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John Naisbitt, author of bestseller 'Megatrends,' dies at 92

Apr. 10, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The American author John Naisbitt, whose 1982 bestselling book “Megatrends” was published in dozens of countries, has died at 92, the Austrian news agency APA has reported. Naisbitt died in his home at Lake Woerthersee on Thursday, a friend of the...

Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

Apr. 10, 2021 02:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — As many as 60 countries, including some of the world’s poorest, might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help them are blocked until as late as June. COVAX,...

Alibaba fined $2.8 billion on competition charge in China

Apr. 10, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Alibaba Group, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, was fined 18.3 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) by Chinese regulators on Saturday for anti-competitive tactics, as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over fast-growing tech industries. Party...

The Latest: US 7th Fleet: 14,000 personnel fully vaccinated

Apr. 09, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

PHILIPPINE SEA — The U.S. 7th Fleet that operates throughout the Indo-Pacific says more than 14,000 of its service members have received their full doses of the coronavirus vaccine, which it began administering on January 5. “We are in a pandemic and our principle...

US unveils new rules for government contacts with Taiwan

Apr. 09, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Friday unveiled new rules for U.S. government contacts with Taiwan that are likely to anger China but appear to reimpose some restrictions that had been lifted by the Trump administration. The department announced the changed...

Positive atmosphere, little progress in Iran nuclear talks

Apr. 09, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Nascent talks aimed at bringing the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran broke Friday without any immediate signs of progress on the thorny issues dividing Washington and Tehran, but with delegates talking of a constructive atmosphere and resolving to...

Meeting between Husted, neighbors over tweet is in flux

Apr. 09, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A meeting between Ohio's lieutenant governor and Asian American neighbors in his Columbus suburb who are concerned about a tweet they viewed as inflammatory will not take place Friday. Republican Lt. Gov. Jon Husted's office said that he and his...

Djibouti votes as president Guelleh seeks a 5th term

Apr. 09, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The Horn of African country of Djibouti went to the polls peacefully on Friday as President Ismail Omar Guelleh seeks a fifth term in the small but strategically important nation home to military bases for the United States, China and others. ...

Japan imposes new virus measures in Tokyo ahead of Olympics

Apr. 09, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Friday that it will raise the coronavirus alert level in Tokyo to allow tougher measures to curb the rapid spread of a more contagious variant ahead of the Summer Olympics. Japan's national vaccination drive has lagged and most people in the...

Japan to announce Fukushima water release into sea soon

Apr. 09, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government has decided to dispose of massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water stored in tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant by releasing it into the Pacific Ocean, local media reported Friday, a conclusion widely expected but delayed for...