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Two city police officers patrol the Navigli area, a popular evening spot of restaurants and pubs bordering canals in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Authorities in regions including Italy's three largest cities have imposed curfews in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19, as many of the cases in Lombardy's surging outbreak have occurred in Milan. On Thursday, an overnight curfew takes effect in the city, known for its lively night-time bar scene, and the rest of the region, as authorities try to slow the spread of the contagion. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

The Latest: New cases in India below 60,000 for 5th day

Oct. 23, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India has reported below 60,000 new coronavirus cases for a fifth day as the promise of a free COVID-19 vaccine turned into a key state election issue. The Health Ministry says 54,366 new cases have taken the overall tally past 7.7 million on Friday. It also reported 690 deaths in the past 24...

Members of the festival organizing team at the Kali Bari Hindu temple pray via live transmission on the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Most of the festival festivities are being scaled down following the health officials warning about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Asia Today: Vaccine promise is election issue in India state

Oct. 23, 2020 12:31 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A promise of free COVID-19 vaccination has become an issue in key state elections in India. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made the promise when releasing the ruling Hindu nationalist party’s manifesto for elections that begin in Bihar state next week. Every Bihar resident...

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...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, an Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, northeast of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir. The Indian military said it apprehended a Chinese soldier Monday, Oct. 19, in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a monthslong military standoff along their disputed border. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin, File)

India frees Chinese soldier who strayed along disputed line

Oct. 21, 2020 5:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian army said Wednesday that it returned a Chinese soldier who had strayed into the Indian side in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a monthslong military standoff. The soldier, Cpl. Wang Ya Long from the People’s Liberation Army, was apprehended...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, a woman walks past the Amnesty International India headquarters in Bangalore, India. The U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, urged India’s government to do more to protect the rights of human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy. Last month, advocacy group Amnesty International halted its operation in India, citing reprisals by the government and the freezing of its bank accounts by Indian authorities. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)

UN urges India government to better protect rights defenders

Oct. 20, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief on Tuesday urged India’s government to do more to protect human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's office pointed to three...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, an Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, northeast of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir. The Indian military said it apprehended a Chinese soldier Monday, Oct. 19, in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a monthslong military standoff along their disputed border. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin, File)

China calls on India to honor pledge, return missing soldier

Oct. 19, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s military says it hopes India will make good on its pledge to swiftly return a Chinese soldier found lost along their mountainous border where the sides have been locked in a tense standoff. The defense ministry issued a statement late Monday saying the soldier had been...

Toby Gregory's yard that is adorned with 1,006 white crosses to represent Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Gregory was able to keep up with the state death toll until last week, and then it became too many. He says he doesn't have the room or supplies to keep up with the current death toll, but will do about 50 more crosses. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: Ireland sets new virus restrictions for 6 weeks

Oct. 19, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

LONDON — Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Premier Micheal Martin said Monday the measures take effect at midnight Wednesday and run until Dec. 1. People are being asked to stay at home,...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, an Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, northeast of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir. The Indian military said it apprehended a Chinese soldier Monday, Oct. 19, in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a monthslong military standoff along their disputed border. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin, File)

India army apprehends Chinese soldier amid military standoff

Oct. 19, 2020 7:25 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Indian army said it apprehended a Chinese soldier Monday in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a monthslong military standoff along their disputed mountain border. The soldier, Cpl. Wang Ya Long from China’s People’s Liberation Army, was...

Gov. Roy Cooper listens as Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, answers a question during a briefing during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: NCarolina virus numbers head in wrong direction

Oct. 15, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s top public health official is warning that the state’s coronavirus numbers are heading in the wrong direction as the Democratic governor considers whether to tighten restrictions or reopen more of the economy. The governor’s decision, which is expected...