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The Latest: Pakistan expects to get 15M doses through COVAX

Apr. 12, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s foreign minister says the country will receive 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses through the UN-backed COVAX program. Shah Mahmood Qureshi made the announcement Monday after meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas. ...

Myanmar's ruling junta issues fresh charges for Suu Kyi

Apr. 12, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s ruling military squared off against its opponents in the courts, the streets and the countryside Monday, showing no sign of relenting in its crackdown against those opposed to February's coup. Aung San Suu Kyi, who led the elected...

Asia Today: India records another surge in COVID-19 cases

Apr. 12, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another record daily surge in coronavirus infections Monday to pass Brazil as the country with the second-most reported infections since the pandemic began. The 168,912 cases added in the last 24 hours pushed India's total since the...

US, Philippine forces stage scaled down drills amid pandemic

Apr. 12, 2021 10:50 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American and Philippines forces on Monday opened one of their most scaled down annual combat exercises in decades due to the pandemic, and organizers said the drills would remain focused on territorial defense, battling terrorism and humanitarian projects. ...

Altered photos of Cambodian torture victims stir controversy

Apr. 12, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodians on Monday continued to condemn an Irish photo restorer for altering photographs of victims of their country’s 1970s genocide to show them smiling, saying his decision and that of an international media group to publish them showed horrible judgement....

Thailand sees record new infections ahead of major festival

Apr. 12, 2021 05:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thailand reported 985 new coronavirus cases on Monday, its highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic, and health officials said they were worried the number of new infections could be far higher after this week's traditional Thai New Year holiday. ...

Asian shares decline on vaccine, virus worries

Apr. 12, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were lower on Monday, as investors grew wary over the recent surge in coronavirus cases in many places while vaccination efforts are making scant headway. Shares fell in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney. The...

Thailand hits new daily record with nearly 1,000 virus cases

Apr. 11, 2021 07:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Health Ministry warned Sunday that restrictions may need to be tightened to slow the spread of a fresh coronavirus wave, as the country hit a daily record for new cases. The ministry confirmed 967 new infections, the highest ever in a 24-hour...

8 dead, dozens hurt as Indonesia quake shakes East Java

Apr. 11, 2021 04:29 AM EDT

MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake on Indonesia's main island of Java killed eight people, including a woman whose motorcycle was hit by falling rocks, and damaged more than 1,300 buildings, officials said Sunday. It didn't trigger a tsunami. The U.S....

US-Philippines officials discuss concerns over China's ships

Apr. 10, 2021 22:40 PM EDT

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday discussed with his Philippine counterpart China’s recent positioning of “militia vessels” near the Philippines in the South China Sea. Austin spoke by phone with Philippine Secretary...