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The Latest: Washington state to give Pfizer boosters to some

Sep. 24, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington state Department of Health says it will immediately start offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain people after recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other groups. State health...

EXPLAINER: Why North Korea wants sanctions lifted first

Sep. 24, 2021 07:29 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Days after outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in made possibly his last ambitious push to diplomatically resolve the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program, the North on Friday rejected his call for a declaration ending the Korean War, making it clear it...

N. Korea offers talks, likely trying to get sanctions relief

Sep. 24, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Friday her country is willing to resume talks with South Korea if conditions are met, indicating it wants Seoul to persuade Washington to relax crippling economic sanctions. Kim Yo...

The Latest: Australian cities move closer to ending lockdown

Sep. 23, 2021 23:55 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australia’s two largest cities are moving closer to ending lockdowns as vaccination rates climb, but leaders are warning that people should remain cautious with their newfound freedoms and that coronavirus case numbers will inevitably rise. In New South...

Global Citizen's Hugh Evans hoping music can mobilize world

Sep. 21, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

Hugh Evans started his fight against extreme poverty by mobilizing his friends when he was growing up in Australia. On Saturday, Evans will try to mobilize the world to tackle poverty and COVID-19 with Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour live concert featuring The Weekend,...

Photos show North Korea expanding uranium enrichment plant

Sep. 18, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Recent satellite images show North Korea is expanding a uranium enrichment plant at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, a sign that it’s intent on boosting the production of bomb materials, experts say. The assessment comes after North Korea...

EXPLAINER: Kim's launches show push to boost nuke arsenal

Sep. 17, 2021 00:29 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's recent sword-rattling after months of relative quiet makes clear that leader Kim Jong Un is working on expanding his weapons arsenal. Nuclear-capable missiles hidden in trains that can be launched anywhere along a railway. A new...

Asian shares mostly higher after Wall Street retreat

Sep. 16, 2021 23:53 PM EDT

Asian shares were mixed on Friday after a hodge-podge of economic data led Wall Street to close mostly lower. Benchmarks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but fell in Shanghai and Sydney. Across the region, concerns over prolonged outbreak of...

Latest: SKorea reports more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases

Sep. 16, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported more than 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus, nearing a one-day record set last month, continuing an alarming surge as the nation enters its biggest holiday of the year. The 2,008 cases reported Friday was the 73rd...

Asian shares mostly lower on lackluster China, Japan data

Sep. 15, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Thursday after Japan and China released data that were weaker than expected. Shares fell in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul but rose in Sydney. Japan reported that its exports rose 26.2% in August from a year...