Government and politics

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020, file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, waits his cabinet members for a photo session after their first cabinet meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Prime Minister Suga's government says it will not look into scandals of a previous government, even though it is largely inheriting former leader's policies. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool Photo via AP, File)
September 25, 2020 - 7:39 am
TOKYO (AP) — Considered something of a lightweight on foreign policy issues, Japan’s new prime minister has spent much of his career in the shadows, supporting previous leader Shinzo Abe with backroom bureaucratic maneuvers and in largely scripted, sometimes prickly dealings with the media. That...
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A protester takes part in a demonstration outside the Department of Health and Social Care office in London, over the private company Serco's handling of the British government's coronavirus test, track and trace system, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The protesters were on Friday calling for the test, track and trace system to be carried out by local public health teams who work closely with Britain's National Health Service. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
September 25, 2020 - 7:36 am
LONDON — Local lockdowns are being imposed in several British cities where confirmed coronavirus infections have risen sharply. The council leader in the northern England city of Leeds says people will be barred from meeting members of other households indoors or in backyards. The measure affects...
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A woman looks at screens showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Asian shares advanced Friday, cheered by a modest rally on Wall Street and rising hopes for fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy.(AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
September 25, 2020 - 7:07 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global shares and Wall Street futures turned lower on Friday, meaning U.S. stocks could fall for a fourth consecutive week as investors worry about the economic impact of a resurgence in virus cases and political divisions in the U.S. The future for the Dow industrials slipped 0.6%...
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Two neighbours of restricted mobility areas in Madrid due to the coronavirus outbreak cross the street in front an anti-riot police unit short after a residents protest demanding more resources for public health system and against social inequality in the southern neighbourhood of Vallecas, Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The regional government is set to announce Friday new restrictions in Madrid, where gatherings are limited to a maximum of 6 people and more than 850,000 residents have been partially locked down this week. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
September 25, 2020 - 7:05 am
MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Madrid are expanding restrictions on movement to a further eight areas of the Spanish capital, which is leading the country’s contagion curve, despite a recommendation from the national government that the partial lockdown should apply to all the city. Over 850,000...
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Young visitors wearing face masks look at the iconic cartoon characters Goofy and Pluto at the Hong Kong Disneyland, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Hong Kong Disneyland reopened its doors to visitors after closed temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
September 25, 2020 - 6:45 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another 86,052 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a declining trend with recoveries exceeding new cases this week. The latest update from the Health Ministry on Friday raised the nation’s total to more than 5.8 million. The ministry said 1,141 more people died...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2017 file photo, the Apple logo at a store in Hialeah, Fla. The European Commission said Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 it's appealing a court decision that Apple doesn't have to repay 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes to Ireland. The appeal comes after the U.S. tech giant scored a decisive recent legal victory in its longrunning battle with the European Union's executive Commission, which has been trying to rein in multinationals' ability to strike special tax deals with individual EU countries. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
September 25, 2020 - 6:21 am
LONDON (AP) — The European Commission said Friday it is appealing a court decision that Apple doesn't have to repay 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes to Ireland. The appeal comes after the U.S. tech giant scored a big recent legal victory in its long battle with the European Union's...
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Zheng Zhongwei, an official with China's National Health Commission, holds a chart showing different priority groups for a coronavirus vaccine as he speaks during a press conference held to discuss COVID-19 vaccine-related issues at the State Council Information Office in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. A Chinese health official said Friday that the country's annual production capacity for COVID-19 vaccines will top 1-billion next year, following an aggressive government support program for new factories. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 25, 2020 - 6:21 am
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese health official said Friday that the country's annual production capacity for coronavirus vaccines will top 1 billion doses next year, following an aggressive government support program for construction of new factories. Capacity is expected to reach 610 million doses by...
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Protesters march, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Authorities pleaded for calm while activists vowed to fight on Thursday in Kentucky's largest city, where a gunman wounded two police officers during anguished protests following the decision not to charge officers for killing Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
September 25, 2020 - 6:01 am
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Some of them raised their fists and called out “Black lives matter!” Others tended to the letters, flowers and signs grouped together in a square in downtown Louisville. All of them said her name: Breonna Taylor. People dismayed that the officers who shot the Black woman in...
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Visitors to the National Museum walk past a new statue of the late pope, St. John Paul II, throwing a stone at a "Poisoned Well" just hours before its official inauguration in the museum yard in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The sculpture by Poland's Jerzy Kalina is said to be a response to a controversial 1999 sculpture by Italian Maurizio Cattelan in which the Polish-born pontiff was shown as being crushed by a similar stone. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
September 25, 2020 - 6:00 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new statue that depicts the late pope St. John Paul II throwing a rock into red water has provoked debate in his native Poland and revived memories of a 1999 Italian sculpture that showed him crushed under a rock, to which the new work was intended as a counter-statement...
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People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. North Korean leader Kim apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary, saying he’s “very sorry” about the incident he called unexpected and unfortunate, South Korean officials said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
September 25, 2020 - 5:14 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official who was apparently trying to defect near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary, saying he’s “very sorry” about the incident, South Korean officials said. It’s extremely unusual for a...
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