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The Latest: EU to purchase 100 million more vaccine doses

Apr. 19, 2021 05:02 AM EDT

BERLIN — Pharmaceutical company BioNTech and its U.S. partner Pfizer say they will provide 100 million more doses of their coronavirus vaccine to the European Union this year. The two companies said Monday that the 27-nation group’s executive Commission exercised an...

India's capital to lock down as nation's virus cases top 15M

Apr. 19, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — New Delhi was being put under a weeklong lockdown Monday night as an explosive surge in coronavirus cases pushed the India's capital's health system to its limit. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a news conference the national capital was facing...

Radical Islamist party frees 11 Pakistani police hostages

Apr. 19, 2021 03:26 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — An outlawed Pakistani Islamist political group freed 11 policemen almost a day after taking them hostage in the eastern city of Lahore amid violent clashes with security forces, the country’s interior minister said Monday. Supporters of the...

India's electric vehicles face practical, technical hurdles

Apr. 18, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — H.S. Panno, an independent contractor living in a spacious two-story penthouse in New Delhi, had his doubts when he bought his first electric car in September. So far, he's pleased with his savings on gas and maintenance, which are down by more than...

The Latest: Michigan governor: State's surge may be ending

Apr. 18, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says her state could be seeing a drop in infections after leading the nation’s COVID-19 daily case rate for weeks. Whitmer has extended a pandemic order that limits business capacity and requires masks in public, but...

3 killed as police crack down on hard-line group in Pakistan

Apr. 18, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A crackdown by Pakistani security forces on protesting supporters of a banned Islamist party left at least three people dead and 20 others injured Sunday, a police official and a party spokesman said. Lahore police spokesman Rana Arif said...

Bangladesh arrests Islamist leader after violent protests

Apr. 18, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh on Sunday arrested an influential leader of an Islamist group that led violent protests against last month's visit by India's prime minister to the Muslim-majority nation, officials said. Mamunul Haque of the group...

The Latest: Minnesotan charged with attacks over mask demand

Apr. 17, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Minn. — Prosecutors have charged a Minnesota man with felony assault and allege that he attacked a home improvement store employee and a police officer after the store worker told him to wear a mask. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the incident...

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

Apr. 17, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France. The number of lives lost, as...

Bangladesh police kill 5 workers amid protests over back pay

Apr. 17, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in southeastern Bangladesh on Saturday killed at least five people at an under-construction power plant amid clashes with thousands of workers protesting over unpaid wages and other demands, officials said. At least 15 workers and several...