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Vietnam reports 2nd death, more cases linked to hospital

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A second person died of coronavirus complications in Vietnam, officials said Saturday, a day after the country recorded its first death from the virus, while more than two dozen new cases were confirmed. Both men died in a hospital in Da Nang, a hot spot with more than ...

Hurricane Isaias lashes Bahamas while Florida battens down

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Isaias ripped shingles off roofs and blew over trees as it carved its way through the Bahamas early Saturday and headed toward the Florida coast, where officials in Miami said they were closing beaches, marinas and parks. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos ...

Belarus says Russians plotted attacks; Kremlin rolls eyes

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Thursday accused more than 30 detained Russians of plotting terror attacks amid a presidential election campaign, allegations that Russian officials angrily rejected. The grave accusations mark an unprecedented spike in tensions between Russia ...

Livestock prices stress Muslims in Africa ahead of Eid

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Even in the best of times, many Muslims scramble to afford a sheep to slaughter on Eid al-Adha, a display of faith that can amount to an entire month's income. Now, the financial pressures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic are straining families across Africa even ...

Former president who brought direct elections to Taiwan dies

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, who brought direct elections and other democratic changes to the self-governed island despite missile launches and other fierce saber-rattling by China, has died. He was 97. Taipei Veterans General Hospital said Lee died Thursday ...

Reports: Hong Kong may postpone election, citing coronavirus

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong may postpone highly anticipated legislative elections scheduled for Sept. 6, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, local media reports said Friday. An announcement could come as soon as Friday evening, multiple Hong Kong ...

Asia-Pacific tourism makes patchy restart, and some missteps

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Tourism operators across Asia and the Pacific are making furtive and faltering advances, as well as some spectacular missteps, after travel was largely halted by the coronavirus pandemic that continues ebbing and mostly surging around the globe. The Indonesian ...

Technology infuses ancient hajj rites amid global pandemic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The vast white marble floors surrounding Islam's holiest site, the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, would normally be packed with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world the day before the hajj. On Tuesday, however, only a few officials and ...

UK travel ban on Spain strikes new blow to tourism industry

LONDON (AP) — Britain's effective ban on travel to Spain following an upswing in coronavirus cases in that country's northeast on Tuesday hammered home the lack of a comprehensive, continent-wide approach to suppressing the virus and giving hard-hit, tourism-reliant economies a chance to ...

Germany: over a quarter of population has immigrant roots

BERLIN (AP) — More than a quarter of Germany's inhabitants are immigrants or have immigrant roots, according to official data for 2019 released Tuesday. Some 21.2 million, or 26% of the total population, have a "migrant background," according to figures from a 2019 microcensus, the Federal ...