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The Latest: Russia's daily virus death toll passes 1,000

Oct. 16, 2021 06:33 AM EDT

MOSCOW — Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths in the previous day, up from 999 on Friday, along...

New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at 'Vaxathon'

Oct. 16, 2021 00:53 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand health care workers administered a record number of vaccine jabs Saturday as the nation held a festival aimed at getting more people inoculated against the coronavirus. Musicians, sports stars and celebrities pitched in for the...

ASEAN to exclude Myanmar's leader from summit in key rebuke

Oct. 15, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia’s foreign ministers decided at an emergency meeting Friday not to invite Myanmar's military leader to an annual summit for refusing to let an envoy meet ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a senior regional diplomat said. The...

Australian state to end quarantine for vaccinated travelers

Oct. 15, 2021 05:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney will end hotel quarantine for vaccinated passengers when scheduled international flights restart in Australia within two weeks, officials said on Friday, while maintaining some restrictions on foreigners entering the country. Vaccinated...

Hong Kong seizes smuggled Australian lobsters amid China ban

Oct. 15, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and mainland authorities have seized about $540,000 worth of smuggled Australian lobsters believed to be bound for the mainland, after China restricted imports of the crustacean amid escalating tensions with Australia. Hong Kong authorities...

Australian prime minister will attend Glasgow climate talks

Oct. 15, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister confirmed on Friday he will attend a climate summit in Glasgow next month despite his government remaining bitterly divided over a draft plan for the country to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Prime Minister...

The Latest: Australia's capital: 99% with at least 1 dose

Oct. 14, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

CANBERRA — Australia’s capital Canberra has come out of lockdown with authorities reporting more than 99% of the population aged 12 and older having at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Sydney came out of lockdown on Monday with only the 73.5% of the population...

IOC VP: Chinese human rights not a concern before 2022 Games

Oct. 14, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates says challenging China on its human rights record as Beijing prepares to host the 2022 Winter Games is “not in our remit." There has been widespread criticism of Beijing’s...

The Latest: Vaccine mandate for Calif. prison guards blocked

Oct. 13, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California judge has partially blocked an order taking effect this week that requires state prison employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. A Kern County judge issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of the...

New Zealand businessman sent to jail for child abuse images

Oct. 13, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — One of New Zealand’s best-known businessmen Ron Brierley was sentenced in a Sydney court on Thursday to 14 months in prison for possessing thousands of child sex abuse images. The 84-year-old former corporate raider had pleaded guilty to the charges in...