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Indonesian choreographers provide digital stage for dancers

Edna Tarigan, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 11:00pm

Before the coronavirus pandemic arrived, 2020 seemed fated to be a great year for Siko Setyanto’s dance career: touring Germany and South Korea, performances in Indonesia, classes and more classes.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 10:40pm

Asian shares are mixed, with Tokyo stocks gaining on expectations that a pandemic state of emergency will be lifted. Shares fell in Hong Kong on Monday after police used tear gas to quell weekend protests over a proposed national security bill for the former British colony. U.S. markets will be closed for Memorial Day. Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was expected later Monday to announce that the state of emergency imposed to fight the pandemic will end nationwide. But fears persist that a resumption of normal economic activity will bring on a resurgence of infections as people relax social distancing precautions. 

New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:47pm

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview Monday morning.

Spanish league wants to resume with Seville derby on June 11

Tales Azzoni, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:03pm

The president of the Spanish soccer league said Sunday the competition could restart as early as June 11 with the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing blue mask, enters court for start of corruption trial.

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 6:12am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing blue mask, enters court for start of corruption trial.

Israel's Netanyahu attacks justice system as trial begins

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 5:16am

To the sounds of his impassioned supporters chanting outside, a defiant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strode into a Jerusalem courtroom Sunday to face corruption charges in a long-awaited trial that has overshadowed three inconclusive elections and deeply divided the country.

Desperate Indian girl bikes 745 miles home with disabled dad

Sheikh Saaliq and Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 3:17am

From her village in eastern India, 15-year-old Jyoti Kumari reflected on her desperate 1,200-kilometer (745-mile) bicycle journey home with her disabled father that has drawn international praise.

North Korea's Kim holds meeting on bolstering nuclear forces

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 2:18am

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened a key military meeting to discuss bolstering the country's nuclear arsenal and putting its armed forces on high alert, state media reported Sunday, in Kim's first known public appearance in about 20 days.

Migrant shipwrecks off Tunisia leave 1 dead, over 80 rescued

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 1:42am

At least one migrant has drowned, six are missing and over 80 have been rescued off Tunisia's coast, authorities said, amid a new wave of dangerous attempts to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 10:40pm

Experts on a special government panel have approved a plan to remove a coronavirus state of emergency from Tokyo and four other remaining prefectures, paving the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare entirely ending the measure to allow businesses to gradually resume. Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters that experts on a government-commissioned panel approved the plan to end the state of emergency.

Last British governor says Hong Kong 'betrayed' by China

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 10:25pm

The last British governor of Hong Kong said China has betrayed the semi-autonomous territory by tightening control over the city it had promised could keep freedoms not found on the mainland.

Taliban, Ghani declare three-day cease fire for Eid holiday

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 2:17pm

The Taliban and Afghanistan's president announced late Saturday a three-day cease-fire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that begins Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

Messi's back: Spanish soccer league set to resume in June

Joseph Wilson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 6:52am

Lionel Messi's Barcelona and the rest of the Spanish league can resume play in June after three months of waiting for the coronavirus pandemic to subside.

Turbulence, warnings before Pakistan plane crash killed 97

Adil Jawad, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 4:27am

When the plane jolted violently, Mohammad Zubair thought it was turbulence. Then the pilot came on the intercom to warn that the landing could be “troublesome.”

Balcony church gains popularity in Kenya amid pandemic

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 1:10am

A groovy rendition of “He's Got the Whole World in His Hands” blasts from speakers outside an apartment block in the outskirts of Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

Virus spread feared where water is scarce around the world

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 1:06am

Violet Manuel hastily abandoned her uncle’s funeral and grabbed two empty containers when she heard a boy running down the dirt road shouting, “Water, water, water!”

After weeks of COVID-19 cases, Russian doctor craves quiet

Kostya Manenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 12:49am

As he strides down the sidewalk outside Moscow's Filatov Hospital in blue jeans and garish crimson shoes, Dr. Osman Osmanov shows no signs of the rigors he's just been through.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:40pm

A pasta company has announced there was a coronavirus outbreak at its Spokane factory as Washington state prepares to reopen parts of its economy. The Spokesman-Review reported that Philadelphia Macaroni Company Inc. said in a statement Friday that 72 workers were tested for COVID-19 and 24 were positive. Health officials say there was an increase in Spokane County with 31 new positive cases between Thursday and Friday. Company officials say all of the factory employees have since been tested and the facility was disinfected. 

Mexico cancels soccer season because of coronavirus pandemic

Carlos RodrÍguez, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:32pm

Mexico’s Liga MX canceled the remainder of its spring season without crowning a champion for the first time, a decision caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.