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North Korea's Kim orders military to help curb COVID-19 outbreak

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un ordered his military to respond to a surge in suspected COVID-19 infections. Late last week, Pyongyang for the first time acknowledged that the country had faced...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: March 27 The Los Angeles Times argues that Ketanji Brown Jackson should swiftly be confirmed ...

Justice Thomas joins arguments remotely after hospital stay

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas participated in arguments at the Supreme Court via telephone rather than in person on Monday following a hospital stay of nearly a week. Chi...

Taiwan mayor to isolate after handing award to COVID-positive police officer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Keelung City Mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) will isolate for three days after a police officer he had given an award to was confirmed as a COVID-19 case Friday (March 25). Th...

What we know about Justice Clarence Thomas' hospitalization

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas remains hospitalized in Washington after being diagnosed with an infection but does not have COVID-19, the Supreme Court said Monday. The hi...

Newsom wants tax rebate, touts 'California Way' of governing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed sending money back to taxpayers to offset record-high gas prices but rejected calls to increase oil drilling, saying he wants to free th...

More protesters expected at thinning New Zealand blockade

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The number of cars and trucks blocking the streets outside New Zealand's Parliament was thinning Friday, although more protesters were expected to arrive for the weekend...

Rams fans cheer Super Bowl champs at LA victory parade

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald and the rest of the Los Angeles Rams celebrated their Super Bowl championship Wednesday with a victory parade and rollicking rally where ...

Postponements farce sees EPL explore tightening of rules

When Arsenal this week sent Pablo Mari away on loan and released Sead Kolasinac, trimming the squad looked perplexing for a club already struggling to muster a team to play. Folarin ...

UK virus hunting labs seek to bolster global variant network

LONDON (AP) — The air conditioners hum constantly in the lab at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, countering the heat thrown off by rows of high-tech sequencing machines that work seven days a week analy...

Uganda's schools reopen, ending world's longest lockdown

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's schools reopened to students on Monday, ending the world's longest school disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reopening caused traffic conges...

COVID case counts may be losing importance amid omicron

The explosive increase in U.S. coronavirus case counts is raising alarm, but some experts believe the focus should instead be on COVID-19 hospital admissions. And those aren’t climbing as fast. ...

Mask rule tightened in Taiwan's Taoyuan, airport following Omicron case

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced a tightening of mask rules for Taoyuan City and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport after a cleaning worker and h...

California 1st state to top 5M cases amid omicron surge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California became the first state to record more than 5 million known coronavirus infections, according to the state dashboard Tuesday, which was delayed by the holiday weeke...

Maryland governor tests positive for coronavirus, feels fine

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s governor announced Monday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing cold-like symptoms. Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted that he r...