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A health officer collecting swab samples from rail commuters to test for COVID-19 drinks water during a break at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

Oct. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. The government imposed a curfew Thursday in parts of...

Natalie Portman participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the film

Natalie Portman releases children's book of inclusive fables

Oct. 21, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

New York (AP) — Natalie Portman is putting her body through the paces to get into fighting shape for her next Marvel movie. The Oscar winner, preparing to film “Thor: Love and Thunder” in Sydney, Australia, is training hard after a monthslong pandemic pause in her diet and exercise regimen....

A worker wearing protective mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus pulls a plastic container full of debris washed ashore after tropical storm Saudel, locally called Pepito, hit the country on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine weather agency said Saudel continues to move out of the Philippines and is heading towards Vietnam. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Philippines allows foreign travel to resume

Oct. 21, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Wednesday lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau said the move did not immediately spark large numbers of departures for tourism and leisure. The government has gradually eased travel restrictions to bolster the...

Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives at Rome's international airport in Fiumicino, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Pell took a leave of absence from his job in 2017 to stand trial in his native Australia on historic child sexual abuse charges, for which he was ultimately acquitted. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Australian law enforcement examine Vatican money trail

Oct. 21, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A range of Australian law enforcement and corruption agencies are examining a reported transfer of money from the Vatican that Italian media have speculated might be linked to the overturned convictions of Cardinal George Pell for child sex abuse. The national financial crime...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. The Trump administration's legal assault on Google actually feels like a blast from the past.
The U.S. Justice Department filed an equally high-profile case against a technology giant in 1998. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Australian watchdog considers its own Google antitrust case

Oct. 21, 2020 2:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s competition watchdog will consider its own antitrust case against Google, the commission chairman said Wednesday after the U.S. Justice Department sued the company for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising. Competition and Consumer Commission...

FILE - In this April 12, 2011, file photo, Five male detainees gather on a rooftop of the Villawood Detention Center in Sydney, Australia. The United States is expected to have resettled more than 1,100 refugees by early next year under a deal President Donald Trump reluctantly honored with Australia, an Australian official said on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Australia: Most of 1,100 refugees in US deal have resettled

Oct. 19, 2020 1:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The United States is expected to have resettled more than 1,100 refugees by early next year under a deal President Donald Trump reluctantly honored with Australia, an Australian official said on Monday. President Barack Obama’s administration struck a deal in 2016 to...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by a statue with a face mask at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. South Korea's daily coronavirus tally has dropped below 50 for the first time in more than two weeks despite reports of small-scale local infections. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

Oct. 18, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at hospitals and nursing homes to prevent transmissions at live-in facilities. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Monday brought...

A woman takes a selfie as visitors wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus gather near a giant cat structure on display at a commercial office building in Beijing, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Asia Today: Melbourne eases lockdown as cases decline

Oct. 18, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has loosened lockdown restrictions as new and active COVID-19 continue to decline. From midnight Sunday, Melbourne residents will no longer face limits on the time they can spend away from their homes for education or...

U. S. Army, Arizona National Guard Pvt. Ronald Aguilar, right, takes the temperature of a man at a drive-thru COVID-19 saliva test on the main campus at Arizona Western College, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Yuma, Ariz. The testing, organized by the Yuma County Public Health Services District, lasted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and saw 671 tests administered, according to Yuma County spokesperson Kevin Tunnell. The purpose of the testing, according to Yuma County, was to capitalize on the recent development of a saliva test for COVID-19 by Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Latest: Melbourne eases restrictions after cases drop

Oct. 17, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has loosened lockdown restrictions as new and active COVID-19 continue to decline. From midnight Sunday, Melbourne residents will no longer face limits on the time they can spend away from their homes for education or recreation....

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, a skier wears a face covering while negotiating the slope at the reopening of Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort, which closed in mid-March to help in the effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, in Keystone, Colo. Roughly seven months after the coronavirus cut the ski season short at the height of spring break, resorts across the U.S. and Canada are slowly picking up the pieces and figuring out how to safely reopen this winter. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

US resorts adapt to new normal of skiing amid pandemic

Oct. 17, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Helmet, goggles, skis? Check. Hand sanitizer, face covering, reservation? Check. Roughly seven months after the coronavirus cut the ski season short at the height of spring break, resorts across the United States and Canada are slowly picking up the pieces and figuring out how to safely...