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Bombing in Pakistani town near Afghan border kills 5

Aug. 10, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb targeting an anti-drug force tore through a busy market in southwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border on Monday, killing at least five people and wounding 10 others, police and hospital officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion in the...

A woman carries sack of wheat and household goods while she wades through a flooded area of Dadu, a district in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Three days of heavy monsoon rains triggering flash floods killed at least dozens people in various parts of Pakistan, as troops with boats rushed to a flood-affected district in the country's southern Sindh province Sunday to evacuate people to safer places. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih)

3 days of heavy monsoon rains kill 58 people across Pakistan

Aug. 9, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Three days of heavy monsoon rains triggering flash floods killed at least 58 people in various parts of Pakistan, as troops with boats rushed Sunday to evacuate people from flood-affected districts in the country's southern Sindh and southwestern Baluchistan provinces. Every year,...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

A Kashmiri cycles past a barricade set up as road blockade as a paramilitary soldier stands guard on the first anniversary of India’s decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy, in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Last year on Aug. 5, India’s Hindu-nationalist-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped Jammu-Kashmir of its statehood and divided it into two federally governed territories. Late Tuesday, authorities lifted a curfew in Srinagar but said restrictions on public movement, transport and commercial activities would continue because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

Virus lockdown shuts Kashmir year after India lifts autonomy

Aug. 5, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities enforced security restrictions in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday, a year after New Delhi revoked the disputed region’s semi-autonomy in a decision that set off anger and economic ruin amid a harsh security clampdown. Officials lifted a curfew...

Policemen and paramilitary soldiers patrol a road during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Authorities clamped a curfew in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s controversial decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, a civil administrator, said the security lockdown was clamped in the region’s main city of Srinagar in view of information about protests planned by anti-India groups to mark Aug. 5 as “black day.

Curfew in parts of Kashmir ahead of revocation anniversary

Aug. 4, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities imposed a curfew in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, a civil administrator, said the security lockdown was...

A worker wearing a mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past space themed displays promoting an online service in Beijing, China on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An outbreak in China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang is continuing to subside. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Mainland China, Hong Kong report fewer new cases

Aug. 3, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

BEIJING — Both mainland China and Hong Kong reported fewer new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as strict measures to contain new infections appear to be taking effect. Mainland China announced 36 new cases across the country, down from 43 the previous day. Of those, 28 were in the northwestern region of...

Afghan officials say Pakistani rockets kill 9, wound 50

Jul. 31, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan fired a barrage of rockets across its southwestern border, killing nine people and wounding 50 in an Afghan frontier town, Afghan officials said Friday. Pakistan said Afghan border guards fired first and blamed them for the previous night's exchange. The shooting that led...

Supporters of a religious group chant slogan during a rally favoring the Khalid Khan, who gunned down Tahir Naseem in courtroom, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, July 31, 2020. Naseem, a U.S. citizen, according to a U.S. State Department statement, was gunned down this week in a Pakistani courtroom while standing trial on a charge of blasphemy.  The placard on right is read as 'we can die for honor of Prophet'. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

Thousands rally in Pakistan in support of killer of American

Jul. 31, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of radical Islamists rallied on Friday in northwestern Pakistan in support of a man who earlier this week walked into a courtroom in the city of Peshawar and gunned down a U.S. citizen on trial for blasphemy. The American, Tahir Naseem, died of his wounds before he could be taken...

This photograph shared by Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Twitter shows Rafale fighter jets escorted by Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter jets as they enter the Indian airspace Wednesday, July 29, 2020. A first batch of five French-made Rafale fighter jets arrived at an Indian air force base on Wednesday, Indian officials said.(Twitter via AP)

5 French fighter jets delivered to India in military upgrade

Jul. 29, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The first batch of five French-made Rafale fighter jets arrived at an Indian air force base on Wednesday, Indian officials said, as the country seeks to modernize its military amid security challenges with Pakistan and China. The planes landed at the airbase in Ambala in Haryana...