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FILE - In this Sunday, July 12, 2020, file photo, visitors crowd the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., amid the coronavirus pandemic. California faces a heat wave Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, that could bring dangerously high temperatures throughout the state, along with the threat of wildfires and spreading coronavirus infections as people flock to beaches and recreation areas. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

The Latest: California heat wave raises coronavirus concerns

Aug. 14, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California is withering under a heat wave that has brought dangerously high temperatures, increased wildfire danger and fears of coronavirus spread as people flock to beaches and recreation areas. High pressure building over Western states pushed temperatures into triple digits across the...

FILE - In this March 17, 2019 file photo, Dev Patel attends a screening of

Dev Patel celebrates India from his Los Angeles front yard

Aug. 14, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Quarantine brought opportunities to Dev Patel’s front yard. From a safe distance, the British actor was able to enjoy both his birthday and his relationship with India without leaving his L.A. home. The first was courtesy of his girlfriend, Australian actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who...

An Indian policeman cleans blood splattered on a street with a tree twig after suspected rebels attack on policemen on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Anti-India rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir Friday attacked a police party in the disputed region's main city, killing two police officials and injuring another, police said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Police: 2 officers killed by rebels in Indian-held Kashmir

Aug. 14, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Anti-India rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir attacked a police party in the disputed region’s main city Friday, killing two officers and injuring another, police said. Inspector-General Vijay Kumar said militants sprayed bullets at the police from a narrow lane on a busy...

A street sweeper checks his mobile phone as he takes a break near a coronavirus-themed mural in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Indonesia's only vaccine production company has started this week a so-called phase 3 clinical trials to test a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a Chinese company. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Asia Today: India's virus death toll rises, Seoul cases jump

Aug. 14, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus death toll overtook Britain's to become the fourth-highest in the world with another single-day record increase in cases Friday. According to the Health Ministry, India reported 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours. Its total rose to 48,040 deaths, behind the United...

India urges China to hurry disengagement of troops in Ladakh

Aug. 14, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India urged China on Friday to expedite the complete disengagement of troops from border areas in eastern Ladakh, where thousands of soldiers from the two countries have remained in a tense standoff since May. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said some progress has...

A Bangladeshi elderly person cuts an uprooted tree as the area around him is seen submerged with flooded waters in Manikganj, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Across South Asia, more than 17 million people have been affected by this year's monsoon flood. Nearly 700 people have died in Bangladesh, India and Nepal as almost one-third of Bangladesh went under water while Indian states of Assam and Bihar in the northeast were largely affected and vast regions in Nepal were flooded and monsoon-triggered landslides became a nightmare. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)

South Asia counts losses from devastating monsoon floods

Aug. 14, 2020 5:35 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — When the Dharala River burst its banks in early July, Kamal Hossain left his home with five members of his family to take shelter in a school in northern Bangladesh, carrying their most prized belongings: cattle, a few sacks of rice and clothes. Like him, an estimated 17.5 million...

A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks after Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden introduced her as his running mate during a campaign event at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

'One of us': South Asians celebrate Harris as VP choice

Aug. 13, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two words summed up Tamani Jayasinghe’s exuberance for the first Indian American and Black woman to run for vice president: “Kamala Aunty.” That title of respect that goes beyond family in Asian circles immediately came to mind when Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as...

Visitors wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus visit Forbidden City in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. New local cases in China fell into the single digits, while Hong Kong saw another rise in hospitalizations and deaths. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Asia Today: Australia outbreak slows, New Zealand cases grow

Aug. 13, 2020 8:02 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak centered in Australia's second-largest city showed a decline in new infections Thursday, though the state's leader urged continued vigilance. Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said there were 278 new infections and eight new deaths, down from around 700 daily at...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2013, file photo, an Indian national flag is flown next to the Chinese national emblem outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China’s Commerce Ministry said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 it has extended punitive tariffs on Indian optical fiber products for five years. The announcement follows a yearlong review after a previous tariff expired in 2019. It takes effect Aug. 14. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, file)

China extends anti-dumping tariffs on Indian optical fiber

Aug. 13, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Commerce Ministry said Thursday it has extended punitive tariffs on Indian optical fiber products for five years. The announcement follows a yearlong review after a previous tariff expired in 2019. It takes effect Aug. 14. It is unclear if the move is in any way related to a...