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A participant in a demonstration protests on the Rhine meadows with a cut-up mask and tongue stuck out against the measures to combat the coronavirus in Duesseldorf, Germany, Sunday, Sept.20, 2020.  (Roberto Pfeil/dpa via AP)

The Latest: Myanmar tightens pandemic restrictions

Sep. 20, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar, faced with a rapidly rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths, has announced the tightest restrictions so far to fight the spread of the disease. The measures announced Sunday by Health Minister Dr, Myint Htwe cover Yangon, the country’s biggest city and main...

A pastor wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus prays during a service at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. South Korea's new coronavirus tally has fallen below 100 for the first time in more than a month. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: Fewer cases in Melbourne, new surge in India

Sep. 20, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has moved close to easing severe lockdown restrictions after recording only 14 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. It was the second day in a row new infections fell below 30, after 21 were reported on Saturday, the lowest daily...

Protesters with old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. Protests calling for the authoritarian president's resignation broke out after an Aug. 9 election that officials say gave him a sixth term in office and that opponents say was rigged. (AP Photo/TUT.by)

March of 100,000 marks week 7 of Belarus protests

Sep. 20, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Tens of thousands of Belarusians calling for the authoritarian president to resign marched through the capital Sunday as the country’s wave of protests entered its seventh week. Hundreds of soldiers blocked off the center of Minsk, deploying water cannons and armored personnel...

Massive damage of rare plants probed at Nevada mine site

Sep. 20, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — State and federal authorities are investigating the mysterious loss of a significant swath of a rare desert wildflower that’s being considered for federal protection at a contentious mine site in Nevada with some of the largest untapped lithium deposits in the world. The Australian...

FILE - A federal judge has approved a request from a group of WeChat users to delay looming U.S. government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government’s actions would affect users’ First Amendment rights as an effective ban on the app removes their platform for communication. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Judge agrees to delay US gov't restrictions on WeChat

Sep. 20, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has approved a request from a group of U.S. WeChat users to delay looming federal government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government's actions...

The crescent moon sets behind the Commerzbank building in Frankfurt, Germany, late Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Public sector strikes to hit Germany next week over wages

Sep. 20, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Public sector workers in Germany will start staging short-term warning strikes after the latest round of wage negotiations failed to produce an agreement, their union said Sunday. The Ver.di union, which represents around 2.3 million federal and local employees, said strikes will start...

Viking Line's cruise ship M/S Amorella is seen near the Aland islands, seen from Finland, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. Finnish authorities say a Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 people has run aground in the Aland Islands archipelago between Finland and Sweden without injuries. (Niclas Norlund/Lehtikuva via AP)

Baltic Sea ferry runs aground in Finnish waters, no injuries

Sep. 20, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — A Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 people aboard has run aground in the Aland Islands archipelago between Finland and Sweden without injuries Sunday, and rescue officials were preparing to evacuate the vessel, Finnish authorities said. The Finnish coast guard tweeted that the M/S...

FILE-In this June 13, 2018 file photo, an Indian woman separates grain from the husk in a paddy field in Mayong village on the outskirts of Gauhati, India,. Amid an uproar in Parliament, Indian lawmakers on Sunday approved a pair of controversial agriculture bills that the government says will boost growth in the farming sector through private investments. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath, File)

Indian lawmakers pass farm bills amid uproar in Parliament

Sep. 20, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Amid an uproar in Parliament, Indian lawmakers on Sunday approved a pair of controversial agriculture bills that the government says will boost growth in the farming sector through private investments. The two bills were approved even though most opposition parties and some allies of Prime...

South Korean K-pop group BTS members salute to their national flag during a ceremony marking the National Youth Day at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Lee Jin-wook/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea's daily virus total drops slightly

Sep. 19, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

South Korea __ South Korea’s new coronavirus tally has fallen below 100 for the first time in more than a month, as the country’s recent viral resurgence is gradually easing. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Sunday that the newly counted 82 cases took the country’s total...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, a man opens social media app 'TikTok' on his cell phone, in Islamabad, Pakistan. President Donald Trump said Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal between Oracle and Walmart for the U.S. operations of TikTok, the Chinese-owned app he’s targeted for national security and data privacy concerns. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

Trump backs proposed deal to keep TikTok operating in US

Sep. 19, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday he's given his “blessing” to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart and form a U.S. company. Trump has targeted Chinese-owned TikTok for national security and data privacy...