Fire hits building at Indian producer of COVID-19 vaccines

PUNE, India (AP) - A fire broke out Thursday at a building under construction at Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, possibly affecting its future expansion of COVID-19 vaccine production.

India gives 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - India sent 1 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine to Nepal on Thursday, a gift that is likely to help repair strained ties between the two neighbors.

Fire hits factory belonging to Serum Institute of India, world's largest vaccine maker; COVID-19 vaccine not affected

NEW DELHI (AP) - Fire hits factory belonging to Serum Institute of India, world's largest vaccine maker; COVID-19 vaccine not affected.

China hopes for cooperation, better relations under Biden

BEIJING (AP) - China on Thursday expressed hope the Biden administration will improve prospects for people of both countries and give a boost to relations after an especially rocky patch, while getting in a few final digs at former Trump officials.

Analysis: Biden faces a more confident China after US chaos

BEIJING (AP) - As a new U.S. president takes office, he faces a determined Chinese leadership that could be further emboldened by America's troubles at home.

Asia Today: Sri Lanka reopens to tourists after 10 months

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lanka reopened to foreign tourists Thursday after a nearly 10-month pandemic closure that cut deeply into the Indian Ocean island nation's lucrative travel industry.

Indian village cheers for Harris during swearing-in as US VP

THULASENDRAPURAM, India (AP) - With chants of "Long live Kamala Harris," fireworks and prayers, residents of a tiny Indian village celebrated her inauguration as U.S. vice president.

Trapped worker dies as rescuers try to save 21 in China mine

BEIJING (AP) - A worker trapped in a Chinese gold mine for more than a week has died as rescuers try to clear debris and improve ventilation to save 21 others also stuck deep below ground, state media reported Thursday.

EXPLAINER: What's next after US accused China of genocide

BEIJING (AP) - The U.S.'s accusation of genocide against China touches on a hot-button human rights issue between China and the West.

Officials: Roadside bomb wounds 11 troops in SW Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) - A roadside bomb exploded near a Pakistani paramilitary vehicle in a remote area of southwestern Baluchistan province Wednesday, wounding at least 11 troops, security officials said.

Pakistan says test-fire of medium-range missile a success

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan on Wednesday successfully test-fired a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 2,750 kilometers (about 1,700 miles), the military said.

Asia Today: China records new cases, defends response

BEIJING (AP) - China's capital, Beijing, recorded seven more coronavirus cases on Wednesday amid a lingering outbreak in the country's north.

China labels Pompeo 'doomsday clown' over genocide claims

BEIJING (AP) - China's Foreign Ministry described outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday as a "doomsday clown" and said his designation of China as a perpetrator of genocide and crimes against humanity was merely "a piece of wastepaper."

Popular Thai politician charged with defaming monarchy

BANGKOK (AP) - Thai officials on Wednesday filed criminal charges against a popular former politician, accusing him of defaming the monarchy by broadcasting criticism of government efforts to secure supplies of coronavirus vaccines.

India starts supplying COVID-19 shots to neighboring nations

NEW DELHI (AP) - India began supplying coronavirus vaccines to its neighboring countries on Wednesday, as the world's largest vaccine making nation strikes a balance between maintaining enough doses to inoculate its own people and helping developing countries without the capacity to produce their own shots.

Jack's back: Chinese e-tycoon ends silence with online video

BEIJING (AP) - China's highest-profile entrepreneur, Jack Ma, appeared Wednesday in an online video, ending a 2 1/2-month absence from public view that prompted speculation about the future of the e-commerce billionaire and his Alibaba Group.

Businesses reopen as searchers dig in Indonesia quake rubble

MAMUJU, Indonesia (AP) - Grocery stores, gas stations and other shops were reopening Wednesday in a quake-hit Indonesian city where debris still covered streets and searchers continued to dig in the rubble for more victims.

UN: Pandemic, surging food prices leave many in Asia hungry

United Nations agencies are warning that more than 350 million people in the Asia-Pacific region are going hungry as the coronavirus pandemic destroys jobs and pushes food prices higher.

American who enthused Bali was queer-friendly being deported

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) - An American graphic designer is being deported from the Indonesian resort island of Bali over her viral tweets that celebrated it as a low-cost, queer-friendly place for foreigners to live.

AP Photos: Snow fills Kashmir resort with tourists again

GULMARG, India (AP) - Snow lies knee-deep in the pastoral town of Gulmarg, or "meadow of flowers," on Indian-controlled Kashmir's high plateau.

Protesters gather, damage Democratic headquarters in Oregon

A group of protesters carrying anti-President Joe Biden and anti-police signs marched in the streets and damaged the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Portland, Ore. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

Powerball jackpot winner worth $731.1M sold in Maryland

Jacqueline Donahue of Hazleton, right, buys la Mega Millions lottery ticket at the Anthracite Newsstand on Public Square, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

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China hopes for cooperation, better relations under Biden

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus looks into a souvenir shop displaying various of stickers, one of them showing a former U.S. President Donald Trump caricature, in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday. In a statement released just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing slapped travel bans and business restrictions on Trump's secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O'Brien and U.N. ambassador, Kelly Craft. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Analysis: Biden faces a more confident China after US chaos

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as they pose for photos at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool, File)

British FM in Khartoum to discuss Sudan-Ethiopia tension
Dubai halts live entertainment amid surge in virus cases

A singer performs at a nightclub in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 5, 2020. On Thursday, Jan 21, 2021, Dubai's tourism authorities announced an immediate halt to all live music and shows at hotels and restaurants as coronavirus cases surged to unseen heights over recent weeks. The UAE also ordered the suspension of all non-urgent surgeries to deal with an influx of new COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Twin suicide bombings rock central Baghdad, at least 28 dead

Security forces work at the site of a deadly bomb attack in a market selling used clothes, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Twin suicide bombings hit Iraq's capital Thursday killing and wounding civilians, police and state TV said.

Iraqi military says death toll in twin suicide bombings in Baghdad rises to at least 28 dead, 73 wounded
Iraqi State TV reports suicide bombing in central Baghdad, unknown number of casualties
Virus pushes storied Paris fan museum to brink of folding

Anne Hoguet, 74, fan maker and director of the hand fan-making museum poses with a wood roasted hand fan representing a falcon hunt, gouache painting g on paper from 1880 at the museum in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Just like the leaves of its gilded fans, France's storied hand fan-making museum could fold up and vanish. The splendid Musee de l'Eventail in Paris, a classed historical monument, is the culture world's latest coronavirus victim. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Restructuring Norwegian Air to get government support

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, June 12, 2017, showing a Boeing 787 airplane being built for Norwegian Air Shuttle is shown at Boeing Co.'s assembly facility, in Everett, Wash, USA. Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle said Thursday Jan. 14, 2021, it will focus on European destinations and close its long-haul operations as it struggles with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and debt restructuring. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, FILE)

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Fauci lays out Biden's support for WHO after Trump criticism

Stephen Taren, who owns Wet Paint Printing + Design in Wilkes-Barre, puts his arm around a life-sized cutout of Joe Biden with Dr. Anthony Fauci, right, and former President Obama, Tuesday Jan. 19, 2021 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Dr. Anthony Fauci says the US will join World Health Organization project to deploy vaccines around the world