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In this photo released by Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, poses for photographers with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi during their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Wang pledged that China will help Indonesia defeat the coronavirus, including providing vaccines and the strengthen economic cooperation with Indonesia in addition to strengthening cooperation in the health sector in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. (Indonesian Foreign Ministry via AP)

China pledges to help Indonesia in fight against coronavirus

Jan. 13, 2021 8:57 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged Wednesday that China will help Indonesia fight the coronavirus by sharing its experiences, providing vaccines and supporting the Southeast Asian country as it begins to produce them domestically. “Despite the sharp increase in the...

Seychelles to start vaccinations with Chinese-made Sinopharm

Jan. 8, 2021 2:43 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Indian Ocean island nation of the Seychelles says it will begin administering COVID-19 vaccinations on Sunday with the 50,000 doses it has of the Chinese-developed Sinopharm vaccine. Health Minister Peggy Vidot told reporters on Thursday that political leaders will be first to be...

FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a news conference, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Ghebreyesus says that he is “disappointed” that Chinese officials haven't finalized permissions for the arrival of a team of experts into China to examine origins of COVID-19. In a rare critique of Beijing, he said on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 members of the international scientific team have begun over the last 24 hours to leave from their home countries to China as part of an arrangement between WHO and the Chinese government. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, file)

WHO 'disappointed' at Chinese delays letting experts in

Jan. 5, 2021 10:20 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said Tuesday that he is “disappointed” Chinese officials haven't finalized the permissions to allow a team of experts into China to examine the origins of COVID-19. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a rare critique of...

President-elect Joe Biden fist bumps with nurse practitioner Tabe Mase after receiving his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, as Jill Biden looks on. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

2020: A year where the fist-bump became mainstream greeting

Dec. 30, 2020 12:47 PM EST

The moment called for a handshake. Or would have, under what used to be considered normal circumstances. As in, before 2020. Here’s the scene, from Dec. 21: Tabe Mase, the director of employee health services and a nurse practitioner at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, had just...

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, members of a Chinese surveying team head for the summit of Mount Everest, also known locally as Mt. Qomolangma. China and Nepal have jointly announced on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, a new height for Mount Everest, ending a discrepancy between the two nations. (Tashi Tsering/Xinhua via AP, File)

China, Nepal say Everest a bit higher than past measurements

Dec. 8, 2020 5:26 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — China and Nepal jointly announced a new official height for Mount Everest on Tuesday, ending a discrepancy between the two nations. The new height of the world's highest peak is 8,848.86 meters (29,031.7 feet), which is slightly more than Nepal’s previous measurement and...

In this image made from UNTV video, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the U.N. General Assembly's special session to discuss the response to COVID-19 and the best path to recovery from the pandemic, Thursday, Dec. 3,2020, at U.N. headquarters, in New York. (UNTV via AP)

UN chief: Vaccine can't undo damage from global pandemic

Dec. 3, 2020 8:13 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief warned Thursday that the social and economic impact of COVID-19 “is enormous and growing” and said it’s foolish to believe a vaccine can undo damage from the global pandemic that will last for years or even decades. Speaking to world leaders at the...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus ride mopeds in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Vietnamese health official said on Thursday the COVID-19 outbreak would peak in the coming ten days as the country reported another death and a score of new infections. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

The Latest: Vietnam has 1st local transmission in 89 days

Nov. 30, 2020 11:52 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnamese authorities are conducting intensive contact tracing after the country’s first confirmed local transmission of the coronavirus in 89 days. State media said Tuesday that a 32-year-old man in Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday after visiting a flight...

A family member of an inmate pleads to a policeman as she seeks information on the condition of her relative outside the Mahara prison complex following an overnight unrest in Mahara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Sri Lankan officials say six inmates were killed and 35 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of the capital. Two guards were critically injured. Pandemic-related unrest has been growing in Sri Lanka's overcrowded prisons. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: 8 dead in pandemic unrest at Sri Lanka prison

Nov. 30, 2020 9:23 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Inmates unhappy about the coronavirus threat at an overcrowded prison near Sri Lanka's capital have clashed with guards who opened fire, leaving eight prisoners dead and 59 others injured, officials said Monday. Two guards were critically injured, they said. Pandemic-related...

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, poses with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for a photo before a meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (Kim Ju-sung/Yonhap via AP)

China's top diplomat stresses S.Korea ties amid row with US

Nov. 26, 2020 4:36 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China’s top diplomat on Thursday stressed the importance of bilateral relations while meeting senior officials in South Korea, where there is growing concern the country is becoming squeezed between China, its biggest trading partner, and military ally the United States. ...

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, bumps elbows with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the start of their meeting in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)

Japan, China agree on economic ties, split over islands

Nov. 25, 2020 10:32 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — China's top diplomat told Japan's leader on Wednesday that Beijing wants the two Asian powers to have good relations and cooperate in fighting the coronavirus and reviving their pandemic-hit economies, but the two sides remained at odds over an island dispute. Foreign Minister Wang Yi...