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Live updates | Kremlin says Ukrainians have a say on future

May. 19, 2022 08:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW — The Kremlin says it will be up to residents of areas in Ukraine controlled by Russian troops to determine their future status. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that people living in such places must “determine how and with whom they want to live.” ...

WHO clears China's CanSino COVID vaccine for emergency use

May. 19, 2022 08:41 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said Thursday that it has granted an emergency use authorization for the coronavirus vaccine made by China's CanSino Biologics, the 11th such shot to receive the green light. The U.N. health agency said the single-dose CanSino vaccine was...

Wall Street appears headed for another rocky day

May. 19, 2022 08:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street headed for more losses at the open following the previous day's rout amid persistently high inflation and its potential effect on corporate profits and consumer spending. Futures for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 0.9% Thursday...

EXPLAINER: Why is Wall Street close to a bear market?

May. 19, 2022 08:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The bears are rumbling toward Wall Street. The stock market’s skid this year has pulled the S&P 500 close to what’s known as a bear market. Rising interest rates, high inflation, the war in Ukraine and a slowdown in China’s economy have caused investors to...

Shanghai to reopen subways in easing of COVID lockdown

May. 19, 2022 07:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The locked-down Chinese metropolis of Shanghai will reopen four of its 20 subway lines Sunday as it slowly eases pandemic restrictions that have kept most residents in their housing complexes for more than six weeks. The city will also restart 273 bus lines...

Tea and infomercials: N. Korea fights COVID with few tools

May. 19, 2022 06:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — On a recent nighttime visit to a drugstore, a double-masked Kim Jong Un lamented the slow delivery of medicine. Separately, the North Korean leader's lieutenants have quarantined hundreds of thousands of suspected COVID-19 patients and urged people with mild symptoms to...

North Korea's suspected COVID-19 caseload nears 2 million

May. 19, 2022 06:43 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday reported 262,270 more suspected COVID-19 cases as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million — a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and scrambled to slow infections in its unvaccinated population. The country is also...

WHO: COVID deaths dropped by 21% last week but cases rising

May. 19, 2022 06:38 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The number of coronavirus deaths globally dropped by about 21% in the past week while cases rose in most parts of the world, according to the World Health Organization. In its weekly report on the pandemic released Thursday, the U.N. health agency said the number of...

Man in Japan gambles COVID town funds mistakenly sent to him

May. 19, 2022 06:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The money was supposed to be COVID-19 assistance for low-income households in a small Japanese town, but it was mistakenly wired to a bank account of a resident who refused to return it and spent most of it on online gambling, police said. Sho Taguchi, a 24-year-old...

Prague Zoo gets Taiwanese pangolins after fallout with China

May. 19, 2022 06:26 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prague’s zoo has introduced a pair of critically endangered Chinese pangolins to the public. It is only the the second animal park on the European continent to have the animals. The arrival of the rare acquisition from Taiwan follows a political fallout with China...