BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court on Dec. 28 sentenced a former lawyer who reported on the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak to four years in prison on charges of “picking fights and provoking trouble,” one of her lawyers said. The Pudong New Area People’s Court in the financial hub of Shanghai gave the […]
With Americans, Britons, and Canadians rolling up their sleeves to receive coronavirus vaccines, the route out of the pandemic now seems clear to many in the West, even if the rollout will take many months. But for poorer countries, the road will be far longer and rougher.
HONG KONG (AP) — Jimmy Lai, the 73-year-old Hong Kong media tycoon and advocate for democracy, was denied bail on Dec. 12 after being charged the previous day under the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s new national security law. Lai faces a charge of collusion with foreign elements to endanger national security, apparently for tweets he made […]
By AIJAZ RAHI Associated Press THULASENDRAPURAM, India (AP) — Waking up to the news of Kamala Harris’ election as U.S. vice president, overjoyed people in her Indian grandfather’s hometown set off firecrackers and offered prayers on Nov 8. Groups gathered at street corners in Thulasendrapuram, a tiny village of 350 people, reading newspapers and chatting […]
By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Sexual minority groups and human rights activists launched a petition on Oct. 15 calling for an LGBT equality law in Japan in hopes that it can be enacted next year, when the country is to host the Olympics and will be the focus of international attention. “In […]
A Chinese pharmaceutical company said on Sept. 24 the coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the United States.
By ISAAC SCHARF Associated Press MOTZA, Israel (AP) — An Israeli jewelry company is working on what it says will be the world’s most expensive coronavirus mask, a gold, diamond-encrusted face covering with a price tag of $1.5 million. The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds and fitted […]
By ZEN SOO Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced on July 31 that the government will postpone highly anticipated legislative elections by one year, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The Hong Kong government is invoking an emergency ordinance in delaying the elections. Lam said […]
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will allow baseball fans to return to the stands as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic. Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho also said at a virus briefing that fans will be allowed at professional soccer games […]
NEW DELHI (AP) — Google is investing in a $10 billion fund to help accelerate India’s transition to a digital economy in the next five to seven years. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc’s Google, said on July 13 that the project will focus on building products that are relevant to India’s needs and empowering […]