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A worker wearing protective mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus pulls a plastic container full of debris washed ashore after tropical storm Saudel, locally called Pepito, hit the country on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine weather agency said Saudel continues to move out of the Philippines and is heading towards Vietnam. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Philippines allows foreign travel to resume

Oct. 21, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Wednesday lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau said the move did not immediately spark large numbers of departures for tourism and leisure. The government has gradually eased travel restrictions to bolster the...

An elderly flower vendor wears a face mask for protection against COVID-19 infection in Bucharest, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Local authorities imposed the use of face masks in all public spaces, indoors and outdoors, closed schools, restaurants, theatres and cinemas after the rate of COVID-19 infections went above 3 cases per 1000 inhabitants in the Romanian capital Bucharest. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

The Latest: Romania daily virus cases reach nearly 5,000

Oct. 21, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

Bucharest, Romania — Romania hit an all-time high Wednesday with 4,848 positive coronavirus cases as authorities carried out a record number of tests. Romania reported 37,025 coronavirus tests, the highest so far. It added 69 deaths in the last 24 hours. The rate of infections over the past 14 days passed...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, a woman walks past the Amnesty International India headquarters in Bangalore, India. The U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, urged India’s government to do more to protect the rights of human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy. Last month, advocacy group Amnesty International halted its operation in India, citing reprisals by the government and the freezing of its bank accounts by Indian authorities. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)

UN urges India government to better protect rights defenders

Oct. 20, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief on Tuesday urged India’s government to do more to protect human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's office pointed to three...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by a statue with a face mask at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. South Korea's daily coronavirus tally has dropped below 50 for the first time in more than two weeks despite reports of small-scale local infections. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

Oct. 18, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at hospitals and nursing homes to prevent transmissions at live-in facilities. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Monday brought...

A woman takes a selfie as visitors wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus gather near a giant cat structure on display at a commercial office building in Beijing, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Asia Today: Melbourne eases lockdown as cases decline

Oct. 18, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has loosened lockdown restrictions as new and active COVID-19 continue to decline. From midnight Sunday, Melbourne residents will no longer face limits on the time they can spend away from their homes for education or...

People watch an Indian Bollywood movie as cinemas reopen with a special screening for COVID- 19 warriors and their families at the PVR movie theater in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Seven months after screens went dark, cinemas reopened Thursday in much of India with mostly old titles on the marquee — a sign of the country’s efforts to return to normal as the pace of coronavirus infections slows but also of the roadblocks that remain. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

India cinemas reopen to small audiences after months in dark

Oct. 15, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Seven months after screens went dark, cinemas reopened Thursday in much of India with mostly old titles on the marquee — a sign of the country’s efforts to return to normal as the pace of coronavirus infections slows but also of the roadblocks that remain. The return to movie...

FILE- In this June 22, 2012 file photo, an Indian model poses with Tanishq jewelry at an event in Kolkata, India. The popular Indian jewelry brand has withdrawn an advertisement featuring a Muslim man and his Hindu wife after a right-wing backlash on social media. The Tanishq company withdrew the advertisement from TV channels and all its social media platforms on Tuesday, Oct.13, 2020 following a backlash from Hindu nationalists, (AP Photo/Bikas Das, File)

After outrage, Indian brand pulls ad with interfaith couple

Oct. 15, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The advertisement by the popular Indian jewelry brand featured a Muslim man and his Hindu wife preparing for a Hindu-style baby shower. Its tagline read: “A beautiful confluence of two different religions, traditions and cultures.” But just days after the 45-second...

FILE - In this June 19, 2018, file photo, People's Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti addresses the media after resigning as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Indian authorities on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, released Mufti, a top Kashmiri politician from detention more than a year after New Delhi scrapped Indian-controlled Kashmir's special status, a move that triggered widespread anger and economic ruin amid a harsh security clampdown. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)

India sets free top Kashmiri politician after a year

Oct. 13, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian authorities on Tuesday released a top Kashmiri politician from detention more than a year after New Delhi scrapped Indian-controlled Kashmir's special status, a move that triggered widespread anger and economic ruin amid a harsh security clampdown. Mehbooba Mufti had been held...

FILE- In this April 7, 2009, file photo, Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, left, and Aamir Khan speak during a press conference in Mumbai, India. Top Bollywood filmmakers, including superstar actors Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, have on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, filed a lawsuit against television news channels Republic TV and Times Now following the suspected suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput that set off a media frenzy and gripped the nation. Claiming that Rajput had been murdered, many television channels held filmmakers who had allegedly rejected him for roles responsible for his suicide and accused many Bollywood celebrities of being part of a “drug cartel,

Bollywood's powerful file suit against Indian news channels

Oct. 13, 2020 5:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Top Bollywood filmmakers and industry unions have filed a lawsuit against two popular TV news channels, asking them to refrain from "irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks against Bollywood and its members." The lawsuit, filed Monday, comes months after India’s...