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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets the gathering before his meeting with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Pompeo plans to press Sri Lanka to push back against Chinese assertiveness, which U.S. officials complain is highlighted by predatory lending and development projects that benefit China more than the presumed recipients. The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka denounced Pompeo’s visit to the island even before he arrived there, denouncing a senior U.S. official’s warning that the country should be wary of Chinese investment. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, Pool)

Pompeo brings anti-China roadshow to Indian Ocean islands

Oct. 28, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday brought the Trump administration’s anti-China campaign to two Indian Ocean island nations considered particularly at risk for what American officials allege is Chinese exploitation. In one significant step, Pompeo announced that...

FILE - In this Sunday April 14, 2019 file photo, Seychelles President Danny Faure speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, on the island of Desroches, Seychelles. The Seychelles presidential election has seen an upset, with the electoral commission on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 declaring longtime opposition contender Wavel Ramkalawan the winner over incumbent Danny Faure. The ruling party has been knocked from power for the first time since 1977. (AP Photo/Steve Barker, file)

Upset in Seychelles presidential election as incumbent loses

Oct. 25, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Seychelles presidential election has seen an upset, with the electoral commission on Sunday declaring longtime opposition contender Wavel Ramkalawan the winner over incumbent Danny Faure. The ruling party has been knocked from power for the first time since 1977. Opposition leader...

Yang Jiechi, Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, left, holds talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A high level Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan leaders including president Gotabaya Rajapksa to discuss strengthening of economic ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

China grants $90M to Sri Lanka after visit by top official

Oct. 11, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — China announced Sunday that it was providing a $90 million grant to Sri Lanka, two days after the island nation's president sought help from a visiting Chinese delegation in disproving a perception that China-funded megaprojects are “debt traps.” Calling the...

Yang Jiechi, Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, left, holds talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A high level Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan leaders including president Gotabaya Rajapksa to discuss strengthening of economic ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankan leader insists Chinese-funded projects are viable

Oct. 9, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president asked a visiting delegation led by a senior Chinese diplomat on Friday to assist him in disproving a perception that China-funded megaprojects are “debt traps” aimed at gaining influence in local affairs. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa...

Indians wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus walk in a market in Jammu, India, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. India is the world's second most coronavirus affected country after the United States. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Asia Today: Sri Lanka orders closures to contain virus

Oct. 9, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan health authorities worked Friday to contain a growing cluster of new coronavirus infections, ordering the closure of bars, restaurants, casinos, nightclubs and spas. The Indian Ocean island nation over the weekend reported its first locally transmitted infection in more...

Sri Lankan health officials take swab samples from employees of the Colombo municipal council to test for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Authorities in Sri Lanka on Wednesday widened a curfew and warned of legal action against those evading treatment for COVID-19 after reporting an escalating cluster centered around a garment factory in the capital's suburbs. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: Sri Lanka bans public gatherings amid sharp rise

Oct. 7, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of COVID-19 expands in the Indian Ocean island nation. Health authorities said Wednesday the outbreak centered at a garment factory has risen to 1,022 confirmed infections while 1,500 people have been asked...

Employees of Colombo municipal council crowd around a table to give their swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Authorities in Sri Lanka on Wednesday widened a curfew and warned of legal action against those evading treatment for COVID-19 after reporting an escalating cluster centered around a garment factory in the capital's suburbs. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka widens curfew, bans gatherings as virus surges

Oct. 7, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Authorities in Sri Lanka on Wednesday widened a curfew and warned of legal action against those evading treatment for COVID-19 after reporting a growing cluster centered around a garment factory in the capital's suburbs. The number of confirmed cases has risen to 1,022, while more...

Sri Lankans wait to give swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka bans gatherings amid virus cluster

Oct. 6, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of coronavirus infections expands in the Indian Ocean island nation. Health authorities said early Wednesday that the outbreak centered at a garment factory has risen to 830 confirmed cases while more than...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020, file photo, head mortician Jordi Fernandez prepares a coffin before placing the body of a COVID-19 victim in an underground parking garage turned into a morgue at the Collserola funeral home in Barcelona. The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders' resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Worldwide grief: Death toll from coronavirus tops 1 million

Sep. 29, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Joginder Chaudhary was his parents’ greatest pride, raised with the little they earned farming a half-acre plot in central India to become the first doctor from their village. For the coronavirus, though, he was just one more in a million. After the virus killed the 27-year-old...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, cemetery workers place the coffin containing the remains of Jose de Arimateia, 65, who died from COVID-19 complications, into a niche at the municipal cemetery in Nova Iguacu, Brazil. The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders' resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)

Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million

Sep. 29, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders’ resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work....