Asia Today: India's virus cases surpass 600,000, curve rises
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's number of coronavirus cases passed 600,000 on Thursday with the nation's infection curve rising and its testing capacity being increased.
Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 113 people
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — At least 113 people were killed Thursday in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, the government and rescue workers said, the latest in a series of deadly accidents at the sites in recent years.
British judge denies Venezuela access to gold in bank vault
LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Thursday refused to give Venezuela control of over $1 billion in gold sitting in a Bank of England vault, ruling that it is unlawful to give it to the President Nicolás Maduro since Britain does not recognize him as the president.
China, pro-Beijing activists condemn 'meddling' in Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AP) — China's government and pro-Beijing activists in Hong Kong condemned what they called foreign meddling in the territory's affairs on Thursday, as countries moved to offer Hong Kongers refuge and impose sanctions on China over a new security law.
More than 80 reported killed this week in Ethiopia's unrest
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — More than 80 people have been killed in unrest in Ethiopia after a popular singer was shot dead this week, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation says.
The Latest: Spain counts losses in tourism from outbreak
MADRID -- New statistics in Spain show the coronavirus outbreak cost the country’s key tourism sector more than 15 billion euros ($17 billion) in two months.
Court considers status of Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A state attorney on Thursday recommended that Turkey's highest administrative court reject a request that Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia, which now serves as museum, be turned back into a mosque, state-run media reported.
Russian officials: 78% of voters back extending Putin's rule
MOSCOW (AP) — Almost 78% of voters in Russia have approved amendments to the country's constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036, Russian election officials said Thursday after all the votes were counted.
Sudan's bid to ban genital mutilation sparks hope, caution
CAIRO (AP) — It’s been more than 60 years. But the scene is seared still into Kawthar Ali’s mind. The women pinned her down on a bed.
Long-shut factory helps COVID-struck Afghans breathe free
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Seven years ago, Najibullah Seddiqi closed his oxygen factory, frustrated with power cuts and with rampant corruption that kept him from getting contracts with hospitals.
Lives Lost: Brazilian toddler was saying her first words
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Vitoria Gabrielle crawled all the time and was starting to walk this year with a little help, hanging on to her 4-year-old brother's arm while exploring her mother's small apartment on a cobblestone street in Rio de Janeiro's working-class Piety neighborhood.
24 shot to death in attack on drug rehab center in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities said.
China demands info from 4 media companies in response to US
BEIJING (AP) — China has demanded staff and business information from four U.S. media companies including The Associated Press in what it called a necessary response to similar demands by Washington on Chinese state-controlled news outlets.
New Zealand's health minister resigns after virus blunders
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's health minister resigned Thursday following a series of personal blunders during the coronavirus pandemic.
Divided West can do little as China tightens up on Hong Kong
LONDON (AP) — From Tokyo to Brussels, political leaders have swiftly decried Beijing’s move to impose a tough national security law on Hong Kong that cracks down on subversive activity and protest in the semi-autonomous territory.
AP Interview: Hong Kong media tycoon says city now 'dead'
HONG KONG (AP) — When Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrived in Hong Kong at age 12, the city felt like heaven to him, brimming with hope and freedom.
Peruvians fill streets as lockdown ends despite infections
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Blocks-long lines formed at bus stops, food markets and shopping centers in Peru's capital Wednesday as people left their homes en masse to go to work or shop as a 106-day coronavirus lockdown ended in many parts of the country.
Health experts slam US deal for large supply of virus drug
LONDON (AP) — Public health experts on Wednesday criticized the U.S. for securing a large supply of the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19.
Amsterdam's red-light district emerges from lockdown
AMSTERDAM (AP) — It wasn't quite business as usual Wednesday as Amsterdam's red-light district emerged from coronavirus lockdown, but it was close.
Russian voters agree to let Putin seek 2 more terms
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian voters approved changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to potentially hold power until 2036, but the weeklong plebiscite that concluded Wednesday was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities.
UK govt accused of data bungles as towns fear more lockdowns
LONDON (AP) — Opponents accused the British government on Wednesday of putting lives at risk by failing to share information about local coronavirus outbreaks with affected areas.
AP Exclusive: Hair weaves from Chinese prison camps seized
Federal authorities in New York on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment camp.
Protest versus Africa's 1st COVID-19 vaccine test shows fear
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Protesters against Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial burned their face masks Wednesday as experts note a worrying level of resistance and misinformation around testing on the continent.
Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police made the first arrests Wednesday under a new national security law imposed by China’s central government, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against the contentious move on the anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule.
Prague train with 500 tourists boosts Croatia tourism hopes
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A train carrying about 500 tourists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia arrived to Croatia on Wednesday morning as the country seeks to attract visitors after easing lockdown measures against the coronavirus.