• No eight for Australia at Rio Olympics, 1st time in 68 years

    Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia won't have a men's eight crew in Olympic rowing for the first time in 68 years after failing to qualify for Rio de Janeiro at the final regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland. Australia's men's eight, which needed a top-two finish at the weekend regatta but finished a distant fourth, has made the start line at each Olympics dating back to London in 1948, winning six medals — two silvers and four bronze. The Australian women's eight also needed a top-two finish but placed third. Australia has qualified eight boats with 20 rowers for Brazil, compared with 13 boats and 46 rowers at London in 2012. Australia won three silver and two bronze medals in 2012, failing to win gold for the first time since 200

  • Toyota to expand in Malaysia with $488 million plant

    Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. says it will build a second factory in Malaysia as part of expansion to meet rising local demand. The new 2 billion ringgit ($488 million) plant will be built by Toyota and its local partner, UMW Corp. Toyota said Wednesday that the plant, to be built in the central state of Selangor, will have an initial capacity of around 50,000 units a year. Toyota said the plant is expected to begin operations in early 2019 and will help double the company's production volume in Malaysia to around 100,000 units a year. It said the new plant will focus on manufacturing passenger cars, including energy-efficient vehicles, while its current factory will churn out com

  • Dubai to open 2016-17 IRB Sevens season in December

    Dubai to open 2016-17 IRB Sevens season in...

    Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) — Fiji will begin defense of its IRB world sevens title on Dec. 2-3 when the opening tournament of the 10-round, 2016-17 season is held at Dubai, followed a week later at Cape Town. The Fijians clinched their second consecutive series championship last weekend by advancing to the quarterfinals of the London Sevens, which featured Scotland's first tournament title. Fiji will be favorites at the inaugural rugby sevens tournament at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August. World Rugby said in a statement Wednesday that the third round will be held at Wellington, New Zealand (Jan. 28-29) followed a week later in Sydney.

  • Gunmen kill 3 paramilitary forces in northwest Pakistan

    Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A senior police officer says gunmen riding on motorcycles have ambushed a vehicle carrying paramilitary forces in northwest Pakistan, killing three of them before fleeing. The officer Abbas Majeed Marwat says the attackers targeted the vehicle of the Frontier Constabulary on Wednesday morning near Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province that borders Afghanistan. No one claimed responsibility but authorities have blamed local Taliban and other militants for previous such attacks. The Pakistani Taliban have carried out scores of attacks targeting police, security forces and government officials for supporting the United States. The Pakistani Taliban also views the government as un-Islami

  • Filipino pair reach semifinals of Women's Amateur Four-Ball

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    BOWLING GREEN, Fla. (AP) — Princess Mary Superal made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to lead her Filipino team into the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball on Tuesday. Superal and Pauline Del Rosario trailed for the first time all week at Streamsong Resort when Del Rosario made birdie on the tough par-3 16th to square the match. Superal's final birdie eliminated Madein Herr and Brynn Walker, who were trying to reach the semifinals for the second straight year. The Filipinos will face a pair of 13-year-old Californians, Angelina Kim and Brianna Navarrosa, in the semifinal Wednesday morning. In the other semifinal match, Texas duo Hailee Cooper and Kaitlyn Papp play Alexandra Austin and Lauren Gree

  • Daughter seeks US help over missing Hong Kong publisher

    Daughter seeks US help over missing Hong Kong...

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The daughter of a Hong Kong-based publisher believed abducted by Chinese authorities eight months ago appeared Tuesday before a U.S. congressional commission urging Washington's help to win his release. Author Gui Minhai, a Swedish national, is one of five men associated with a publishing house whose disappearance late last year raised international concern that Beijing is clamping down on the semiautonomous Chinese city's freedom of speech. College student Angela Gui told the Congressional-Executive Commission on China that she last spoke to her father by phone about one month ago but she does not know where in China he is. He went missing in Thailand in October.

  • Lauren Jackson back in basketball in team operations role

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lauren Jackson's first job since retiring from basketball won't be far from the court. The former WNBA most valuable player with the Seattle Storm and an Australian Olympic team stalwart announced her retirement in March after knee injuries ended a 20-year career. On Wednesday, Jackson was announced as the executive and commercial operations manager for the Melbourne Boomers of the domestic WNBL. Jackson will also sit on the board of the financially-troubled team that was formerly known as Bulleen. She and other new executive members are part of an ownership restructuring hoping to save the 33-year-old team. Jackson says: "I didn't want to see Melbourne go under.

  • NZ 7s coach given some credit for rugby's return to Olympics

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    LONDON (AP) — Sonny Bill Williams is going in for a try untouched in the left corner when the whistle blows. He immediately turns, drops to the grass, and presents the ball, which is whisked away to the right. "Come on Sonny, get back in line," Gordon Tietjens yells. Williams is back in line right away. New Zealand's rugby sevens coach, who will pick his Olympic squad in July, doesn't stand for slackers or egos. What Tietjens wants is 100 percent effort, even in training. "And even if you've only got 50 percent left to give," says Cory Jane, the All Blacks wing who played under Tietjens for three years, "he'll demand you give 100 percent of that 50 percent.

  • On human rights, Obama finds Vietnam a work in progress

    On human rights, Obama finds Vietnam a work in...

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — When President Barack Obama met with human rights advocates and other activists Tuesday, he spoke of the "remarkable strides" Vietnam was making on a range of issues. Nguyen Quang A missed the meeting: That morning, the 70-year-old activist said, security men grabbed his arms and legs, threw him in a car and drove him into the countryside, where they held him until Obama left town. The episode in Hanoi was a measure of both the progress and the unfinished business as the U.S. and Vietnam move from onetime enemies to full partners with stronger economic and security ties. For all the lusty cheers and warm welcomes that Obama has gotten during his time in Vietnam, the transformation clearly is

  • In final drive, Obama seeks better relations with US foes

    In final drive, Obama seeks better relations...

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In his final stretch as president, Barack Obama is driving the United States toward friendlier relations with some of its most longstanding adversaries. He's working to consign bitter animosities with Vietnam, Iran, Cuba and Myanmar to the history books. Obama hopes he can prove the benefits before he leaves office in January. Opponents' accusations of naivete have only bolstered his conviction that the U.S. must release itself from an us-versus-them mentality forged during wars that ended decades ago. The quest for resolution was on display this week in Vietnam, where Obama lifted an arms sales embargo. His next gesture will come Friday during a historic visit to Hiroshima, Japan, where the U.S. detonated

  • ON BASKETBALL: Green's history may have helped him

    ON BASKETBALL: Green\'s history may have helped him

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) — Draymond Green has a history, and in this case it seems to have been helpful. He's a kicker. Only a minute before the overly excitable Golden State forward kicked Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin area during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night, his leg flailing upward either clumsily or intentionally depending on perspective, he was under the basket as teammate Stephen Curry missed a 3-pointer. Green went up and tried to tip in the rebound. He missed.

  • Microsoft opens wallet to extend Internet in remote areas

    Microsoft opens wallet to extend Internet in...

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft has joined other tech giants working to deliver the Internet in remote parts of the world, although it's taking a smaller-scale approach than some of its rivals. Google and Facebook are pursuing expensive, ambitious efforts to extend Internet access through networks of satellites, drones and high-altitude balloons. Microsoft is making grants to small businesses that provide online access, software or related services in places like Africa, India and rural Maine. Microsoft says its grants, averaging about $75,000 in cash and free software, will help local startups provide services tailored to specific communities or regions, in ways that have more immediate impact.

  • Pakistan: DNA tests to confirm Taliban leaders death

    Pakistan: DNA tests to confirm Taliban leaders...

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Tuesday that authorities will perform DNA tests on the body of a man who was killed in an American drone strike to determine whether the slain man is actually Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour. At a televised news conference in Islamabad, Khan said Pakistan is still unable to officially confirm Mansour's death, although Washington, Kabul and some senior Taliban commanders have confirmed it. The Taliban has yet to formally announce his death. Khan condemned the drone strike, calling it a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and international laws.

  • Indian police say they've killed key Kashmiri rebel leader

    Indian police say they\'ve killed key Kashmiri...

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian police said Tuesday that they have killed the operations head of a major militant group in the Indian portion of Kashmir in a gunbattle. The Jaish-e-Mohammed group's operations chief, Saifullah, and one of his associates were killed Monday night following intelligence information that they were at a house in Srinagar, the main city in the Indian portion of Kashmir, said police officer Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani. The identity of the second rebel killed was not immediately known. There was no independent confirmation of the incident. Jaish-e-Mohammed has been active in Kashmir for more than 15 years.

  • India successfully tests small space shuttle

    India successfully tests small space shuttle

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India has successfully tested its first small space shuttle as part of its efforts to make low-cost reusable spacecraft. The Indian Space Research Organization said the shuttle lifted off on a rocket from a launch pad in southern India on Monday and completed a successful 13-minute test flight. Space expert Pallava Bagla, who writes for science magazines, said the test paves the way for India to embark on low-cost space missions. He said the United States and some other countries have abandoned the use of winged reusable spacecraft, but India hopes to bring down the cost of access to space by 90 percent by using reusable vehicles.

  • DNA tests needed to identify Thai school fire victims

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    BANGKOK (AP) — Relatives of a dozen primary-school girls who died in a dormitory fire in northern Thailand are awaiting the results of DNA tests because the bodies of all but five of the 17 victims are too disfigured to be recognizable. "I can't even tell which one is my daughter, they all just look like blackened dolls," Yupin Saewa, the mother of a 10-year-old victim, said in an interview Tuesday with the state Thai News Agency. The Pithakkaiat Witthaya school outside Chiang Rai city provides free housing for impoverished children who are members of hill tribe minorities. Fifteen girls and a teacher escaped the fire Sunday night by tying bedsheets together and using them to climb down from a second-floor window.

  • Swiss bank to be shut over Malaysia embezzlement scandal

    Swiss bank to be shut over Malaysia...

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss private bank accused of turning a blind eye to shady money transfers and willful defiance of regulators will face criminal proceedings and be liquidated for its alleged role in the suspected embezzlement of $4 billion from a Malaysian state fund. In a two-pronged crackdown, authorities in Singapore on Tuesday ordered the closure of the local branch of BSI, which is based in Lugano, Switzerland, citing serious breaches of anti-money laundering requirements, poor management oversight and gross misconduct by some staff.

  • Senior Taliban figure says death of leader could unify group

    Senior Taliban figure says death of leader...

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death of the leader of the Afghan Taliban in a U.S. drone strike last week could make the insurgent movement stronger by bringing back dissident commanders and unifying the movement's ranks, a senior Afghan Taliban figure said on Tuesday. Mullah Mohammad Ghous, a foreign minister during the Taliban's 1996-2001 rule of Afghanistan, told The Associated Press that Mullah Akhtar Mansour's death cleared the way for those who left after he became leader to return to the insurgency. Mansour was killed on Saturday in the strike in southwestern Pakistan, just over the border from Afghanistan. His death has been confirmed by some senior Taliban members, as well as Washington and Kabul. The Taliban

  • China says better US-Vietnam ties must not threaten Beijing

    China says better US-Vietnam ties must not...

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) — Improved relations between the U.S. and Vietnam must not lead to greater pressure on China or threats to its interests, an official Chinese newspaper said Tuesday. While China applauds the spirit of reconciliation between Hanoi and Washington, "whatever common interests the two countries pursue, they should never compromise China's national interests and threaten regional security," the English-language China Daily said in an editorial. The comments point to Beijing's underlying concerns about closer ties between its chief regional rival and its southern neighbor, with which it is in dispute over ownership of islands in the South China Sea.

  • The Latest: White House protests to Vietnam over activists

    The Latest: White House protests to Vietnam...

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — The Latest on U.S. President Barack Obama's first visit to Vietnam (all times local): 8:00 p.m. The White House says it has protested to Vietnam's government over human rights activists who were prevented from meeting with President Barack Obama. The president met in Hanoi on Tuesday with six activists, including advocates for the disabled and sexual minorities. But others invited to attend were absent. White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes says the U.S. learned overnight that those activists were either prevented from coming or made by the government to feel uncomfortable attending, through a variety of methods. He says the White House and U.S. Secretary of Sta