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Olympics Latest: Spain's Sánchez wins karate gold

Aug. 05, 2021 07:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Sandra Sánchez of Spain has won the first Olympic gold...

The Latest: Head of Africa CDC has 'unbearable' COVID-19

Aug. 05, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya — The director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says he came down with COVID-19 last week and if he had not been vaccinated earlier, “I would not be here by now.” An audibly ill John Nkengasong told reporters that despite his...

Corruption charges dropped for Hong Kong singer, activist

Aug. 05, 2021 05:13 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Prosecutors in Hong Kong on Thursday dropped corruption charges against a prominent singer and pro-democracy activist, after initially accusing him of providing entertainment to sway voters in a legislative by-election. Anthony Wong, a Cantonese pop...

Delta variant challenges China's costly lockdown strategy

Aug. 05, 2021 02:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The delta variant is challenging China’s costly strategy of isolating cities, prompting warnings that Chinese leaders who were confident they could keep the coronavirus out of the country need a less disruptive approach. As the highly contagious variant...

Olympics Latest: World champ Dutch out in women's handball

Aug. 04, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ World champion the Netherlands is out of the women’s handball competition at the Tokyo...

China orders mass testing in Wuhan as COVID outbreak spreads

Aug. 03, 2021 23:41 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China suspended flights and trains, canceled professional basketball league games and announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan, as widening outbreaks of the delta variant reached the city where the disease was first detected in late 2019. While the...

Brazil's Cunha wins women's Olympic marathon swimming

Aug. 03, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Dodging leaping fish in Tokyo Bay and pressure on the lead, Ana Marcela Cunha kept her cool and finally won at the Olympics on her third try. The Brazilian claimed the women’s 10-kilometer marathon swimming event on Wednesday in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 30.8...

Chinese espionage retrial sought for Tennessee researcher

Aug. 03, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking to retry a former University of Tennessee researcher accused of hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving research grants from the federal government. Assistant U.S. Attorney Casey Arrowood...

Mao pins worn by Chinese athletes may test Olympic rules

Aug. 03, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The image of Communist China's founding leader, Mao Zedong, made an unscheduled appearance at the Tokyo Olympics, and the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday it is “looking into the matter.” The gesture — Mao pin badges worn by two Chinese...

Beijing Games: Sports coverage fine, other things maybe not

Aug. 02, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The IOC says the Olympics are only about the sports; no politics allowed. This will be the mantra, as it always is, when the Beijing Winter Games open in six months. Covering ski races or figure-skating finals should be painless; just stay in the sports...