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  • AP PHOTOS: Remnants of East Germany, 30 years after its end

    EISENACH, Germany (AP) — Thirty years after Germany was reunited, many once-decrepit city centers in the formerly communist east have been painstakingly restored and new factories have sprung up. But many companies and facilities didn’t survive the abrupt transition to capitalism. The mighty West German mark was introduced to East Germany on July 1, 1990 […]
  • Amnesty Int’l halts India operations, citing gov’t reprisals

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Human rights watchdog Amnesty International said Tuesday that it was halting its operation in India, citing reprisals from the government and the freezing of its bank accounts by Indian authorities. Amnesty International India said in a statement that the organization had laid off its staff in India and paused its ongoing […]
  • South Korea says slain man tried to defect to North Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Tuesday that a government official slain by North Korean sailors wanted to defect, concluding that the man, who had gambling debts, swam against unfavorable currents with the help of a life jacket and a floatation device and conveyed his intention of resettling in North Korea. It’s unclear […]
  • Nissan employee testifies against American on trial in Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — A Nissan employee testified Tuesday that he worked with another former Nissan executive, American Greg Kelly to find ways to pay the automaker’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn without fully disclosing his compensation. Toshiaki Ohnuma, a star witnesses for the prosecution, described to the Tokyo District Court his job in human resources at […]
  • Asia Today: Philippines placing southern city in lockdown

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One southern Philippine province and its war-battered capital will be placed under a mild lockdown next month and the rest of the country will be under more relaxed restrictions to boost the battered economy of the country counting the most coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia. President Rodrigo Duterte announced the quarantine […]
  • Mexico ups COVID-19 ‘estimate’ to 89,612 deaths

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico upped its “estimated” COVID-19 deaths to 89,612 on Monday, and boosted estimates of its total number of cases to 870,699, almost 137,000 more than it previously recognized. Even with the new estimated death toll, Mexico is still in fourth place world wide behind India, which has 95,542 deaths. But in […]
  • Mexico says drug cartels prey on mining companies

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico launched a special government guard force for mining operations Monday, admitting that drug cartels have preyed on the companies, many of which are foreign. The first 118 mine guards graduated Monday from a special training course. They are equipped with assault rifles. Public Safety Secretary Alfonso Durazo said “this will […]
  • Coronavirus remakes South Koreans’ Thanksgiving traditions

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The coronavirus forced 84-year-old Chung Seong-ran to do something new to celebrate South Korea’s Thanksgiving holiday instead of being visited by her daughter. With a welfare worker’s help, Chung sent a video greeting to her daughter for the first time in her life. “Please, always wear masks and be vigilant! […]
  • Quebec, Ontario in second COVID-19 wave; restrictions return

    TORONTO (AP) — Quebec is returning to a stepped-up lockdown in two of its biggest cities and the premier of Canada’s most populous province said he’s looking at all options after Ontario reported a record number of new cases on Monday. Quebec Premier Francois Legault said the two biggest cities in the Canadian province are […]
  • Gunmen on motorcycle kill journalist in Honduras

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot to death a journalist in Honduras who had worked in radio and television before starting his own social media information channel. A relative said Monday that journalist Luis Almendares was getting out of his car to visit a store when the attackers drove up and […]