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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Asian shares skidded on Thursday as a reality check set in about longtime economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, giving Wall Street its worst day since October.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stocks open higher on Wall Street a day after a sell-off

Jan. 28, 2021 9:46 AM EST

Stocks are climbing back in the early going on Wall Street Thursday, a day after the market took its biggest one-day loss since October. The S&P 500 index added 1.2%. Some Big Tech companies were back in the winning column, including Facebook, which reported much better results for the last three months of...

A nurse administers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a resident at DomusVi nursing home in Alcala Henares, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Health authorities in Spain are complaining that they are running short of COVID-19 vaccines due to delays in deliveries by pharmaceutical companies. Spain along with the rest of the European Union has suffered delays since Pfizer announced two weeks ago that it would reduce deliveries temporarily during a plant upgrade. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

WHO Europe: Vaccine production delays are a real issue

Jan. 28, 2021 9:16 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — National tensions are erupting over slow coronavirus vaccine rollouts but production delay issues are real and world leaders must realize that “no one is safe until everyone is safe,” the European chief for the World Health Organization said Thursday. Dr. Hans Kluge said...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson elbow bumps a member of the military as he meets troops setting up a vaccination centre in the Castlemilk district of Glasgow, on his one day visit to Scotland, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.  Johnson is facing accusations that he is not abiding by lockdown rules as he makes a trip to Scotland on Thursday to laud the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines across the United Kingdom. (Jeff Mitchell/Pool Photo via AP)

UK PM Johnson faces criticism over Scotland trip in lockdown

Jan. 28, 2021 9:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced accusations Thursday that he is not abiding by the country's lockdown rules as he visited Scotland to laud the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines across the United Kingdom. With a raft of polling showing increased support for Scottish independence...

UK opens formal investigation of Facebook's Giphy takeover

Jan. 28, 2021 8:51 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s competition watchdog launched a formal investigation on Thursday into Facebook's purchase of Giphy over concerns it will stifle competition for animated images. The Competition and Markets Authority said the investigation's first stage has a deadline of March 25 to decide whether...

Cars are parked at the entrance of Novasep factory in Seneffe, Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Belgian health authorities said Thursday they have inspected a pharmaceutical factory located in Belgium to find out whether the expected delays in the deliveries of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccines are due to production issues. The Novasep factory in the town of Seneffe is part of the European production chain for AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine. (AP Photo/Mark Carlson)

The Latest: WHO EU chief: Nations clamoring for vaccine

Jan. 28, 2021 8:42 AM EST

GENEVA — The European chief for the World Health Organization says “the telephone line is very hot” in conversations with European Union officials and others clamoring for more coronavirus vaccines. Dr. Hans Kluge, speaking in a video conference from WHO Europe headquarters in Copenhagen,...

Cars are parked at the entrance of Novasep factory in Seneffe, Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Belgian health authorities said Thursday they have inspected a pharmaceutical factory located in Belgium to find out whether the expected delays in the deliveries of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccines are due to production issues. The Novasep factory in the town of Seneffe is part of the European production chain for AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine. (AP Photo/Mark Carlson)

Vaccine factory inspected amid EU dispute with AstraZeneca

Jan. 28, 2021 8:32 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian health authorities said Thursday they have inspected a pharmaceutical factory to determine whether expected delays in the deliveries of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine are actually due to production issues amid a heated public dispute between the European Union and the...

Critical Care staff prone a COVID-19 patient on the Christine Brown ward at King's College Hospital in London, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. The scale of Britain's coronavirus outbreak can seem overwhelming, with tens of thousands of new infections and more than 1,000 deaths added each day. But on hospitals' COVID-19 wards, the pandemic feels both epic and intimate, as staff fight the virus one patient at a time, and with no end in sight. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)

'Take every shift as it comes': No respite for UK hospitals

Jan. 28, 2021 6:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — When the U.K. surpassed 100,000 coronavirus dead this week, it was much more than just a number to Justin Fleming. Lying in a hospital bed with COVID-19, he knew how easily he could have become one of them, were it not for the medics and other staff who worked to save his life. “I...

Security patrol outside the Pullman Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, July 6, 2020. Health officials in New Zealand say Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that genome tests indicate the country's most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. (Peter Meecham/New Zealand Herald via AP)

The Latest: More rules for returning New Zealand travelers

Jan. 27, 2021 11:54 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Travelers returning to New Zealand will face stricter rules at quarantine hotels as health authorities investigate how up to three people got infected with the coronavirus while isolating at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel. The people were released before testing positive and...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jan. 27, 2021 6:45 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 26 The Mercury News and East Bay Times on California's easing of coronavirus restrictions: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to lift regional stay-at-home orders across the state makes absolutely no sense. The governor’s...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, the Europol headquarters building in The Hague, Netherlands. European Europol and North American cyber cops have joined forces Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021, to disrupt what may be the world's largest network for seeding malware infections, striking a major blow against criminal gangs that have been using it for years to install ransomware in extortion schemes, steal data and engage in financial theft.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)

Cybercops derail malware botnet, FBI makes ransomware arrest

Jan. 27, 2021 5:52 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European and North American cyber cops have joined forces to disrupt what may be the world's largest network for seeding malware infections. The operation appears to strike a major blow against criminal gangs that have used that network for years to install ransomware for...