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A street juggler wearing a protective face mask, performs at a street crossing during a red light in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, July 11, 2020, amid a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.(AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

The Latest: Venezuela's new coronavirus cases reach 10,000

Jul. 14, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan officials say new coronavirus cases have surpassed 10,000 nationwide, with an alarming number of recent illnesses found in the capital of Caracas. President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday ordered strict enforcement of quarantine measures in Caracas where most of the 303 new...

Gunmen ambush Pakistani troops in SW, killing 3, wounding 8

Jul. 14, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Assailants armed with assault rifles ambushed security forces as they patrolled a remote town in southwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least three troops and wounding eight others, the military said. The attack took place near the town of Panjgoor in Baluchistan province, the...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the new coronavirus drives a cart loaded with fabric in Beijing, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Health experts are warning that outbreaks brought under control with shutdowns and other forms of social distancing are likely to flare again as precautions are relaxed. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Asia Today: Another spike brings India past 900,000 cases

Jul. 14, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's coronavirus cases jumped by another 28,000 on Tuesday and are fast approaching 1 million. The 28,498 cases reported in the past 24 hours took the national total to 906,752. Cases have jumped by 100,000 in four days. The Health Ministry also reported another 553 deaths in the past...

An Indian flood affected man and a woman ride on a country boat in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam, India, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by floodwaters and landslides following incessant rainfall in the region. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

77 dead in floods and landslides in India's Assam state

Jul. 14, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Six more people have died in floods and mudslides in northeastern India's Assam state, officials said Tuesday, taking the death toll to 77 from more than two weeks of heavy rains that caused one of Asia's largest rivers to overflow. The Brahmaputra River continued to wreak havoc,...

Over 1 million marooned in Bangladesh as floods worsen

Jul. 14, 2020 5:46 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Heavy flooding is worsening in parts of Bangladesh, with over 1 million villagers marooned or leaving their homes for higher ground along with their cattle and other belongings, officials and volunteers said Tuesday. Water levels at major rivers were rising Tuesday at around two...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020 file photo, a health worker gives a polio vaccine to a child in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan’s army chief has told Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates that despite the challenge of COVID-19, Pakistan plans to restart polio vaccination campaigns across the country. The military said late Wednesday, June 10, that Gen. Qamer Javed Bajwa spoke by phone with Gates who has worked to try and eradicate polio worldwide. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)

Pakistan to resume polio campaign as COVID-19 cases decline

Jul. 14, 2020 5:15 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan announced Tuesday it would resume vaccinations against polio next week, months after the drive against this crippling children’s disease was halted because the novel coronavirus had overwhelmed the country's health system. The anti-polio campaign would last three days,...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the BRICS Business Council prior to the 11th edition of the BRICS Summit, in Brasilia, Brazil. From industrialists and foreign companies to celebrities and ordinary citizens, people from all walks of life pitched in for a newly created fund touted to strengthen India’s fight against the deadly virus the next day. More than three months later, the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund, or the PM CARES fund, is now valued at more than $1 billion but has since run into controversy over an alleged lack of transparency and accountability, along with a general lack of clarity over the control, the donors and the use of money donated to it. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Indian leader's virus fund won't disclose donors, payments

Jul. 14, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bejon Misra responded quickly to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal in March for donations to a new fund to strengthen the country's fight against the coronavirus. The next day, the 69-year-old retired management professor made a donation. “It was a generous...

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a red lantern outside a restaurant in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. China reported eight new cases, all of them brought from outside the country, as domestic community infections fall to near zero. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Hawaii to wait to waive quarantine requirement

Jul. 13, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says he will wait another month to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19, citing an increasing number of cases locally, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to journalists questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Monday, July 13, 2020. Hong Kong on Monday introduced more stringent social-distancing measures, banning public gatherings of more than four and making it compulsory to wear a mask on public transport as the city battles a fresh outbreak of locally-transmitted coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Asia Today: India sees another surge, hot spots shut again

Jul. 13, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Several Indian states imposed weekend curfews and locked down high-risk areas as its coronavirus cases surge. The number of confirmed infections neared 900,000 on Monday with a record 28,701 cases reported in the past 24 hours. The total of 878,254 is behind only the United States and...

FILE- In this Oct. 3, 2019 file photo, Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a visit to El Centro College in Dallas. U.S. tech giant Google is investing in a $10 billion fund to help accelerate India’s transition to a digital economy in the next five to seven years. 
Pichai, said Monday that the project will focus on building products that are relevant to India’s needs and empowering businesses for their “digital transformation.”(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Google announces $10 billion 'digitization' fund for India

Jul. 13, 2020 6:15 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. tech giant Google is investing in a $10 billion fund to help accelerate India’s transition to a digital economy in the next five to seven years. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc's Google, said Monday that the project will focus on building products that are relevant to...