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Mortuary workers Marina Gómez and Manel Rivera store the body of a person who died of COVID-19 at Mémora morgue in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Gómez and her fellow mortuary workers form part of Spain's rarely seen front line in the fight against COVID-19. Like doctors and nurses, they are part of a group of essential workers who see and touch the daily march of death amid the worst public health crisis in over a century. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The Latest: Spain hopes to vaccinate those in nursing homes

Nov. 24, 2020 10:51 AM EST

MADRID — Spain officials say health workers and residents in elder care homes will be the first group vaccinated when potential doses arrive. Health Minister Salvador Illa says Spain has signed agreements with five vaccine producers and hopes to do so with two more. Once the vaccines are approved by the...

China' Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi participate in a press briefing in Tokyo on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Wang met Motegi on Tuesday to discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China’s growing influence. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)

China, Japan to cooperate in reviving virus-hit economies

Nov. 24, 2020 10:23 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The foreign ministers of Japan and China agreed Tuesday to cooperate in fighting the coronavirus and reviving their pandemic-hit economies, while trying to avoid actions that provoke tensions over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who arrived in Tokyo...

In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, a worker inspects disposable gloves at the Top Glove factory in Shah Alam on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia's Top Glove Corp., the world's largest rubber glove maker, said Tuesday it expects a delay in deliveries after it was hit by a coronavirus outbreak that affected thousands of workers. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Virus outbreak delays production at world's top glove maker

Nov. 24, 2020 10:20 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp., the world’s largest maker of rubber gloves, said Tuesday it expects a two-to-four-week delay in deliveries after more than 2,000 workers at its factories were infected by the coronavirus, raising the possibility of supply disruptions...

A medical worker scans the nucleic acid samples collected from a mass testing at a lab in north China's Tianjin Municipality on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming larger ones. (Chinatopix via AP)

Asia Today: China reports 2 virus cases after mass testing

Nov. 24, 2020 7:44 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday reported two new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming larger ones. The National Health Commission said there were two new locally spread cases in the previous 24-hour period, one in each city. It also...

A nurse walks COVID-19 tests back to the tent at the free COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

The Latest: China reports results of mass testing

Nov. 23, 2020 10:56 PM EST

BEIJING — China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming larger ones. The National Health Commission said Tuesday that there were two new locally spread cases in the previous 24-hour period, one in each city. It also...

Students wearing face masks sit spaced apart during a trial run of a class with COVID-19 protocol at the  Nurul Amal Islamic school in Tangerang, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Indonesia's confirmed coronavirus cases exceed half million

Nov. 23, 2020 5:30 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases breached half a million on Monday as the government of the world’s fourth most populous nation scrambled to procure vaccines to help it win the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Indonesia's Health Ministry announced that new...

U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien speaks during the turnover ceremony of defense articles at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City, Philippines Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (Eloisa Lopez/Pool Photo via AP)

US provides missiles, renews pledge to defend Philippines

Nov. 23, 2020 5:28 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration provided precision-guided missiles and other weapons to help the Philippines battle Islamic State group-aligned militants and renewed a pledge to defend its treaty ally if it comes under attack in the disputed South China Sea....

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...

Large balls that depict asteroids are thrown in the air over a crowd attending a student rally in Bangkok, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Organized by a group that mockingly calls themselves

Thai students rally for educational and political reforms

Nov. 21, 2020 6:03 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Secondary school students in Thailand's capital rallied Saturday for educational and political reforms, defying government threats to crack down with legal action against the country’s high-profile protest movement. The rally was called by a group that calls itself “Bad...

A female worker walks with a pesticide sprayer on her back at a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Some workers use a yellow paste made of rice powder and a local root as a sunblock. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands

Nov. 20, 2020 7:50 PM EST

SUMATRA, Indonesia (AP) — With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls – and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the...