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A villager clears tree branches fallen in front of his house after Cyclone Amphan hit the region, at Baguranjalpai village in East Midnapore district in West Bengal state, India, Friday, May 22, 2020. People forgot about social distancing and crammed themselves into government shelters, minutes before Cyclone Amphan crashed in West Bengal. The cyclone killed dozens of people and the coronavirus nine in this region, one of India’s poorer states. Even before the cyclone, its pandemic response was lagging; the state has one of the highest fatality rates from COVID-19 in India. With an economy crippled by India’s eight-week lockdown, and health care systems sapped by the virus, authorities must tackle both COVID-19 and the cyclone’s aftermath.(Debasis Shyamal via AP)

Recovery begins after storm ravages Indian, Bangladesh coast

May. 23, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities began clearing roads and assessing damage on Friday after Cyclone Amphan barreled through coastal communities in eastern India and neighboring Bangladesh, killing more than 100 people and leaving millions displaced. In India's West Bengal state, which bore the brunt of the...

An Indian family watches epic television series “Ramayan” at their home in Jammu, India May 18, 2020. The country’s public broadcaster last month revived the wildly popular series from the 80s and brought back to life for a captive audience under lockdown. Staying home under a lockdown as they wait for the worst of the coronavirus pandemic to pass, millions of Indians are turning to their Gods. Not in their prayer rooms, but on their televisions. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Reruns of religious dramas comfort Indians in dire times

May. 23, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

GURUGRAM, India (AP) — Staying home under lockdown as they wait for the worst of the coronavirus pandemic to pass, millions of Indians are turning to their gods. Not in prayer rooms, but on TV. Seeking comfort in the certainty of the past, Indians are devouring reruns of popular Hindu religious dramas....

An Indian fisherman walks in the middle of heavy wind and rain in the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. A powerful cyclone ripped through densely populated coastal India and Bangladesh, blowing off roofs and whipping up waves that swallowed embankments and bridges and left entire villages without access to fresh water, electricity and communications. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Deadly cyclone cuts destructive path in India and Bangladesh

May. 21, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Wide swaths of coastal India and Bangladesh were flooded and millions were without power Thursday as Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than a decade, killed over 80 people and cut a path of destruction that is still being assessed. Many parts of the Indian...

A man covers himself with a plastic sheet and walks in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. A strong cyclone blew heavy rains and strong winds into coastal India and Bangladesh on Wednesday after more than 2.6 million people were moved to shelters in a frantic evacuation made more challenging by coronavirus. (AP Photo)

Cyclone batters India and Bangladesh coasts, millions flee

May. 20, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A powerful cyclone plowed inland on Wednesday after crashing into the coasts of India and Bangladesh, where more than 2.6 million people fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation made more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic. Cyclone Amphan, the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane,...

A cyclist wearing a mask pedals past other vehicles during extended lockdown in Kochi, southern Kerala state, India, Monday, May 18, 2020. India on Monday saw a slow trickle of people returning outdoors and thin traffic on its roads in some states, a day after the federal government extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown to May 31 but eased many restrictions to restore economic activity. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

Some traffic returns to roads as India eases virus lockdown

May. 18, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — People trickled outdoors and thin traffic returned to roads in some Indian states on Monday, a day after the federal government extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown to May 31 but eased many restrictions to restore economic activity. Small shops and other businesses were reopened in...

A child plays on a grid in the San Agustin neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, May 16, 2020. President Nicolas Maduro is relaxing quarantine measures over the weekend by allowing children and older adults out of their homes for a few hours each day. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

The Latest: South Korea reports 13 new virus cases

May. 17, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — California resident who attended church on Mother's Day...

A man wears a face mask while walking on a pier in front of the Golden Gate Bridge during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco, Saturday, May 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Restaurants and racing can resume, but new rules abound

May. 16, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Restaurants can reopen in New Orleans, a city famous for its cuisine, but they must take reservations and limit the number of diners. Auto and horse racing tracks in New York can resume competitions but without spectators. Officials cautiously eased more restrictions Saturday on...

Indians wearing face masks engage in fishing during lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus in Kochi, Kerala, India, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is due to announce a decision this weekend on whether to extend the 54-day-old lockdown. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

Asia Today: India cases pass China; Nepal reports 1st death

May. 16, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — India’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed China’s, with the Health Ministry on Saturday reporting a spike to 85,940 infections and 2,752 deaths. China has reported 82,941 confirmed case and 4,633 deaths since the virus was first detected late last year in the central...

India ups foreign investment in defense manufacturing to 74%

May. 16, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India announced Saturday that global companies can now invest up to 74% in the country’s defense manufacturing units, up from 49%, without requiring any government approval. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman expressed hope that the new policy will attract foreign companies with...

Children of migrant workers from other states wait outside a railway station to catch a train to return to their hometowns, in Mumbai, India, Friday, May 15, 2020. The pandemic has exposed India's deep economic divide as millions of migrant workers have left Indian cities with luggage bags perched on their heads and children in their arms, walking down highways in desperate attempts to reach the countryside. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Latest: India surpasses China in coronavirus cases

May. 16, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses China in coronavirus infection cases. ...