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Europeans criticize US move to revoke Iran sanction waivers

May. 30, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The western European parties to the landmark nuclear deal with Iran on Saturday criticized a U.S. decision to end nearly all of the last vestiges of sanctions relief provided under the 2015 pact. The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the deal with Iran in 2018, leaving the others involved...

Health workers collect a nasal swab sample from a Buddhist monk to test for the coronavirus at the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Sarayuth Jojaiharn))

Asia Today: India caseload surges again; 39 sick in S. Korea

May. 30, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Saturday registered another record single-day jump of 7,964 coronavirus cases and 265 deaths, a day before the 2-month-old lockdown is set to end. The Health Ministry put the total number of confirmed cases at 173,763 with 4,971 deaths. The infections include 82,369 people who...

Workers wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus in a class at a high school in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: Germany: Mask-less governor committed no crime

May. 30, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Italy issues warning on tourism reopenings —...

Indians wait outside a popular eatery for their takeaway food orders in Bengaluru, India, Saturday, May 30, 2020. India started easing lockdown restrictions earlier this month, allowing reopening of shops and manufacturing and resumption of some trains and domestic flights and vehicles' movement. The federal government is expected to issue a new set of guidelines this weekend, possibly extending the lockdown in worst-hit areas. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Trump WHO funding cut prompts criticism as virus spreads

May. 30, 2020 6:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's announcement he was cutting U.S. funding for the World Health Organization prompted criticism Saturday, as spiking infection rates in India and elsewhere served as a reminder the global pandemic is far from contained. Trump on Friday charged that the WHO...

In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd

May. 30, 2020 5:31 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law. The statements came as the head of the African...

FILE - In this Monday, May 11, 2020, file photo, Nepalese students shout slogans during a protest against the Indian government inaugurating a new road through a disputed territory between India and Nepal, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal's latest border dispute with India, that has strained relations between the two South Asian countries with centuries-old historical, cultural and economical ties, has brought tiny Himalayan nation's bickering political parties together in a rare show of unity. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)

Nepal's parties show rare unity on border dispute with India

May. 30, 2020 5:05 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — While Nepal's latest border dispute with India has strained relations between South Asian neighbors with centuries-old historical, cultural and economic ties, it also has brought the tiny Himalayan nation's bickering political parties together in a rare show of unity. The opposition...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

May. 30, 2020 2:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has announced that he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong’s special trade status and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government, escalating tensions with China...

Riot police guard a protester as a second reading of a controversial national anthem law takes place in Central district, Hong Kong, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Hong Kong police massed outside the legislature complex Wednesday, ahead of debate on a bill that would criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China says US action on Hong Kong 'doomed to fail'

May. 30, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party said U.S. moves to end some trading privileges for Hong Kong “grossly interfere” in China’s internal affairs and are “doomed to fail.” Saturday's editorial in the newspaper People’s Daily was...

In this photo taken and released by Chinese nurse Zhang Dan, she poses for a photo with colleagues at the Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Friday, April 4, 2020. Zhang was among the first to respond to the call for help in China's coronavirus epicenter. The 36-year-old nurse worked through grueling days, ministering to patients who needed assistance from breathing to merely eating. She struggled — but then, a little street dog helped her through. (Zhang Dan via AP)

Street dog helps see Chinese nurse through virus traumas

May. 30, 2020 1:22 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Zhang Dan was among the first to respond to the call for help in China's coronavirus epicenter. The 36-year-old nurse worked through grueling days, ministering to patients who needed assistance from breathing to merely eating. She struggled — but then, a little street dog helped her...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo provided by Xinhua News Agency, the Shandong aircraft carrier is docked at a naval port in Sanya in southern China's Hainan Province. China’s Defense Ministry said Friday, May 29, 2020, the navy’s only entirely home-built aircraft is carrying out sea trials to test weapons and equipment and enhance training of the crew. (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP, File)

China home-built aircraft carrier conducting sea trials

May. 30, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Defense Ministry said the navy’s only entirely home-built aircraft is carrying out sea trials to test weapons and equipment and enhance training of the crew. Ministry spokesperson Ren Guoqiang said Friday the exercises were being conducted as planned, apparently...