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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Gauhati, India, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. India’s coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. India is expected to have the highest number of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Asia Today: India's coronavirus cases jump by another 96K

Sep. 18, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. The Health Ministry on Friday raised the nation’s total cases to 5.21 million, or 0.37% of its nearly 1.4 billion people. It said 1,174 more people died in the past 24...

A woman walks past the Chinese consulate in Sydney, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. A Chinese-born adviser to an Australian lawmaker has launched a constitutional challenge in Australia's highest court against the nation's laws that ban covert foreign interference on domestic politics. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australian lawmaker's adviser challenges interference law

Sep. 16, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese-born adviser to an Australian lawmaker has launched a constitutional challenge in Australia’s highest court against laws banning covert foreign interference in domestic politics, citing a burden on free speech. John Shi Sheng Zhang is also challenging the...

Queensland state Chief Health officer Dr. Jeannette Young speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Brisbane, Australia, on July 24, 2020. The Australian health official revealed Monday, Sept. 14, that she has been under police guard because of death threats and growing public anger over pandemic border restrictions. (Dan Peled/AAP Image via AP)

Australian official under police guard over virus measures

Sep. 14, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian health official revealed Monday that she has been under police guard because of death threats and growing public anger over pandemic border restrictions. Queensland state Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said she now travels with a police escort because of the...

Sarah Caisip wears a protective mask after viewing her father's body at a funeral home in Brisbane, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Caisip was refused permission to go to her father Bernard Prendergast's funeral because she was forced to spend 14 days in a hotel quarantine. (Darren England/AAP Image via AP)

Family heartache spotlights Australia virus restrictions

Sep. 10, 2020 5:49 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government has ramped up pressure on a state government to relax pandemic border restrictions after a woman was refused permission to attend her father’s funeral on Thursday and a dying dad was told he was only allowed to be visited by one of his four...

Chinese-born Australian CCTV journalist detained in China

Sep. 1, 2020 7:48 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese-born Australian journalist working for Chinese state television has been detained by authorities in China, Australia's government says. Australian officials had a consular visit via video link with Cheng Lei at a detention facility last Thursday, Foreign Minister Marise...

Australia policeman faces court over Indigenous man's death

Sep. 1, 2020 6:47 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian court began hearing arguments Tuesday in the case of a police officer accused of murdering an Indigenous man during an attempted arrest in an Outback township, including that the officer was treated for stab wounds after the shooting. The four-day hearing in the...

Elliott Whitehead of the Canberra Raiders National Rugby League team raises his arms after his try was disallowed during a match against the Melbourne Storm in Canberra, Australia, July 11, 2020. Chinese telecom giant Huawei announced on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, it is ending its oldest major sporting sponsorship deal in the world when it ends its contract with the Canberra Raiders after nine years, blaming a

Huawei ends sports sponsor deal over Australia 'trade war'

Aug. 31, 2020 4:02 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Chinese telecom giant Huawei is ending its oldest major sporting sponsorship deal, saying Monday it was breaking its contract with an Australian rugby league team after nine years because of a “great trade war” between China and Australia. Australia has barred the...

Family members wearing face masks leave after taking the COVID-19 test at a makeshift clinic in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: Virus spike in S Korea capital may be spreading

Aug. 20, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 324 new cases of the coronavirus, its highest single day total since early March as the recent surge of COVID-19 in the greater capital area now appears to be spreading nationwide. Friday was the eighth consecutive day that South Korea has reported a...

In this Feb. 29, 2012, file photo a shopper looks over the wine at King & Godfree, one of Australia's oldest licensed grocery stores in, Melbourne, Australia. China on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, began investigating whether Australia is dumping wine in a trade dispute that further strains relations between the countries and could shut the biggest export market for Australian wine. (AP Photo/Mal Fairclough, FILE)

China considers imposing tariffs on Australian wine

Aug. 18, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China on Tuesday launched an investigation into whether Australia is exporting wine at improperly low prices in a new dispute between major trading partners that could reduce access to the biggest market for Australian vintners. The anti-dumping investigation focuses on wine in...

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a virtual summit meeting with Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Morrison said on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 his government held a less dramatic view of U.S.-China strategic tensions than a predecessor who warned of a potential “hot war” before U.S. presidential elections in November. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)

Australian leader says US-China war no longer inconceivable

Aug. 5, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday his government held a less dramatic view of U.S.-China strategic tensions than a predecessor who warned of a potential “hot war” before U.S. presidential elections in November. Former prime minister...