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People take part in a 'We Do Not Consent' rally at Trafalgar Square, organised by Stop New Normal, to protest against coronavirus restrictions, in London, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The Latest: Minister calls for tighter Madrid restrictions

Sep. 26, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain — Spain’s health minister has reiterated his plea for Madrid’s regional authorities to apply more stringent restrictions on mobility in Europe’s worst coronavirus hotspot. Minister Salvador Illa said Saturday that “the situation in Madrid is complicated,...

An Indian policeman inhales steam at steam stations set up outside the office of the Commissioner of Police as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Asia Today: Victoria health chief quits in quarantine probe

Sep. 26, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The health minister in Australia's Victoria state has resigned in the fallout from an inquiry into why security guards were used instead of police or the military at quarantine hotels. Lapses in security at the hotels were given as the major reason for a second wave of COVID-19...

Pilot whales lie stranded on a sand bar near Strahan, Australia, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. An estimated 250 whales are stuck on sandy shoals and government marine conservation staff have been deployed to the scene to attempt to rescue the whales. (Brodie Weeding/Pool Photo via AP)

Still no cause for mass pilot whale stranding in Australia

Sep. 26, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

HOBART, Australia (AP) — The reason for Australia’s biggest mass whale stranding will probably remain a mystery but the social nature of the species involved may have played a part, a marine mammal specialist said Saturday. Officials said 108 of some 470 long-finned pilot whales had been rescued...

In this July 17, 2020, file photo, a visitor to an Apple store wears a t-shirt promoting Tik Tok in Beijing. TikTok executives told a Senate committee on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, that they lobbied Australian lawmakers but did not engage with investigators before the government concluded that the video-sharing app did not pose a security threat. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

TikTok says it didn't take part in Australia security probes

Sep. 25, 2020 6:43 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — TikTok executives told a Senate committee on Friday that they lobbied Australian lawmakers but did not engage with investigators before the government concluded that the video-sharing app did not pose a security threat. The executives were questioned by a committee that is...

Australian think tank finds 380 detention camps in Xinjiang

Sep. 25, 2020 5:24 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China appears to be expanding its network of secret detention centers in Xinjiang, where predominantly Muslim minorities are targeted in a forced assimilation campaign, and more of the facilities resemble prisons, an Australian think tank has found. The Australian Strategic...

In this July 25, 2020 photo provided by Rick Everett, a small table decorated with succulents sits below a window where Everett offers free coffee and conversation to friends and neighbors at his home in Sydney, Australia,  during the coronavirus pandemic. (Rick Everett via AP)

Australian offers free coffee, chat from his kitchen window

Sep. 24, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

It all started when Rick Everett walked out of his home in Sydney and put up a sign on his kitchen window that read: “Free coffee to combat the virus.” It was March, and the Australian acrobat had lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic. With more free time, he felt he could help out others in...

A whale is in the water near Strahan, Australia, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Authorities revised up the number of pilot whales rescued from Australia's worst-ever mass stranding from 50 to 70 on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, as the focus shifted to removing 380 carcasses from Tasmania state shallows. (Patrick Gee/Pool Photo via AP)

88 whales rescued from Australia's worst mass beaching

Sep. 24, 2020 5:23 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Authorities have rescued 88 pilot whales and are attempting to free 20 others that survived Australia’s worst mass stranding, as crews prepare to remove 380 decomposing carcasses from the shallows of Tasmania state, officials said Thursday. Crews found the 20 whales that...

2 scholars, said to be banned, had no China travel planned

Sep. 24, 2020 3:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two Australian scholars reportedly banned from China said Thursday they had no intention of traveling there for fear for their personal safety. The Chinese Communist Party’s English-language newspaper Global Times cited unidentified sources in reporting the two had been...

Denis Glennon, left, father of Ciara Glennon, arrives at the Supreme Court of Western Australia in Perth, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. A judge found a man guilty of murdering two women but not guilty of murdering a third in crimes that terrorised the Australian city of Perth in the late 1990s. Sarah Spiers, 18, Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27, vanished after nights out with friends in the up-market Claremont nightlife precinct in 1996 and 1997. (Richard Wainwright/AAP Image via AP)

Australian convicted of murdering 2 women, acquitted of 3rd

Sep. 24, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A judge on Thursday convicted a man of murdering two women who disappeared while going home from a night out with friends in the Australian west coast city of Perth. Bradley Robert Edwards, 51, was acquitted of murder in a third woman's disappearance. The crimes occurred in the...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Asian shares were mostly lower Thursday as caution again after a retreat on Wall Street driven by a decline in technology shares.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares fall as caution sets in after Wall St retreat

Sep. 23, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

Asian shares were mostly lower Thursday as caution set in after a retreat on Wall Street driven by a decline in technology shares. Market players are feeling less optimistic about action from the U.S. Federal Reserve and Congress to help the U.S. economy amid the distractions of the presidential election and the...