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China' Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi bump elbows at the start of their talks amid the coronavirus outbreak, 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 FM in Japan to discuss virus, regional concerns

Nov. 24, 2020 4:27 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Japan on Tuesday to meet with his Japanese counterpart and discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China’s growing influence. During his two-day visit, Wang and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu...

A man wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance for a transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Global shares mostly rise on virus vaccines, Yellen hopes

Nov. 24, 2020 4:22 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance of a transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden. The U.S. federal government recognized Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3...

From left to right, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani hold a joint press conference after their trilateral meeting in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Menahem Kahana/Pool via AP)

Israel's Netanyahu says he will pay a visit to Bahrain soon

Nov. 24, 2020 4:17 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he spoke with the crown prince of Bahrain and would visit the Gulf state soon, a month after the two countries established formal diplomatic relations. Bahrain’s foreign minister visited Israel last week in a mark of the...

Relatives carry the dead body of a boy who was killed by a mortar shell attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Mortar shells slammed into different parts of the Afghan capital on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

UN, partners seek funds for Afghanistan at donors conference

Nov. 24, 2020 4:13 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Top officials including the U.N. secretary-general and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were taking part in a largely virtual pledging conference for Afghanistan on Tuesday, the latest effort to drum up aid and support for a country where Taliban fighters are making inroads against the...

A man wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus walks past a reflection of a colorful Christmas tree in Quezon city, Philippines on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Philippine Officials say about 60 million Filipinos are being targeted for vaccination against the coronavirus next year at a cost of more than 73 billion pesos ($1.4 billion) to develop considerable immunity among a majority of the population. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Philippines targets 60 million for vaccination

Nov. 24, 2020 3:20 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials say about 60 million Filipinos are being targeted for vaccination against the coronavirus next year at a cost of more than 73 billion pesos ($1.4 billion) to develop considerable immunity among a majority of Filipinos. Carlito Galvez Jr., who oversees government...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2016, file photo, Belarus guard Lindsey Harding (12) controls the rebound next to teammate Yelena Leuchanka, center, and Australia center Liz Cambage, rear, during the second half of a women's basketball game at the Youth Center at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has been a difficult last few months for former Belarus star basketball player Leuchanka. She spent 15 days in jail in October after peacefully protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election and then contracted the coronavirus earlier this month while she has been in Greece. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Yelena Leuchanka reflects on jail time for Belarus protest

Nov. 24, 2020 3:04 AM EST

It's been a difficult last few months for former Belarus basketball star Yelena Leuchanka. She spent 15 days in jail in October after peacefully protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed reelection, and then contracted the coronavirus earlier this month while she's been in Greece. “I...

Prosecutors: 31 charged in Coast Guard test-fixing scheme

Nov. 24, 2020 2:52 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than 30 people were charged for their participation in a test score-fixing scheme that happened over seven years at a United States Coast Guard exam center in Louisiana, federal prosecutors announced. The indictment centers around Dorothy Smith, a former employee at an exam center...

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks by a masked man who sits on a Lego blocks, browsing his smartphone inside a shopping mall in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 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. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Asia Today: China reports 2 virus cases after mass testing

Nov. 24, 2020 2:25 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 that there were two new locally spread cases in the previous 24-hour period, one in each city. It...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 2, 1990, file photo, David Dinkins delivers his first speech as mayor of New York, in New York. Dinkins, New York City’s first African-American mayor, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. He was 93. (AP Photo/Frankie Ziths, File)

NYC's first African-American mayor, David Dinkins, has died

Nov. 24, 2020 2:11 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — David Dinkins, who broke barriers as New York City’s first African-American mayor, but was doomed to a single term by a soaring murder rate, stubborn unemployment and his mishandling of a riot in Brooklyn, has died. He was 93. Dinkins died Monday, the New York City Police Department...

In this Nov. 18, 2020 photo, a person wearing a face mask crosses Broad Street in Philadelphia. As governors and mayors grapple with an out-of-control pandemic, they are ratcheting up mask mandates and imposing restrictions on small indoor gatherings, which have been blamed for accelerating the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Thanksgiving could be make-or-break in US virus response

Nov. 24, 2020 1:33 AM EST

In Pennsylvania, if you’re having friends over to socialize, you’re supposed to wear a mask — and so are your friends. That’s the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. “No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own home” said Chestnut, 60,...