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A Sri Lankan airport worker stands next to a thermal scanner inside a terminal at the Katunayake International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Sri Lanka's tourism minister said that the airports in the country will be reopened for tourists according to health guidelines from Jan.21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka reopens tourism after 10-month closing

Jan. 20, 2021 11:56 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka is welcoming tourists again after keeping the doors closed to visitors for nearly 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s action Thursday is seen as an effort to revive the island nation’s tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the...

Officials: Roadside bomb wounds 11 troops in SW Pakistan

Jan. 20, 2021 2:45 PM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded near a Pakistani paramilitary vehicle in a remote area of southwestern Baluchistan province Wednesday, wounding at least 11 troops, security officials said. The attack on the Frontier Corps patrol took place in the district of Sibi and at least four soldiers...

Pakistan says test-fire of medium-range missile a success

Jan. 20, 2021 10:11 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Wednesday successfully test-fired a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 2,750 kilometers (about 1,700 miles), the military said. In a statement, it said the launch of the medium-range Shaheen-III missile was aimed at “re-validating various design and...

Russian-American climber found dead on Pakistani mountain

Jan. 19, 2021 2:11 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Russian-American climber who went missing last week while trying to scale a mountain amid harsh winter weather in northern Pakistan has been found dead, the region's tourist police and the Alpine Club of Pakistan said Tuesday. The tourist police in the town of Gilgit made the...

A man holds up a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, to reach out a tree branches at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China grapples with virus outbreaks in northeast

Jan. 18, 2021 11:37 PM EST

BEIJING — China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. The country reported a total of 118 newly confirmed cases Tuesday — most of them in Jilin province, the Hebei region just outside Beijing and Heilongjiang province...

FILE - In this Monday, March 16, 2020 file photo, Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during an interview in Islamabad, Pakistan. On Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, Khan reacted angrily to media reports of a text exchange between an Indian TV anchor and a former media industry executive that suggests a 2019 Indian airstrike inside Pakistan was designed to boost Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chances for re-election. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Pakistan PM angry over reports TV anchor knew about strike

Jan. 18, 2021 9:40 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister reacted angrily Monday to media reports of a text exchange between an Indian TV anchor and a former media industry executive that suggests a 2019 Indian airstrike inside Pakistan was designed to boost Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chances for...

Pakistani raid kills Taliban suspected of slaying of troops

Jan. 18, 2021 5:08 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces raided a hideout Monday in a former insurgent stronghold in the country’s northwest and killed two Taliban fighters, including one suspected of involvement in an October attack that killed six soldiers, the military said. A third suspect was...

Travellers walk towards the Covid-19 testing centre at Heathrow Airport in London, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.  The UK will close all travel corridors from Monday morning to protect against the coronavirus with travellers entering the country from overseas are required to have proof of a negative Covid test. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The Latest: Slovakia wants tests for nearly all in nine days

Jan. 17, 2021 5:01 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia is launching a project to test almost all citizens for the coronavirus in nine days. The government hopes the nationwide testing will speed up a recovery from the latest wave of the infections, make it possible for students to return to school in February, help the health...

Nepali team first to top world's 2nd tallest peak in winter

Jan. 16, 2021 9:17 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A team of Nepalese climbers on Saturday made history by scaling the world's second highest peak — Pakistan's K2 — in the winter season, a local Alpine Club official said. The secretary of Pakistan's Alpine Club, Karrar Haideri, said 10 Nepali Sherpas reached the summit around...

City worker Carlos Ruiz gives instruction to a COVID-19 patient after delivering a tank of oxygen to her home in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The city offers free oxygen refills for COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

The Latest: Mexico hits another record for COVID-19 cases

Jan. 15, 2021 10:37 PM EST

Mexico posted a record spike in coronavirus cases on Friday, with 21,366 newly confirmed infections, about double the daily rate of increase just a week ago. The country also recorded 1,106 more deaths. It was unclear if the spike was due to the presence of the U.K. virus variant, of which only one case has so...