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After a year, omicron still driving COVID surges and worries

A year after omicron began its assault on humanity, the ever-morphing coronavirus mutant drove COVID-19 case counts higher in many places just as Americans...

Panic-buying in Beijing as city adds new quarantine centers

BEIJING -- Residents of China’s capital were emptying supermarket shelves and overwhelming delivery apps Friday as the city government ordered accelerated construction of COVID-19...

France debates enshrining abortion rights in constitution

PARIS -- Lawmakers in France's lower house of parliament began debating a proposal Thursday to enshrine abortion rights in the country’s constitution, the first...

Foxconn apologizes for pay dispute at China factory

BEIJING -- The company that assembles Apple Inc.'s iPhones apologized Thursday for what it said was a technical error that led to protests by...

China expands lockdowns as COVID-19 cases hit daily record

BEIJING -- China is expanding lockdowns, including in a cental city where factory workers clashed this week with police, as its number of COVID-19...

Russian rocket kills newborn in repeat attack on small town

VILNIANSK, Ukraine -- A Russian rocket struck the maternity wing of a hospital in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, killing a newborn boy and critically...

Plea hearing scheduled in ‘Gasland’ drilling pollution case

A plea hearing has been scheduled for next week in the case of a natural gas driller facing felony charges in Pennsylvania over allegations...

After midterms, states weighing abortion protections, bans

MINNEAPOLIS -- Democrats hope to use their newfound political control in some states to guarantee that women have access to abortion, while some GOP...

UN: Children in Haiti hit by cholera as malnutrition rises

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A cholera outbreak sweeping through Haiti is claiming a growing number of children amid a surge in malnutrition, UNICEF announced Wednesday. The...

Reports: Employees at Chinese iPhone factory protest

Videos and postings on Chinese social media say employees at the world’s biggest Apple iPhone factory have been beaten and detained in protests over...