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A line of socially distanced shoppers wait to get into Bath & Body Works during Black Friday outdoor shopping at Deer Park Town Center Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Deer Park, Ill. (Brian Hill/Daily Herald via AP)

The Latest: Illinois surpasses 12,000 deaths from COVID-19

Nov. 27, 2020 8:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has risen above 12,000 deaths from COVID-19, while also surpassing the 700,000 mark for confirmed coronavirus infections. The latest 1,000 deaths were recorded in just nine days — matching the state’s deadliest period previously in the...

A staff member wearing a face mask stands near a display of Australian wines at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Chinese leaders are conducting an import fair under intensive anti-coronavirus controls in their latest effort to revive the world's No. 2 economy while the United States and Europe struggle with a renewed surge of infections. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China slaps 200% tax on Australia wine amid tensions

Nov. 27, 2020 9:55 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday added wine to the growing list of Australian goods barred from its markets in a trade war against Australia over disputes including its support for a probe into the origin of the coronavirus. The Ministry of Commerce imposed import taxes of up to 212.1%, effective Saturday,...

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk through the row of ginkgo trees along the sidewalk as the trees and sidewalk are covered with the bright yellow leaves Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Tokyo.(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Asia Today: South Korea cases stay above 500 for 2nd day

Nov. 27, 2020 7:55 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s daily virus tally hovered above 500 for the second straight day, as the country’s prime minister urged the public to stay home this weekend to contain a viral resurgence. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Friday it’s found 569...

Passengers, including British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, disembark from an Australian Government jet after arriving at Canberra Airport in Canberra, Australia, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Government officials say Moore-Gilbert freed from Iran prison after more than 800 days has arrived back home. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)

Academic detained in Iran for 2 years returns to Australia

Nov. 27, 2020 3:24 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert arrived back in Australia on Friday and will soon reunite with her family after more than two years in an Iranian prison. Moore-Gilbert was met by public health officials and members of the Australian Defense Force after leaving her...

In this frame grab from Iranian state television video aired Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is seen in Tehran, Iran. Iran has freed Moore-Gilbert, who has been detained in Iran for more than two years, in exchange for three Iranians held abroad, state TV reported Wednesday. (Iranian State Television via AP)

Thailand approved transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed

Nov. 26, 2020 7:55 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand said Thursday it transferred three Iranians involved in a botched 2012 bomb plot back to Tehran, as Iran released an Australian academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges. While Thai officials declined to call it a swap and Iran referred to the men as...

In this frame grab from Iranian state television video aired Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is seen in Tehran, Iran. Iran has freed Moore-Gilbert, who has been detained in Iran for more than two years, in exchange for three Iranians held abroad, state TV reported Wednesday. (Iranian State Television via AP)

Australian leader thrilled at Iran's release of academic

Nov. 25, 2020 9:34 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia's prime minister said he's “thrilled and relieved” after Iran released in a prisoner swap a 33-year-old academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges, but added it would take time for Kylie Moore-Gilbert to process her...

Chief Afghan peace envoy says US troops pulling out too soon

Nov. 21, 2020 8:23 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Afghanistan's chief peace envoy Abdullah Abdullah said Saturday that the U.S. decision to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has come too soon, as his country is still struggling to attain peace and security amid an ongoing conflict. In an interview with The Associated Press,...

People wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus take a morning walk past a high-rise residential complex in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. India's total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began crossed 9 million on Friday. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

Asia Today: Australia's Victoria hits 3 weeks without virus

Nov. 20, 2020 11:17 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s once hard-hit state of Victoria has gone three weeks without a new COVID-19 case for the first time since February. There are two just active coronavirus cases remaining across Victoria, according to figures released by the health department on Friday. And...

An honor guard is formed at Defence Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, before findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry are released. A shocking report into war crimes by elite Australian troops has found evidence that 25 soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Australian minister says war crimes report made her 'ill'

Nov. 20, 2020 12:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said Friday that she was “physically ill” after reading a military report into war crimes that found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. “I was like...

An honor guard is formed at Defence Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, before findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry are released. A shocking report into war crimes by elite Australian troops has found evidence that 25 soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Rights group, Afghan envoy want more probes into war crimes

Nov. 19, 2020 2:44 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A leading international human rights group and an Afghan envoy on Thursday urged nations whose militaries have served as part of the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan — including America and Britain — to follow Australia's example and probe their own soldiers’ conduct...