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Myanmar leaders 'weaponizing' COVID-19, residents say

Jul. 30, 2021 04:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — With coronavirus deaths rising in Myanmar, allegations are growing from residents and human rights activists that the military government, which seized control in February, is using the pandemic to consolidate power and crush opposition. In the last week,...

Japan expands virus emergency after record spikes amid Games

Jul. 30, 2021 05:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency to four more areas in addition to Tokyo on Friday following record spikes in infections as the capital hosts the Olympics. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared an emergency in Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba,...

South African sets world swim record; Aussies add 6th gold

Jul. 30, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker was the star of the day, setting the first individual swimming world record at the Tokyo Olympics. Others shined, too. Evgeny Rylov completed a backstroke double for Russia, Emma McKeon gave the...

Biden push to vaccinate feds forces uncomfortable questions

Jul. 30, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s requirement for federal workers to reveal their COVID-19 vaccination status is likely to force uncomfortable questions not only at government agencies but at private companies as well. Right now, there's a lack of clear answers....

Hong Kong protester given 9-year term in 1st security case

Jul. 30, 2021 05:16 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A pro-democracy protester was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison in the closely watched first prosecution under Hong Kong’s national security law as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over the territory. Tong Ying-kit, 24, was convicted...

Brutal killing spotlights violence against women in Pakistan

Jul. 30, 2021 05:27 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Noor Mukadam's last hours were terror-filled. Beaten repeatedly, the 27-year-old jumped from a window but was dragged back, beaten again and finally beheaded. A childhood friend has been charged with her killing. The gruesome death last week in an...

'Welcome home': Evacuation flight brings 200 Afghans to US

Jul. 30, 2021 05:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first flight evacuating Afghans who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan brought more than 200 people, including scores of children and babies in arms, to resettlement in the United States on Friday, and President Joe Biden welcomed them home. ...

After mudslide, priest gets narcos' help to build new town

Jul. 30, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

MISSION SAN FRANCISCO DE ASIS, Honduras (AP) — First came Hurricane Eta. Then, Hurricane Iota, unleashing rains of biblical proportions on the hillside community of La Reina. As Iota hammered La Reina for four days, residents kept watch on the mountain above their 300...

AP PHOTOS: Olympians in motion from above and below

Jul. 30, 2021 03:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Olympic athletes can be enthralling from many angles. Some perspectives say more than others. Like an overhead shot of Chinese divers Wang Zongyuan and Xie Siyi entering the water. Only their feet remain above the surface, equal in height at the end of a...

Olympics Latest: Akira Sone wins Japan's 9th Tokyo judo gold

Jul. 30, 2021 05:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Heavyweight Akira Sone has won Japan’s ninth gold medal in judo at the Tokyo Olympics....

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International court drops Simone Gbagbo arrest warrant

Jul. 30, 2021 05:44 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court has withdrawn its arrest warrant for the wife of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo following her husband's acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly violence that erupted following his country's disputed 2010...

Japan expands virus emergency after record spikes amid Games

Jul. 30, 2021 05:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency to four more areas in addition to Tokyo on Friday following record spikes in infections as the capital hosts the Olympics. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared an emergency in Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba,...

Olympics Latest: Akira Sone wins Japan's 9th Tokyo judo gold

Jul. 30, 2021 05:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Heavyweight Akira Sone has won Japan’s ninth gold medal in judo at the Tokyo Olympics....

Ship tied to Israel billionaire reportedly attacked off Oman

Jul. 30, 2021 05:35 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil tanker linked to an Israeli billionaire reportedly came under attack off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, authorities said Friday, as details about the incident remained few. The attack Thursday night targeted...

'Welcome home': Evacuation flight brings 200 Afghans to US

Jul. 30, 2021 05:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first flight evacuating Afghans who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan brought more than 200 people, including scores of children and babies in arms, to resettlement in the United States on Friday, and President Joe Biden welcomed them home. ...

Brutal killing spotlights violence against women in Pakistan

Jul. 30, 2021 05:27 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Noor Mukadam's last hours were terror-filled. Beaten repeatedly, the 27-year-old jumped from a window but was dragged back, beaten again and finally beheaded. A childhood friend has been charged with her killing. The gruesome death last week in an...

US swimmer Andrew goes maskless behind scenes at Olympics

Jul. 30, 2021 05:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Michael Andrew, who made waves for saying he wasn't vaccinated against COVID-19, didn't wear a mask behind the scenes after swimming his final at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday. The 22-year-old American was maskless when he stopped to speak with reporters in...

World shares lower after Wall St rebound on US growth data

Jul. 30, 2021 05:25 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares and U.S. futures were mostly lower Friday despite a flurry of reports showing economic recoveries from the pandemic gained pace in the last quarter. The zone of countries using the euro saw its GDP jump 13.7% from a year earlier in the...

GLIMPSES: Olympic swimmers, reaching for victory

Jul. 30, 2021 05:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — At the beginning of the race, all is hopeful. And all is possible. Part of storytelling, be it photography or anything else, is to show the tension of what might happen. That's what comes through in this image taken at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday by...

Hong Kong protester given 9-year term in 1st security case

Jul. 30, 2021 05:16 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A pro-democracy protester was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison in the closely watched first prosecution under Hong Kong’s national security law as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over the territory. Tong Ying-kit, 24, was convicted...