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The Latest: European agency expects J&J recommendation soon

Apr. 14, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

LONDON -- The European Medicines Agency is assessing the rare blood clots reported in the U.S. after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and a recommendation for European countries is expected soon. “EMA is expediting this evaluation and currently...

Myanmar charges doctors over civil disobedience protests

Apr. 14, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's ruling junta has charged at least 19 medical doctors for participating in civil disobedience protests against the military's Feb. 1 coup, a state-run newspaper reported Wednesday. Doctors, nurses and medical students have marched and...

Thailand's daily COVID infections hit record, topping 1,300

Apr. 14, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand reported more than 1,300 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, setting another daily record and adding pressure on the government to speed up a nearly nonexistent vaccination drive and do more to control a surge that comes amid mass travel as the country celebrates...

"Sour Grapes" wine fraud con man deported to Indonesia

Apr. 13, 2021 21:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A one-time California man who bilked wine collectors out of millions by selling cheaper booze he rebottled in his kitchen has been deported to his native Indonesia, U.S. immigration officials said Tuesday. Rudy Kurniawan, 44, was deported last week on...

Column: Matsuyama goes from inspiration to Masters champion

Apr. 13, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The idea was to create golfing heroes, not necessarily a Masters champion. Hideki Matsuyama is now both. “I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the members of Augusta National,” Matsuyama said on the night before he became...

Muslims mark Ramadan amid virus surge and new restrictions

Apr. 13, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month's signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques. Still, there were...

Grab to list in US via $40 bln merger with Altimeter Growth

Apr. 13, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing company, Grab Holdings, said Tuesday that it plans to merge with U.S.-based Altimeter Growth Capital in a deal that would value it at nearly $40 billion and allow it to trade on the Nasdaq Stock Market. That would...

Southeast Asia's Grab Holdings plans US Nasdaq listing via nearly $40 bln merger with financial vehicle Altimeter Growth

Apr. 13, 2021 06:36 AM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Southeast Asia's Grab Holdings plans US Nasdaq listing via nearly $40 bln merger with financial vehicle Altimeter Growth.

Thailand records more than 900 cases for third day in a row

Apr. 13, 2021 06:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thailand recorded a third day in a row with more than 900 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as thousands of people swarmed to beaches on the first day of a long national holiday despite warnings from health officials. Dr. Opas Karnkavinpong,...

Philippines summons Chinese ambassador over reef dispute

Apr. 13, 2021 03:34 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government summoned the Chinese ambassador to press its demand for Chinese vessels to immediately leave a reef claimed by Manila in the South China Sea and said their presence was stoking tensions, officials said Tuesday. The...