Female member of Afghan peace team survives attack by gunmen

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A female member of Afghanistan's peace negotiating team was lightly wounded in an assassination attempt, officials said Saturday.

Indian, Nepalese prime ministers talk amid border dispute

NEW DELHI (AP) - The prime ministers of India and Nepal spoke over the phone on Saturday to try to ease bilateral tensions that have existed since a border dispute erupted between the two countries in May.

Thousands rally against SKorea leader despite virus warning

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Thousands of anti-government protesters, armed with umbrellas and raincoats, marched through the soggy streets of South Korea's capital on Saturday, ignoring official pleas to stay home amid a surge in coronavirus infections.

Thai student leader freed on bail, vows to keep up protest

BANGKOK (AP) - A student leader of Thailand's anti-government movement vowed to continue his protesting after being released on bail Saturday, a day after his arrest on a sedition charge.

Asia Today: Restrictions in S. Korea, India cases hit 2.5M

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea on Saturday announced stronger social distancing restrictions for its greater capital area where a surge in COVID-19 cases has threatened to erase the hard-won gains against the virus.


India to invest $1.46 trillion to lift virus-hit economy

NEW DELHI (AP) - India's prime minister said Saturday his country has done well in containing the coronavirus pandemic and announced $1.46 trillion in infrastructure projects to boost the sagging economy.

Moon extends olive branch to Tokyo over wartime history

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday offered talks with Japan to resolve a bitter feud over wartime grievances as the nation celebrated the 75th anniversary of its liberation from Japanese colonial rule at the end of World War II.

Japan marks 75th anniversary of war end with no Abe apology

TOKYO (AP) - Japan on Saturday marked the 75th anniversary of its surrender in World War II, with Emperor Naruhito expressing "deep remorse" over his country's wartime actions at a somber annual ceremony curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Surfer saved after friend punches shark in Australian attack

SYDNEY (AP) - A woman has survived a great white shark attack on Australia's east coast after her surfing companion repeatedly punched it until it let her go.

75 years later, can Asia shake off shackles of the past?

TOKYO (AP) - Northeast Asia doesn't so much repeat history as drag it along like an anchor.


Key Pacific War events on 75th anniversary of war's end

TOKYO (AP) - The Pacific War was so massive, so calamitous, it can be difficult to put it in context. There was the Marco Polo Bridge Incident that triggered the Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of Midway that changed the course of the war and the dramatic flag-raising on Iwo Jima.

Cambodian politician arrested for comments about border land

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - The leader of a little-known Cambodian political party was arrested Friday for comments about the alleged encroachment on the country's territory by Vietnam, the second arrest in two weeks related to the politically sensitive subject.

Police: 2 officers killed by rebels in Indian-held Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) - Anti-India rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir attacked a police party in the disputed region's main city Friday, killing two officers and injuring another, police said.

Asia Today: India's virus death toll rises, Seoul cases jump

NEW DELHI (AP) - India's coronavirus death toll overtook Britain's to become the fourth-highest in the world with another single-day record increase in cases Friday.

Thailand commutes death sentences in killings of UK tourists

BANGKOK (AP) - Two migrant workers from Myanmar convicted in the 2014 killings of two young British tourists on a Thai holiday island have had their death sentences reduced to life imprisonment.

India urges China to hurry disengagement of troops in Ladakh

NEW DELHI (AP) - India urged China on Friday to expedite the complete disengagement of troops from border areas in eastern Ladakh, where thousands of soldiers from the two countries have remained in a tense standoff since May.

Thai student rallies continue despite activist's arrest

BANGKOK (AP) - Student activists at Thailand's most prestigious university defied a ban by college administrators and staged an anti-government rally on Friday, as a prominent protest leader was arrested elsewhere for his involvement in a previous demonstration.

Kabul begins release of final 400 Taliban, talks to follow

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan has released the first 80 of a final 400 Taliban prisoners, paving the way for negotiations between the warring sides in Afghanistan's protracted conflict, the government said Friday.

China attacks new US demand to register Confucius Institutes

BEIJING (AP) - China accused the United States on Friday of trying to "demonize and stigmatize" relations between the two countries, in a scathing attack on the Trump administration's designation of Chinese-funded language and culture programs in the U.S. as foreign missions of the Chinese Communist Party.

Indonesia takes part in late-stage China vaccine trial

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - More people in Indonesia rolled up their sleeves Friday to test a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a Chinese company.

Florida sheriff race hinges on massacre, old shooting

FILE- In this Oct. 21, 2019 file photo, former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel appears before the Senate Rules Committee concerning his dismissal by Gov. Ron DeSantis, in Tallahassee, Fla. Israel is running against Sheriff Gregory Tony in the upcoming Florida primary. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Forecasters look to learn from deadly Midwest wind storm

Eric Fish takes a break from hauling downed branches in front of his home, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The storm that struck Monday morning left  tens of thousands of Iowans without power as of Friday morning. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson, 'Big Jim,' dies at 84

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 1985 file photo, Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, behind the wheel of a Chrysler convertible, is joined by G. Glenn Gardner, left, and Yoichi Nakane, after a news conference in Chicago.   Thompson, known as

Former Illinois Gov. James R. 'Big Jim' Thompson, longest-serving in state history, dies at 84
Tropical Storm Josephine closer to land, Kyle moving away
Iran threatens 'dangerous future' for UAE after Israel deal

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020, file photo, Tel Aviv City Hall is lit up with the flag of the United Arab Emirates as UAE and Israel announced they would be establishing full diplomatic ties, in Tel Aviv, Israel.Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard vowed on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020 that there would be dangerous consequences for the United Arab Emirates after it announced a historic deal with Israel to open up diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

FBI team arrives this weekend to take part in Beirut probe

Relatives and friends of 23-year-old Ralph Malahi, one of the firefighters killed in the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport, mourn during his funeral in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Israel hits Gaza militant sites after incendiary balloons
Families of Lebanese blast victims plead for outside inquiry

FILE - In this August 6, 2020 file photo, Lebanese army soldiers stand guard at the scene where an explosion hit on Tuesday the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Iran FM says West using Beirut blast to dictate policies

Rescue teams search for missing people at the site of the Aug. 4 explosion that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Partner of dead Belarus protester believes police shot him

Elena German reacts as she speaks during her interview with the Associated Press in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Alexander Taraikovsky's life-partner Elena German told The Associated Press on Saturday that she is sure her 34-year-old mate was shot by police. German spoke a few hours before Taraikovsky's funeral and burial, an event that could reinforce the anger of demonstrators who for the past have protested what they consider a sham presidential election and the violent police response to their protests. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

Pompeo inks deal for US troop move from Germany to Poland

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Poland's Minister of Defence Mariusz Blaszczak greet each other after signing the US-Poland Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw,  Poland, Saturday Aug. 15, 2020. Pompeo is on a five day visit to central Europe. (Janek Skarzynski/Pool via AP)

The year the music might die: British clubs face closure

Keiron Marshall and Hannah White play a song on their guitars as they test the sound sytem at the Sound Lounge in London, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. More than 400 grassroots music venues in Britain are said to be at imminent risk of closure, although the government is currently pledging 2.25 million pounds in a

Fewer people but deep faith on Greece's Assumption holiday

Pilgrims crawl in front of the Holy Church of Panagia of Tinos, on the Aegean island of Tinos, Greece, on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. For nearly 200 years, Greek Orthodox faithful have flocked to Tinos for the August 15 feast day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the most revered religious holiday in the Orthodox calendar after Easter. But this year there was no procession, the ceremony _ like so many lives across the globe _ upended by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Protests in Belarus focus on spot where demonstrator died

People hold an old Belarusian National flag and gather at the place where Alexander Taraikovsky died amid the clashes protesting the election results, during his civil funeral in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Taraikovsky died Monday as demonstrators roiled the streets of the capital Minsk, denouncing official figures showing that authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, in power since 1994, had won a sixth term in office. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)