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  • India says US politicizing religious riots in which 30 died

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India accused a U.S. government commission of politicizing communal violence in New Delhi that killed at least 30 people and injured more than 200 as President Donald Trump was visiting the country. The violent clashes between Hindu and Muslim mobs were the capital’s worst communal riots in decades and saw shops, […]
  • China to send ‘duck army’ to help Pakistan fight locusts

    BEIJING (AP) — China is planning to dispatch a 100,000-strong army of ducks to help Pakistan combat a massive locust infestation, a local newspaper reported Thursday. The legion of lotus-eating waterfowl will be sent from the eastern province of Zhejiang following the earlier dispatch of a team of Chinese experts to Pakistan to advise on […]
  • Australian campuses offer cash, discounts to China students

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian universities are offering Chinese students stranded in their homeland travel money and discounted tuition and the largest campus delayed the start of the academic year, trying to keep their lucrative enrollments amid a viral epidemic. Australia’s ban on travel from mainland China will not be lifted before classes begin at […]
  • New coronavirus reaches Latin America, first case in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Latin America saw its first confirmed case of the new coronavirus spreading worldwide when Brazil’s government announced that a 61-year-old man who traveled to Italy this month had the virus. The Brazilian man had spent two weeks in northern Italy’s Lombardy region on a work trip, where he contracted the […]
  • With first case, Latin America prepares for COVID-19 virus

    With Brazil reporting the first case of the COVID-19 virus, neighboring countries and other nations around Latin America were attempting to block the possible arrival of the virus. A glance at efforts across the region: — Peru was maintaining a team of specialists working around-the-clock shifts at Jorge Chávez International Airport, the main port of […]
  • Malaysian king meets Mahathir, who’s trying to be PM again

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad held an audience with the nation’s king on Thursday, fueling talks he may have the majority support to return as prime minister after his abrupt resignation and the collapse of his ruling coalition this week. Mahathir was summoned to the palace in the morning and left an […]
  • Mexico president ties shootout dead to drug consumption

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested Wednesday without offering evidence that most of those who die in Mexico’s cartel- and gang-fueled firefights are high on drugs or intoxicated, prompting criticism and questions about whether the claim was accurate. Speaking to journalists in his morning news conference, López Obrador said rising drug […]
  • With first case, Latin America prepares for COVID-19 virus

    With Brazil reporting the first case of the COVID-19 virus, neighboring countries and other nations around Latin America were attempting to block the possible arrival of the virus. A glance at efforts across the region: — Peru was maintaining a team of specialists working around-the-clock shifts at Jorge Chávez International Airport, the main port of […]
  • Romania’s president nominates finance minister to head govt

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s president nominated the country’s finance minister Wednesday to be the head of a new government. President Klaus Iohannis said he asked Finance Minister Florin Citu to form a new government and serve as prime minister. Romania’s centrist, minority government was ousted three weeks ago after losing a confidence vote in […]
  • North Macedonia: Death toll from cooking gas blast reaches 5

    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The death toll from a weekend cooking gas accident in a North Macedonian village climbed to five Wednesday after a severely injured woman died in hospital. All the deceased were members of the same family. Health authorities said the 36-year-old woman had burns on 80% of her body and had […]