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Asian shares spooked by US inflation alarm, yield jump

Asian shares faced a third day of losses on Thursday (May 13) after a shocking rise in U.S. inflation bludgeoned Wall Street and sent bond yields surging on worries the Federal Reserve might have to m...

Taiwanese cities tighten restrictions after COVID-19 cases rise

Taiwanese cities are tightening restrictions on access to public venues like gyms and libraries after a rare rise in domestic COVID-19 infections that has spooked the stock market and unnerved the isl...

COVID: Cambodia's harsh lockdown aggravates food insecurity

After having seemingly triumphed over the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, recording just 366 cases in total last year, Cambodia has been sent into a tailspin following a major outbreak on February 20, whic...

UK economy shrinks by only 1.5% in Q1 despite lockdown

LONDON (AP) — Official figures show that the British economy contracted by 1.5% in the first quarter of 2021, a relatively modest contraction given that the country was in the midst of a strict lockdo...

The Latest: India adds 4,205 deaths amid strain on hospitals

NEW DELHI — India has confirmed 4,205 more deaths, setting another daily record and taking its official COVID-19 toll past 250,000 as it battles a ferocious surge in infections. Aro...

Taiwan could soon raise epidemic warning to Level 3

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head on Wednesday morning stated that Taiwan could soon raise its epidemic warning to Level 3 repeating that the epidem...

Canada's largest province halts AstraZeneca first doses

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s largest province said Tuesday it will stop giving out first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine due to concerns over its link to rare blood clots. ...

Dutch move toward further easing of coronavirus lockdown

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch zoos and theme parks will be allowed to reopen next week under strict conditions and bars and cafes can extend the opening hours of their outdoor terraces, if hospi...

Europe's rights body fears virus measures hurting democracy

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Europe’s leading human rights body warned Tuesday that threats to democratic rights and personal freedoms have worsened during the pandemic, with some governments using health re...

Brit Awards to honor Taylor Swift in front of live crowd

LONDON (AP) — Taylor Swift will be honored as a global icon on Tuesday at the Brit Awards, set to be held in front of a live audience of 4,000 as part of a test return to mass-attendance events. ...

Medicare requires nursing homes to report COVID vaccinations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare will require nursing homes to report COVID-19 vaccination rates for residents and staff, the government said Tuesday, in what officials hope will be an incentive for facilit...

Belgium relaxes lockdown measures as COVID-19 numbers drop

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian government said Tuesday it will further relax its coronavirus lockdown as of next month and hopes to fully reopen the nation from Sept. 1. After the count...

Malaysian prime minister announces one-month virus lockdown

All of Malaysia will be placed under a near lockdown for about a month to fight the coronavirus, but businesses will be allowed to continue to operate at reduced capacity, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yas...

Asian shares skid after tech sell-off on Wall Street

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares dropped Tuesday in Asia after selling of several Big Tech companies pulled U.S. benchmarks lower. Japan’s Nikkei 225 sank 3.1% and Hong Kong lost 2% while Shan...

Pipeline officials hope most service will be back by weekend

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hit by a cyberattack, the operator of a major U.S. fuel pipeline said it hopes to have services mostly restored by the end of the week as the FBI and administration officials identif...