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FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Romelia Navarro, right, is comforted by nurse Michele Younkin as she weeps while sitting at the bedside of her dying husband, Antonio, in St. Jude Medical Center's COVID-19 unit in Fullerton, Calif. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, Sept. 22, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and towering stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The Latest: Canada reaches vaccine agreement with companies

Sep. 22, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

LONDON — Pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi have agreed to provide Canada with up to 72 million doses of their potential COVID-19 vaccine as governments buy up supplies of unproven treatments in hopes of ensuring supplies of whatever works. On Tuesday, the companies reiterated their...

A vendor arranges her hair behind plastic sheets to curb the spread of the coronavirus at a market in Quezon city, Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he has extended a state of calamity in the entire Philippines by a year to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and harness the police and military to maintain law and order. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Duterte extends virus calamity status by a year

Sep. 22, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte says he has extended a state of calamity in the entire Philippines by a year to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and harness the police and military to maintain law and order. Duterte first placed the...

The Directors Guild of America headquarters is pictured on April 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. Hollywood's unions announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of empty sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Basic Crafts unions and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists jointly announced the deal reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after months of planning and negotiating. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement

Sep. 21, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the...

An honor guard with the American Legion Post 374 of Millard wear face masks against COVID-19 present arms during the graveside service of David Owen Cary at the Omaha National Cemetery in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Latest: New Zealand to end restrictions except in 1 city

Sep. 20, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Monday after...

South Korean K-pop group BTS members salute to their national flag during a ceremony marking the National Youth Day at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Lee Jin-wook/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea's daily virus total drops slightly

Sep. 19, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

South Korea __ South Korea’s new coronavirus tally has fallen below 100 for the first time in more than a month, as the country’s recent viral resurgence is gradually easing. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Sunday that the newly counted 82 cases took the country’s total...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020, file photo, Japan's outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media as he arrives at the prime minister's office for a cabinet meeting in Tokyo. Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe says he has visited a shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression. Abe's visit Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, which he announced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It is his first visit in nearly seven years. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Former Japanese PM Abe visits controversial Tokyo shrine

Sep. 19, 2020 5:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he has visited a shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression. Abe's visit Saturday to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which he announced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It was his first visit in nearly seven...

Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

Sep. 17, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, walks by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival for a welcome and family photo session at the G-20 leaders summit in Osaka, western Japan. When Abe announced his decision last month to step down as Japan’s prime minster over an illness, Moon’s office issued glowing praise about his unspecified contributions to bilateral ties. The rare praise came after years of intense diplomatic rows over wartime history, trade and military issues that sank the relationship between the key U.S. allies to post-war lows. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Analysis: With Abe's exit, Seoul seeks to mend Japan ties

Sep. 15, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It took a bombshell resignation before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heard anything nice from South Korea. The rare praise came after years of diplomatic rows and testy confrontations between Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and only after the Japanese prime...

People enjoying the autumn sunshine on Primrose Hill, London,  Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. From Monday, social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England — both indoors and outdoors — and Boris Johnson hinted that such restrictions will potentially remain in place until or through Christmas. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

The Latest: S. Korea eases restrictions as virus cases drop

Sep. 13, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported its lowest daily virus tally in about a month as it began easing its tough social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Monday that the 109 new cases added in the past 24 hours took the...

Police officers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus, walk in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea's coronavirus resurgence seems to slow

Sep. 9, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s new coronavirus cases have stayed below 200 for an eighth straight day, suggesting the recent viral resurgence is slowing amid stringent social distancing rules. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday it recorded 155 additional cases...