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Two pilots, rocket scientist, oceanographer flying SpaceX

Apr. 23, 2021 06:58 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s third crew has an attack helicopter pilot, a former Air France pilot, a Japanese rocket scientist and an oceanographer. The four veteran astronauts should reach the International Space Station on Saturday for a six-month stay,...

Japan issues 3rd virus emergency in Tokyo, Osaka area

Apr. 23, 2021 06:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan declared a third state of emergency for Tokyo and three western prefectures on Friday amid skepticism it will be enough to curb a rapid coronavirus resurgence just three months ahead of the Olympics. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the...

The Latest: Pakistani troops to help enforce distancing

Apr. 23, 2021 06:27 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan’s prime minister has summoned troops to help police implement social-distancing rules as a part of new measures aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus. Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday that daily confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19...

Asia Today: Thailand's new cases exceed 2,000, set record

Apr. 23, 2021 06:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s health authorities announced Friday they have confirmed 2,070 new COVID-19 cases, a new daily record that brings the country's total to 50,183. The rising numbers are severely straining the supply of hospital beds and ICU capacity. ...

EXPLAINER: What does Japan's virus state of emergency mean

Apr. 23, 2021 06:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Friday declared a state of emergency to curb a rapid coronavirus resurgence, the third since the pandemic began. The measures in parts of Japan, including Tokyo, have so far failed to curb infections caused by a more contagious new variant of the virus. ...

Japan issues third state of emergency for Tokyo and three western areas to curb surge in coronavirus before Olympics.

Apr. 23, 2021 06:00 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan issues third state of emergency for Tokyo and three western areas to curb surge in coronavirus before Olympics.

Jobs are make-or-break argument for Biden in climate plan

Apr. 23, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is bringing out the billionaires, the CEOs and the union executives Friday to help sell President Joe Biden's climate-friendly transformation of the U.S. economy at his virtual summit of world leaders. The closing day of the two-day...

Southeast Asian summit to address Myanmar's post-coup crisis

Apr. 23, 2021 05:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — When the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations holds a special summit Saturday to discuss Myanmar, the regional body will be under as much scrutiny as the general who led the February coup ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. ...

Norwegian climber 1st to test positive on Mount Everest

Apr. 23, 2021 05:26 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The coronavirus has conquered the world's highest mountain. A Norwegian climber became the first to be tested for COVID-19 in Mount Everest base camp and was flown by helicopter to Kathmandu, where he was hospitalized. ...

Danger in the depths: submarine disasters highlight risks

Apr. 23, 2021 05:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The disappearance of an Indonesian submarine off the resort island of Bali follows dozens of other disasters in the depths of the world’s vast seas. Military secrecy limits public access to details of accidents that show technological advances are still no match for dire...