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China says US diplomatic boycott violates Olympic spirit

Dec. 07, 2021 22:13 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China accused the United States of violating the Olympic spirit on Tuesday after the Biden administration announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games over human rights concerns. Rights groups have pushed for a full-blown boycott of the Games, accusing...

Japan holds drills in north as it faces Russia, China threat

Dec. 07, 2021 07:42 AM EST

ENIWA, Japan (AP) — The earth shook and explosions boomed in the crisp winter air of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Tuesday, as dozens of tanks and soldiers carried out drills at a Japanese army post that has long served to keep an eye on neighboring Russia, while showcasing Japanese...

About 100 Japanese lawmakers visit controversial shrine

Dec. 07, 2021 04:13 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A group of about 100 Japanese lawmakers prayed at a Tokyo shrine viewed by China and the Koreas as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression on Tuesday, 80 years after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Many of the lawmakers, including nine vice ministers and special...

Japan has 3rd omicron case as Kishida vows strict response

Dec. 06, 2021 07:35 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan confirmed on Monday its third case of the new omicron variant — a traveler entering from Italy — as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida vowed to take strict measures based on a worst-case scenario of a possible resurgence of infections. Japan has seen a...

Japan's military, among world's strongest, looks to build

Dec. 06, 2021 05:17 AM EST

ENIWA, Japan (AP) — Dozens of tanks and soldiers fired explosives and machine guns in drills Monday on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, a main stronghold for a nation that is perhaps the world's least-known military powerhouse. Just across the sea from rival...

Japan retracts new flight bookings ban after criticisms

Dec. 01, 2021 23:57 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it has retracted a ban on new incoming international flight bookings to defend against the new variant of the coronavirus only a day after the policy was announced, following criticisms that it was an overreaction. The transport ministry on...

Japan suspends new reservations on all incoming flights

Dec. 01, 2021 08:52 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has asked international airlines to stop taking new reservations for all flights arriving in Japan until the end of December as the country further tightens its border controls against a new coronavirus variant, the transportation ministry said Wednesday. ...

The Latest: CDC says ages 18 and up should get booster shot

Nov. 29, 2021 18:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday broadened its recommendation for COVID-19 booster shots for all adults as the new omicron variant is identified in more countries. The agency had previously approved boosters for all adults, but only...

WHO warns that new virus variant poses 'very high' risk

Nov. 29, 2021 18:00 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is “very high” based on the early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with “severe consequences.” The assessment from the U.N....

More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

Nov. 28, 2021 21:16 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other...