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A man holds up a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, to reach out a tree branches at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China grapples with virus outbreaks in northeast

Jan. 18, 2021 11:37 PM EST

BEIJING — China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. The country reported a total of 118 newly confirmed cases Tuesday — most of them in Jilin province, the Hebei region just outside Beijing and Heilongjiang province...

Foreign passengers wearing protective suits prepare for their flight to China at Manila's International Airport, Philippines, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines have surged past 500,000 in a new bleak milestone with the government facing criticisms for failing to immediately launch a vaccination program amid a global scramble for COVID-19 vaccines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Philippine cases hit 500K amid vaccine struggles

Jan. 18, 2021 7:16 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Philippines have surged past 500,000 in a new bleak milestone with the government facing criticism for failing to immediately launch a vaccination program amid a global scramble for COVID-19 vaccines. The Department of Health reported 1,895 new...

Philippine air force helicopter crash kills all 7 aboard

Jan. 16, 2021 9:43 AM EST

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine air force helicopter carrying supplies for counterinsurgency forces crashed in the country’s south on Saturday apparently due to engine trouble, killing all seven people on board, military officials said. The UH-1H helicopter tried to make an emergency...

Police officers walk outside the site where two suspected militants were killed during a raid in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Members of Indonesia's anti-terrorism police squad killed the two suspected militants who they believe were connected to a deadly suicide attack at a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines, officials said. (AP Photo/Masyudi S. Firmansyah)

Indonesian police kill 2 suspected militants in raid

Jan. 6, 2021 4:43 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Members of Indonesia's anti-terrorism police squad on Wednesday shot and killed two suspected militants who they believe were connected to a deadly suicide attack at a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines, and arrested 18 others, officials said. The two men,...

FILE - In this May 11, 2016 file photo, the Juan Sebastian de Elcano training ship for the Royal Spanish Navy arrives in Havana Bay, Cuba. The ship was named for a Basque captain who completed the 1519-1522 circumnavigation with 17 of the roughly 240 crewmembers who began it, led by Portuguese mariner Ferdinand Magellan. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Global pandemic meets 500th anniversary of 1st global voyage

Dec. 31, 2020 10:31 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Disease, mutinies and uncharted waters nearly sabotaged the global circumnavigation of the expedition led by Portuguese mariner Ferdinand Magellan. Five centuries later, the pandemic looms as a Spanish navy tall ship sails to commemorate the feat. The Juan Sebastián de Elcano,...

Indonesia police: Top terror suspect mastermind of attacks

Dec. 14, 2020 9:09 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities said Monday that a top terror suspect arrested last week was the architect of a series of deadly attacks and sectarian conflicts in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Aris Sumarsono, known as Zulkarnaen, was arrested Thursday by counterterrorism...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2020, file photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte talks with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. Duterte has ruled out any cease-fire or resumption of long-stalled peace talks with communist guerrillas and renewed a vow to destroy the insurgents in his last two years in office. (Richard Madelo/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP, File)

US provides anti-bomb, snipers' equipment to Philippines

Dec. 8, 2020 10:49 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. defense chief announced Tuesday the delivery of nearly $30 million worth of weapons to the Philippines, which faces threats from Islamic State group-linked militants. Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Christopher Miller made the announcement during a brief visit to Manila,...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2020, file photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte talks with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. Duterte has ruled out any cease-fire or resumption of long-stalled peace talks with communist guerrillas and renewed a vow to destroy the insurgents in his last two years in office. (Richard Madelo/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP, File)

Duterte rules out Christmas truce with communist rebels

Dec. 8, 2020 12:10 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has ruled out any cease-fire or resumption of long-stalled peace talks with communist guerrillas and renewed a vow to destroy the insurgents in his last two years in office. President Rodrigo Duterte made the remarks Monday night after the military...

Police wearing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus check a burned patrol car in Datu Piang, Maguindanao province, southern Philippines on Friday Dec. 4, 2020. Dozens of Muslim militants aligned with the Islamic State group opened fire on a Philippine army detachment and burned a police patrol car in a southern town but withdrew after troops returned fire, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Ferdinandh Cabrera)

Militants open fire and burn police car in Philippine town

Dec. 3, 2020 10:11 PM EST

COTABATO, Philippines (AP) — Dozens of militants aligned with the Islamic State group opened fire on a Philippine army detachment and burned a police patrol car in a southern town but withdrew after troops returned fire, officials said Friday. There were no immediate reports of injuries in Thursday night's...

Democratic Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is seen at the State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. Romero called for a nighttime curfew Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Tucson to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying the virus is spreading rapidly and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew

Dec. 2, 2020 12:17 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. -- At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, the Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew will take effect Friday and run through Dec. 23. Romero says she sought the curfew...