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Biden arrives in Geneva for highly-anticipated Putin meeting

Jun. 15, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Buoyed by days of partnership-building sessions with America's democratic allies, Joe Biden arrived in Geneva on Tuesday for the most-watched and tensest part of his first European tour as president: talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Biden is seeking to...

More evidence suggests COVID-19 was in US by Christmas 2019

Jun. 15, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials. The...

The Latest: Blood sample study: Virus in US by December 2019

Jun. 15, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken in early 2020 is the latest and largest study to suggest the coronavirus arrived in the U.S. in December 2019. That’s weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials. The analysis is...

Hong Kong watching Chinese nuclear plant after leak reported

Jun. 15, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China's government said Tuesday no abnormal radiation was detected outside a nuclear power plant near Hong Kong following a news report of a leak, while Hong Kong's leader said her administration was closely watching the facility. The operators released...

US Open returns to Torrey Pines and to prime time

Jun. 15, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION U.S. OPEN Site: San Diego. Course: Torrey Pines GC (South). Yardage: 7, 652. Par: 71. Prize money: $12.5 million. Winner's share: $2.25 million. Television:...

Airbus-Boeing deal still leaves other US-EU rifts unresolved

Jun. 15, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The deal the United States and the European Union reached Tuesday to end their long-running dispute over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus will mean the phase-out of billions in punitive tariffs. It will ease trans-Atlantic tensions. And it will allow the two sides to focus on...

Athlete warning: Follow the rules at Tokyo Olympics, or else

Jun. 15, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — If athletes coming to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics needed a warning, they got it Tuesday as officials rolled out the third and final rendition of so-called Playbooks — the rulebooks governing behavior for these pandemic-tainted games. The message: Follow...

China sends record 28 fighter jets toward Taiwan

Jun. 15, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China flew a record 28 fighter jets toward the self-ruled island of Taiwan on Tuesday, the island's defense ministry said, the largest such display of force since Beijing began sending planes on a near daily basis last year. Taiwan's air force...

Vaccine laggard Japan steps up shots with company efforts

Jun. 15, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese companies have joined the effort to speed up the country’s lagging coronavirus vaccine rollout before the Tokyo Olympics begin next month. Medical professionals were being inoculated with the Moderna vaccine Tuesday at a downtown Tokyo office of...

China denounces NATO statement, defends defense policy

Jun. 15, 2021 05:25 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese mission to the European Union on Tuesday denounced a NATO statement that declared Beijing a “security challenge,” saying China is actually a force for peace but will defend itself if threatened. The Chinese news release said the NATO...