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China says nuclear fuel rods damaged, no radiation leak

Jun. 16, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese nuclear power plant near Hong Kong had five broken fuel rods in a reactor but no radioactivity leaked, the government said Wednesday in its first confirmation of the incident that prompted concern over the facility’s safety. Radiation rose...

Malaysian king says Parliament must resume despite emergency

Jun. 16, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king said Wednesday that Parliament, which has been suspended under a coronavirus emergency since January, must resume as soon as possible, but stopped short of saying the emergency should end. The monarch's comments contrasted...

The Latest: France eases masks outdoors, ends nightly curfew

Jun. 16, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

PARIS — France is easing mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and will halt an eight-month nightly coronavirus curfew on Sunday. The announcement by French Prime Minister Jean Castex comes as France reports about 3,900 daily virus cases on average, down from 35,000 in the...

China releasing metals stockpiles in bid to cool inflation

Jun. 16, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government said Wednesday that it will release copper, aluminum and zinc from stockpiles to increase market supplies in a fresh effort to restrain surging prices that officials warn might disrupt a business revival. Wednesday’s announcement...

Malaysian PM switches back to real name after court bungle

Jun. 16, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government has issued a directive ordering all civil servants to use the legal spelling of the prime minister's name, after a court earlier squashed a detention order that was signed by the leader using his more widely known unofficial spelling. ...

China offers glimpse of Tibetan life without the Dalai Lama

Jun. 16, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

LHASA, China (AP) — A brisk wind ruffles yellow prayer flags as dozens of Tibetans, some on crutches, circle a shrine in a time-honored Buddhist ritual. Across the street, a red banner spells out a new belief system, one being enforced with increasing fervor, of China's ruling Communist...

Malaysian court rejects coroner's verdict in teen's death

Jun. 16, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian high court found Wednesday that a coroner erred in ruling that the death of a French-Irish teenager whose body was found near a jungle resort was likely due to a misadventure that didn't involve other people. High Court Judge...

AP Interview: Adviser says New Zealand used virus luck well

Jun. 16, 2021 06:41 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A scientist who has played a key role in New Zealand's lauded coronavirus response says the nation used its luck well to stamp out the disease and is now eyeing the experiences of other countries to determine when it can reopen its borders. ...

Global shares mixed in quiet trading ahead of Fed decision

Jun. 16, 2021 05:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed in quiet trading Wednesday ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that may give clues on what lies ahead with its massive support for markets. France's CAC 40 added 0.1% in early trading to 6,645.92, while Germany's DAX slipped...

Quake shakes part of east Indonesia, people warned off beach

Jun. 16, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A shallow, 5.8 magnitude undersea earthquake shook parts of eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, cracking some walls and sending panicked coastal residents in Maluku province to higher ground. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said...