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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talks to the media in the spin room following the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

'Do something:' Harris' rapid rise driven by call to action

Aug. 15, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hours before Kamala Harris took the stage for the first time as Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, she received a text message from a childhood classmate with photos from their school days. In one of the pictures, a racially diverse group of first-graders are gathered in a...

Zita Robinson, left, who's 77 and diabetic, looks at her granddaughter, 8-year-old Traris

The Latest: Arizona nearing 4,500 deaths from coronavirus

Aug. 15, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona reported 933 confirmed coronavirus cases and 69 deaths on Saturday. That increases the state’s totals to more than 192,000 cases and 4,492 deaths. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases decreased from 2,550 to 1,021 per day from July 30 to Aug. 13. The seven-day rolling...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets veteran Bill Redston following the national service of remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of V-J Day at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, England, Saturday Aug. 15, 2020. Following the surrender of the Nazis on May 8, 1945, V-E Day, Allied troops carried on fighting the Japanese until an armistice was declared on Aug. 15, 1945. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)

UK remembers Far East war on 75th anniversary of V-J Day

Aug. 15, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. marked the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II on Saturday, with Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip leading tributes to those who fought during the six-year campaign. In a special message on Victory over Japan Day, the queen and Philip offered their...

FILE- In this Tuesday, March 8, 2016, file photo, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni attends a press conference prior to their practice match for the ICC World T20 cricket tournament in Kolkata, India. India great Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Under Dhoni’s stewardship, India won the T20 World Cup in 2007, the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013. (AP Photo/Bikas Das, File)

India great Dhoni retires from international cricket

Aug. 15, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India great Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday. “Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 1929 hours consider me as retired,” the 39-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman posted on his Instagram account. The news came...

Indian, Nepalese prime ministers talk amid border dispute

Aug. 15, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The prime ministers of India and Nepal spoke over the phone on Saturday to try to ease bilateral tensions that have existed since a border dispute erupted between the two countries in May. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a call from his Nepalese counterpart, K. P. Sharma Oli,...

Members of the National Cadet Corps, a youth wing of Armed Forces for school and college students, dressed in the colors of the Indian national flag and wearing face masks as a precaution against coronavirus, listen to the speech of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort monument on Independence Day in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. India's prime minister said Saturday his country has done well in containing the coronavirus pandemic and announced $1.46 trillion infrastructure projects to boost the sagging economy. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Asia Today: Restrictions in S. Korea, India cases hit 2.5M

Aug. 15, 2020 5:53 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Saturday announced stronger social distancing restrictions for its greater capital area where a surge in COVID-19 cases has threatened to erase the hard-won gains against the virus. The two-week measures starting Sunday will allow authorities in Seoul and towns in...

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort monument on Independence Day in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

India to invest $1.46 trillion to lift virus-hit economy

Aug. 15, 2020 5:35 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s prime minister said Saturday his country has done well in containing the coronavirus pandemic and announced $1.46 trillion in infrastructure projects to boost the sagging economy. The key lesson India learned from the pandemic is to become self-reliant in manufacturing and...

Public officials disinfect a church as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. South Korea reported over 100 new virus cases Friday, one of its biggest daily jumps in months, as officials express concerned that infections are getting out of control in cities as people increasingly venture out in public. (Han Jong-chan/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: S Korea fears infections getting out of control

Aug. 14, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — New coronavirus cases in South Korea have reached the highest level in five months, and authorities fear infections are getting out of control in the Seoul region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. Officials reported 166 newly confirmed cases Saturday. That...

FILE - In this March 17, 2019 file photo, Dev Patel attends a screening of

Dev Patel celebrates India from his Los Angeles front yard

Aug. 14, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Quarantine brought opportunities to Dev Patel’s front yard. From a safe distance, the British actor was able to enjoy both his birthday and his relationship with India without leaving his L.A. home. The first was courtesy of his girlfriend, Australian actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who...

An Indian policeman cleans blood splattered on a street with a tree twig after suspected rebels attack on policemen on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Anti-India rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir Friday attacked a police party in the disputed region's main city, killing two police officials and injuring another, police said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Police: 2 officers killed by rebels in Indian-held Kashmir

Aug. 14, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Anti-India rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir attacked a police party in the disputed region’s main city Friday, killing two officers and injuring another, police said. Inspector-General Vijay Kumar said militants sprayed bullets at the police from a narrow lane on a busy...