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China’s central bank says Evergrande risks ‘controllable’

BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank said Friday that financial risks from China Evergrande Group's debt problems are "controllable" and unlikely to spill over, amid growing investor concerns that the crisis could ripple through other developers. Evergrande is the world's most indebted ...

China’s Shenzhou-13 spacecraft docks for 6-month mission

BEIJING (AP) — China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft carrying three Chinese astronauts docked Saturday at its space station, kicking off a record-setting six-month stay as the country moves toward completing the new orbiting outpost. The spacecraft was launched by a Long March-2F rocket at 12:23 ...

Australian state to end quarantine for vaccinated travelers

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney will end hotel quarantine for vaccinated passengers when scheduled international flights restart in Australia within two weeks, officials said on Friday, while maintaining some restrictions on foreigners entering the country. Vaccinated travelers who test ...

UK: 43,000 may have received false negative COVID results

LONDON (AP) — British health officials said Friday that 43,000 people may have been wrongly told they don't have the coronavirus because of problems at a private laboratory. The U.K. Health Security Agency said the Immensa Health Clinic Ltd. lab in the central England city of Wolverhampton ...

Protests greet debut of Italy’s workplace COVID pass rule

ROME (AP) — Protests erupted in Italy on Friday as one of the most stringent anti-coronavirus measures in Europe went into effect, requiring all workers, from magistrates to maids, to show a health pass to get into their place of employment. Police were out in force, some schools ended ...

India reopens for foreign tourists as virus infections ebb

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reopened to fully vaccinated foreign tourists traveling on chartered flights on Friday in the latest easing of its coronavirus restrictions as infection numbers decline. Foreign tourists on regular flights will be able to enter India starting Nov. 15. It is the first ...

Russia struggles to meet global orders for Sputnik V vaccine

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Esperita García de Perez got her first vaccination against COVID-19 in May. That, along with her Catholic faith, made her feel better protected against the virus, and she had hoped to get her second shot of the Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine a few weeks ...

New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at ‘Vaxathon’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand health care workers administered a record number of vaccine jabs Saturday as the nation held a festival aimed at getting more people inoculated against the coronavirus. Musicians, sports stars and celebrities pitched in for the "Vaxathon" event ...

Moderate earthquake rocks Bali, killing at least 3

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit Indonesia's resort island of Bali early Saturday, killing at least three people and destroying dozens of homes. The quake hit just before dawn, causing people to run outdoors in a panic. It struck just after the ...

Leaders pay tribute at church where British lawmaker killed

LEIGH-ON-SEA, England (AP) — Leaders from across the political spectrum came together Saturday to pay tribute to a long-serving British lawmaker who was stabbed to death in what police have described as a terrorist incident. Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the leader of the main ...

Prince William: Before travelling to space, save the planet

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince William has criticized some of the world's richest men for using their wealth to fund a new space race and space tourism rather than trying to fix the problems on Earth instead. William voiced his disapproval in an interview with the BBC aired Thursday, a day ...

Merkel: ‘very hard work’ ahead to achieve EU climate goals

MADRID (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel predicted Thursday that achieving European Union targets for slashing emissions that cause global warming will be "very hard work." The so-called European Green Deal, agreed last December, provides a blueprint for cutting gas emissions by 55% ...

Africa detecting just 1 in 7 COVID-19 cases, says WHO study

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Only one in seven COVID-19 infections in Africa are being detected, meaning the continent's estimated infection level may be 59 million people, according to a new study by the World Health Organization. "With limited testing, we're still flying blind in far ...

Greece: Severe storm, floods batter Athens, fire-hit island

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Severe storms swept across Greece Thursday, flooding hundreds of homes in Athens and prompting evacuations on the island of Evia that was ravaged by summer wildfires. Rescuers were also preparing to use helicopters to lift stranded people off rooftops in flooded and ...

Relatives make painstaking searches for Mexico’s missing

CUAUTLA, Mexico (AP) — Two young volunteers dressed in long sleeves, jeans and face masks dig into the steep side of stream bank reeking of sewage that flows from a shopping center. Neither the overpowering stench, the piles of garbage, nor the suffocating heat stops them in their desperate ...

Norway mourns bow-and-arrow victims, recalls 2011 attack

HELSINKI (AP) — Many Norwegians recall it all too well: politicians, residents and Norway's royal family together mourning an act of home-grown mass violence that profoundly shook a Scandinavian nation where such tragedies are rare. A bow-and-arrow attack that killed five people and wounded ...

ASEAN ministers mull censuring Myanmar for hindering envoy

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia's top diplomats will discuss in an emergency meeting Friday whether to allow Myanmar's military leader to attend an annual summit after a crisis envoy was barred from meeting ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Association of Southeast Asian ...

Gunbattles erupt during protest of Beirut blast probe; 6 die

BEIRUT (AP) — Heavy gunfire broke out Thursday in Beirut during a protest organized by the Hezbollah group against the judge leading the probe into last year's blast in the city's port. At least six people were killed and dozens wounded in the most violent street fighting in the Lebanese ...

Myanmar bars Suu Kyi’s lawyer from talking about her cases

BANGKOK (AP) — The main lawyer for Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is being tried on multiple criminal charges, said late Thursday he has been issued a gag order barring him from talking about her cases. Lawyer Khin Maung Zaw wrote on his Facebook page that the action against ...

US: Nicaragua’s elections ‘have lost all credibility’

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Thursday that next month's presidential elections in Nicaragua "have lost all credibility" because of President Daniel Ortega's arrests of critics and seven potential challengers. Starting in May, Ortega began arresting almost any ...