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The Latest: China, US diplomats clash over virus origin

Jun. 12, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

BEIJING — Top U.S. and Chinese diplomats appear to have had another sharply worded exchange, with Beijing saying it told the U.S. to cease interfering in its internal affairs and accusing it of politicizing the search for the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior...

Korean 'comfort women' memorial a no-go in Aurora

Jun. 12, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — David Oh has a clear vision for a “Statue of Peace” memorial on Aurora city grounds, but it won’t likely ever materialize. He envisions a girl dressed in a hanbok, a traditional Korean dress, sitting on a chair with a bird perched on her...

The Latest: California to lift most of state’s virus rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order that will lift most of the state’s coronavirus rules. The order Newsom signed Friday takes effect Tuesday. It will end the state’s stay-at-home order and its various amendments. ...

The Latest: Queen Elizabeth II hosts G-7 leaders, spouses

Jun. 11, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the Group of Seven nations meeting being held in England: FALMOUTH, England — Queen Elizabeth II has hosted the Group of Seven leaders at an evening reception where Britain’s royals mingled with some of the world’s most powerful politicians. ...

Tokyo Olympics still undecided on fans -- or no fans at all

Jun. 11, 2021 06:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The question of allowing any fans into Tokyo Olympic venues is still being debated with a decision unlikely to be announced before the end of the month. This would be just a few weeks before the Olympics are to open on July 23. Fans from abroad have...

Japan says ties with Taiwan are only unofficial

Jun. 11, 2021 01:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's relations with Taiwan are nongovernmental and practical and are based on Tokyo's recognition of China as the sole legitimate government, a top Japanese official said Friday, following Beijing's protest over a recent reference to the island as a country. ...

Asian shares mixed after US inflation jumps 5% in May

Jun. 11, 2021 00:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after the S&P 500 index notched another record high despite a surge in U.S. consumer prices in May. Shanghai fell, Tokyo was flat, while shares rose in Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney. On...

China says US revoking of China apps ban a 'positive step'

Jun. 11, 2021 00:41 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that a U.S. move to revoke the Trump administration’s executive orders intended to ban apps like TikTok and WeChat was a “positive step,” amid strained relations between the two countries. “We hope that...

Leaders head to COVID-themed G7 summit with vaccine pledges

Jun. 10, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

FALMOUTH, England (AP) — Group of Seven leaders began arriving at a luxury seaside resort in England on Thursday for a Group of Seven summit where some of the world's richest nations will pledge to share coronavirus vaccines with the poorest, as part of efforts to help a pandemic-scarred...

Captain America: Steffens hoping to lead US to another gold

Jun. 10, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — For more than a decade, Maggie Steffens has been there for the U.S. women’s water polo team. Sometimes with a ball in her hand. Sometimes talking. Sometimes listening. For her grieving coach after his brother died. ...