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In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wears a protective mask as he meets members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases in Davao province, southern Philippines on Monday Sept. 21, 2020. Duterte says he has extended a state of calamity in the entire Philippines by a year to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and harness the police and military to maintain law and order. (Albert Alcain/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

Asia Today: Duterte extends virus calamity status by a year

Sep. 22, 2020 1:32 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte says he has extended a state of calamity in the entire Philippines by a year to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and harness the police and military to maintain law and order. Duterte first placed the...

A man wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Shares slipped Tuesday in Asia after markets tumbled worldwide on worries about the pandemic’s economic pain. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares track Wall Street retreat on pandemic pains

Sep. 22, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

Shares slipped Tuesday in Asia after markets tumbled worldwide on worries about the pandemic’s economic pain. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.3% to 23,894.72 and the Kospi in South Korea sank 1.7% to 2,348.24. The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia lost 0.6% to 5,787.00 and the Shanghai Composite index edged 0.1%...

Canadian auto workers extend Ford contract, delay strike

Sep. 22, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The union that represents Canadian auto workers has extended its contract with Ford beyond an 11:59 p.m. deadline, a sign that progress is being made toward an agreement. The Unifor union has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the talks. It picked Ford as a potential...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang speaks at a press reception for his book on China's property market in Shanghai. Ren, who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in a corruption case, the government announced. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years in graft case

Sep. 21, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday on corruption charges, a court announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who became known for speaking up about...

Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years on graft charges

Sep. 21, 2020 11:38 PM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years on graft charges.
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump says he's open to an investigation of  DeJoy after some of DeJoy's former employees said they felt pressured to donate to GOP candidates.(Tom Williams/Pool via AP)

Longtime ally to Trump's postal chief was paid by RNC

Sep. 21, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former executive who worked in the private sector for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was recently paid by President Donald Trump's reelection effort, according to a new campaign finance disclosure. Joe Hauck, who was formerly vice president of sales and marketing for DeJoy's New Breed...

The Directors Guild of America headquarters is pictured on April 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. Hollywood's unions announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of empty sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Basic Crafts unions and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists jointly announced the deal reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after months of planning and negotiating. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement

Sep. 21, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the...

The Directors Guild of America headquarters is pictured on April 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. Hollywood's unions announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of empty sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Basic Crafts unions and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists jointly announced the deal reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after months of planning and negotiating. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Hollywood unions, studios agree on rules to start production

Sep. 21, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood’s unions announced Monday that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of...

In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Jimmy Kimmel, right, speaks with actors, from left, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)

Another record low in viewership for 'Pandemmys'

Sep. 21, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The novelty of television stars getting Emmy Awards delivered to their homes wasn't enough to keep the annual show from slipping further in popularity. The Nielsen company said 6.1 million people watched the Emmys on Sunday night, down from 6.9 million in 2019 and the third straight year of...

British man sentenced to 5 years for hacking US companies

Sep. 21, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A British man who was part of a hacking collective called The Dark Overlord was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for helping the group steal information from several companies in the U.S., including Missouri, Illinois and Georgia. Nathan Francis Wyatt, 39, was sentenced after he...