor-general and the heads of the foreign, defense and justice departments, along with Washington-based lawyers hired by Manila, have flown to The Hague to argue the Philippines' case

  • Afghans protest court ruling in mob killing of woman

    Updated: 51 min ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Dozens of Afghans have rallied to denounce last week's court ruling that overturned the death sentences for four men convicted for taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine in March. The protesters, mostly members of the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan and women activists, staged Monday's protest outside of the same shrine where Farkhunda Malikzada was killed by mob. Many carried posters of the slain woman and shouted, "We want justice!" One of the participants, activist Malalai Joya, said the court decision paves way for the killers to "go free tomorrow and they are all criminals.

  • Danny Lee wins Greenbrier Classic in 4-man playoff

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — A week ago at the Travelers Championship, Danny Lee became so disappointed with his driver that he gave it to a young fan in the middle of the final round and walked away. On Sunday, his new one worked pretty well. Nearly eight years after becoming a U.S. Amateur champion at age 18, Lee earned his first PGA Tour win at The Greenbrier Classic in a four-man playoff. Lee won in his 98th tour event when he parred the second hole of Sunday's sudden-death playoff, eliminating David Hearn after Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb faltered on the first playoff hole. "I kind of felt like I was playing good but not good enough to win a golf tournament," Lee said. "But this week for some reaso

  • Thai authorities seize illegal ivory at airport

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities say they have seized 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of ivory — or about 130 tusks and pieces — hidden in crates being shipped from Africa to Asia. Customs officials said Monday they intercepted wooden crates marked "marble pieces" that contained four suitcases with the ivory hidden inside at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport on Friday. Customs deputy director-general Chamroen Photiyod said the ivory was worth about 10 million baht, or $300,000. He said the shipment, which was headed to Laos, had originated in Congo and transited through several countries before Thai authorities stopped it. This is the 11th ivory seizure the Thai Customs Department has made this year.

  • Foreigner in Philippines tests positive for MERS virus

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive for the MERS virus, health officials said Monday. Philippine Health Secretary Janette Garin said several people the foreigner had come in close contact with have been traced. She said one of them, a Filipino woman exhibiting mild symptoms, had been isolated and that her test results were being awaited. At least seven other people who had close contact with the patient were under home quarantine. The patient's home country was not immediately disclosed. It's the second confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome in the Philippines.

  • 3 dead, 13 hurt after bomb blast at checkpoint in Kandahar

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An official says a bomb blast at a police checkpoint in the southern city of Kandahar has killed two civilians, one policeman and wounded 13 others. Samim Khpolwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the blast Sunday evening came from a bomb strapped to a motorcycle. The wounded included 11 civilians and two police. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast in Afghanistan's second-largest city. The Taliban routinely plant bombs to target Afghan security forces, though civilians are frequently killed instead. U.S. and NATO troops pulled back from volatile areas of the country last year, handing security responsibility over to Afghan forces.

  • Indian coast guard seizes Iranian boat, arrests 12 crew

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's coast guard seized an Iranian fishing boat off the country's southern coast early Sunday and arrested 12 crew members, officials said. Top Kerala state police officer T.P. Senakumar said the Iranian crew members were being questioned for possible smuggling and breach of India's national security, but he declined to give details. Sitanshu Kar, India's defense ministry spokesman, said the boat was intercepted and seized early Sunday by the coast guard. The Press Trust of India news agency said coast guard officials found one satellite phone and a Pakistani identity card on the boat which was intercepted 100 kilometers (60 miles) off the Kerala state coast.

  • Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charges over fund

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations. The country's attorney general confirmed late Saturday that he had received documents from an official investigation that made the link between Prime Minister Najib Razak and the investment fund 1MDB. The existence of the documents was first reported by The Wall Street Journal's Asia edition on Friday, showing some $700 million were wired from entities linked to the fund into Najib's accounts. The documents sent to the attorney general pave

  • Storm causes floods, knocks out power in north Philippines

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm blew across the northern Philippines on Sunday, causing floods and power outages in several towns and prompting rescue teams to scramble to evacuate villagers in low-lying communities. There were no immediate reports of casualties from slow-moving Tropical Storm Linfa, which set off minor landslides in at least two mountainous provinces, officials said. The storm, which had sustained winds of 85 kilometers (53 miles) per hour and gusts of 100 kph (62 mph), was expected to start blowing away from the country on Monday, according to government forecasters.

  • Zoo tram accident in northeastern Thailand kills 5 people


    BANGKOK (AP) — Two trams used to shuttle visitors around a zoo in northeastern Thailand collided Sunday, killing five people and injuring more than 30, police said. The accident at the Kao Suan Kwang Zoo in Khon Kaen province occurred when one tram driver lost control due to a problem with the vehicle's brakes and slammed into a tram in front, said police Col. Pichit Deeya. The impact caused both trams to overturn, crushing a passenger who died at the scene, Pichit said. Four other people died from injuries at a local hospital, he said, adding that all the victims were Thai nationals. Among the dead was a 2-year-old girl. About 10 other children were injured, ranging in age from 3-12, Pichit said.

  • Carlos to manage Delhi team in Indian Super League


    NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Brazil and Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos will manage the Delhi Dynamos for the upcoming edition of the Indian Super League. The signing, which was announced on the team's website on Sunday, is one of the biggest in the franchise-based league that saw players like Nicolas Anelka, Alessandro Del Piero, Robert Pires, Luis Garcia and David Trezeguet turn out for different teams in the inaugural edition last year. Carlos, known for his powerful free-kicks, was a member of the Brazilian World Cup squads that reached the final in 1998 and won the tournament in 2002. The 42-year-old Carlos's managerial experience includes stints with Turkish sides Sivasspor and Akhisar Belediyespor. The sec

  • Fiji beats Micronesia 38-0 in Pacific Games football match


    PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Pacific Games organizers say Fiji broke the record for the biggest win in international football with a 38-0 victory Sunday over the Federated States of Micronesia. Fiji led 21-0 lead at halftime. Antonio Tuivuna scored 10 goals for Fiji, which like other teams in the event is being represented by an under-23 side. Organizers said the result broke the 2001 record when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in an Oceania confederation qualifier for the 2002 World Cup, although it was not clear if the record would be recognized by FIFA because it involved an under-age tournament. Micronesia lost its first match 30-0 to Tahiti. The 15th Pacific Games which end July 18 had its fir

  • US, wooing Vietnam, readies red carpet for communist chief


    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong doesn't hold an official government post, but it's not surprising that he'll meet with President Barack Obama on his visit to the United States this week. He is the de-facto top leader of his country. More telling is one of Trong's other engagements — a dinner reception hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, bastion of American free enterprise. Economic imperatives drove the U.S. and Vietnam to normalize postwar relations 20 years ago, and they remain a major incentive to boost ties. President Bill Clinton announced the normalization of relations between the U.S.

  • Tomic suspended from Davis Cup for Australia over comments

    Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Bernard Tomic has been suspended from Australia's home Davis Cup quarterfinal against Kazakhstan for his verbal attack on Tennis Australia officials, including Pat Rafter and chief executive Craig Tiley. Australian Associated Press reported from Wimbledon on Saturday that Tennis Australia president Steve Healy said Tomic's disrespectful post-match comments following his third-round loss to top-seeded Novak Djokovic on Friday effectively ruled him out of contention. Healy said Tomic's behavior "was unacceptable ... playing for our country is an absolute privilege, and with that privilege comes an obligation to behave appropriately. He didn't.

  • McCain: US must reassess Afghanistan troop withdrawal

    Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country's capital. The Republican told reporters that Afghan national forces are fighting bravely, but suffering heavy losses in the field. American and international troops have already stopped playing a combat role, remaining as trainers for local forces. The international numbers will be reduced further at the end of 2016. But McCain said reductions should be based on conditions on the ground.

  • Aussie coach has advice for defending Japan

    Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Perhaps, Australia coach Alen Stajcic was on to something when he said, "We're not the Netherlands," in responding to question regarding how his team might defend against Japan in the quarterfinals. Familiar with their Asian rivals, Stajcic said the key was pressuring Japan's ball carriers and clogging up the middle so they couldn't generate chances off their crisp-passing attack. That was unlike the Netherlands, which allowed Japan to create in the offensive zone in a 2-1 loss in the Round of 16. Australia was effective, but eventually wore down before giving up a goal in the 87th minute in a 1-0 loss last weekend.

  • Murder complaints filed over capsized Philippine ferry

    Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police in a central Philippine city said Saturday that they have filed murder complaints against the owner and the crew of a ferry that capsized shortly after pulling out of port, leaving more than 50 people dead. The complaints were filed with the local prosecutor late Friday as the M/B Kim Nirvana was lifted from the water, said Ormoc City police Senior Inspector Rio Tan. The prosecutor will review the complaints to determine whether there is enough evidence to file charges. At least 59 people died and 145 survived Thursday's disaster, including all 18 crew members, said regional coast guard commander Capt. Pedro Tinampay.

  • Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said Friday he hopes to build trust and create more opportunities to improve relations between one-time foes as they mark the 20th anniversary of normalized diplomatic ties. They are also being brought closer together by shared concerns over China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The White House said Trong would arrive on Tuesday, and the leaders would discuss trade, human rights and defense cooperation. It did not confirm a visit by Obama to Vietnam, which would b

  • Australian academy prepares punters for US college football

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The fog is still lifting off a deserted playing field on the outskirts of this southern Australian city as 10 aspiring college football punters begin their morning drills. No one watches them practice on a chilly Melbourne day. Soon, they hope, almost all of them will be showing off their skills in front of crowds of more than 100,000 while punting at powerhouse college football programs 10,000 miles away. Experienced Australian rules football players for many years have considered punting in the National Football League after their pro careers at home. Now more young Australians are training with the Prokick Australia academy with plans to bypass the Australian Football League entirely and go st

  • Could searchers' sonars have missed wreckage of Flight 370?

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Amid rising frustrations over the expensive, so-far fruitless search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are questioning the competence of the company in charge, including whether crews may have passed over the sunken wreckage without even noticing. Such carping in a small, fiercely competitive and highly specialized industry isn't unusual — and some of the strongest comments have come from a company whose bid for the lucrative job failed. But others have also criticized what they suspect is shoddy work, inappropriate equipment use and a focus on speed over thoroughness by the Dutch underwater survey company hired by Australia to find the plane that vanished in the Indian Ocean on March