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Expect a lot more of the same if Trump wins a second term

Expect to see a lot more of the same if there's a second Trump administration. ...

The Latest: Greece tightens restrictions as virus spreads

ATHENS, Greece — Greece will shut down restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas and gyms across a large part of the country, including the capital Athens,...

Asia Today: Australia to spend on vaccines for wider region

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has announced it will spend 500 million Australian dollars ($351 million) to secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and...

Huge crowd joins LGBT march in Taiwan, where COVID is at bay

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A huge and festive crowd marched in Taiwan’s capital on Saturday in an annual LGBT Pride event. ...

Biden looks to restore, expand Obama administration policies

Stop and reverse. Restore and expand. ...

Chinese manufacturing expands in October but at slower pace

BEIJING (AP) — China’s manufacturing activity expanded in October for the eighth straight month, though at a slightly slower rate than in September, the...

Russia’s reputation, Olympic status on trial for doping

GENEVA (AP) — Russia’s status as an Olympic team, and its reputation as a serial cheater in international sports, goes on trial next week...

As anger rises, Muslims protest French cartoons

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tens of thousands of Muslims, from Pakistan to Lebanon to the Palestinian territories, poured out of prayer services...

Asia Today: Japan crosses 100,000 cases, 9 months after 1st

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s coronavirus cases have topped 100,000, nine months after the first case was found in mid-January, the health ministry said Friday. ...

Global travel and tourism projected to shed 174 million jobs

LONDON (AP) — The global travel and tourism industry is on course to lose 174 million jobs this year if current restrictions to curb...

Two same-sex couples in military marry in first for Taiwan

TAOYUAN, Taiwan (AP) — Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held by Taiwan's military on Friday in a historic celebration...

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a five-nation, anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam on Friday with a...

Japan picks Mitsubishi Heavy to develop own stealth fighter

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has picked Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as a main contractor to develop the country's own next generation stealth fighter for launch...

Tokyo Olympics to give refunds to ticket buyers in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Fans living in Japan who bought tickets for the postponed Tokyo Olympics have been guaranteed refunds, the local organizing committee said...

Chinese promise market opening amid technology push

BEIJING (AP) — China will promote “technological self-reliance” under the ruling Communist Party’s latest five-year plan but will open further to trade, officials said...

The Latest: India’s downward trend in new cases continues

NEW DELHI — India has reported 48,648 new coronavirus cases, continuing a downward trend in infections even as the country’s caseload has crossed 8...

China’s leaders vow to become self-reliant technology power

BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders are vowing to make their country a self-reliant “technology power” as a feud with Washington cuts access to U.S....

Asian shares fall back after Wall Street rebound

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks sank Friday as investors looked ahead to next week's U.S. presidential election and weighed the chances of economic stimulus...

Typhoon, landslides leave 35 dead, dozens missing in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A typhoon that officials said was the most powerful to hit Vietnam in 20 years blew away from the country...

The Latest: Nice attacker a Tunisian, had Quran copy on him

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Nice, France, (all times local): ...

Carnegie Hall to remain closed through April 5

NEW YORK (AP) — Carnegie Hall has extended its closure due to the coronavirus pandemic through April 5. ...

WHO: Europe now has more than 10 million COVID-19 cases

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization’s Europe director said Thursday that the 53-country region has again reached a new weekly record for confirmed...

3 politicians from India’s ruling party killed in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Assailants shot and killed three politicians from India’s ruling party in Kashmir late Thursday, police said, blaming militants fighting against...

Wall Street soared under Trump, but it’s been a rocky ride

NEW YORK (AP) — The last four years have been good for stocks, with the S&P 500 climbing more than 50% and many 401(k)...

Asia Today: Virus arrives in once-clear Marshall Islands

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Marshall Islands has reported its first cases of the coronavirus after two people who flew from Hawaii to...

India’s coronavirus cases cross 8 million, behind US

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as...

Nokia profit up, new CEO pledges to boost 5G investments

HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish telecommunications company Nokia on Thursday reported improved third-quarter earnings largely in line with expectations, but acknowledged it faced challenges in...

S. Korea’s top court upholds ex-leader’s 17-year jail term

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s top court upheld a 17-year prison sentence on former President Lee Myung-bak for a range of corruption...

Pompeo, in Indonesia, renews China attacks as US vote looms

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed the Trump administration’s rhetorical onslaught against China in Indonesia on Thursday as the...

Myanmar leader Suu Kyi casts her vote in November elections

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi cast her ballot Thursday in advance voting for general elections that are taking place...

Samsung reports record sales amid questions about future

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The flood of obituaries for Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-Hee since his death over the weekend have mostly shared...

Asian shares lower, US futures up after S&P 500 sinks 3.5%

Asian shares declined Thursday and U.S. futures turned higher after the S&P 500 slid 3.5% overnight for its biggest drop since June. ...

The Latest: China says latest outbreak appears contained

BEIJING — Officials in the northwestern China region of Xinjiang say they believe they have contained the country’s latest coronavirus outbreak. ...

Justice Dept. charges 8 in Chinese harassment plot in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has charged eight people with working on behalf of the Chinese government in a pressure campaign aimed at...

Indian agency raids home of journalist, activists in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India’s premier investigating agency on Wednesday said it raided 10 locations in Indian-controlled Kashmir, including the offices and residences of...

Arrest made in 2008 kidnapping of journalists in Afghanistan

NEW YORK (AP) — An Afghan man has been brought to the United States to face charges in the 2008 gunpoint kidnapping of a...

Pompeo says AES of US, PetroVietnam to sign $2.8B LNG deal

HANOI (AP) — The U.S. energy firm AES and PetroVietnam plan to soon sign an agreement on a $2.8 billion liquefied natural gas project,...

Turkish leaders condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Erdogan

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials on Wednesday railed against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over its cover-page cartoon mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

AP sources: Morey in advanced talks to lead 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are in advanced negotiations with former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to become president of basketball operations...

Sony’s profits rise as pandemic has people playing games

TOKYO (AP) — Profit at Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. more than doubled in the last quarter on healthy gains in its...

Asia Today: India’s confirmed virus cases near 8 million

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported in the latest...

Japan PM says plan to release Fukushima water coming soon

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that his government is working on the final details of a plan to release...

Pompeo brings anti-China roadshow to Indian Ocean islands

MALE, Maldives (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday brought the Trump administration’s anti-China campaign to two Indian Ocean island nations...

Strong typhoon slams Vietnam; at least 2 dead, 26 missing

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Typhoon Molave slammed into Vietnam with destructive force Wednesday, killing at least two people and sinking two fishing boats with...

Tokyo festival opens with grueling boxing ‘Underdog’ film

TOKYO (AP) — Masaharu Take’s films have always focused on painful stories about Japan's “under-class,” people who are often overlooked in a nation stereotyped...

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour...

Asian stocks fall on worries over rising virus cases, US aid

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares headed lower Wednesday on worries about rising virus counts and Washington's inability to deliver more aid to the economy....

AP PHOTOS: Kyrgyzstan village untouched by political unrest

TASH-BASHAT, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — The political turmoil that has gripped Kyrgyzstan hasn't reached the quiet village of Tash-Bashat in the mountains near the capital,...

Here’s why Ant Group is about to shatter IPO records

HONG KONG (AP) — Stella Su, who lives and works in Shanghai, has used an ATM only once in the past year. Instead of...

K-pop band TWICE reveals its daring side on new album

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — TWICE, a popular K-pop group known for its catchy lyrics and colorful aesthetics, has released its second full album,...

Video app TikTok leans into e-commerce with Shopify deal

The popular short-form video app TikTok, still under U.S. government scrutiny for its Chinese ownership, is moving closer to becoming a marketplace for buying...

Thai students aim for ambitious political change

BANGKOK (AP) — He was only 7 when he saw his first military coup. He was 15 during the second. Now 21, he is...

Bomb at seminary in Pakistan kills 8 students, wounds 136

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful bomb blast ripped through an Islamic seminary on the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on...

Embattled Malaysian PM gets respite but survival in balance

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A key ally's reaffirmed support for Malaysia's prime minister offers him a respite after his failed bid to declare...

Asia Today: Thailand: Woman probably infected in quarantine

BANGKOK (AP) — Health officials in Thailand said Tuesday it is likely that a French woman who earlier this month tested positive for the...

Pompeo, Esper drive US anti-China message in India visit

NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense chief Mark Esper stepped up the Trump administration’s anti-China message in India...

Taiwan says new arms purchases to boost credible defense

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan said Tuesday that recently proposed purchases of U.S. missiles and other arms systems will boost the island’s ability to...

Scientists remove 98 ‘murder hornets’ in Washington state

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Workers from the state Department of Agriculture managed to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the...

Vietnam evacuating low-lying areas as strong typhoon nears

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam scrambled Tuesday to evacuate more than a million people in its central lowlands as a strong typhoon approached while...

The Latest: India’s daily infections at lowest in 3 months

NEW DELHI — Authorities in India are reporting 36,470 newly confirmed coronavirus infections — that’s the lowest one-day tally in more than three months...

Asian shares slip after Wall St’s worst day in a month

Shares skidded in Asia on Tuesday after surging coronavirus cases and waning hopes for U.S. economic stimulus gave Wall Street its worst day in...

Thai protesters shun Parliament, ask Germany to probe king

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand have expanded their protests internationally, marching to the German Embassy to appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government...

US announces planned $2.37 billion weapon sale to Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday notified Congress of plans for a $2.37 billion sale of Harpoon missile systems to Taiwan just...

Muslims call for French goods boycott to protest caricatures

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday broadened their calls for boycotts of French products and...

Philippines: Typhoon displaces 120,000 people, 8 missing

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong typhoon blew out of the Philippines on Monday after displacing more than 120,000 people, leaving several fishermen missing...

Chinese fintech could shatter records with $35B share offer

HONG KONG (AP) — The world’s largest fintech company, China's Ant Group, will try to raise nearly $35 billion in a massive public offering...

Post-Abe agenda: Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared Monday, outlining an ambitious agenda as the country...

Japan rejects nuclear ban treaty; survivors to keep pushing

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Monday it will not sign a U.N. treaty that bans nuclear weapons and does not welcome its entry into...

Asia Today: Melbourne to largely emerge from virus lockdown

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Melbourne, Australia’s former coronavirus hot spot, will largely emerge from a lockdown after the nation’s second-largest city on Monday recorded...

Spokesman: China to sanction US arms suppliers to Taiwan

BEIJING (AP) — China's government said Monday it will impose sanctions on U.S. military contractors including Boeing Co.'s defense unit and Lockheed Martin Corp....

Philippines: Typhoon leaves 13 missing, displaces thousands

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A fast-moving typhoon blew away from the Philippines on Monday after leaving at least 13 people missing, forcing thousands of...

Chinese leaders focus on tech as they make 5-year plan

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders met Monday to formulate an economic blueprint for the next five years that is expected to emphasize development of...

Malaysian PM faces calls to resign after emergency rebuffed

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister faced calls to resign from both sides of the political aisle Monday after the king rebuffed...

Asian shares little changed on uncertainty over US election

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were little changed in muted trading Monday amid widespread uncertainty over what the U.S. presidential election will portend for...

The Latest: Mexico health officials acknowledge higher toll

MEXICO CITY — Mexican health authorities acknowledge the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is far higher than previously thought, saying there...

Malaysia’s king rejects PM’s proposal to declare emergency

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king on Sunday rejected a proposal by embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to declare a state of emergency...

Lee Kun-Hee, force behind Samsung’s rise, dies at 78

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lee Kun-Hee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer...

Vaccine storage issues could leave 3B people without access

GAMPELA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The chain breaks here, in a tiny medical clinic in Burkina Faso that went nearly a year without a...

Foreign students show less zeal for US since Trump took over

CHICAGO (AP) — On a recruiting trip to India’s tech hub of Bangalore, Alan Cramb, the president of a reputable Chicago university, answered questions...

Afghanistan claims killing an al-Qaida leader wanted by FBI

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan claimed Sunday it killed a top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI most-wanted list during an operation in the country's...

Thai protesters rally ahead of parliamentary debate

BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered in Thailand's capital again on Sunday, seeking to keep up pressure on the government a day...

India’s festive season spawns fears of renewed virus surge

NEW DELHI (AP) — Just weeks after India fully opened up from a harsh lockdown and began to modestly turn a corner by cutting...

Asia Today: Melbourne holds off on easing amid new outbreak

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia's Victoria state to hold off on...

UN: Nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations announced Saturday that 50 countries have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons triggering its entry...

Pompeo, Esper to push Trump’s anti-China message in India

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a week before November's election, two of President Donald Trump's top national security aides will visit India for meetings focused...

The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any...

Crews vacuum ‘murder hornets’ out of Washington nest

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Heavily protected crews in Washington state worked Saturday to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the...

Attack in Kabul kills 18; al-Qaida leader killed in Ghazni

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from the suicide attack Saturday in Afghanistan's capital has risen to at least 18 killed and 57...

Thai protesters’ deadline passes, but PM says he won’t quit

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government and the country’s pro-democracy movement appeared no closer to resolving their differences Saturday, as the protesters' deadline for Prime...

Nathan Chen dominates again in Skate America short program

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Looking like a world champion even this early in the figure skating season, Nathan Chen easily won the short program...

Amid turmoil, Kyrgyzstan sets presidential vote for Jan. 10

MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in Kyrgyzstan on Saturday called an early presidential election for January after the nation's previous president was driven from power...

Four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump swept into office nearly four years ago as an outsider who promised to get things done quickly on...

Bulgaria signs 5G deal with US excluding Chinese firms

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria has joined other Balkan countries in signing an agreement with the United States on high-speed wireless network security aimed...

Asia Today: Sri Lanka closes harbors after 609 test positive

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Authorities in Sri Lanka on Saturday closed at least two fishery harbors and many stalls after a surge of...

Brazil approves import of Chinese shot that Bolsonaro nixed

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s health regulator has authorized the import from China of a potential vaccine against the coronavirus, just days after President...

Huawei sales up, but growth slows under virus, US pressure

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei, one of the biggest makers of smartphones and switching equipment, said Friday its revenue rose 9.9% in...

Washington state discovers first ‘murder hornet’ nest in US

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out...

Are the nation’s voting systems secure?

WHAT STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO PROTECT THE NATION'S ELECTION SYSTEMS FROM POTENTIAL INTERFERENCE BY FOREIGN POWERS LIKE RUSSIA? HAVE VOTING SYSTEMS BEEN “HARDENED”...

Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought over how to tame the raging coronavirus during the campaign's closing...

In hard-hit Peru, worry mounts over both COVID-19 and dengue

PUCALLPA, Peru (AP) — Two of Lidia Choque’s close family members had already gotten sick with the new coronavirus when the mosquitos arrived. ...

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