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Lebanon considers tighter lockdown amid coronavirus surge

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister said Monday the country has entered a “very critical zone” in the battle against coronavirus as his government mulls tightening nationwide lockdown ann...

Cyprus to return to lockdown conditions to stem virus spread

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is returning to lockdown mode for the remainder of the month, including daytime restrictions on movement and a shuttering of schools, after the country’s health minister ...

Japan to declare emergency for Tokyo area amid winter wave of COVID-19

Japan will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures on Thursday (Jan. 7) as record numbers of new cases of COVID-19 strain the country’s healthcare system. The me...

Arizona deemed 'hot spot of the world' amid virus surge

PHOENIX (AP) — Five months after President Donald Trump hailed Arizona as a model for how it dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, public health experts warned Wednesday that the state has become “the hot...

The Latest: Bangkok shuts down venues as virus spreads

BANGKOK — The Thai capital is shutting down venues including schools and entertainment parks as coronavirus cases continue to spread. Thailand reported 279 new cases on Friday inclu...

Global virus rules for Christmas: Tough, mild or none at all

In Peru, you can’t drive your car on Christmas. In Lebanon, you can go to a nightclub, but you can’t dance. In South Africa, roadblocks instead of beach parties will mark this year’s festive season. ...

Louis Vuitton yoga mat made of leather draws Hindu complaint

BOSTON (AP) — A Hindu activist is calling on luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton to pull a yoga mat made partly from cowhide leather, calling it “hugely insensitive.” Rajan Zed, preside...

Asia Today: S. Korea reports new daily high, mulls new steps

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported another high in daily coronavirus increases as health officials face growing pressure to enforce stricter social distancing to slow the spread in the...

The Latest: Germany pushes for quick EU vaccine approval

BERLIN — Germany’s health minister has increased his pressure on the European Union’s regulatory agency and demanded that a coronavirus vaccine will be approved before Christmas. Th...

Asia Today: Japan, S.Korea set new daily records, mull steps

Japan's daily coronavirus cases have exceeded 3,000 for the first time while the government delays stricter measures for fear of hurting the economy ahead of the holiday season. The 3,030 new c...

The Latest: California AG warns 2 strip clubs of violations

SAN DIEGO -- California’s attorney general has told the owners of two strip clubs to follow orders because he said they are violating the state’s new stay-at-home policy, which bars social gatherings ...

Asia Today: S. Korea reports 950 cases, biggest daily jump

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported another 950 coronavirus cases, its largest daily increase since the emergence of the pandemic, as fears grow about overwhelmed hospitals in the great...

Asia Today: S. Korea sees 686 new cases, 2nd-biggest spike

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 686 new cases of the coronavirus, tying its second-highest daily jump since the emergence of the pandemic, as a resurgence driven by the greater capi...

The Latest: Germany says vaccinations to start in early Jan.

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff says he expects coronavirus vaccinations to start in Germany “in the very first days” of the new year. The trained doctor says he’s prepared to help ...

South Korean health minister warns of virus 'war zone'

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s health minister said Monday that the Seoul metropolitan area is now a “COVID-19 war zone,” as the country reported another 615 new infections and the virus appe...