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The Latest: Chinese city shuts down over new outbreak worry

Sep. 21, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — Officials in the northeast China city of Harbin say national level health officials have been sent to the city to deal with what may be a coronavirus outbreak. The city of 9.5 million people reported three infection cases Wednesday, a day after discovering a...

'The world must wake up': Tasks daunting as UN meeting opens

Sep. 21, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In person and on screen, world leaders returned to the United Nations' foremost gathering for the first time in the pandemic era on Tuesday with a formidable, diplomacy-packed agenda and a sharply worded warning from the international organization's leader: “We face the...

ADB: Asia below pre-pandemic levels as variants slow rebound

Sep. 21, 2021 22:31 PM EDT

Developing economies in Asia will likely grow at a slower pace than earlier expected due to prolonged COVID-19 outbreaks and uneven progress in vaccinations, the Asian Development Bank said in a report Wednesday. The regional lender lowered its outlook for economic...

Health officer 'broken' after threats tied to mask order

Sep. 21, 2021 22:30 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The public health officer in the Grand Rapids area said he's a victim of “brute mob hatred” after ordering masks in schools in Kent County to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Adam London told county commissioners that a woman tried to run...

White House faces bipartisan backlash on Haitian migrants

Sep. 21, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is facing sharp condemnation from Democrats for its handling of the influx of Haitian migrants at the U.S. southern border, after images of U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback using aggressive tactics went viral this week. Striking...

AP PHOTOS: Behind barricades, Vietnam battles 'enemy' virus

Sep. 21, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

VUNG TAU, Vietnam (AP) — The roadblocks and barricades make the streets of this southern Vietnamese city look like they did during the war that ended almost 50 years ago. But this time, the battle is being fought against the rampaging coronavirus. In Vung Tau, just...

Brazil health minister tests positive for the coronavirus

Sep. 21, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's health minister tested positive for the coronavirus in New York after President Jair Bolsonaro spoke at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. Brazil's government said in a statement that Marcelo Quiroga was in good health and would remain in...

Hawaii anti-vaccine leader has regrets after getting COVID

Sep. 21, 2021 21:41 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A man who helped organize a Hawaii group that opposes COVID-19 vaccines and mandates says he contracted the disease and now has regrets. Chris Wikoff told Hawaii News Now this week that he helped start the Aloha Freedom Coalition last October. He said he...

Manila mayor, ex-scavenger and actor, to seek presidency

Sep. 21, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The popular mayor of the Philippine capital said Wednesday he will run for president in next year’s elections, the latest aspirant in what is expected to be a crowded race to succeed controversial leader Rodrigo Duterte. Manila Mayor Isko...

China keeps virus at bay at high cost ahead of Olympics

Sep. 21, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Beizhong International Travel Agency in the eastern city of Tianjin has had only one customer since coronavirus outbreaks that began in July prompted Chinese leaders to renew city lockdowns and travel controls. Most of China is virus-free, but the...