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Japan to allow limited foreign package tours as experiment

May. 17, 2022 07:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government announced Tuesday it will begin allowing small package tours from four countries later this month before gradually opening up to foreign tourism for the first time since it imposed tight border restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Student protest as discontent rises over China's zero-COVID

May. 17, 2022 07:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Administrators at an elite Beijing university have backed down from plans to further tighten pandemic restrictions on students as part of China’s “zero-COVID” strategy after a weekend protest at the school, according to students Tuesday. Graduate students at...

North Korea reports another fever surge amid COVID-19 crisis

May. 17, 2022 06:45 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday reported another large jump in illnesses believed to be COVID-19 and encouraged good health habits, as a mass outbreak spreads through its unvaccinated population and military officers were deployed to distribute medicine. State...

Spain, Morocco reopen land border crossings as ties improve

May. 17, 2022 05:34 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The land borders between Spain and Morocco at Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s North African enclave cities, have begun to reopen after being closed for just over two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic and later a diplomatic crisis between the two countries. Crowds...

World shares advance despite losses on Wall Street

May. 17, 2022 04:04 AM EDT

Shares advanced in Europe and Asia on Tuesday despite mounting doubts over the U.S. economic outlook that gave some benchmarks on Wall Street another day of losses. Signs of progress in China's effort to bring outbreaks of coronavirus under control appeared to be outweighing...

N. Korea's Kim faces 'huge dilemma' on aid as virus surges

May. 17, 2022 02:00 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — During more than a decade as North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un has made “self-reliance” his governing lynchpin, shunning international help and striving instead for domestic strategies to fix his battered economy. But as an illness suspected to be...

New US hospitals face fiscal crisis over COVID relief money

May. 17, 2022 01:31 AM EDT

THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A whole town celebrated in 2020 when, early in the coronavirus pandemic, Thomasville Regional Medical Center opened, offering state-of-the-art medicine that was previously unavailable in a poor, isolated part of Alabama. The timing for the ribbon-cutting seemed perfect:...

Idaho governor faces Trump-backed candidate in GOP primary

May. 17, 2022 00:47 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican Gov. Brad Little is fighting back a primary challenge on Tuesday from his lieutenant governor, Janice McGeachin, a Donald Trump-backed candidate who twice attempted a power grab last year when Little was out of state on business. The intraparty...

Conspiracy theorists flock to bird flu, spreading falsehoods

May. 17, 2022 00:34 AM EDT

Brad Moline, a fourth-generation Iowa turkey farmer, saw this happen before. In 2015, a virulent avian flu outbreak nearly wiped out his flock. Barns once filled with chattering birds were suddenly silent. Employees were anguished by having to kill sickened animals. The family...

Execution for Georgia man who killed girl temporarily stayed

May. 17, 2022 00:22 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge on Monday temporarily delayed the execution of a Georgia man who was scheduled to die Tuesday for killing an 8-year-old girl 46 years ago. Virgil Delano Presnell Jr., 68, killed the girl and raped her 10-year-old friend after abducting them as they walked...