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Eye drops recalled after US drug-resistant bacteria outbreak

Feb. 02, 2023 18:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials said Thursday a company is recalling its over-the-counter eye drops that have been linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week sent a health alert to doctors, saying the outbreak...

'School choice' is culture-war focus for Kansas lawmakers

Jan. 31, 2023 10:17 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators in Kansas are focusing on helping conservative parents remove their children from public schools over what's taught about gender and sexuality rather than pursuing a version of what critics call Florida's “Don't Say Gay” law. A...

Russian embassy says North Korea lifted lockdown in capital

Jan. 30, 2023 05:52 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Russia’s embassy in North Korea says the country has eased stringent epidemic controls in capital Pyongyang that were placed during the past five days to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses. North Korea has not officially acknowledged a lockdown in...

S. Dakota GOP leader: Senator accused of harassment

Jan. 27, 2023 19:40 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Senate Republican leader said Friday that a committee will investigate a suspended senator for allegedly harassing a legislative aide during an exchange over childhood vaccines and breastfeeding. Sen. Casey Crabtree, the Senate GOP leader, had...

South Korea extends restrictions on travelers from China

Jan. 27, 2023 04:30 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it will continue to restrict the entry of short-term travelers from China through the end of February over concerns that the spread of COVID-19 in that country may worsen following the Lunar New Year’s holidays. South Korea in early...

Malawi cholera outbreak death toll rises above 1,000

Jan. 25, 2023 11:18 AM EST

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi’s cholera outbreak has claimed more than 1,000 lives, according to the country’s health minister, who warned that some cultural beliefs and hostility toward health workers were slowing efforts to curb infections. Cholera had killed 1,002 people...

Nigeria confirms diphtheria outbreak; 25 dead in one state

Jan. 20, 2023 08:41 AM EST

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian health authorities confirmed an outbreak of diphtheria Friday and reported that 25 people, most of them children, have died so far in one of the worst-hit states in the country's north. The total number of confirmed cases and deaths is not yet known....

Japan to lower COVID-19 to flu status, further easing rules

Jan. 20, 2023 01:38 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday announced plans to downgrade the legal status of COVID-19 to the equivalent of seasonal influenza in the spring, a move that would further relax mask wearing and other preventive measures as the country seeks to return to normalcy. ...

Vietnamese president resigns, criticized for major scandals

Jan. 17, 2023 06:58 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc resigned Tuesday, becoming the most senior member of the government to step down after a series of high-profile corruption scandals for which he was held responsible. The state Vietnam News Agency reported that he had resigned at...

Worst cholera outbreak in decades kills 750 people in Malawi

Jan. 12, 2023 11:31 AM EST

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — The worst cholera outbreak to affect Malawi in two decades has now claimed 750 lives, a government minister said, while the World Health Organization chief described the southeast African country as among the hardest-hit amid ongoing global epidemics that are “more...