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Delta variant challenges China's costly lockdown strategy

Aug. 05, 2021 02:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The delta variant is challenging China’s costly strategy of isolating cities, prompting warnings that Chinese leaders who were confident they could keep the coronavirus out of the country need a less disruptive approach. As the highly contagious variant...

Tokyo logs record 5,042 cases as infections surge amid Games

Aug. 05, 2021 06:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo reported 5,042 new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, hitting a record since the pandemic began as the infections surge in the Japanese capital hosting the Olympics. The additional cases brought the total for Tokyo to 236,138, about a quarter of...

'Trauma as his shield': Cuomo's apology, defense criticized

Aug. 05, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He said his actions had been misconstrued, his words misunderstood. He said it was cultural: He hugs, he kisses, he says “Ciao, bella.” He said it was generational: Sometimes he lapses into “honey” or “sweetheart” or tells bad jokes. But of...

In Tokyo, social platforms help the Pandemic Olympics shine

Aug. 05, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A condom fixed Jessica Fox's canoe, and skateboarder Jagger Eaton celebrated his bronze medal by broadcasting live on Instagram. Margielyn Didal “let” Tony Hawk take a picture with her to post on Facebook. The stability of the cardboard framed beds in...

Progressives see blueprint for next fights in eviction win

Aug. 05, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rare clash this week between the Biden administration and congressional Democrats over a lapsed eviction moratorium could become a blueprint for even larger fights that lie ahead. Finding allies in congressional leadership, a new generation of...

Raging wildfire destroys much of California Gold Rush town

Aug. 05, 2021 07:09 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire tore through a Northern California mountain town, leaving much of the downtown in ashes as crews braced for another explosive run of flames in the midst of dangerous weather. The Dixie Fire, swollen by bone-dry vegetation...

Israel launches airstrikes on Lebanon in response to rockets

Aug. 05, 2021 05:52 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Thursday escalated its response to rocket attacks this week by launching rare airstrikes on Lebanon, the army and Lebanese officials said. The Israeli army said in a statement that jets struck the launch sites from which rockets had...

Palestinian dad expects no justice for son killed by Israel

Aug. 05, 2021 05:21 AM EDT

BEIT UMMAR, WEST BANK (AP) — A week after the death of his eldest son, Moayed al-Alami sat on the sofa on his ground floor patio, protectively hugging and kissing two of his remaining children. The Israeli military has opened an investigation into the killing of...

The Latest: Head of Africa CDC has 'unbearable' COVID-19

Aug. 05, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya — The director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says he came down with COVID-19 last week and if he had not been vaccinated earlier, “I would not be here by now.” An audibly ill John Nkengasong told reporters that despite his...

Olympics Latest: After drama, Belarus is last in 4x400 relay

Aug. 05, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ After days of drama, the Belarus women’s 4x400-meter relay team finished last in its...

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State auditor, senator injured in Redwood County crash

Aug. 05, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

THREE LAKES TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's state auditor and a state senator are hospitalized following a collision with a semi in Redwood County. According to a legislative aide for Sen. Melisa Franzen, the senator and state Auditor Julie Blaha were injured...

Coast Guard searches for teen swimmer off Ocean City

Aug. 05, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies are searching for a 17-year-old boy who went missing while swimming at an Ocean City beach, officials said. Ocean City’s 911 dispatch center received a report of a missing swimmer around 3:50 p.m....

Israeli defense minister threatens Iran with military action

Aug. 05, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's defense minister warned Thursday that his country is prepared to strike Iran, issuing the threat against the Islamic Republic after a fatal drone strike on a oil tanker at sea that his nation blamed on Tehran. The comments by Benny...

Olympics Latest: After drama, Belarus is last in 4x400 relay

Aug. 05, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ After days of drama, the Belarus women’s 4x400-meter relay team finished last in its...

Bank of England keeps its main interest rate at 0.1%

Aug. 05, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England kept its main interest rate unchanged at the record low of 0.1% and said Thursday that it expects the British economy to reach its pre-pandemic level by the end of the year. In a statement accompanying its decision, the central bank's...

Raging wildfire destroys much of California Gold Rush town

Aug. 05, 2021 07:09 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire tore through a Northern California mountain town, leaving much of the downtown in ashes as crews braced for another explosive run of flames in the midst of dangerous weather. The Dixie Fire, swollen by bone-dry vegetation...

The Latest: Head of Africa CDC has 'unbearable' COVID-19

Aug. 05, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya — The director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says he came down with COVID-19 last week and if he had not been vaccinated earlier, “I would not be here by now.” An audibly ill John Nkengasong told reporters that despite his...

AP PHOTOS: No avoiding pandemic reminders at Tokyo Games

Aug. 05, 2021 07:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Like any other Olympics, the Tokyo Games created its share of indelible moments — runners lunging across the finish line, swimmers reaching for the wall, athletes standing on podiums with medals around their necks. The most lasting images from the 2020...

At least 10 dead as van carrying migrants crashes in Texas

Aug. 05, 2021 06:52 AM EDT

An overloaded van carrying 29 migrants crashed Wednesday on a remote South Texas highway, killing at least 10 people, including the driver, and injuring 20 others, authorities said. The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. on U.S. 281 in Encino, Texas, about 50 miles (80...

Troops patrol Kashmir on anniversary of statehood revocation

Aug. 05, 2021 06:46 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Government forces patrolled much of Indian-controlled Kashmir and ordered shops and businesses to remain open Thursday to foil a planned strike by separatists on the second anniversary of India’s revocation of the disputed region’s semi-autonomy. ...