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Monkeypox spreads in West, baffling African scientists

May. 20, 2022 07:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — As more cases of monkeypox are detected in Europe and North America, some scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks in Africa say they are baffled by the unusual disease's spread in the West. Cases of the smallpox-related disease haven’t previously been seen...

Bill pushes feds to notify families of sick, dying inmates

May. 20, 2022 07:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New legislation introduced in the Senate would require the Justice Department to establish guidelines for the federal Bureau of Prisons and state correctional systems to notify the families of incarcerated people if their loved one has a serious illness, a life-threatening...

'I can’t see the light': War fuels surging prices in Europe

May. 20, 2022 06:30 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Edoardo Ronzoni inspects a construction site near Milan that he shut down in March as costs for materials skyrocketed. He can’t complete a half-built roundabout at an intersection known for fender-benders because asphalt, cast-iron pipes and concrete are too expensive — prices...

Union warns of 'labor disputes' if casino contracts expire

May. 20, 2022 06:01 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — For people and groups planning to stay in Atlantic City, the resort's main union for casino workers is warning that “labor disputes” could occur if the casinos don’t agree to new contracts by a May 31 deadline. The move comes at the start of what...

Biden in Asia: New friends, old tensions, storms at home

May. 20, 2022 05:54 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden hopes to use his visit to Asia to confirm his belief that long-standing friendships can afford to become even friendlier — and pay dividends. He opened the trip in South Korea on Friday and will end in Japan next week at a time when world events are...

Economy, China, climate dominate as Australia set for polls

May. 20, 2022 03:59 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians will go to the polls on Saturday following a six-week campaign that has focused on pandemic-fueled inflation, climate change and fears of a Chinese military outpost being established less than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) off Australia’s shore. ...

US, S Korean leaders meet in face of N Korea nuclear threat

May. 20, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When the U.S. and South Korean leaders meet Saturday, North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile program, already a major focus, may receive extra attention if intelligence predictions of an imminent major weapons demonstration by the North, which is struggling with a...

N. Korea's low death count questioned amid COVID-19 outbreak

May. 19, 2022 23:47 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that nearly 10% of its 26 million people have fallen ill and 65 people have died amid its first COVID-19 outbreak, as outside experts question the validity of its reported fatalities and worry about a possible humanitarian crisis. ...

EXPLAINER: What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

May. 19, 2022 22:30 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European and American health authorities have identified a number of monkeypox cases in recent days, mostly in young men. It's a surprising outbreak of a disease that rarely appears outside Africa. Health officials around the world are keeping watch for more cases...

Potential case of monkeypox investigated in NYC

May. 19, 2022 21:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City public health officials said Thursday they're investigating a potential case of monkeypox, a rare virus rarely seen outside of Africa that can cause flu-like symptoms. The possible infection in New York comes as European and U.S. officials have...