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Sydney tightens lockdown as Australia's COVID-19 cases rise

The Australian city of Sydney on Saturday ordered a shutdown of building sites, banned non-essential retail and threatened fines for employers who make staff come into the office as new COVID-19 cases...

Johnson confirms most British troops have left Afghanistan

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed Thursday that most British troops have left Afghanistan, almost 20 years after the U.K. and other Western countries sent troops into the country to...

Thai virus surge prompts concern over ICUs, vaccine supply

BANGKOK (AP) — Health authorities in Thailand reported over 6,200 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, setting a record for a third straight day, as concerns mounted over shortages of treatment facilities ...

Colombia reaches 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 as cases surge

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia reached 100,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 this week, becoming just the tenth country in the world to hit the grim milestone. The South American...

Watchdog: Nursing home deaths up 32% in 2020 amid pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by 32% last year, with two devastating spikes eight months apart, a government watchdog reported Tuesday in the most comprehens...

The Latest: Vaccinated Canadians won’t have to quarantine

TORONTO — Fully vaccinated Canadian citizens who test negative for COVID-19 will be exempt from two weeks of quarantine when returning to the country as of July 5, officials said Monday. ...

CECC says Taiwan's mortality rate after AZ shot less than S Korea

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In response to concerns over deaths that reportedly follow AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations, Central Epidemic Command Center head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) pointed out that T...

Taiwanese doctor urges diabetics to get vaccinated for COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A doctor on Wednesday (June 16) urged diabetes patients to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, as once they contract the disease, they are eight times mor...

California marks reopening with jackpots, Hollywood flair

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Welcome back, California. San Francisco announced the return of its iconic cable cars. Disneyland threw open its doors to out-of-state tourists. And Gov. Gavin N...

The Latest: Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at parks

ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at its theme parks in Florida and California in the latest move by the company to ease up on pandemic restrictions implemented last year. ...

10 California residents get $1.5M richer via vaccine jackpot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom doled out $1.5 million each to 10 vaccinated winners at Universal Studios on Tuesday to mark the end of the state's coronavirus restrictions. The...

Donated US vaccines arrive for Mexican border cities

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico received 1.35 million doses of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines donated by the United States Tuesday and Mexican officials said that once they are applied, there wo...

As COVID-19 cases wane, vaccine-lagging areas still see risk

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — New COVID-19 cases are declining across most of the country, even in some states with vaccine-hesitant populations. But almost all states bucking that trend have lower-than-avera...

Shop owner's plea as California reopens: 'I need customers'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — During the darkest days of the coronavirus pandemic, Martha Medina would occasionally slip into her shuttered store on Los Angeles’ oldest street to ensure everything was secure. ...

Taiwan recorded more deaths than births in January-May period

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan registered 17,000 more deaths than births from January to May, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Thursday (June 10). According to the latest government dat...