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The Latest: China gives Bangladesh 500K vaccine doses

May. 12, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh — China delivered 500,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine as a gift to Bangladesh on Wednesday to help it cope with a shortage. Bangladesh, a nation of 160 million people, is in desperate need after India banned exports of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines...

American tells Japan court he worked for Nissan's interests

May. 12, 2021 02:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An American lawyer on trial in Japan on charges related to reporting of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn’s compensation asserted his innocence Wednesday, testifying he acted legally and in Nissan's best interests. Greg Kelly, a former executive vice...

Drop in Xinjiang birthrate largest in recent history: report

May. 12, 2021 02:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Xinjiang in far western China had the sharpest known decline in birthrates between 2017 and 2019 of any territory in recent history, according to a new analysis by an Australian think tank. The report from the Australian Strategy...

UN raises global economic forecast to 5.4% growth in 2021

May. 12, 2021 01:48 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Tuesday responded to the rebounding Chinese and U.S. economies by revising its global economic forecast upward to 5.4% growth for 2021, but it warned that surging COVID-19 cases and inadequate availability of vaccines in many countries threaten a...

Australian court upholds laws against foreign interference

May. 12, 2021 01:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese-born political adviser on Wednesday lost his challenge in Australia’s highest court against laws banning covert foreign interference in domestic politics. John Shi Sheng Zhang also lost his High Court challenge in a unanimous...

Asian stocks follow Wall St lower on inflation fears

May. 12, 2021 01:38 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets retreated Wednesday as investors looked ahead to U.S. data they worry will show inflation is picking up. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Southeast Asian markets declined. Overnight, Wall Street's benchmark S&P...

Scientists race to study variants in India as cases explode

May. 12, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A potentially worrisome variant of the coronavirus detected in India may spread more easily. But the country is behind in doing the kind of testing needed to track it and understand it better. On Monday, the World Health Organization designated the new...

Asian stocks mixed after Wall St falls on inflation fears

May. 12, 2021 00:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets retreated Wednesday as investors looked ahead to U.S. data they worry will show inflation is picking up. Shanghai, Tokyo and Southeast Asian markets declined. Hong Kong advanced. Overnight, Wall Street's benchmark...

Suit: Workers lured from India paid $1.20 per hour for years

May. 11, 2021 22:22 PM EDT

FBI agents were at a large Hindu temple in New Jersey on Tuesday as a new lawsuit claimed it was built by workers from marginalized communities in India who were lured to the U.S. and forced to work long hours for just a few dollars per day. The lawsuit accuses the...

AP PHOTOS: Jumbo Mumbai COVID-19 hospital treats thousands

May. 11, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Inside Mumbai's BKC jumbo field hospital, a health worker adjusts the oxygen mask of a COVID-19 patient as doctors, nurses and specialists keep a close eye and monitor hundreds of sick people. The pop-up mega hospital in India’s financial capital...