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Journalists take picture and video over the water-filled barriers after an opening ceremony for China's new Office for Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. China's new national security office in Hong Kong got off to an early start on Wednesday with an official opening amidst heavy police presence. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Australia to offer residence option to 10,000 Hong Kongers

Jul. 11, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian government says it will offer around 10,000 Hong Kong passport holders currently living in Australia a chance to apply for permanent residence once their current visas expire. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government believes China’s imposition of a new tough national...

Workers in protective suits administer coronavirus tests at a COVID-19 testing site for those who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus at a wholesale food market in Beijing, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Beijing climbed in recent days following an outbreak linked to a wholesale food market, officials announced they had identified hundreds of thousands of people who needed to be tested for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China rejects food imports after virus detected

Jul. 10, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food. Those worries have risen since a June outbreak in Beijing that was linked to the city’s largest wholesale market. Testing has...

A Sri Lankan municipal health worker takes a breather while collecting swab samples to test for COVID-19, as a man waiting for his turn to test is seen reflected on a window in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: Australia's Victoria state has record 288 cases

Jul. 10, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Victoria state on Friday reported a new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases as well as a record number of tests, more than 37,500. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the number of citizens and permanent residents allowed to return to Australia each week...

People gesture to each other as they walk outside public housing towers that are a hotspot for COVID-19 in Melbourne in Melbourne, Friday, July 10, 2020. Australia's Victoria state reported the new daily record of coronavirus cases. (Daniel Pockett/AAP Image via AP)

Australian state records record 288 new coronavirus cases

Jul. 10, 2020 4:01 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s coronavirus hot spot Victoria recorded 288 new cases on Friday, the largest number of any state since the pandemic began, and authorities warned the spread could worsen. Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state after neighboring New South Wales,...

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, July 9, 2020. Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China's imposition of a tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory, the prime minister said. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Australia ends Hong Kong extradition treaty, extends visas

Jul. 9, 2020 5:17 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s imposition of a tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory, the prime minister said Thursday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison...

Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...

A National Guardsman directs traffic at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida is one of the nation's hot spots for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

'A hot mess': Americans face testing delays as virus surges

Jul. 8, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a cough and shortness of breath, it took Austin, Texas, resident Sam Lee three tries to get a COVID-19 test. The first time, he showed up an hour before the public testing site was set to close and was told they had reached capacity. He was turned away from a second center when...

A man sanitizes a makeshift COVID-19 care center at an indoor sports stadium in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. India has overtaken Russia to become the third worst-affected nation by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Asia Today: Australian PM defends Melbourne lockdown

Jul. 8, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said a shutdown of the nation’s second-largest city is necessary and promised continuing financial support for businesses that fear they won’t survive a second lockdown. The Victoria state government said Melbourne and part of its...

Residents walk pas the Australian embassy in Beijing, China April 9, 2019. In a notice issued June 5, 2020, China is advising its citizens not to visit Australia, citing racial discrimination and violence against Asians, in what appears to be Beijing's latest attempt to punish the country for advocating an investigation into the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China dismisses Australian warning of arbitrary detention

Jul. 8, 2020 4:02 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Chinese Embassy on Wednesday dismissed Australia’s warning to travelers of arbitrary detention in China as “ridiculous” and “disinformation” in the latest diplomatic spat to mar a deteriorating relationship. Australia’s Department of...

Australia warns of 'arbitrary detention' risk in China

Jul. 7, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Tuesday warned its citizens that they may be at risk of “arbitrary detention” if they visit China, in a move that will further test strained bilateral relations. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in an updated travel advisory for China...