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N. Korea reports another jump in suspected COVID-19 cases

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea on Wednesday reported 232,880 new cases of fever and another six deaths as leader Kim Jong Un accused officials of "immaturity" and "slackness" in handling the escalating COVID-19 outbreak ravaging across the unvaccinated nation.


Activists ask top court to void Marcos Jr's presidential win

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Human rights activists have asked the Philippine Supreme Court to block Congress from proclaiming Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as the next president, alleging that he lied when he said he had not been convicted of any crime.


Censure vote vs. Sri Lankan leader fails as crisis simmers

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lanka's governing party on Tuesday defeated a move in Parliament to urgently debate a motion that would censure President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the nation's worst economic crisis, which the prime minister said has left only enough gasoline for one day.


Military says shootout kills 2 Pakistani Taliban commanders

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Security forces killed two local Pakistani Taliban commanders in a shootout Tuesday in a former militant stronghold in the country's northwest, the military said.


Students protest, discontent grows over China's COVID policy

BEIJING (AP) - Administrators at an elite Beijing university have backed down from plans to further tighten pandemic restrictions on students as part of China's "zero-COVID" strategy after a weekend protest at the school, according to students Tuesday.


Indonesia lifts outdoor mask mandate as COVID-19 wanes

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesia is lifting its outdoor mask mandate because its COVID-19 outbreak is increasing under control, President Joko Widodo said Tuesday. However, a mask mandate remains in place for indoor activities and public transportation, he said.


N. Korea's Kim faces 'huge dilemma' on aid as virus surges

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - During more than a decade as North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un has made "self-reliance" his governing lynchpin, shunning international help and striving instead for domestic strategies to fix his battered economy.


Japan to allow limited foreign package tours as experiment

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's government announced Tuesday it will begin allowing small package tours from four countries later this month before gradually opening up to foreign tourism for the first time since it imposed tight border restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Heavy rains trigger floods in northeast India, killing 11

GAUHATI, India (AP) - At least 11 people have died in floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains in India's remote northeast region, officials said Tuesday.


North Korea reports another fever surge amid COVID-19 crisis

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea on Tuesday reported another large jump in illnesses believed to be COVID-19 and encouraged good health habits, as a mass outbreak spreads through its unvaccinated population and military officers were deployed to distribute medicine.


Musk's China ties add potential risks to Twitter purchase

BEIJING (AP) - Elon Musk's ties to China through his role as electric car brand Tesla's biggest shareholder could add complexity to his bid to buy Twitter.


Filipinos protest Marcos Jr.'s private Australian visit

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Members of Australia's Filipino community protested Tuesday outside a Melbourne apartment building where the Philippines' presumptive next president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., was reportedly visiting his son.


Taiwan's president condemns California church shooting

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwan's president has condemned the shooting at a Taiwanese church in California by a man reportedly driven by hatred of the island, while a lawmaker from her ruling party questioned whether Chinese propaganda was a motivating factor behind the violence.


Uyghur county in China has highest prison rate in the world

BEIJING (AP) - Nearly one in 25 people in a county in the Uyghur heartland of China has been sentenced to prison on terrorism-related charges, in what is the highest known imprisonment rate in the world, an Associated Press review of leaked data shows.


Pakistan arrests woman allegedly targeting Chinese workers

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani security forces acting on intelligence arrested a woman who was allegedly planning attacks on Chinese working on construction projects in the southwest, authorities said Monday.


Sri Lanka proposes privatizing national airline amid crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lanka's new prime minister on Monday proposed privatizing the country's loss-making national airline as part of reforms aimed at solving the country worst economic crisis in decades.


Kim blasts pandemic response as North Korean outbreak surges

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un criticized officials over slow medicine deliveries and mobilized the military to respond to a surge in suspected COVID-19 infections, as his nation struggled to contain a fever that has reportedly killed dozens and sickened nearly a million others in a span of three days.


Indonesia tourist bus smashes into billboard, killing 14

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) - A tourist bus with an apparently drowsy driver slammed into a billboard Monday on a highway on Indonesia's main island of Java, killing at least 14 people and injuring 19 others, police said.


Shanghai says lockdown to ease as virus spread mostly ends

BEIJING (AP) - Most of Shanghai has stopped the spread of the coronavirus in the community and fewer than 1 million people remain under strict lockdown, authorities said Monday, as the city moves toward reopening and economic data showed the gloomy impact of China's "zero-COVID" policy.


Former Australian envoy says Australia's lost Pacific trust

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A former Australian envoy to the Solomons Islands has accused Australia's government of losing the trust of South Pacific island countries and of ushering in greater Chinese influence.


New Mexico fires prompt forest closures, governor seeks aid

Fire rages along a ridgeline east of highway 518 near the Taos County line as firefighters from all over the country converge on Northern New Mexico to battle the Hermit's Peak and Calf Canyon fires on May 13, 2022. (Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

US to ease a few economic sanctions against Venezuela

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DA: Church gunman wanted to 'execute' as many as possible

A man places flowers at a memorial honoring Dr. John Cheng sits outside his office building on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Cheng, 52, was killed in Sunday's shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Ratepayer advocates seek protections in offshore wind case

Joseph Reid, of McGuireWoods, representing Dominion, right, speaks as commissioners, Jehmal Hudson, top left, and Judith Williams Jagdmann, top center, listen during a meeting of the State Corporations Commission Tuesday May 17, 2022, in Richmond, Va. The commission was reviewing an application for Dominion's offshore wind project. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Louisiana bill limiting trans athletes nears governor's desk
Egypt: Mubarak son says family clear of corruption charges
Clashes break out in Tripoli, drive rival Libyan PM away

Forces loyal to Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, one of Libya's two rival prime ministers, secure the streets of the capital, Tripoli, Tuesday May, 17, 2022. Clashes broke out in Tripoli after Dbeibah's rival, Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha, announced his arrival in the city on Tuesday morning. But Bashagha left soon after the fighting started. (AP Photo/Yousef Murad)

Iran inaugurates new drone production line in Tajikistan
Turkish president in UAE to pay respects, deepening detente

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, center, walk before a meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Erdogan travelled to Abu Dhabi Tuesday to offer his condolences on the death of the United Arab Emirates' late ruler and meet with the federation's newly ascended president. Erdogan met with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who ascended the presidency following the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. (Turkish Presidency via AP)

Hezbollah, allies lose majority in Lebanon's parliament

Lebanese Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi, center, speaks during a press conference about Sunday's parliamentary elections, at the interior ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, May 16, 2022. Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group and its allies suffered losses in this weekend's parliamentary elections, with preliminary results Monday showing some of their most vocal opponents picking up more seats and several of their traditional partners routed out of the legislature. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

In this photo taken from video released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, wounded Ukrainian servicemen lay in a bus as they are being evacuated as they are being evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine. More than 260 fighters, some severely wounded, were pulled from a steel plant on Monday that is the last redoubt of Ukrainian fighters in the city and transported to two towns controlled by separatists, officials on both sides said. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Eagles of Death Metal members testify about Bataclan attack

Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes, center, and guitarist Eden Galindo, center right, answer reporters outside the special court room, Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in Paris. Performers from rock band Eagles of Death Metal are appearing in a Paris court to testify about the night Islamic State extremists stormed their concert at the Bataclan theater, killing scores of people in France's worst terrorist attack in generations. The band members, singer Jesse Hughes and guitarist Eden Galindo, are among the survivors and witnesses to the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks, and are civil parties to the case. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Fall of Mariupol appears at hand; fighters leave steel plant

Ukrainian servicemen sit in a bus after they were evacuated from the besieged Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant, near a remand prison in Olyonivka, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. More than 260 fighters, some severely wounded, were pulled from a steel plant on Monday that is the last redoubt of Ukrainian fighters in the city and transported to two towns controlled by separatists, officials on both sides said. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)

Zelenskyy opens Cannes Film Festival, links war and cinema

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy appears via remote during the opening ceremony of the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Ruined Mariupol now forever etched in Ukraine's history

FILE - Fire erupts at an apartment building in Mariupol, Ukraine, after a Russian tank opens fire on March 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)