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New Zealand to fully reopen borders, welcome skilled workers

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand will reopen its borders to tourists from all countries by July, allow back cruise ships and make it easier for skilled workers to immigrate as it looks outwa...

Will China's coronavirus surge force Beijing to rethink 'zero-COVID' strategy?

Chinese authorities are again putting millions of people under strict lockdowns as the omicron variant is driving local transmission of coronavirus cases to levels not seen since the first outbreak in...

Mexican president opens new -- and distant -- airport

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is inaugurating one of his hallmark building projects on Monday, a new Mexico City airport that reflects the contrasts and contradictio...

China reports first COVID-19 deaths in more than a year

BEIJING (AP) — China's health authorities reported two COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, the first since January 2021, as the country battles its worst outbreak in two years driven by a surge in ...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Sunday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2022. There are 335 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 30,...

India: Hindu pilgrims bathe in Ganges despite COVID surge

Hundreds of thousands of Hindu worshippers have continued to observe the Makar Sankranti festival, as India experiences a surge in new infections. Each year on January 14, Hindu pilgrims gather on th...

Federal program offers cash to cover COVID-19 funeral costs

BOSTON (AP) — When Wanda Olson’s son-in-law died in March after contracting COVID-19, she and her daughter had to grapple with more than just their sudden grief. They had to come up with money for a c...

Discontent with Johnson imperils his future, UK virus rules

LONDON (AP) — Behind a heavy oak door in Parliament, Prime Minister Boris Johnson implored Conservative lawmakers to back him by voting for new restrictions to help slow the fast-spreading omicron var...

UK lawmakers OK virus restrictions but Johnson faces dissent

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers voted Tuesday to approve new restrictions to curb the spread of the omicron variant, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a major revolt by lawmakers in his own Conse...

Mexico to reverse course, give COVID-19 booster shots

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials have reversed their previous position against giving coronavirus booster shots and said Tuesday they are studying a plan to administer third doses to people over 6...

Russia's coronavirus deaths still hover near all-time highs

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's coronavirus death toll was still hovering near all-time highs Monday, but the number of new infections continued to decline. The state coronavirus task force ...

Russia hits record coronavirus deaths for 2nd straight day

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's record high coronavirus death toll persisted for a second straight day on Saturday, as the number of new infections declined. The state coronavirus task force...

Russia marks another daily coronavirus death high

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia hit another record for daily COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday as authorities across the country moved to keep most people off work in line with a Kremlin order aimed at stemming the s...

The Latest: Florida fines county over its vaccine mandate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida has issued its first fine to a county it accuses of violating a new state law banning coronavirus vaccine mandates and for firing 14 workers who failed to get the shots. ...

California coronavirus death count tops 70,000 as cases fall

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's coronavirus death toll reached another once-unfathomable milestone — 70,000 people — on Monday as the state emerges from the latest infection surge with the lowe...