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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2009 file photo, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan speaks during an interview in London. Bachchan has tested positive for COVID-19 and hospitalised in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital. In a tweet on Saturday, July 11, 2020, Bachchan, 77, said his family and staff have also undergone tests and results are awaited. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Bollywood's Amitabh Bachchan hospitalized with coronavirus

Jul. 11, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Amitabh Bachchan has tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalized in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, the Bollywood superstar announced Saturday on Twitter. Bachchan, 77, said in a tweet on Saturday that his family and staff have also undergone tests...

Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler looks at this cellphone outside the Nevada Legislature before the Assembly gaveled in for the fourth day of the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., Saturday, July 11, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Nevada lawmakers suspend session over virus case

Jul. 11, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada lawmakers have pumped the brakes on their emergency special session because someone in the legislative building has tested positive for the coronavirus. Gov. Steve Sisolak has convened the session so lawmakers can balance the state budget amid a projected $1.2 billion shortfall...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 18, 2020, file photo, a truck carrying the coffin of Indian army officer Colonel B. Santosh Babu, among the twenty Indian troops who were killed in the clash Monday night, arrives in Suryapet, about 140 kilometers from Hyderabad, India. India’s external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said Saturday, July 11, that Indian and Chinese troops are disengaging from a monthslong standoff along the countries' undemarcated border following a clash last month that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead. Indian officials say a standoff between the two armies began in early May when large contingents of Chinese soldiers entered deep inside Indian-controlled territory at three places in Ladakh. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

India says Indian, Chinese troops disengaging from standoff

Jul. 11, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s external affairs minister said Saturday that Indian and Chinese troops are disengaging from a monthslong standoff along the countries' undemarcated border following a clash last month that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar's remarks came a day...

A boy wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus plays inside an inflatable tube at a public park in Beijing, Saturday, July 11, 2020. New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Asia Today: Australia's Victoria state new cases drop to 216

Jul. 11, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

MELBOURNE Australia (AP) — The beleaguered Australian state of Victoria received some good news Saturday with health officials reporting 216 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from the record 288 the previous day. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said a man in his 90s died overnight while 49...

Indian forces kill 6 Naga rebels near Myanmar border

Jul. 11, 2020 1:37 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — India’s security forces killed six separatist Naga militants in an exchange of gunfire in a northeastern state bordering Myanmar, police said. The fighting took place early Saturday as India’s paramilitary soldiers and police officers raided a militant hideout in a thick...

Natalia Afonso, 27, an international student from Brazil at Brooklyn College, sits on a stoop outside her home during an interview, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. Afonso, who is studying teaching education and finished her first semester this spring, said she has lived in the U.S. for 7 years and

Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

Jul. 11, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic and being able to finish their studies in America. Students from countries as diverse as India,...

Health workers escorted by policemen arrive to screen people for COVID-19 symptoms at a slum in Mumbai, India, Friday, July 10, 2020. India has overtaken Russia to become the third worst-affected nation by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

AP Explains: Why India cases are rising to multiple peaks

Jul. 10, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — In just three weeks, India went from the world’s sixth worst-affected country by the coronavirus to the third, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. India's fragile health system was bolstered during a stringent monthslong lockdown but could still be overwhelmed by an...

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...

FILE - This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, shows the icon for TikTok in New York. Amazon has told employees to delete the popular video app TikTok from phones on which they use Amazon email, citing security risks from the China-owned app, according to reports and posts by Twitter users who said they were Amazon employees. The notice said employees must delete the app by Friday to keep access to Amazon email. Workers would still be allowed to use TikTok from an Amazon laptop browser. (AP Photo/File)

Amazon says email to employees banning TikTok was a mistake

Jul. 10, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

Roughly five hours after an internal email went out Friday to Amazon employees telling them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones, the online retailing giant appeared to backtrack, calling the ban a mistake. “This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error," Amazon...

Mudslides triggered by heavy rains kill 8 in northeast India

Jul. 10, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Landslides triggered by heavy rain on Friday have killed at least eight people in India’s remote northeast, a top government official said. They included four members of a family who were buried under a mudslide in Tigado, a village in Arunachal Pradesh state, said Pema Khandu, the...