UN commission warns new Burundi leader needs watching

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A United Nations commission of inquiry warns that it will take more than a new president to reverse the trend of repression in the East African country of Burundi.

Japan says coronavirus adds to security threat by China

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TOKYO (AP) — China is pushing harder to make territorial claims in the regional seas and even using the coronavirus pandemic to expand its influence and take strategic superiority, posing a greater threat to Japan and the region, Japan's government said.

Queen’s Australia rep was assured of power before ’75 crisis

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II’s office assured her representative in Australia he had the power to bring down the Australian government a week before he took the extraordinary move in 1975 and created a political crisis, according to letters released Tuesday.

China accuses US of sowing discord in South China Sea

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BEIJING (AP) — The Trump administration's rejection of broad Chinese claims to much of the South China Sea came across in Asia as an election-year political move, with some appealing for calm amid fears of greater tensions.

Satellite images show Ethiopia dam reservoir swelling

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — New satellite imagery shows the reservoir behind Ethiopia’s disputed hydroelectric dam beginning to fill, but an analyst says it’s likely due to seasonal rains instead of government action.

Small businesses worldwide fight for survival amid pandemic

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Hour after hour in the dark, Chander Shekhar’s mind raced ahead to morning.

Widow of ex-Korean Air boss convicted of assaulting workers

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The widow of the former Korean Air chairman received a suspended prison sentence Tuesday for assault and other abuses of her chauffeur, security guard and other employees in a case that extended a bizarre legal saga surrounding the company’s founding family.

Global vaccine plan may allow rich countries to buy more

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LONDON (AP) — Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make that happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for poor ones.

US rejects nearly all Chinese claims in South China Sea

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South China Sea.

US eyes world power summit for UN anniversary amid crises

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke Monday to his Russian counterpart about convening the leaders of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the State Department said.