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The Latest: Hong Kong to relax quarantine rules for arrivals

Jun. 21, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

HONG KONG — Hong Kong authorities said quarantine requirements will soon be relaxed for travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and arrive from certain lower-risk countries. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Monday said the relaxation of quarantine measures...

Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper says it may shut down

Jun. 21, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s embattled pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily reported Monday that its board of directors has asked authorities to unfreeze some assets so it can pay salaries and avoid labor violations, and that the board will meet again on Friday to decide if the newspaper...

British FM heads to Southeast Asia looking for closer ties

Jun. 21, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Britain's top diplomat headed to Southeast Asia on Monday on a three-nation visit as his country looks to promote closer ties and trade with the region following the U.K.'s exit from the European Union. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab's trip to Vietnam,...

Chinese banks promise to step up cryptocurrency ban

Jun. 21, 2021 07:49 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s biggest banks promised Monday to refuse to help customers trade Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies after the central bank said executives were told to step up enforcement of a government ban. Regulators appear to worry that despite the 2013 ban...

Debate over Myanmar upends start to UN rights body session

Jun. 21, 2021 06:53 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights body opened its latest session on Monday and was immediately embroiled in a debate over the representation of Myanmar, where a military takeover toppled the civilian government in February. Western countries said two planned...

Taiwan to maintain Hong Kong office despite visa problems

Jun. 21, 2021 06:04 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan says it will continue operating its de facto consulate in Hong Kong in spite of visa difficulties for its staffers while also providing consular services online. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong has been unable to get...

AP PHOTOS: Tourism boom pressures Tibet's historic sites

Jun. 20, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

LHASA, China (AP) — Tourism is booming in Tibet as more Chinese travel in-country because of the coronavirus pandemic, posing risks to the region’s fragile environment and historic sites. The number of visitors is limited to 5,000 per day at the Potala Palace, the...

The Latest: Blood shortage forces New England surgery delay

Jun. 20, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

BOSTON — Some New England hospitals are delaying or rescheduling surgeries because of a shortage of blood donations during the pandemic. “We haven’t seen anything like this in about 30 or 40 years at least,” Dr. Vishesh Chhibber, director of transfusion medicine...

US sends Taiwan 2.5 million vaccine doses, tripling pledge

Jun. 20, 2021 06:55 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. sent 2.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan on Sunday, tripling an earlier pledge in a donation with both public health and geopolitical meaning. The shipment arrived on a China Airlines cargo plane that had left...

The Latest: Protests decry Brazil policies as toll tops 500K

Jun. 19, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO — Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in cities across Brazil as the nation’s confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million. It’s a tragedy many critics blame on President Jair Bolsonaro’s attempt to minimize the...