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In this photo released on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, by the Iranian Army, shows paratroopers parachuting during a military drill. Iran's military kicked off a ground forces drill on Tuesday along the coast of the Gulf of Oman, state TV reported, the latest in a series of snap exercises that the country is holding amid escalating tensions over its nuclear program and Washington's pressure campaign against Tehran. (Iranian Army via AP)

Iran kicks off ground forces drill on coast of Gulf of Oman

Jan. 19, 2021 4:50 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s military kicked off a ground forces drill on Tuesday along the coast of the Gulf of Oman, state TV reported, the latest in a series of snap exercises that the country is holding amid escalating tensions over its nuclear program and Washington’s pressure campaign...

Passenger wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk out from the Beijing railway station as they arrive in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic

Jan. 19, 2021 4:46 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner. In a report issued Monday,...

A man walks by the logo of Tokyo Olympic Games planned to start in the summer of 2021, in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Tokyo organizers have no public program planned to mark the milestone. There is too much uncertainty for that right now. Tokyo and other parts of Japan are under an emergency order because of surging coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo Olympics Q&A: 6 months out and murmurs of cancellation

Jan. 19, 2021 4:36 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics are to open in six months on July 23 and organizers have no public program planned to mark the milestone. There is too much uncertainty for that right now. Tokyo and other parts of Japan are under an emergency order because of surging coronavirus cases with about 4,500...

A health worker receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a government Hospital in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

India’s homegrown vaccine developer warns some to avoid shot

Jan. 19, 2021 4:35 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s homegrown coronavirus vaccine developer Bharat Biotech on Tuesday warned people with weak immunity and other medical conditions including allergies, fever or a bleeding disorder to consult a doctor before getting the shot — and if possible avoid the vaccine. The...

Group: Angry mob targets radio station in north Afghanistan

Jan. 19, 2021 4:33 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An angry mob ransacked a local radio station in northern Afghanistan last week after a mosque imam incited the attackers, claiming loud music played by the station had interfered with his prayer service, an international journalists group said Tuesday. The International...

FILE - In this March 26, 2012, file photo, workers operate the pumps at a PetroChina gas station in Suining in southwestern China's Sichuan province. Profit at state-owned companies that dominate China's banking, oil and most other industries rose by as much as 25% in 2020 as the country recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, according to the. State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission which oversees 97 companies directly under the Cabinet including PetroChina Ltd., Asia's biggest oil producer; China Mobile Ltd., the world's biggest phone carrier by number of subscribers, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd., the world's biggest bank by assets. (AP Photo, File)

Profit at Chinese state industry rises with virus recovery

Jan. 19, 2021 4:30 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Profit at state-owned companies that dominate China’s banking, oil and most other industries rose by as much as 25% last year as the country recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, the government said Tuesday. Total revenue for national-level companies rose 2.2% over 2019 to 30.3...

World shares mostly higher as Biden inauguration approaches

Jan. 19, 2021 4:28 AM EST

World markets were mostly higher Tuesday as the coming changing of the guard in the U.S. raised hopes for more support for the economy and more aggressive measures to fight the pandemic. Benchmarks were higher in Paris, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong but slipped in Shanghai. World markets were subdued on Monday,...

Premier Giuseppe Conte arrives at the Senate do deliver his speech, in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Conte fights for his political life with an address aimed at shoring up support for his government, which has come under fire from former Premier Matteo Renzi's tiny but key Italia Viva (Italy Alive) party over plans to relaunch the pandemic-ravaged economy. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Italian PM Conte seeks to stay in power with Senate vote

Jan. 19, 2021 4:15 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte is facing a second round of voting Tuesday to determine if he can hold onto power after a junior coalition partner pulled his party’s ministers from the government to protest Conte’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Conte on Monday won what...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Turkey’s president has criticized the United States for kicking his country out of the F-35 fighter jet program after Ankara purchased a Russian missile defense system. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey paid “very serious money” for the F-35 stealth jets and that America had committed “a very serious mistake” with its NATO ally. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkey slaps advertising ban on Twitter, Pinterest

Jan. 19, 2021 3:49 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday slapped advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest over their non-compliance with a controversial new law that requires social media platforms to appoint legal representatives in the country. The law — which human rights and media freedom groups say...

COVID-19 patients receive treatment at the new Nurse Isabel Zendal Hospital in Madrid Madrid, Spain, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. As the coronavirus curve of contagion turned increasingly vertical after Christmas and New Year's, the Zendal has been busy. On Monday, 392 virus patients were being treated, more than in any other hospital in the Madrid region. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Spain's rising cases give pandemic hospital a second chance

Jan. 19, 2021 3:41 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — As soon as the lifeless body is silently pushed away on a stretcher, a cleaning battalion moves into the intensive care box. In a matter of minutes, the bed where the 72-year-old woman fought for over two weeks for another breath gets rubbed clean, the walls of glass isolating it disinfected...