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New Zealand scrambles to find source of new virus infections

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Health authorities in New Zealand were scrambling Wednesday to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city went back into lockdown.


Asia Today: Victoria adds 21 deaths, Singapore clears dorms

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - The Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday reported a record 21 virus deaths and 410 new cases from an outbreak in the city of Melbourne that has prompted a strict lockdown.


As Hong Kongers seek to emigrate, some simply can't leave

HONG KONG (AP) - Pamela Lam's 6-year-old son fell in love with the Hong Kong protest anthem, 'Glory to Hong Kong', the first time he heard it, and he loves singing it, at home, in the shower, and sometimes on the streets.


1000s of Korean laborers still lost after WWII, Cold War end

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Shin Yun-sun describes her life as a maze of dead ends.


Ganges River flows with history and prophecy for India

ALONG THE GANGES, India (AP) - More than 2,000 years ago, a powerful king built a fort on the banks of India's holiest river, on the fringes of what is now a vast industrial city.


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Taliban bomber hits Pakistani army vehicle in NW, wounding 3

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near a military vehicle carrying a brigadier and two junior officers in a former tribal region in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, wounding all three, officials said.


Hong Kong residents defend free press as China cracks down

HONG KONG (AP) - Last year, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong to demand full democracy, many egged on by a tabloid newspaper critical of China's ruling Communist Party.


Taliban warn against attacks on freed prisoners going home

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Ahead of an upcoming release of Taliban detainees held in Afghan prisons, the insurgent group warned the government in Kabul on Tuesday against any attacks on those released, saying such incidents would jeopardize the peace talks.


Thai deputy prosecutor quits to aid probe over Red Bull case

BANGKOK (AP) - The Attorney General's Office in Thailand has set up a committee to investigate whether it followed the law in dropping the last criminal charge against a scion of the Red Bull energy drink empire who was involved in a traffic accident almost eight years ago in which a motorcycle policeman was killed.


Police probe claims that Indian army faked Kashmir gunbattle

SRINAGAR, India (AP) - Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir said Tuesday they are investigating allegations by three families that three of their relatives were killed by the military in a staged gunbattle and buried as unidentified militants.


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Asia Today: New Zealand reports 1st local cases in 102 days

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.


Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.


Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days.


Japan tech giant SoftBank's profits rise on investments

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese technology giant SoftBank Group Corp.'s said Tuesday that its profit rose 12% in April-June from a year earlier as its investments added to its coffers, including sales of its shares in U.S. carrier T-Mobile.


Taiwan says virus aid sent quietly to avoid Beijing protests

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwan sent COVID-19 assistance to foreign countries surreptitiously to avoid protests from China, its foreign minister said Tuesday during a meeting with the highest-level American official to visit the island in four decades.


Malaysia's ex-finance minister, wife charged with graft

PENANG, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia's former finance minister accused the government of taking political vengeance Tuesday after a third graft charge was filed against him and his wife was charged with money laundering.


Unprecedented open criticism of king aired at Thai protest

PATHUM THANI, Thailand (AP) - Student leaders in Thailand delivered an unprecedented challenge to the country's constitutional monarchy on Monday, strongly criticizing the king and demanding changes to lessen what they believe is its anti-democratic nature.


Hong Kong newspaper raided, tycoon detained under new law

HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong authorities arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai on Monday, broadening their enforcement of a new national security law and stoking fears of a crackdown on the semi-autonomous region's free press. Police were seen carting away boxes of what they said was evidence at Lai's pro-democracy Next Digital headquarters.


Asia Today: Melbourne deaths rise at aged-care facilities

SYDNEY (AP) - Australia has reported the fewest number of new daily cases in its virus hotspot, Melbourne, since last month. But it also reported the nation's highest daily death total since the virus outbreak began.


China sanctions 11 US politicians, heads of organizations

BEIJING (AP) - China on Monday announced unspecified sanctions against 11 U.S. politicians and heads of organizations promoting democratic causes, including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who have already been singled out by Beijing.


Shares mostly lower in Asia after retreat on Wall Street

A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after Wall Street pumped the brakes on its recent rally. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

UN council at odds over peacekeeping operation in Lebanon

People gather in honor of the victims at the scene of the last week's explosion that killed many and devastated the city, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

No charges for many arrested at ongoing Portland protests

Demetria Hester, center, speaks to the media after being released from the Multnomah County Justice Center on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Hester became a leading activist in the racial justice movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago. Authorities said Hester won't be charged following her arrest early Monday. Hester had been booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer during the protest that began Sunday night. Hester's arrest drew a sharp rebuke from national Black Lives Matter activists, who are increasingly focusing on demonstrations in Oregon's largest city. (Brooke Herbert/The Oregonian via AP)

Interest in homeschooling has 'exploded' amid pandemic

In this May 5, 2020, photo provided by Christina Rothermel Branham, is her son James, doing school work at their Tahlequah, Oklahoma home. Branham, a psychology and counseling professor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, said she is going to attempt virtual learning through her local school district for her son. But she plans to switch to a homeschooling curriculum of her choosing if it isn't going well after about a month, noting that the virtual learning she oversaw in the spring was

Harris brings Baptist, interfaith roots to Democratic ticket

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., meets people before a Corinthian Baptist Church service, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Harris, tapped on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 as Joe Biden's running mate, attended services at both a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple growing up. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Children in Beirut suffer from trauma after deadly blast

Three-year-old Abed Achi lies on a sofa at his family house in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Abed was playing with his Lego blocks when the huge blast ripped through Beirut, shattering the nearby glass doors. He had cuts on his tiny arms and feet, a head injury, and was taken to the emergency room, where he sat amid other bleeding people. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Political novices drawn to anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel

Shachar Oren, 25, whistles during a protest against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside his residence in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. The boisterous rallies against Netanyahu have brought out a new breed of first-time protesters -- young, middle-class Israelis who have little history of political activity but feel that Netanyahu's scandal-plagued rule and his handling of the coronavirus crisis have robbed them of their futures. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Iraq military says Turkish drone kills 2 senior commanders
Israeli PM's uneasy alliance seems headed toward collapse

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 file photo, demonstrators wear mask depicting Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister and coalition partner Benny Gantz, right, during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel. When  Netanyahu and his rival, Gantz, agreed to form an

Egyptians vote for revived upper house of Parliament

Election officials wait for people to vote on the first day of the Senate elections inside a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Egyptians started voting on Tuesday for the Senate, the upper chamber of parliament that was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year - an election that comes as the country faces an uptick in daily numbers of new coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

UK economy officially in recession after 20.4% Q2 slump
Protests in Belarus continue despite challenger's departure

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, candidate for the presidential elections, speaks at a news conference after the Belarusian presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020.The country's central election commission said that with all ballots counted, Lukashenko, who has led Belarus for 26 years, took 80.23% of the vote and his main opposition challenger, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, had only 9.9%.

Scientists uneasy as Russia approves 1st coronavirus vaccine

In this handout photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and provided by Russian Direct Investment Fund, a new vaccine is on display at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. Russia on Tuesday, Aug. 11 became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine for use in tens of thousands of its citizens despite international skepticism about injections that have not completed clinical trials and were studied in only dozens of people for less than two months. (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)

Dutch government plans to tighten virus quarantine measures
EU's top diplomat says bloc to review ties with Belarus, mulls action over vote crackdown
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