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In this combination image of two photos showing both President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

World reacts with surprise, worry to 1st Biden-Trump debate

Sep. 30, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Head-scratching perplexity about U.S. democracy in Australia and Denmark. Disdain for “chaos” and “insults” between America's presidential contenders in a Chinese Communist Party tabloid. A European market watcher's warning of a “credibility deficit”...

In this combination image shows left to right; U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sept. 21, 2020, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, May 18, 2020, Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Jan. 17, 2020, and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Aug. 28, 2019. All for of these top diplomats from the U.S., Australia and India will gather in Tokyo next week for “quad” talks to discuss their common regional concerns, including China’s increasingly assertive actions, in a first face-to-face meeting Japan hosts since the pandemic. (AP photo)

US, Australia, India ministers to meet in Japan next week

Sep. 29, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Top diplomats from the U.S., Australia and India plan to gather in Tokyo next week to discuss their common regional concerns, such as China's increasingly assertive actions, in the first face-to-face ministerial meetings Japan will host since the coronavirus pandemic began. Japanese Foreign...

A local resident Shin Dae-sik, 83, speaks during an interview at his home in Cheongju, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The coronavirus is forcing South Koreans to celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday differently this year, that begin Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Shin said about 15 family members assembled for Chuseok in past years but they decided not to do so this week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak on ship off Australia's coast

Sep. 29, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are concerned by a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a cargo ship off Australia's northwest coast that has infected most of the crew. Eight more members of the Filipino crew tested positive for the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the number of infections to 17 out of a crew of 21....

Migrant laborers from other states looking for work gather on a street on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Sunday, Sept.27, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the coronavirus pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Asia Today: Melbourne eases lockdown, schools, work resume

Sep. 27, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has further eased lockdown restrictions imposed after a surge in coronavirus cases, allowing most children to return to school from next month and sending more than 125,000 people back to work. Melbourne and surrounding parts of...

A limited number of fans in the student section, seated according to COVID-19 restrictions requiring social distancing and masks, watch in the first half an NCAA college football game between LSU and Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Mississippi State won 44-34. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Cal State Long Beach campus announces quarantine

Sep. 26, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. — All California State University, Long Beach, students who live on campus have been placed in quarantine after five students tested positive for COVID-19 and all in-person instruction will be halted for two weeks. University President Jane Close Conoley said in a statement that the...

An Indian policeman inhales steam at steam stations set up outside the office of the Commissioner of Police as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Asia Today: Victoria health chief quits in quarantine probe

Sep. 26, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The health minister in Australia's Victoria state has resigned in the fallout from an inquiry into why security guards were used instead of police or the military at quarantine hotels. Lapses in security at the hotels were given as the major reason for a second wave of COVID-19...

An honor guard with the American Legion Post 374 of Millard wear face masks against COVID-19 present arms during the graveside service of David Owen Cary at the Omaha National Cemetery in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Latest: New Zealand to end restrictions except in 1 city

Sep. 20, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Monday after...

A pastor wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus prays during a service at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. South Korea's new coronavirus tally has fallen below 100 for the first time in more than a month. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: Fewer cases in Melbourne, new surge in India

Sep. 20, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has moved close to easing severe lockdown restrictions after recording only 14 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. It was the second day in a row new infections fell below 30, after 21 were reported on Saturday, the lowest daily...

FILE - In this March 18, 2017 file photo, local officials visit the gold and copper mine site, in Reko Diq district in southwestern Pakistan's Baluchistan province.  Pakistani officials say on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020,  an international tribunal has granted it a stay pending a final decision on a $5.8 billion penalty. The fine was imposed for denying a mining lease to an Australian company. (AP Photo/Naseem James, File)

Int'l tribunal stays $5.8B fine on Pakistan in mining case

Sep. 18, 2020 7:41 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An international tribunal granted a stay pending a final decision on a $5.8 billion penalty imposed on Pakistan for denying a mining lease to an Australian company, an adviser to Pakistan's prime minister said Friday. Pakistan had appealed the penalty imposed by the World Bank’s...

The logo of Australian Associated Press is displayed in its headquarters in Sydney, March 3, 2020. The Australian government has announced Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, a 5 million Australian dollars ($3.7 million) grant to the national news agency as part of pandemic-related assistance to journalism. (Danny Casey/AAP Image/ via AP)

Australia pays $3.7 M to help news agency though pandemic

Sep. 18, 2020 2:53 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Friday announced a 5 million Australian dollars ($3.7 million) grant to the national news agency as part of pandemic-related assistance to regional journalism. Australian Associated Press is critical to media diversity and has consistently...