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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, a volunteer receives an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg. Refrigeration, cargo planes, and, above all, money: All risk being in short supply for the international initiative to get coronavirus vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP, File)

The Latest: EU agency reviews Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Oct. 1, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

LONDON -- The European Medicines Agency has begun its first review process for the experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. The EU regulator says it had started a “rolling review” process it hopes will expedite any eventual approval. The EMA has begun...

Tourists crowd along a waterfront path at the West Lake in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Millions of Chinese tourists usually would use their week-long National Day holidays to travel abroad. This year, travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic mean that some 600 million tourists - about 40% of the population - will travel within China during the holiday that began Thursday, according to Ctrip, China's largest online travel agency. (Chinatopix via AP)

Virus has Chinese tourists heading for domestic destinations

Oct. 1, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Millions of Chinese tourists usually spend their weeklong National Day holidays traveling abroad. This year, travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic mean that some 600 million tourists — about 40% of the population — will travel within China during the holiday...

A police officer displays a warning banner on China's National Day in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. A popular shopping district in Causeway Bay saw a heavy police presence on the National Day holiday despite low protester turnout. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong police arrest 60 for protesting on China holiday

Oct. 1, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested at least 60 people on suspicion of unauthorized assembly on China’s National Day holiday Thursday after crowds gathered on the streets of a popular shopping district chanting pro-democracy slogans. Those arrested included two district councilors, police...

In this photo provided by Kang Myoung Suk, Chung Seong-ran, 84, poses for a photo at her home in Uiseong, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The coronavirus forced Chung to do something new to celebrate South Korea's Thanksgiving holiday instead of being visited by her daughter. With a welfare worker's help, Chung sent a video greeting to her daughter for the first time in her life. (Courtesy of Kang Myoung Suk via AP)

Coronavirus remakes South Koreans' Thanksgiving traditions

Sep. 29, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The coronavirus forced 84-year-old Chung Seong-ran to do something new to celebrate South Korea's Thanksgiving holiday instead of being visited by her daughter. With a welfare worker's help, Chung sent a video greeting to her daughter for the first time in her life....

A local resident Shin Dae-sik, 83, speaks during an interview at his home in Cheongju, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The coronavirus is forcing South Koreans to celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday differently this year, that begin Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Shin said about 15 family members assembled for Chuseok in past years but they decided not to do so this week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak on ship off Australia's coast

Sep. 29, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are concerned by a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a cargo ship off Australia's northwest coast that has infected most of the crew. Eight more members of the Filipino crew tested positive for the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the number of infections to 17 out of a crew of 21....

FILE - In this Thursday April 16, 2020 file photo, The Amazon logo is seen in Douai, northern France. Amazon is looking to kickstart holiday shopping early this year. The company said Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 that it will hold its annual Prime Day sales event over two days in October That's because the pandemic forced it to be postponed from July. It’s the first time the sales event is being held in the fall. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

Amazon to kick off holiday shopping with October Prime Day

Sep. 28, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is aiming to kickstart the holiday shopping season early this year. The company is holding its annual Prime Day over two days in October this year, after the pandemic forced it to postpone the sales event from July. It's the first time Prime Day is being held in the fall, and Amazon...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept 21, 2020 file photo, ultra-Orthodox Jews wear face masks during a morning prayer in a synagogue separated by plastic partitions, in Bnei Brak, Israel. For Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews, coronavirus restrictions have raised numerous questions about how to maintain their religious lifestyle during the outbreak. A religious publisher in Jerusalem released a book in July with over 600 pages of guidance from 46 different rabbis. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Rabbis ponder COVID-19 queries of ultra-Orthodox Jewish life

Sep. 28, 2020 2:06 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Must an observant Jew who has lost his sense of taste and smell because of COVID-19 recite blessings for food and drink? Can one bend the metal nosepiece of a surgical face mask on the Sabbath? May one participate in communal prayers held in a courtyard from a nearby balcony? Months into...

A woman walks among the Spanish flags placed in memory of coronavirus (COVID-19) victims in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. An association of families of coronavirus victims has planted what it says are 53,000 small Spanish flags in a Madrid park to honor the dead of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The Latest: Mexico virus data may not be available for years

Sep. 27, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

Mexico City — Mexico’s top coronavirus official said Sunday that definitive data on the country’s death toll from COVID-19 won’t be available for “a couple of years.” The statement by Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell is likely to revive debate about...

Sheriff: 1 wounded in shooting at haunted house

Sep. 27, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

CHINA GROVE, N.C. (AP) — One person was wounded in a shooting at a Halloween haunted house attraction in North Carolina on Saturday, authorities said. Investigators arrested five juveniles and seized three guns after responding to a report of shots fired at the Reaper’s Realm haunted house in China...

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wearing face masks, are reflected on a door window, as they pray ahead of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish year which starts at sundown Sunday during a three-week nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israelis mark Yom Kippur under 'painful' virus lockdown

Sep. 27, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The solemn Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which annually sees Israeli life grind to a halt, begins on Sunday in a nation already under a sweeping coronavirus lockdown. Every year, businesses shut down, roads empty out and even radio and TV stations go silent as the faithful fast for 25...