• Kim visits North Korea flood zone, orders shelter, food aid

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Leader Kim Jong Un visited parts of southern North Korea where days of torrential rains have flooded hundreds of houses and vast areas of agricultural land, state media reported Friday.

  • AP Analysis: Will Beirut’s blast be a catalyst for change?

    BEIRUT (AP) — The massive explosion and devastation triggered by thousands of tons of chemicals improperly stored in Beirut’s port is the culmination of decades of corruption that has driven one of the Middle East’s most spirited countries to ruin.

    Updated: 7:23 pm

  • Cambodian butcher quits dog meat trade, shuts slaughterhouse

    CHI MEAKH, Cambodia (AP) — Animal rights activists in Cambodia have gained a small victory in their effort to end the trade in dog meat, convincing a canine slaughterhouse in one village to abandon the business.

    Updated: 6:28 pm

  • India cricket board suspends IPL deal with Chinese sponsor

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s cricket board has suspended its Indian Premier League title sponsorship deal with Chinese mobile phone company Vivo for the 2020 tournament.

  • Lebanese clear blast rubble from roads around cratered port

    BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of Beirut vented their fury at Lebanon’s leaders Thursday during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, blaming them for the deadly explosion that ravaged the capital. Shouting “Revolution!” they crowded around the visiting leader who promised to press the politicians for reform.

    Updated: 5:48 pm

  • Africa passes 1M confirmed virus cases; true number far more

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing for the continent’s 1.3 billion people.

    Updated: 3:53 pm

  • The Latest: China sending medical team to Beirut after blast

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local):

    Updated: 12:08 pm

  • Election aftermath: LGBT emigres don’t wait to see 2nd term

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When a right-wing populist party won the right to govern Poland five years ago, Piotr Grabarczyk feared “bad things” might happen to gay men like him and other LGBT people. He sometimes considered leaving the country, but waited.

    Updated: 11:12 am

  • Economy tanking, Cuba launches some long-delayed reforms

    HAVANA (AP) — With its airports closed to commercial flights and its economy tanking, Cuba has launched the first in a series of long-promised reforms meant to bolster the country’s struggling private sector.

    Updated: 10:31 am

  • N. Korea’s escalating virus response raises fear of outbreak

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is quarantining thousands of people and shipping food and other aid to a southern city locked down over coronavirus worries, officials said, as the country’s response to a suspected case reinforces doubt about its longstanding claim to be virus-free.