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More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as sc...

Freedom or folly? UK's end to mandatory masks sows confusion

LONDON (AP) — For many, it’s common courtesy or a sensible precaution. For others, it's an imposition, a daily irritation. The face mask — a highly charged source of debate, confusio...

Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A stream of marching bands joyously paraded through Bethlehem on Thursday, but few people were there to greet them as the coronavirus pandemic and a strict lockdown dampene...

Taiwan may help if Hong Kong violence expands

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s top diplomat says his government stands with Hong Kong citizens pushing for “freedom and democracy,” and would help those displaced from the semi...

Islamic State leader leaves a legacy of terror

BEIRUT (AP) — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sought to establish an Islamic "caliphate" across Syria and Iraq, but he might be remembered more as the ruthlessly calculating leader of the Islamic State group who...

Islamic State leader leaves a legacy of terror

BEIRUT (AP) — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sought to establish a new Islamic "caliphate" across Syria and Iraq, but he might be remembered more as the ruthlessly calculating militant leader of the Islamic Sta...

Seoul sees US, NKorea diplomacy as contrast to Iran tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior South Korean official says the U.S. and North Korea are maintaining a strong commitment to diplomatically resolve their nuclear standoff. Unificati...

Seoul: US, N Korea in talks to set up 3rd Trump-Kim summit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean and U.S. officials are holding "behind-the-scenes talks" to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate...

Kiichiro Sato, Foster Klug named to leadership posts in Asia

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press is bolstering its coverage of Asia by naming an experienced photo editor and a seasoned foreign correspondent to key leadership posts in Tokyo. Ki...

Vineeta Deepak to lead AP's coverage of South Asia region

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a reg...

Ken Moritsugu named to lead AP's news coverage of China

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press on Thursday named Ken Moritsugu, an accomplished reporter, editor and news leader with extensive experience in Asia, as its new Greater China News Director. ...

Analysis: Even without a deal, Kim makes gains at summit

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — As Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump took their seats across from each other at the negotiating table, the North Korean leader confidently told reporters he had a gut feelin...

Royals' roles in politics vary, but few join electoral fray

BANGKOK (AP) — The selection of the elder sister of Thailand's king as a political party nominee for prime minister has upended a tradition of the palace playing no public role in politics. Most but n...

AP names Patrick Quinn as deputy news director in Asia

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press on Tuesday named a seasoned news manager with experience leading coverage from North Africa to Pakistan to help drive its daily multi-format news report in the Asia...

5 of 7 nations hit by US travel ban are majority Muslim

The seven nations under the Trump administration's travel ban — upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — include five majority Muslim countries, prompting dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor to assert that t...