Asia Today: Sri Lanka orders closures to contain virus

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan health authorities were working Friday to contain a growing cluster of new coronavirus infections, ordering the closure of bars, restaurants, casinos, nightclubs a...

Sri Lanka closes key state offices as virus outbreak surges

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Authorities in Sri Lanka closed key government offices and further expanded a curfew Thursday to contain a surging coronavirus outbreak. The foreign ministr...

Sri Lanka widens curfew, bans gatherings as virus surges

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Authorities in Sri Lanka on Wednesday widened a curfew and warned of legal action against those evading treatment for COVID-19 after reporting an escalating cluster centered ...

The Latest: India adds 72K virus cases, gives festival rules

NEW DELHI — India has registered 72,049 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, driving the country’s total to 6.75 million. The Health Ministry on Wednesday also reported 986 de...

Asia Today: Sri Lanka bans public gatherings amid sharp rise

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of COVID-19 expands in the Indian Ocean island nation. Health authorities said ear...

The Latest: 321 infected at garment factory in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka confirmed more than 300 garment factory workers have been infected with the coronavirus, after reporting its first community infection in two months. ...

Asia Today: Virus confirmed in 321 Sri Lanka garment workers

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka on Tuesday confirmed a cluster of more than 300 garment factory workers infected with the coronavirus, days after reporting its first community i...

The Latest: UN chief says pandemic toll is 'mind-numbing'

UNITED NATIONS — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres says the loss of 1 million people to the coronavirus is an “agonizing milestone" that has been made worse by the “savageness of this ...

Germany: Nationwide transit strike hits commuters

Local public transport was disrupted across Germany on Tuesday morning as workers went on strike. The work stoppage hit commuters in the capital, Berlin, as well as other major cities, including Hamb...

Coronavirus: Fear and confusion over looming border closures

It's a lovely autumn day on the Vaalserberg, a hilly forest area shared by three countries: Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands. Tourists are strolling around. The borders are invisible, people ...

Taiwan Coast Guard chases illegal Chinese dredgers away

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Coast Guard sent a large patrol ship to the small island of Matsu to chase illegal Chinese sand dredgers away, reports said Friday (Sept. 25). The Chinese ships pos...

Belarusians are taking their children to anti-Lukashenko protests

Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Petrishenko, whose job includes ensuring that children’s rights are respected, recently announced that legal action could be taken against people who bring ...

As Europe faces 2nd wave of virus, tracing apps lack impact

LONDON (AP) — Mobile apps tracing new COVID-19 cases were touted as a key part of Europe’s plan to beat the coronavirus outbreak. Seven months into the pandemic, virus cases are surging again and the ...

Zimbabwe government abuses critics, allege rights groups

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Godfrey Kurauone, a Zimbabwean opposition official, sang a protest song at the funeral of a party member in July. For that, and other political charges, he spent 42 days in jai...

The Latest: Parliament opens in India, global virus hot spot

NEW DELHI — India reopened its Parliament after more than five months Monday even as the country continues to report the most daily new infections of the coronavirus in the world and daily virus death...