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Tokyo Olympics to allow limit of 10,000 local fans in venues

Jun. 21, 2021 04:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the games open in just over a month, organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday. Organizers set a limit of 50% of capacity up to a maximum of 10,000 fans for all Olympic venues. ...

Japanese organizers set limit of 50% of capacity up to a maximum of 10,000 fans for all Tokyo Olympic venues

Jun. 21, 2021 04:38 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese organizers set limit of 50% of capacity up to a maximum of 10,000 fans for all Tokyo Olympic venues.

US envoy hopes N. Korea responds positively on offered talks

Jun. 21, 2021 03:43 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden’s special envoy for North Korea said Monday he hopes to see a positive reaction from the North soon on U.S. offers for talks after the North Korean leader ordered officials to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation. ...

Asian markets skid on jitters over future Fed action

Jun. 21, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian markets skidded on Monday, with Japan's Nikkei 225 index losing 3.3%, after a sell-off Friday on Wall Street gave the S&P 500 its worst weekly loss since February. U.S. futures were marginally lower. Investors are still recalibrating their...

The Latest: Policy switch aims to boost India's vaccinations

Jun. 21, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — Every adult in India is now eligible for a free vaccine paid for by the federal government. The changed role for the federal government starting Monday ends a complex system of buying and distributing vaccines that overburdened states and created inequities...

Companies give vaccines to workers, boosting Japan's rollout

Jun. 21, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families Monday in an employer-led drive reaching more than 13 million people that aims to rev up the nation's slow vaccine rollout. Yuka Daimaru, among the Suntory...

Vaccine hesitancy puts India's gains against virus at risk

Jun. 21, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

JAMSOTI, India (AP) — In Jamsoti, a village tucked deep inside India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, the common refrain among the villagers is that the coronavirus spreads only in cities. The deadly infection, they believe, does not exist in villages. So when...

AP PHOTOS: Tourism boom pressures Tibet's historic sites

Jun. 20, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

LHASA, China (AP) — Tourism is booming in Tibet as more Chinese travel in-country because of the coronavirus pandemic, posing risks to the region’s fragile environment and historic sites. The number of visitors is limited to 5,000 per day at the Potala Palace, the...

The Latest: Blood shortage forces New England surgery delay

Jun. 20, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

BOSTON — Some New England hospitals are delaying or rescheduling surgeries because of a shortage of blood donations during the pandemic. “We haven’t seen anything like this in about 30 or 40 years at least,” Dr. Vishesh Chhibber, director of transfusion medicine...

AP Interview: Former president says US failed in Afghanistan

Jun. 20, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s former president said Sunday the United States came to his country to fight extremism and bring stability to his war-tortured nation and is leaving nearly 20 years later having failed at both. In an interview with The Associated...