Fukuoka (Japan) (AFP) - Japanese teen figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu has thanked three-times world champion Patrick Chan for helping improve his style -- leading to the Canadian's downfall at the Grand Prix Final. Hanyu beat Chan in both the short programme and the longer free-skate, preventing him from winning a third men's title at the Grand Prix finale on Friday at Fukuoka in Japan. It was the 22-year-old Canadian's first defeat of the Olympic season after he beat the Toronto-based Japanese into second spot at their two Grand Prix events this season -- Skate Canada and the Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris. I have fully grown in the series and I really thank him (Chan) for this," Hanyu told reporters Sunday, the day after celebrating his 19th birthday.
By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An 85-year-old Korean War veteran held for more than a month by North Korea as a war criminal arrived in San Francisco on Saturday to be reunited with his family North Korea detained Merrill E. Newman for crimes it accused him of committing during the conflict six decades ago as a member of the U.S. special forces. "I'm tired, but I'm ready to be with my family." He was visiting North Korea, one of the world's most isolated and unpredictable states, as a tourist when he was pulled off an Air Koryo flight in Pyongyang minutes before it was due to depart for Beijing on October 26. The official added that "all efforts are now on (Kenneth) Bae," referring to another U.S. citizen being detained by North Korea since November 2012. Bae, a Korean American who worked as a Christian missionary, was convicted by North Korea in May of crimes against the state.
By Jack Kim and Jane Chung SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Sunday it has extended its air defense zone to partially overlap with a similar zone declared by China two weeks ago that has sharply raised regional tensions. Beijing's declaration of an air defense identification zone in an area that includes islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with Japan has triggered protests from the United States and its close allies Japan and South Korea. Announcing the expansion of its own zone to include two territorial islands to the south and a submerged rock also claimed by China, South Korea's Defence Ministry said the move would not infringe on neighboring countries' sovereignty.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's main opposition party announced Sunday it was resigning from Parliament to protest what it called "the illegitimacy" of the government. The move deepens the country's latest political crisis a day before new street demonstrations that many fear could turn violent.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle have been removed from an official state TV documentary, a disappearing act that appears to lend credence to Seoul's claim that Pyongyang's second most powerful official may have been purged by his nephew.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's main opposition party announced Sunday its members were resigning en masse from Parliament to protest a government they claim is illegitimate, a move sure to deepen the country's latest political crisis.
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