Putin turns 67, takes birthday break in Siberian mountains
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent the weekend in southern Siberia's mountains.
Photos and video released by the Kremlin on Monday showed Putin walking forested...
Inside Bolton’s exit: Mongolia, a mustache, a tweet
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Bolton was in Mongolia.
More than 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers) away, President Donald Trump orchestrated an image for the world's front pages by becoming the first...
Malaysia beats Indonesia in heated World Cup qualifier
Mohamadou Sumareh scored in the seventh minute of injury time to give Malaysia a 3-2 win over neighboring rival Indonesia on Thursday in a game that had to be temporarily halted because of crowd...
Pentagon chief visits Mongolia to strengthen military bonds
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — With one hand resting on the mane of a sturdy Mongolian horse, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper invoked the name of one of America's great soldiers as he sought to...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed Mongolia's president, Khaltmaa Battulga, to the White House for talks that focused on enhancing trade.
Barron Trump is latest to get gift horse from Mongolia
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a "Victory" for President Donald Trump's youngest son Barron.
The White House says Mongolia's government has gifted the 13-year-old with a horse, which has been named...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mongolia's president, Khaltmaa Battulga, is set to meet with President Donald Trump next week at the White House.
The White House says Battulga's visit on Wednesday will...
Mongolia awaits star players in 2022 World Cup qualifying
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — European glamor teams such as Manchester United and Real Madrid do not visit Mongolia on lucrative preseason tours, but this oft-forgotten Asian soccer outpost is...
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Asian nations are scrambling to contain the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever with Vietnam culling 2.5 million pigs and China reporting more than a million...
Honda helps Cambodia advance in WCup qualifying
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former Japan international Keisuke Honda led Cambodia into the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on Tuesday and a possible meeting with his...
Early start to WCup qualifying for weaker Asian soccer sides
Asian soccer lesser-lights such as Mongolia and Pakistan are just 90 minutes away from a rare taste of the big time that could even include a match against the continent's most famous player, Son...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup got underway in Asia on Thursday, with Mongolia and Macau among the teams earning first-leg wins in the preliminary...
Family of slain Mongolian seeks answers in Malaysia lawsuit
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — The family of a Mongolian woman murdered in Malaysia 13 years ago hopes to find answers with a lawsuit that opened in court this week, their lawyer said Wednesday.
Altantuya Shaariibuu was shot dead and blown up with military-grade plastic explosives in a jungle outside Kuala Lumpur in October 2006. Her killing touched off a scandal linked to former Prime Minister Najib Razak, but he has repeatedly denied any involvement.
Texas doctor fights to keep dinosaur skull seized by feds
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A doctor in Texas with a passion for paleontology is challenging the federal government after authorities seized a 70 million-year-old dinosaur skull from his fossil collection.
APNewsBreak: Army expelled 500 immigrant recruits in 1 year
Over the course of 12 months, the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant enlistees who were recruited across the globe for their language or medical skills and promised a fast track to citizenship in exchange for their service, The Associated Press has found.
US blacklists Turkish firm for trade with North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday blacklisted a Turkish company and two executives for allegedly attempting to circumvent sanctions prohibiting sales of weapons and luxury goods to North Korea.
Russian military braces for massive war games in the east
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's military forces in the country's east were put on high alert Monday ahead of massive war games that also involve China and Mongolia, the largest show of power in nearly 40 years, the Russian defense minister said.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the five days of military drills will pave the way for the Vostok (East) 2018 military exercise. Shoigu said those maneuvers, set for next month, will be the largest since the massive Soviet war games in 1981.
YORK, Maine (AP) — A pair of guys from Maine and New Hampshire are preparing to ride across Europe, Russia and Mongolia in a three-wheeled car.
John Parrinello, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, admits it's a "little insane."
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — The father of a Mongolian model whose murder touched off a scandal in the highest levels of Malaysia's recently ousted ruling party said Tuesday he will ask new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to reopen the investigation into his daughter's death.
Hopes for unified Korean judo team dashed over flag dispute
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Hopes that the rival Koreas would march under one flag as a unified Korean team at a regional judo championship in Mongolia were dashed this weekend by a dispute over the flag.
At the center of the disagreement between the teams competing Sunday at the East Asia Judo Championship in Ulaanbaatar is how the "unification flag" depicts the Korean Peninsula.
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Japan’s ancient sport of sumo needs some brighter days
TOKYO (AP) — The most damage inflicted in sumo in recent times has been to the image of Japan's tradition-steeped national sport.
An alcohol-fueled restaurant brawl that left a Mongolian wrestler with a fractured skull and a sexual assault scandal involving the sport's highest-ranked referee have rocked the sport in recent months. Those episodes followed a match-fixing investigation in 2011 and the death of a teenage wrestler in training in 2007 that have tainted sumo over the last decade.
Prairieville woman takes on 1,000-km Mongolian horse race
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — When Heather Brasse Accardo started riding horses as a girl, she had no idea how far her pastime would take her. This summer, it's taking her all the way to Mongolia.
New dinosaur looks like odd mix of duck, croc, ostrich, swan
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a bill like a duck but teeth like a croc's, a swanlike neck and killer claws, a new dinosaur species uncovered by scientists looks like something Dr. Seuss could have dreamed up.
It also had flippers like a penguin, and while it walked like an ostrich it could also swim. That's the first time swimming ability has been shown for a two-legged, meat-eating dinosaur.
Sumo wrestler Harumafuji retires over assault allegations
TOKYO (AP) — Mongolian grand champion Harumafuji has decided to retire from sumo after allegations that he assaulted a lower-ranked wrestler and tarnished the image of Japan's national sport.
"I have caused much trouble to society," Harumafuji said at a packed media conference on Wednesday. "I want to apologize to various people in the sumo federation who have supported me. As a grand champion, I have done something that shouldn't be done."
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Mongolian sumo wrestlers defend grand champion Harumafuji
TOKYO (AP) — Two sumo wrestlers have come to the defense of fellow Mongolian Harumafuji, who was recently accused of hitting a fellow wrestler in the head with a beer bottle.
Japanese media reported that grand champion Harumafuji hit another Mongolian wrestler, Takanoiwa, in the head with a bottle at a party last month, fracturing his skull and causing other injuries.
According to domestic media reports, Harumafuji was agitated by Takanoiwa checking his smartphone while they were interacting.
Sumo champ investigated over alleged assault
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese sumo officials are investigating allegations Tuesday that nine-time grand champion Harumafuji assaulted a lower-ranked wrestler, causing serious head injuries.
Japanese media reported that Harumafuji hit his fellow Mongolian wrestler Takanoiwa in the head with a beer bottle at a party last month, fracturing his skull base and causing other injuries.
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Mongolian ruling party chooses replacement for dismissed PM
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolia's ruling People's Party early Tuesday chose a replacement for the prime minister dismissed earlier this month over allegations of corruption and incompetence, as the resource-rich Asian nation struggles with an economic crisis and political infighting.
Mongolian prime minister voted out over graft allegations
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolian lawmakers voted to dismiss the prime minister and his Cabinet for alleged incompetence and corruption related to the signing of government contracts with companies linked to three Cabinet members.
A majority of lawmakers from the ruling Mongolian People's Party joined with members of the opposition to pass the motion demanding that Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat and his 14-month-old Cabinet resign over the granting of contracts worth $328 million.
POLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman is set to embark on a most unusual horse race.
Amanda Charlton Herbert is one of just eight Americans selected to compete in the toughest horse race in the world, the 620-mile Mongol Derby.
The Sun Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2vYejdH ) that she will be riding 28 semi-wild horses during the ride across desolate Mongolia, a country sandwiched between China and Russia.
BEIJING (AP) — The European Union plans to open a delegation in Mongolia this year, the 28-nation group said Tuesday, in a move that will expand its relationship with the resource-rich country wedged between China and Russia.
The decision to have a presence in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, marks a milestone in European-Mongolian relations, and will help enhance political dialogue and cooperation between Europe and Mongolia, the EU said in a statement.
Populist business tycoon inaugurated as Mongolia’s president
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — A populist business tycoon and ex-judo champion was inaugurated Monday as Mongolia's new president, pledging to provide greater benefits for the county's 3 million people from their vast mineral wealth despite a slump in commodity prices that has battered the landlocked Asian nation's economy.
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — A populist business tycoon and former judo star is poised to take down the Mongolian ruling party's candidate in a runoff election for president.
Preliminary results Saturday after most of the polling stations were counted showed Khaltmaa Battulga of the Democratic Party was leading with 50.6 percent of the vote.
The Mongolian People's Party's Miyegombo Enkhbold secured 41.2 percent.
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolia will hold its first runoff election for president next month after none of the candidates attained the necessary majority in Monday's voting.
Democratic Party candidate and former wrestler Khaltmaa Battulga was the top finisher, with 38 percent of the vote, and will face the Mongolian People's Party's Miyegombo Enkhbold in the July 9 election.
Mongolia’s presidential election tightens, runoff likely
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolia's presidential election appeared headed for a runoff with the latest vote count early Tuesday showing a business tycoon leading the ruling party's candidate and a nationalist wanting the country to benefit more from its mineral wealth.
Khaltmaa Battulga of the Democratic Party had a clear lead but less than the required 50 percent of the 1.3 million votes cast Monday to avoid a runoff, the General Election Commission said.
Corruption, economic crisis overshadow Mongolian election
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolians will vote for a new president on Monday in a race pitting a horse salesman against a former judo star and a nationalist wanting to get more from the vast landlocked country's mineral wealth.
Mongolians protest over alleged theft of government funds
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Hundreds of Mongolians protested in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, on Friday over the alleged theft of government funds deposited in offshore accounts.
Opposition politicians and activists demanded the return of what some said is $17 billion in funds plundered by ruling party politicians and their influential friends.
In the wilds of Mongolia: Horses, sand dunes and stargazing
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — I'm a city girl. I did not grow up camping, have never pitched a tent and know nothing of the Girl Scouts beyond Thin Mints or Samoa cookies. Certainly no one would use the words "rugged" or "outdoorsy" to describe me.
So I definitely had a few reservations when my husband suggested a vacation in the wilds of central Mongolia.
My trepidation only grew as I binged on travel reviews bemoaning makeshift bathrooms and swarming insects.
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IMF agrees terms for $5 billion loan to debt-ridden Mongolia
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — The Mongolian government and envoys from the International Monetary Fund said Sunday that they and other partners have agreed on terms for a more than $5 billion loan package to the north Asian country to help get its economy back on track.
The deal is subject to approval by the IMF's executive board, which is expected to consider Mongolia's request in March.
Airport agents seize horse genitals hidden in juice boxes
CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Customs and Border Protection agents have seized 42 pounds of horse meat, including 13 pounds of horse genitals, from two women arriving from Mongolia at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
The horse meat was hidden in juice boxes. One of the women said the horse genitals were for medicinal purposes.
CBP announced the seizures Thursday; the meat was seized on Jan. 29.
Harsh Mongolian winter risks livelihoods of herder families
BEIJING (AP) — Exceptionally cold weather in Mongolia is putting the livelihoods of more than 150,000 nomadic herders and family members at risk, just one year after another extreme winter killed more than 1 million animals, the Red Cross said Thursday, as it launched an emergency appeal.
Mongolia nationalizes mine, prompts warning on investors
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolian lawmakers have told the government to revoke a private company's purchase of a stake in a major copper mine, prompting the president to warn they might scare away investors as the country tries to reverse an economic slump.
The move highlights the political sensitivity of Mongolia's copper, gold and other mineral wealth, the source of more than 90 percent of the North Asian country's export revenues.
In frigid cold, Mongolians stand in protest of air pollution
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Thousands of Mongolians stood in frigid weather Saturday for the second time this winter to protest the government response to smog that routinely blankets their capital.
Dalai Lama hopes President Trump, Putin will work for peace
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Dalai Lama said he hopes that President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will work together for global peace.
The exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists said the world needed leaders with compassion. He made the remarks Saturday at a program in New Delhi organized by the women's chapter of an industry group, according to the press statement.