Asia Today: Duterte extends virus calamity status by a year
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte says he has extended a state of calamity in the entire Philippines by a year to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and harness the police and military to maintain law and order.
China uproots ethnic minority villages in anti-poverty fight
CHENGBEI GAN’EN, China (AP) — Under a portrait of President Xi Jinping, Ashibusha sits in her freshly painted living room cradling her infant daughter beside a chair labeled a “gift from the government.” The mother of three is among 6,600 members of the Yi ethnic minority who were moved out of 38 mountain villages in China’s southwest and into a newly built town in an anti-poverty initiative.
Indian couple run street-side classes for poor students
NEW DELHI (AP) — On a quiet road in India's capital, tucked away on a wide, red-bricked sidewalk, kids set adrift by the country's COVID-19 lockdown are being tutored.
Closing time: UK pubs must shut early as COVID cases surge
LONDON (AP) — British pubs will have to close early and people who fail to obey quarantine rules will face stiff fines under new lockdown restrictions to curb a surging wave of new coronavirus infections.
Alone among nations, US moves to restore UN Iran sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States slapped additional sanctions on Iran on Monday after the Trump administration's disputed unilateral weekend declaration that all United Nations penalties eased under the 2015 nuclear deal had been restored.
Meghan's lawyers deny she cooperated with royal book authors
LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for a British newspaper publisher that's being sued for invasion of privacy by the Duchess of Sussex argued Monday that she made personal information public by cooperating with the authors of a book about her relationship with Prince Harry.
Famed French actor Michael Lonsdale dies at 89
PARIS (AP) — Michael Lonsdale, an enigmatic giant of the silver screen and theater in France who worked with some of the world’s top directors in an acting career that spanned 60 years, died Monday at 89, his agent said.
Ex-UK PM May slams Johnson's bid to break international law
LONDON (AP) — The British government on Monday won over some domestic political opponents of its plan to breach part of the Brexit divorce deal it agreed upon with the European Union — but not former Prime Minister Theresa May, who warned that the move would do “untold damage” to the U.K.
Scientists combat anti-Semitism with artificial intelligence
BERLIN (AP) — An international team of scientists said Monday it had joined forces to combat the spread of anti-Semitism online with the help of artificial intelligence.
Greece: Talks with Turkey on eastern Med could restart soon
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and Turkey are close to reviving talks on long-standing maritime disputes following a tense standoff over rights to exploit potential offshore natural gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean, a Greek official said Monday.
Madrid adopts virus restrictions exposing poor-rich divide
MADRID (AP) — Heightened restrictions to stem Europe's fastest coronavirus spread in some of Madrid's working-class neighborhoods brought a heated debate over the prevalence of inequality in Spain back into the spotlight Monday.
Italians turn out to vote despite virus, back lawmaker cuts
ROME (AP) — Italians voted to reduce the number of national lawmakers by a third, near-final results showed Monday, as voters turned out in droves to cast ballots despite the coronavirus pandemic and strict hygiene protocols at the polls.
Navalny says nerve agent was found 'in and on' his body
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny demanded Monday that Russia return the clothes he was wearing on the day he fell into a coma in Siberia, calling it “a crucial piece of evidence” in the nerve agent poisoning he is being treated for at a German hospital.
Large US political donor in jail in Lithuania
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A dual American and Lebanese citizen charged in the U.S. with conspiring to conceal the source of more than $3.5 million in donations during the 2016 U.S.
AP Photos: Mothers-to-be face challenges in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The birth of a first baby is usually a source of immense joy for couples. In Venezuela, however, the worries can override the excitement.
Europe scrambles to contain rise in coronavirus cases
BERLIN (AP) — Political pressure grew Monday for European governments to tackle the rising number of coronavirus case without resorting to a spring-style lockdown that would hit the continent's struggling economies.
Asia Today: India adds 87K cases, New Zealand easing rules
NEW DELHI (AP) — India recorded nearly 87,000 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours as it edged closer to the United States in having the most reported cases in the world.
Plaque symbolizing Thai democracy removed in less than a day
BANGKOK (AP) — A plaque honoring struggles for democracy in Thailand was removed from a royal field less than 24 hours after being installed by anti-government protesters and was submitted as evidence in connection with a complaint by officials that its installation was illegal, police said Monday.
2 sentenced to life in absentia over Bulgarian bus bombing
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian court on Monday sentenced two men to life in prison for their involvement in the 2012 bombing of a tourist bus that killed five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver and injured nearly 40 people.
India, China commanders meet again on ending border standoff
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Senior Indian and Chinese military commanders are holding talks Monday aimed at resolving a tense monthslong standoff along their disputed border in the mountainous Ladakh region.
At least 10 dead in residential building collapse in India
NEW DELHI (AP) — A residential building that was due for repairs collapsed in central India early Monday, killing at least 10 people and trapping many others, officials said.
Israel court says woman can be extradited in child sex case
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle.
US Space Force deploys to vast new frontier: Arabian Desert
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The newly formed U.S. Space Force is deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula.
UN chief: No UN support for reimposing Iran sanctions now
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations will not support reimposing sanctions on Iran as the United States is demanding until he gets a green light from the Security Council.
Amazon land grabbers assail ecotourism paradise in Brazil
ALTER DO CHAO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Alter do Chao, a sleepy village that blends rainforest and beaches, bet on tourism and scored big.