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China dismisses UK, Canada Olympic boycott as 'farce'

Dec. 09, 2021 06:09 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday dismissed the decision by Canada and the United Kingdom to join Washington’s diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games as a “farce.” China is also unconcerned the officials' absence would spark a chain reaction, while...

Japan economy contracts 3.6% in 3Q as virus hits spending

Dec. 08, 2021 03:29 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy contracted at a 3.6% annual rate in July-September as a wave of coronivirus infections crimped travel and other activities, the government said Wednesday. The estimate for the last quarter, downgraded from an earlier report of a 3.0% contraction,...

Japan economy contracts 3.6% in 3Q on weaker spending, trade

Dec. 07, 2021 22:36 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy contracted at a 3.6% annual rate in July-September, according to a revised estimate released Wednesday. The downgraded growth estimate for the last quarter, down from an earlier report of a 3.0% contraction, reflected weaker consumer spending and trade,...

Omicron travel bans strike South Africa's safari business

Dec. 07, 2021 05:35 AM EST

DINOKENG GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) — Recent travel bans imposed on South Africa and neighboring countries in response to the discovery of the omicron variant in southern Africa have hammered the country's safari business, already hard hit by the pandemic. South Africa's...

Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher as virus fears ease

Dec. 06, 2021 23:05 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asia stock markets followed Wall Street higher Tuesday as anxiety about the coronavirus's latest variant eased. Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong advanced. Oil prices gained for a second day. Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index gained 1.2% after the...

Leaders: Africa's COVID-19 fight is vital for world security

Dec. 06, 2021 12:24 PM EST

DIAMNIADIO, Senegal (AP) — Travel restrictions imposed on South Africa and other African nations for telling the world about the omicron variant are hypocritical, harsh and not supported by science, South Africa's president said Monday, recalling the phrase used by the U.N. chief, who called such...

Russia reports its first cases of omicron COVID-19 variant

Dec. 06, 2021 06:35 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has confirmed the first two cases of the omicron coronavirus variant in the country in travelers who returned from South Africa, health authorities said Monday. The Russian public health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, said a total of 10 people who...

Fauci says early reports encouraging about omicron variant

Dec. 05, 2021 17:28 PM EST

U.S. health officials said Sunday that while the omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the country, early indications suggest it may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations. President Joe Biden's...

Snow and high winds hit northeast North Dakota

Dec. 05, 2021 15:28 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Wintery weather hit northeast North Dakota Sunday, bringing snowfall and high winds. The National Weather Service warned that parts of the state could see near-blizzard conditions later Sunday with blowing snow. Forecasters issued a winter storm...

UK tightens travel testing rules amid omicron concerns

Dec. 04, 2021 14:34 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government tightened travel restrictions Saturday amid concerns about the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant, saying all travelers arriving in England will need to take a COVID-19 test before they board their flight. Health Secretary...