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The Latest: Pakistan receives 1st vaccines through COVAX

May. 08, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan on Saturday received its first supply of COVID-19 vaccines through the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, over 1.2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The prime minister’s special aide on health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, asked people over age 40...

Bomb kills at least 30 near girls' school in Afghan capital

May. 08, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb exploded near a girls' school in a majority Shiite district of west Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 30 people, many of them young pupils between 11 and 15 years old. The Taliban condemned the attack and denied any responsibility. ...

Maldives: Islamic extremists behind attack on ex-president

May. 08, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — A top official in the Maldives said Saturday that Islamic extremists were responsible for an explosion that critically wounded former President Mohamed Nasheed earlier this week, as police said they arrested two of four suspects. Hospital officials...

EU, India try again to clinch trade deal, sidelining China

May. 08, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — The European Union and India agreed Saturday to restart negotiations on a bilateral free trade deal, eight years after their first attempt failed and as both sides seek alternatives to China. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke via...

Afghan Interior Ministry says bomb explodes near school in western Kabul, killing at least 25 and wounding over 50

May. 08, 2021 10:04 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan Interior Ministry says bomb explodes near school in western Kabul, killing at least 25 and wounding over 50.

Philippine troops drive away armed rebels from public market

May. 08, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

COTABATO, Philippines (AP) — Dozens of Muslim militants occupied a public market overnight in the southern Philippines before fleeing after a tense standoff with government forces, officials said Saturday. The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters did not take any hostage...

As India surges, Bangladesh lacks jabs, faces virus variants

May. 08, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — India's surge in coronavirus cases is having a dangerous effect on neighboring Bangladesh. Health experts warn of imminent vaccine shortages just as the country should be stepping up its vaccination drive, and as more contagious virus variants are beginning to be...

India's surge hits southern states, prompts more lockdowns

May. 08, 2021 05:00 AM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — Two southern states in India became the latest to declare lockdowns, as coronavirus cases surge at breakneck speed across the country and pressure mounts on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to implement a nationwide shutdown. At over...

Pakistan opposition leader prevented from leaving country

May. 08, 2021 04:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s ailing opposition leader, who has been charged with corruption, was turned back on Saturday at the international airport in Lahore and prevented from leaving the country, his party spokesperson said. Shahbaz Sharif, head of the opposition...

Biden move to share vaccine designed to spread US influence

May. 08, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It won’t speed the manufacture of vaccines. It enraged the developers who delivered lifesaving doses in record time. But President Joe Biden’s decision to support waiving intellectual property rights for coronavirus shots had a broader purpose: to broadcast his...