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China blasts US over reports of withdrawing diplomatic staff

Jan. 26, 2022 08:42 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday expressed “serious concerns and dissatisfaction” with the United States over reports of an internal State Department request to allow the departure of diplomats and their families from China amid tightening anti-pandemic measures. Foreign...

Wisconsin Assembly OKs vaccine passport ban, immunity waiver

Jan. 25, 2022 18:12 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly approved a pair of bills Tuesday that would require employers to count a prior coronavirus infection as an alternative to vaccination and testing and prohibit government agencies from issuing vaccine passports. ...

China tests 2M in Beijing, lifts COVID lockdown in Xi’an

Jan. 24, 2022 12:17 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Less than two weeks before the opening of the Winter Olympics, a few dozen COVID-19 cases in Beijing have prompted authorities to test millions of people in the capital and extend that to anyone buying cold medicine. The tough new measures came even as the city of...

Judges didn't consider 'wisdom' of deporting Novak Djokovic

Jan. 20, 2022 10:11 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Three Australian Federal Court judges on Thursday revealed their reasons for backing a government order to deport tennis star Novak Djokovic, explaining they did not consider the “merits or wisdom of the decision.” The judges on Sunday unanimously...

Thailand loosens entry restrictions as omicron worries ease

Jan. 20, 2022 07:08 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand will ease entry requirements for vaccinated visitors from all countries next month as concerns about the omicron variant of the coronavirus decline, officials said Thursday. The country's tourism-dominated economy was devastated by travel restrictions...

Golf goes to Netflix and it has competition from tennis

Jan. 18, 2022 13:21 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Formula One racing got a huge boost in interest in North America through the Netflix series “Drive to Survive.” Netflix now is expanding to a documentary series on golf, with the PGA Tour and the organizers of the four major championships granting access for a...

Djokovic's deportation exposes Australian border debate

Jan. 17, 2022 19:33 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Weary after two years of some of the harshest COVID-19 border restrictions in the world, many Australians wanted Novak Djokovic kicked out of their country for traveling to a tennis tournament in their country without being vaccinated. But the backdrop...

Beijing to offer Olympic tickets to 'selected' spectators

Jan. 17, 2022 09:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Only “selected” spectators will be permitted at next month's Beijing Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Monday. Beijing had already announced that no fans from outside the country would be permitted at the events, and had not offered...

Djokovic leaves Australia but debate goes on in vaccine saga

Jan. 17, 2022 01:06 AM EST

Australia sent Novak Djokovic home, but opinion remains divided worldwide on the No. 1 men's tennis player and whether he should have been allowed to compete in the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19. At a tennis center in Phoenix on Sunday, employee Stan...

No title defense for No. 1: Djokovic deported from Australia

Jan. 16, 2022 07:50 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Instead of starting the defense of his Australian Open title on Monday, Novak Djokovic was on his way home, a stunning and unprecedented end to his run of success at Melbourne Park. Djokovic has won nine of his 20 Grand Slam trophies at the Australian...