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American star Simone Biles aims for more history in Tokyo

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: American star Simone Biles turned the 2016 games into her own personal showcase, earning five medals (four gold, one bronze) and...

China’s manufacturing softens in June amid export weakness

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BEIJING — Growth in China’s manufacturing activity softened in June as export demand weakened and producers struggled with supply bottlenecks, a survey showed Wednesday. ...

Warren Buffett says pandemic’s impact still hard to predict

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OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the one constant throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been that it has been difficult to predict how...

$40 billion pledged at Paris conference for gender equality

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PARIS — World leaders, philanthropists and organizations have pledged at least $40 billion at an international conference in Paris to boost gender equality, as...

World champion Chen to begin Olympic quest at Skate America

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Three-time world figure skating champion Nathan Chen will begin his final preparations for the Winter Olympics in Beijing when he...

Paris conference aims to fast-track road to gender equality

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UNITED NATIONS — An international conference opening in Paris on Wednesday aims to fast-track the road to gender equality and mobilize millions of dollars...

Zhang of China makes breakthrough despite loss at Wimbledon

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The first man to represent China in the main draw at Wimbledon during the Open era was eliminated in the opening round Tuesday. ...

World Bank raises China growth outlook to 8.5%

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BEIJING — The World Bank raised its forecast of China’s economic growth this year to 8.5% from 8.1% and said Tuesday a full recovery...

Maine course: Error sends dumpling machine to wrong Portland

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PORTLAND, Maine — Trying to fill this dumpling order left one business in a pinch: A common but disruptive shipping error sent a custom...

Blinken meets Pope Francis, gets VIP tour of Sistine Chapel

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VATICAN CITY — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday received VIP treatment at the Vatican, getting a private tour of the Sistine...