Japan's Naruhito to proclaim himself emperor at palace rite

TOKYO (AP) - Emperor Naruhito visited three Shinto shrines at the Imperial Palace on Tuesday before proclaiming himself Japan's emperor in an enthronement ceremony.

The Latest: Syrian Kurdish leader likens US move to genocide

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Latest on the United States and Syria (all times local):

US may now keep some troops in Syria to guard oilfields

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. may leave some forces in Syria to secure oilfields and make sure they don't fall into the hands of a resurgent Islamic State, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday, even though President Donald Trump has insisted he is pulling troops out of the country and getting out of "endless wars." 

Thai king strips his consort of royal titles for disloyalty

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's king has stripped his royal consort of her titles and military ranks for disloyalty, accusing her of seeking to undermine the position of his official wife, the country's queen, for her own benefit.

Japan braces for 2 more storms after deadly typhoon

TOKYO (AP) - Japan is bracing for two more storms heading its way a week after a typhoon devastated the country's central and northern regions.


China detains Japanese man, possibly on spying allegations

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese authorities have detained a Japanese man, Japan's government said Monday, and news reports suggested he might be accused of spying.

2 Indian states hold elections; Modi's party expected to win

NEW DELHI (AP) - Voters cast ballots Monday in two Indian states where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party is seeking a second consecutive term.

Japan exports fall for 10th straight month in September

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's exports fell for a 10th straight month in September as trade tensions between the U.S. and China hit demand for machinery and other manufacturing mainstays, the government said Monday.

Nancy Pelosi meets top officials in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has met with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a group of American lawmakers in an unannounced visit to the country.

Australian man arrested over killing of 2 in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - An Australian national has been arrested for allegedly killing another Australian man and a Filipino woman in a city northwest of Manila, Philippine police said.


Japan set to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement

TOKYO (AP) - Japan is abuzz ahead of a ceremony Tuesday marking Emperor Naruhito's ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

US troops in Syria going to Iraq, not home as Trump claims

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - While President Donald Trump insists he's bringing home Americans from "endless wars" in the Mideast, his Pentagon chief says all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue operations against the Islamic State group.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) - A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves.

China issues stinging rebuke of US at Beijing defense forum

BEIJING (AP) - China's defense minister is issuing a stinging rebuke of the U.S. at a defense forum in Beijing, saying China wasn't fazed by sanctions, pressure and a "big stick policy."

'Abominable' to skip Malaysia theaters over disputed sea map

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The animated movie "Abominable" will skip Malaysian theaters after producers decided against cutting out a scene showing a map supporting Chinese claims to the disputed South China Sea.

American ambassador defends rules for Chinese diplomats

BEIJING (AP) - The U.S. ambassador to Beijing has defended plans to require Chinese diplomats to report contacts with some Americans and says Washington is considering possible rules for employees of entities controlled by the ruling Communist Party.

US defense chief in Afghanistan for firsthand look at war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Mark Esper sought a firsthand assessment Sunday of the U.S. military's future role in America's longest war as he made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. Stalled peace talks with the Taliban and unrelenting attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State militants have complicated the Trump administration's pledge to withdraw more than 5,000 American troops.

Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban

HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong streets descended into chaotic scenes following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally Sunday, as protesters set up roadblocks and torched businesses, and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon.

India, Pakistan exchange fire in Kashmir, killing 9

SRINAGAR, India (AP) - Pakistani and Indian soldiers traded fire in disputed Kashmir on Sunday, killing at least nine people on both sides, officials said.

Bangladesh police say violence over Facebook post kills 4

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - At least four people were killed and dozens injured Sunday after security officials in southern Bangladesh opened fire to disperse hundreds of Muslims during a protest over an alleged social media post undermining Islam's Prophet Muhammad, police said.

Distinctive accent on torture video leads police to suspect

Brian Steven Smith, second from left, is escorted out of a courtroom in Anchorage, Alaska, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Smith has pleaded not guilty to 14 charges stemming from the deaths of two Alaska Native women. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

California governor wants investigation of high gas prices

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, right, speaks next to Gov. Gavin Newsom during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom requested Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, that state Becerra investigate whether the retail gasoline industry is engaging in false advertising or price fixing to charge drivers more at the pump. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Union official: Fired Wisconsin school guard gets job back

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2019, file photo, Marlon Anderson poses for a photo in Madison, Wis. A Wisconsin school district is rehiring Anderson, a security guard after he was fired last week for repeating a racial slur while telling a student not to use it, a union official said Monday, Oct. 21. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Justice Kagan: High court must avoid partisan perceptions
Man sentenced for hacking LA court system
High stakes for Putin, Erdogan summit on northeast Syria

People attend funerls of Syrian Democratic Forces fighters killed recently fighting Turkish forces in the town of Hasakeh, north Syria, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

Lebanon's government approves sweeping reforms amid protests

Anti-government protesters shout slogans in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters of all ages gathered Sunday in major cities and towns nationwide, with each hour bringing hundreds more people to the streets for the largest anti-government protests yet in four days of demonstrations. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

The Latest: Lebanese PM announces sweeping economic reforms

Anti-government protesters shout slogans in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters of all ages gathered Sunday in major cities and towns nationwide, with each hour bringing hundreds more people to the streets for the largest anti-government protests yet in four days of demonstrations. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Thousands protest in Sudan, call to disband ex-ruling party
Iran says 5.6 magnitude earthquake strikes its south
Water cut to migrant camp as Bosnian authorities feud

Migrants wait in line to receive supplies from the Red Cross at the Vucijak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Authorities in the town of Bihac on Monday stopped the delivery of water supplies to the Vucjak camp saying they want to draw attention to the problems in the camp set up on a former landfill and near mine fields from the 1992-95 war. (AP Photo/Eldar Emric)

Former SS camp guard tells court he's "haunted" by killings

93-year-old former SS guard Bruno Dey in the concentration camp Stutthof near Danzig, arrives at the regional court in Hamburg, Germany, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. The prosecution accuses the 93-year-old man of aiding and abetting the murder of 5230 people. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)

N Ireland laws on abortion, same-sex marriage, set to change

Pro-choice activists take part in a photo call in the grounds of Stormont Parliament, Belfast, Monday Oct. 21, 2019. Abortion is set to be decriminalized and same-sex marriage legalized in Northern Ireland as of midnight, bringing its laws in line with the rest of the U.K. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)

Greece: Garbage piles up in Athens amid strikes

A man looks at a pile of garbage in the central Koukaki neighborhood of Athens, on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.  Local government unions have announced stoppages and strikes this week to protest government plans to expand private sector involvement in municipal services. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The Latest: EU Parliament to be flexible on ratifying Brexit

Various flags flutter in the wind outside the houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.  There are just 10 days until the U.K. is due to leave the European bloc on Oct. 31.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)