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Billy Evans, 88, member of 1956 gold medal U.S. team, dies

Nov. 23, 2020 9:05 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Billy Evans, a member of the 1956 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team and Kentucky Hall of Famer who helped the Wildcats go 25-0 in 1953-54, has died. He was 88. The school announced Evans’ death on Sunday upon confirmation from his family. He had 716 points and 549 rebounds...

Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce gestures during a results announcement in Sydney, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Qantas Airways announced that the pandemic cost it 4 billion Australian dollars ($2.9 billion) in revenue in the last fiscal year and warned that international travel won't resume before mid 2021. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)

Australia airline boss wants vaccine passport for travelers

Nov. 23, 2020 8:19 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — The boss of Australia's largest airline said Monday that once a coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available, it may require passengers use it before they can travel abroad. Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce said he's been talking to his counterparts at other airlines around the world about...

Specialist Michael Pistillo works at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Stocks rose in early trading Monday after investors received several pieces of encouraging news on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, tempering concerns over rising virus cases and business restrictions.  (Nicole Pereira/New York Stock Exchange via AP)

Stocks rise on Wall Street on latest hopes for virus vaccine

Nov. 23, 2020 4:45 PM EST

More encouraging news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and treatments helped power stocks higher on Wall Street Monday, as the market clawed back most of its losses from last week. The S&P 500 index rose 0.6%, led by banks, energy and industrial companies, sectors that have been beaten down during...

This image made from the Oct. 2, 2020, surveillance camera footage obtained by the website Doha News shows officials care for an abandoned baby at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. Qatar apologized Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Sydney to try to identify who might have given birth to the abandoned newborn baby, even as Australia said it was only one of 10 flights subjected to the searches. (Courtesy of Doha News via AP)

Qatar: Police face 3-year sentences over invasive searches

Nov. 23, 2020 12:36 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Prosecutors in Qatar said Monday that the airport police officers who ordered forced vaginal examinations of female passengers after an abandoned newborn was discovered in a trash can face possible three-year prison sentences. Prosecutors did not say how many police...

People wearing face masks walk past a screen showing the precautions against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. The screen reads:

Asian stocks rise ahead of US economic data amid virus fears

Nov. 22, 2020 11:11 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Monday as investors looked ahead to quarterly U.S. economic data amid unease about anti-coronavirus curbs on business and wrangling over the American presidential election. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Seoul and Sydney rose while Hong Kong retreated. Japanese markets were...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus wait for buses at a bus station in Goyang, South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. South Korea says it will impose stricter social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area to fight a coronavirus resurgence, as the country registered more than 300 new cases for the fifth straight day. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: Seoul tightens virus rules, shuts nightclubs

Nov. 22, 2020 6:57 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is imposing stricter social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area to fight a coronavirus resurgence, as the country registered more than 300 new cases for the fifth straight day. Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said Sunday that authorities have found 62 virus...

This aerial photo shows Cable Beach and the town of Broome, Western Australia, on June 24, 2014. A 55-year-old man died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 after being attacked by a shark off Cable Beach, a popular tourist spot on Australia’s Indian Ocean coast, the eighth fatality in the country this year. (Kim Christian/AAP Image via AP)

Man killed in shark attack in Western Australia state

Nov. 22, 2020 6:18 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — A man died Sunday after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia state, the eighth fatality in the country this year. Police were called to Cable Beach, a popular tourist spot on Australia’s Indian Ocean coast, at about 8:40 a.m. The 55-year-old man was pulled from the water...

Fans wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus cheer during the Game 4 of the Korean Series, the Korea Baseball Organization's championship round, between Doosan Bears and NC Dinos at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: South Korea mulls steps as new virus cases rise

Nov. 21, 2020 9:16 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 386 new cases of the coronavirus in a resurgence that could force authorities to reimpose stronger social distancing restrictions after easing them in October to spur a faltering economy. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention...

People wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus take a morning walk past a high-rise residential complex in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. India's total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began crossed 9 million on Friday. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

Asia Today: Australia's Victoria hits 3 weeks without virus

Nov. 20, 2020 11:17 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s once hard-hit state of Victoria has gone three weeks without a new COVID-19 case for the first time since February. There are two just active coronavirus cases remaining across Victoria, according to figures released by the health department on Friday. And...

An honor guard is formed at Defence Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, before findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry are released. A shocking report into war crimes by elite Australian troops has found evidence that 25 soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Australian minister says war crimes report made her 'ill'

Nov. 20, 2020 12:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said Friday that she was “physically ill” after reading a military report into war crimes that found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. “I was like...