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Delta variant challenges China's costly lockdown strategy

Aug. 05, 2021 02:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The delta variant is challenging China’s costly strategy of isolating cities, prompting warnings that Chinese leaders who were confident they could keep the coronavirus out of the country need a less disruptive approach. As the highly contagious variant...

Tokyo logs record 5,042 cases as infections surge amid Games

Aug. 05, 2021 04:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo reported 5,042 new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, hitting a record since the pandemic began as the infections surge in the Japanese capital hosting the Olympics. The additional cases brought the total for Tokyo to 236,138. Nationwide, Japan...

'Trauma as his shield': Cuomo's apology, defense criticized

Aug. 05, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He said his actions had been misconstrued, his words misunderstood. He said it was cultural: He hugs, he kisses, he says “Ciao, bella.” He said it was generational: Sometimes he lapses into “honey” or “sweetheart” or tells bad jokes. But of...

In Tokyo, social platforms help the Pandemic Olympics shine

Aug. 05, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A condom fixed Jessica Fox's canoe, and skateboarder Jagger Eaton celebrated his bronze medal by broadcasting live on Instagram. Margielyn Didal “let” Tony Hawk take a picture with her to post on Facebook. The stability of the cardboard framed beds in...

Israel launches airstrikes on Lebanon in response to rockets

Aug. 05, 2021 05:52 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Thursday escalated its response to rocket attacks this week by launching rare airstrikes on Lebanon, the army and Lebanese officials said. The Israeli army said in a statement that jets struck the launch sites from which rockets had...

Immigrant detentions soar despite Biden’s campaign promises

Aug. 05, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Alexander Martinez says he fled from homophobia, government persecution and the notorious MS-13 gang in El Salvador only to run into abuse and harassment in America’s immigration detention system. Since crossing the border illegally in April, the...

Progressives see blueprint for next fights in eviction win

Aug. 05, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rare clash this week between the Biden administration and congressional Democrats over a lapsed eviction moratorium could become a blueprint for even larger fights that lie ahead. Finding allies in congressional leadership, a new generation of...

Palestinian dad expects no justice for son killed by Israel

Aug. 05, 2021 05:21 AM EDT

BEIT UMMAR, WEST BANK (AP) — A week after the death of his eldest son, Moayed al-Alami sat on the sofa on his ground floor patio, protectively hugging and kissing two of his remaining children. The Israeli military has opened an investigation into the killing of...

Worst-Case Scenario: Firms wrestle with supply bottlenecks

Aug. 05, 2021 03:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toy maker Eric Poses created a card game last year he called The Worst-Case Scenario, a wry reference to the way the coronavirus had upended normal life. He had no idea. In a twist that Poses never could have predicted, his game...

Olympics Latest: Britain’s Walls wins track cycling omnium

Aug. 05, 2021 05:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Britain’s Matthew Walls won the opening scratch race of...

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Police allege Hillsong founder concealed child sex abuse

Aug. 05, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The founder of the Sydney-based global Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, has been charged with concealing child sex offenses, police said Thursday. Detectives served Houston’s lawyers on Thursday with a notice for him to appear in a Sydney...

Shattered by blast, landmark Beirut museum tries to rebuild

Aug. 05, 2021 06:00 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The artist meticulously cuts small pieces of yellow and red glass, then lays them in a pattern to recreate the stained-glass windows that were the trademark of Beirut’s Sursock Museum, shattered in last year’s port explosion. Conservators, hunched over...

German Greens criticized for cropping men out of picture

Aug. 05, 2021 05:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Green party has come under fire on social media for tweeting a photograph of its election candidates cropped in such a way as to remove all the men. The party's local branch in Berlin's Mitte district posted the all-women picture Wednesday on...

2 Russian news sites, legal aid group, close under pressure

Aug. 05, 2021 04:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian news outlets and a legal aid group backed by a leading Kremlin critic shut down Thursday after authorities blocked their websites, the government's latest moves targeting independent media, opposition supporters and human rights activists ahead of Russia’s...

Israel launches airstrikes on Lebanon in response to rockets

Aug. 05, 2021 05:52 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Thursday escalated its response to rocket attacks this week by launching rare airstrikes on Lebanon, the army and Lebanese officials said. The Israeli army said in a statement that jets struck the launch sites from which rockets had...

Olympics Latest: Britain’s Walls wins track cycling omnium

Aug. 05, 2021 05:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Britain’s Matthew Walls won the opening scratch race of...

Airstrikes pummel Taliban in south; insurgents gain in north

Aug. 05, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan air force carried out more airstrikes against Taliban positions in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, as the insurgent force made additional gains in the country's north. The European Union, United Nations and Human Rights Watch urged...

UK police arrest 11 over racist abuse after Euros final

Aug. 05, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police said Thursday they have made 11 arrests in connection with the online racial abuse of England soccer players following their team's loss to Italy in the final of the European Championship last month. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo...

Palestinian dad expects no justice for son killed by Israel

Aug. 05, 2021 05:21 AM EDT

BEIT UMMAR, WEST BANK (AP) — A week after the death of his eldest son, Moayed al-Alami sat on the sofa on his ground floor patio, protectively hugging and kissing two of his remaining children. The Israeli military has opened an investigation into the killing of...

Forest fires rage in Greece, threaten Olympics birthplace

Aug. 05, 2021 05:18 AM EDT

LIMNI, Greece (AP) — Forest fires fueled by a protracted heat wave raged overnight and into Thursday in Greece, threatening the archaeological site at the birthplace of the modern Olympics and forcing the evacuation of dozens of villages. One of the major fires was...