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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.  (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada thinking of quarantining travelers in hotels

Jan. 22, 2021 4:07 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Friday his government could impose stricter restrictions on travelers at any moment in response to new, likely more contagious variants of the coronavirus — possibly making it mandatory to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense when they arrive...

A Sri Lankan airport worker stands next to a thermal scanner inside a terminal at the Katunayake International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Sri Lanka's tourism minister said that the airports in the country will be reopened for tourists according to health guidelines from Jan.21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: Sri Lanka reopens to tourists after 10 months

Jan. 21, 2021 9:00 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka reopened to foreign tourists on Thursday after a nearly 10-month pandemic closure that cut deeply into the Indian Ocean island nation's lucrative travel industry. Full operations also resumed Thursday at the island's two international airports, accommodating the...

A singer performs at a nightclub in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 5, 2020. On Thursday, Jan 21, 2021, Dubai’s tourism authorities announced an immediate halt to all live music and shows at hotels and restaurants as coronavirus cases surged to unseen heights over recent weeks. The UAE also ordered the suspension of all non-urgent surgeries to deal with an influx of new COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Dubai halts live entertainment amid surge in virus cases

Jan. 21, 2021 7:58 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's tourism department Thursday announced an immediate halt to all live entertainment at hotels and restaurants, a day after suspending non-urgent surgeries at hospitals to deal with an influx of COVID-19 patients. Both decisions come after months of Dubai promoting...

A Sri Lankan airport worker stands next to a thermal scanner inside a terminal at the Katunayake International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Sri Lanka's tourism minister said that the airports in the country will be reopened for tourists according to health guidelines from Jan.21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka reopens tourism after 10-month closing

Jan. 20, 2021 11:56 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka is welcoming tourists again after keeping the doors closed to visitors for nearly 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s action Thursday is seen as an effort to revive the island nation’s tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the...

Kauai businesses struggle under coronavirus travel policies

Jan. 20, 2021 10:01 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Kauai ended a tourism shutdown earlier this month by allowing interisland travelers to return to the island, but the impact of the coronavirus on the economy is having devastating consequences. The head of Hawaii's lodging and tourism association said if Kauai tourism does not improve soon,...

A long-term care facility staff member, Pam Byers LPN, receives the COVID-19 vaccination for Oklahoma nursing home residents and staff at The Lodge at Brookline in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP)

The Latest: Hawaii says scarcity hinders vaccination efforts

Jan. 19, 2021 9:10 PM EST

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s leaders say limited supply is the main thing constraining distribution of the coronavirus vaccine in the state. Hawaii received 59,000 doses of the vaccine last week, but expects to get only about 32,000 this week. Still, Lt. Gov. Josh Green says the state expects to be able to...

Indian tourists and locals ski on a slope in Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Snow this winter has brought along with it thousands of locals and tourists to Indian-controlled Kashmir's high plateau, pastoral Gulmarg, which translates as “meadow of flowers.

AP Photos: Snow fills Kashmir resort with tourists again

Jan. 19, 2021 7:38 PM EST

GULMARG, India (AP) — Snow lies knee-deep in the pastoral town of Gulmarg, or “meadow of flowers,” on Indian-controlled Kashmir's high plateau. With its blanket of white, the idyllic hill station is seeing tourists again fill its hotels and ski, sledge and trek its Himalayan landscape. The...

Flags are placed on the National Mall, looking towards the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial, ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Correction: Biden-Inauguration story

Jan. 19, 2021 3:59 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a story January 18, 2021, about the inauguration, The Associated Press erroneously reported that 200,000 small flags displayed on the National Mall were placed there to honor the nearly 400,000 Americans killed in the coronavirus pandemic. The flag were designed to represent people...

A man holds up a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, to reach out a tree branches at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China grapples with virus outbreaks in northeast

Jan. 18, 2021 11:37 PM EST

BEIJING — China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. The country reported a total of 118 newly confirmed cases Tuesday — most of them in Jilin province, the Hebei region just outside Beijing and Heilongjiang province...

Georgia beach leaders want faster response to complaints

Jan. 17, 2021 12:27 PM EST

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s largest public beach may require owners of vacation rentals to respond faster to complaints about their guests. The Tybee Island City Council is considering giving owners of short-term rental properties just one hour to respond when neighbors report problems with...