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A Russian medical worker prepares a shot of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups have signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations in Moscow starting Saturday, a precursor to a sweeping Russia-wide immunization effort. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Latest: Moscow opens coronavirus vaccination centers

Dec. 5, 2020 9:56 AM EST

MOSCOW — Thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups have signed up Saturday for a coronavirus vaccination in Moscow. The vaccination effort comes three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of a “large-scale” immunization campaign even though a...

Protesting farmers rest in their tractor parked on a highway as they participate in farmers protest against new farming laws they say will result in exploitation by corporations, eventually rendering them landless, at the Delhi-Haryana state border, India, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The busy, nonstop, arterial highways that connect most northern Indian towns to this city of 29 million people, now beat to the rhythm of never-heard-before cries of “Inquilab Zindabad” (“Long live the revolution”). Tens and thousands of farmers, with colorful distinctive turbans and long, flowing beards, have descended upon its borders where they commandeer wide swathes of roads. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Talks between protesting farmers and Indian gov't fail again

Dec. 5, 2020 9:34 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government and protesting farmers were unable to break their deadlock in talks on Saturday, with the farmers saying they will intensify their demonstrations against new agriculture laws and continue blocking key highways on the outskirts of the capital. Protest leaders rejected...

Italian police break up migrant trafficking ring, arrest 19

Dec. 5, 2020 7:23 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian police on Saturday arrested 19 suspects, dismantling what authorities say was a criminal organization that moved migrants from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan to Italy and then into northern Europe. The investigation, led by prosecutors in Catania, Sicily, unveiled a network that...

Rohingya refugees board a ship as they are ferried to Bhashan Char, or floating island, in the Bay of Bengal, from Chittagong, Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Authorities in Bangladesh on Friday started sending a first group of nearly more than 1,500 Rohingya refugees to an isolated island despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process. (AP Photo/Saleh Noman)

First Rohingya refugees arrive at isolated Bangladesh island

Dec. 4, 2020 5:19 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh on Friday sent the first group of more than 1,500 Rohingya refugees to an isolated island despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process. The 1,642 refugees boarded seven Bangladeshi naval vessels in the port of Chittagong for the trip to...

EU extends ban on Pakistan's airline from flying to Europe

Dec. 4, 2020 10:51 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The European Union’s aviation safety agency has extended a ban imposed on Pakistan's state-run airline this year barring it from flying to Europe after a plane crash that killed 97 people in the port city of Karachi, a spokesman said Friday. At the time — and while the probe...

An elderly farmer shouts slogans as others listen to a speaker as they block a major highway during a protest to abolish new farming laws they say will result in exploitation by corporations, eventually rendering them landless, at the Delhi-Haryana state border, India, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The busy, nonstop, arterial highways that connect most northern Indian towns to this city of 29 million people, now beat to the rhythm of never-heard-before cries of

India's winter of discontent: Farmers rise up against Modi

Dec. 4, 2020 8:13 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A chilly breeze whirls through New Delhi in the mornings and the sun is partly obscured by toxic haze, a marker of another winter in the Indian capital. But along the city's borders, this year is visibly and viscerally different. The perpetually busy arterial highways that connect most...

A young Newar girl waits for an Ihi ceremony in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Ihi is a two-day ceremony performed for girls who have not reached puberty and involves purification rituals and marriage rituals with the Bael (or wood apple). Newari girls are married thrice in their life, to the bael fruit and the sun before marrying a human. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Asia Today: S. Korea reports highest daily tally in 9 months

Dec. 4, 2020 7:42 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has recorded 629 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, the highest daily tally in about nine months. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Friday that 600 of the newly confirmed cases were domestically transmitted — nearly 80% of them in...

Pakistani investigators examine the site of bomb explosion in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. A roadside bomb exploded near a busy bus terminal in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi, killing and and wounding some persons, police said. (AP Photo/A.H. Chaudary)

Roadside bomb kills 1 in Pakistani city of Rawalpindi

Dec. 4, 2020 7:23 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded near a busy bus terminal in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, killing at least one person and wounding seven others, police said. Initially police said the bomb was planted in an auto-rickshaw, but a Rawalpindi police statement later confirmed...

Jamillette Gomes holds her two-year-old son, Avian, as he receives a COVID-19 test, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Lawrence, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Latest: Birx says Americans must be strict for pandemic

Dec. 3, 2020 10:52 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS — The White House coronavirus response coordinator says Americans must not gather indoors with outsiders or take off their masks at any time when they are outdoors -- even when they are eating and drinking. Dr. Deborah Birx says people also have to observe social distancing and wash their...

Representatives of various farmers organizations hold hands before the media as they arrive for talks with the government representatives in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Dec.3, 2020. Tens and thousands of farmers have descended upon the borders of New Delhi to protest new farming laws that they say will open them to corporate exploitation. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Indian gov't, farmers to meet again over highway blockade

Dec. 3, 2020 10:44 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government and protesting farmers reported some progress in talks Thursday and agreed to meet again over the weekend to discuss a blockade of key highways leading to the capital by thousands of farmers angry over new agriculture laws. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar...