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Asian markets gain on hopes Biden will act on economy, virus

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration as U.S. president Wednesday, though worries about surging coronavirus cases sapped the Japanese market's early gains. ...

Asia Today: China records dozens new cases, defends response

BEIJING (AP) — China’s capital Beijing recorded another seven coronavirus cases on Wednesday amid a lingering outbreak in the country’s north. Another 46 were recorded in Jilin prov...

India's 'living dead' struggle to reclaim their rights

Last year, Bhagwani Devi, a 70-year-old widow from Fakhruddinpur village in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, found out that she had been declared dead in official records. After her husband&...

DC on lockdown and on edge before Biden's inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will take place in a Washington on edge, after the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol unleashed a wave of fear and unmatched security conce...

Biden charts new US direction, promises many Trump reversals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stop. Stabilize. Then move — but in a vastly different direction. President-elect Joe Biden is pledging a new path for the nation after Donald Trump’s four years i...

Analysis: For Biden, chance to turn crisis into opportunity

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the 11 weeks since Election Day, the collision of crises confronting President-elect Joe Biden have gone from staggering to almost unimaginable. More than 170,0...

Taipei postpones Lantern Festival, cancels Dihua New Year Market

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Amid an expanding hospital coronavirus cluster, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on Wednesday (Jan. 20) announced that the city's lantern festival will be postponed and th...

Frontline worker suggests barring all arrivals amid Covid surge in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese frontline medical worker has expressed concern that the country's medical system will soon be stretched to capacity by the continuing increase in imported ...

3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open, total is 10

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Three more people linked to the Australian Open have tested positive for COVID-19 in Melbourne, increasing to 10 those associated with the Grand Slam tennis tournament whic...

UK lawyer quits Hong Kong team prosecuting activists

A British prosecutor hired by the Hong Kong government has pulled out of leading a team to prosecute a group of prominent Hong Kong dissidents, the city's Department of Justice said on Wednesday, ...

Australian geneticist debunks China's mink theory of Covid origin

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An Australian geneticist is disputing claims by China that minks may have been the source of the Wuhan coronavirus and puts to rest any notion that the pandemic started at...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's farewell falsehoods

On his way out, President Donald Trump claimed credit for things he didn't do and twisted his record on jobs, taxes, the pandemic and much more. Falsehoods suffused his farewell remarks to the country...

4 vaccine doses stolen in Mexico, oxygen tanks spark appeal

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Defense Department said Tuesday that four doses of coronavirus vaccine were stolen at a public hospital in Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City, probably by a hospital employee...

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli loses 2nd bid for early prison release

NEW YORK (AP) — That’s another no for the “Pharma Bro.” A federal judge has rejected convicted pharmaceutical executive’s Martin Shkreli’s second request to be let out of prison earl...

VIRUS TODAY: US death toll from COVID-19 passes 400,000

Here's what's happening Tuesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has topped 400,000 ...