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Delaware juggler falls short of Guinness World Record

Sep. 26, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) — Juggler Carlos Mir left the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Hotel this month, believing he had spun himself what would ultimately prove to be a second Guinness World Record. So did the Delmar resident’s wife Heather Mir, Ocean Suites staff and a handful of hotel guests....

People take part in a 'We Do Not Consent' rally at Trafalgar Square, organised by Stop New Normal, to protest against coronavirus restrictions, in London, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The Latest: Minister calls for tighter Madrid restrictions

Sep. 26, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain — Spain’s health minister has reiterated his plea for Madrid’s regional authorities to apply more stringent restrictions on mobility in Europe’s worst coronavirus hotspot. Minister Salvador Illa said Saturday that “the situation in Madrid is complicated,...

The crew on a lobster boat hauls traps at sunrise, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, off Portland, Maine. The state's lobster fishermen braced for a difficult summer this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the season was unexpectedly decent. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine lobster business salvaged its summer despite pandemic

Sep. 26, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's lobster fishermen braced for a difficult summer this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but then the unexpected happened. They kept catching lobsters, and people kept buying them. The pandemic has posed significant challenges for the state's lobster fishery, which is...

An Indian policeman inhales steam at steam stations set up outside the office of the Commissioner of Police as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Asia Today: Victoria health chief quits in quarantine probe

Sep. 26, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The health minister in Australia's Victoria state has resigned in the fallout from an inquiry into why security guards were used instead of police or the military at quarantine hotels. Lapses in security at the hotels were given as the major reason for a second wave of COVID-19...

An employee of SinoVac works in a lab at a factory producing its SARS CoV-2 Vaccine for COVID-19 named CoronaVac in Beijing on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. SinoVac's CEO says they have injected 90 percent of its employees and family members, or about 3,000 people, and provided tens of thousands of rounds of CoronaVac to the municipal government of Beijing. It's a highly unusual move that raises ethical and safety questions, as companies and governments worldwide race to develop a vaccine that will stop the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China pushes emergency use of COVID vaccine despite concerns

Sep. 26, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — After the first shot, he had no reaction. But Kan Chai felt woozy following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in China. “When I was driving on the road, I suddenly felt a bit dizzy, as if I was driving drunk," the popular writer and columnist recounted...

Security guards wearing masks and armed with restrainers stand guard at the entrance to the Auto China 2020 show in Beijing, China on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The auto show, the first major in-person sales event for any industry since the coronavirus pandemic began, opens Saturday in a sign the ruling Communist Party is confident China has contained the disease. Still, automakers face intensive anti-virus controls including quarantines for visitors from abroad and curbs on crowd sizes at an event that usually is packed shoulder-to-shoulder with spectators. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China opens auto show under anti-disease controls

Sep. 26, 2020 5:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Ford, Nissan and BMW unveiled electric models with more range for China on Saturday as the Beijing auto show opened under anti-virus controls that included holding news conferences by international video link. Automakers are looking to China, the first major economy to start recovering from...

FILE -- In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, fighters of the Libyan forces affiliated to the Tripoli government rest and reload weapons during an offensive against Islamic State militants, in Sirte, Libya. The warring parties in Libya and their international backers — the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Jordan vs Turkey and Qatar — violated a U.N. arms embargo on the oil-rich north African country that remains “totally ineffective,” U.N. experts said in a new report. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)

Russia, China block release of UN report criticizing Russia

Sep. 25, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China blocked the official release of a report by U.N. experts on Libya that accused its warring parties and their international backers -- including Russia -- of violating a U.N. arms embargo on the conflict-wracked country, U.N. diplomats said Friday. Germany’s...

People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. North Korean leader Kim apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary, saying he’s “very sorry” about the incident he called unexpected and unfortunate, South Korean officials said.  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

S. Korea calls for N. Korea to further investigate shooting

Sep. 25, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Saturday it will request North Korea to further investigate the killing of a South Korean government official who was shot by North Korean troops after being found adrift near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary while apparently trying to defect. Seoul could...

Arthur Lee, owner of MoVertical Farm, feeds his fish inside a shipping container in Yuen Long, Hong Kong's New Territories Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. After a career making the shipping containers that transport untold tons of freight around the world, Lee has stuck with the metal boxes in retirement, now by repurposing them as farming environments for raising crops and fish. Operating on a rented 1,000 square meter patch of wasteland in the Hong Kong's rural area, Lee's MoVertical Farm utilizes around 30 of the decommissioned containers to raise red water cress and other local vegetables hydroponically, which eliminates the need for soil. A few are also used as ponds for freshwater fish. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

AP PHOTOS: Former shipping container maker uses them to farm

Sep. 25, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — After a career making shipping containers that transport freight around the world, Arthur Lee has stayed with them in retirement, using them to raise crops and fish. Operating on a rented 1,000-square-meter (quarter-acre) patch of wasteland in Hong Kong's rural Yuen Long, Lee's MoVertical...

FILE - This combination of file photos show Japan's then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, left, in Tokyo on April 1, 2019 and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Sept. 11, 2019. New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he and Chinese President Xi agreed in talks Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 to work closely together by holding high-level meetings including summits, but did not discuss the possibility of a visit by Xi to Japan. (AP Photo/File)

Japan's new PM says stable Japan-China ties key to region

Sep. 25, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in talks Friday to work closely together by holding high-level meetings including summits, but did not discuss the possibility of a visit by Xi to Japan. “I told (Xi) that the stability of...