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Modi to meet Kashmir leaders 1st time after altering region

Jun. 24, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India’s prime minister was scheduled to hold a crucial meeting with pro-India politicians from disputed Kashmir on Thursday for the first time since New Delhi stripped the region’s semi-autonomy while jailing many of them in a crackdown. ...

What should I know about the delta variant?

Jun. 24, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

What should I know about the delta variant? It’s a version of the coronavirus that has been found in more than 80 countries since it was first detected in India. It got its name from the World Health Organization, which names notable variants after letters of the Greek...

The Latest: COVID-19 cluster worsens in Australian city

Jun. 23, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

SYDNEY, Australia — A state government minister has been infected with COVID-19 and another minister is in isolation as a cluster in the Australian city of Sydney worsens. New South Wales Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said he was told on Thursday that he had tested...

Bombing near Pakistan home of anti-India militant kills 3

Jun. 23, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful car bomb went off near the residence of a jailed anti-India militant leader in Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding 25 others, police and rescue officials said. The blast happened in the Johar Town...

The Latest: Guam launching COVID-19 vaccine tourism program

Jun. 22, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam — Guam is launching a vaccine tourism program to encourage citizens of neighboring countries and Americans living in East Asia to come get inoculated against COVID-19. The Pacific Daily News reports the first group of three travelers was arriving on a...

Hawaii detects community spread of COVID-19 delta variant

Jun. 22, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The so-called COVID-19 delta variant, which was first detected in India, is spreading in Hawaii, state health officials said Tuesday. Two cases on Oahu and one on the Big Island were associated with travel from the U.S. mainland. One case involved an...

Pakistan premier criticized for comments on sexual violence

Jun. 22, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Prime Minister Imran Khan faced growing criticism at home on Tuesday after seemingly blaming a rise in sexual violence in Pakistan on women wearing “very few clothes." His comments drew nationwide condemnation from human rights activists and the...

Turtle carcasses wash ashore in Sri Lanka after ship fire

Jun. 22, 2021 03:56 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nearly a hundred carcasses of turtles with throat and shell damage, as well as a dozen dead dolphins and a blue whale, have washed ashore in Sri Lanka since a container ship burned and sank, raising fears of a severe marine disaster. Ecologists...

AP PHOTOS: Indian police train villagers for border security

Jun. 21, 2021 22:56 PM EDT

KATHUA, India (AP) — For nearly three months, from dusk to dawn, Rita Devi has followed a similar drill. Her day begins with physical training, followed by classes on border management and on collaborating with police and border guards in the event of skirmishes along...

Biden outlines vaccine plan, set to miss global-sharing goal

Jun. 21, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to fall short of his commitment to shipping 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses abroad by the end of June because of regulatory and other hurdles, officials said as they announced new plans Monday for sharing the shots globally. ...