UK defends new virus restrictions; critics say it's too late

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government on Tuesday defended its new three-tier system of COVID-19 risks and restrictions but critics suggested it was too little, too late amid reports that government’s own...

Coronavirus pandemic fuels sharp increase in Japanese suicide rate

This year, Japan's news headlines have been increasingly dominated by celebrity suicides: On May 23, it was the death of professional wrestler and reality TV star Hana Kimura, 22, and in July, TV ...

Lesson not learned: Europe unprepared as 2nd virus wave hits

ROME (AP) — Europe’s second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before flu season even started, with intensive care wards filling up again and bars shutting down. Making matters...

With Americans anxious to go out, walking tours pick up pace

CINCINNATI (AP) — With an eerily quiet and empty stadium plaza behind him, the tour guide tried to help people picture what they would have seen there more than 160 years earlier. Hi...

'AXA World Mental Health Day Live Chat' – Raise the community's awareness of the importance of mental health

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 10 October 2020 - To raise the community's awareness of the importance of mental health, AXA Hong Kong organised the 'AXA World Mental Health Day Live Chat' on Worl...

White House ups virus aid offer, resumes talks with Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is boosting its offer in up-and-down COVID-19 aid talks in hopes of an agreement before Election Day, even as President Donald Trump's most powerful GOP ally in the S...

2 years after Michael, Florida Panhandle recovery goes on

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Much of the blue tarps that covered the battered homes across Florida's Panhandle are gone, as the scars from Hurricane Michael two years ago begin to fade. Homes and business...

UK jury: Police restraint of Black man contributed to death

LONDON (AP) — London police officers' decision to handcuff a mentally ill Black man even as he told them “I can't breathe" was inappropriate and contributed to his death in 2018, a coroner's jury foun...

McConnell says no COVID-19 bill likely before Election Day

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's most powerful GOP ally in the Senate said Friday that Congress is unlikely to deliver another big COVID-19 relief bill before the election, casting doubt on ...

Japan's 'yami kawaii' culture breaks down mental health barriers

To the outside observer, the "yami kawaii" subculture of Japanese fashion can be unsettling, disturbing. It brings together the cute pinks and pastels of more mainstream "kawaii culture...

'Jurassic Park' to 'Apocalypse Now': USOPC faces steep climb

DENVER (AP) — Even before the coronavirus pandemic wiped the Summer Olympics off the 2020 sports calendar, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee was an organization in peril. In...

Brazil strains at quarantine as virus cases pass 5 million

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dozens of people converged on the cobblestone streets of downtown Rio de Janeiro for its traditional Pedra do Sal samba party — the first since the pandemic began — and it seemed...

'Empire' star Taraji P. Henson hailed for mental health work

“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson has enjoyed wealth, celebrity, a Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nomination. But behind the scenes, she's battled anxiety and depression. On Thur...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Oct. 7 The San Francisco Chronicle on President Donald Trump being diagnosed ...

Bollywood actress at the center of media frenzy granted bail

NEW DELHI (AP) — A Bollywood actress who was arrested by India's narcotics agency, setting off a media frenzy that has gripped the nation, walked out of jail on Wednesday after being granted bail. ...