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The Latest: Utility regulator shares discredited theories

May. 08, 2021 21:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX — An elected Arizona utility regulator has shared discredited conspiracy theories while trying to persuade energy and power providers not to require their employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Arizona Republic reports that Arizona Corporation Commission...

Asia Today: Fiji sequesters hospital staff after COVID death

May. 06, 2021 04:53 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The military and police in the Pacific nation of Fiji have surrounded and locked down a major hospital amid concerns of a growing virus outbreak. Health authorities say they’re quarantining 400 patients, doctors, nurses and staff within...

SKorea dairy company CEO resigns over virus research scandal

May. 04, 2021 07:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The chairman of one of South Korea’s biggest dairy companies has resigned over a scandal in which his company was accused of deliberately spreading misinformation that its yogurt helps prevent coronavirus infections. While stepping down as...

South Korea: North Koreans pull out of World Cup qualifying

May. 04, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials say North Korea has told soccer’s Asian governing body it will not participate in World Cup qualifiers next month because of coronavirus concerns. Kim Min-soo, an official from the Seoul-based Korean Football...

The Latest: Sri Lanka receives 1st batch of Sputnik V shots

May. 03, 2021 23:51 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka has received its first batch of the Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. The 15,000 doses were flown in early hours of Tuesday to the Indian ocean island nation which is struggling to obtain COVID-19 vaccines because of the delay in getting them...

Virus surge, vaccine shortages spread beyond India's borders

Apr. 30, 2021 06:42 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — India has tried to fight skyrocketing coronavirus infections by increasing its production of vaccines and banning their export, cutting off supplies to neighbors such as Bangladesh and Nepal as they struggle with infection surges of their own. ...

Sri Lankan Cabinet approves proposed ban on burqas in public

Apr. 27, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposed ban on wearing full-face veils including Muslim burqas in public, citing national security grounds, despite a U.N. expert's comment that it would violate international law. The Cabinet...

China says India welcome at anti-virus video meeting

Apr. 27, 2021 06:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China will hold a video conference with South Asian governments to discuss fighting the coronavirus and India is welcome to join, Beijing's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, amid ongoing tensions with New Delhi over border clashes. China organized Tuesday's...

Asia Today: India records 320K cases as foreign help arrives

Apr. 27, 2021 05:55 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India recorded more than 320,000 new cases of coronavirus infection Tuesday as a grim surge of illness and death weighed on the country and its sinking health system started getting much-needed support from foreign nations. Tuesday’s 323,144 new...

The Latest: Ontario getting military help for pandemic surge

Apr. 26, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

TORONTO — The government of Ontario will be getting help from Canada’s military in dealing with a surge of coronavirus infections, while several other Canadian provinces are tightening health restrictions in hopes of avoiding a similar situation. Ontario’s solicitor...