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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks during a media briefing at the Pentagon, in Washington. The U.S. military conducted airstrikes against facilities in eastern Syria, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, that the Pentagon said were used by Iran-backed militia groups, in response to recent attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq. “I’m confident in the target that we went after, we know what we hit,” Austin told reporters flying with him from California to Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Militia official: US strike in Syria kills 1, wounds severalAn Iraqi militia official says a U.S. airstrike in Syria targeted facilities belonging to a powerful Iranian-backed Iraqi armed group, killing one of their militiamen and wounding a number of others
The Associated Press26 minutes ago
The audience wearing protective face masks watches on opening night at the Khan Theater during a performance where all guests were required to show proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination or full recovery from the virus, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Vaccination 'passports' may open society, but inequity loomsGovernments say getting vaccinated and having the proper documentation to prove it will smooth the way to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and such efforts have gotten a head start in Israel
The Associated Press49 minutes ago
A doctor tends to a patient suffering from COVID-19 in a ward for coronavirus patients at the Martini hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
As Somalia's COVID-19 cases surge, a variant is suspectedA resurgence of COVID-19 cases is hitting Somalia hard, straining one of the world’s most fragile health systems
The Associated Press1 hour ago
In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo released by the U.S. Navy, the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego sails in San Diego Bay in San Diego, California. Two U.S. Navy warships operating in the Mideast have been affected by the coronavirus, authorities said Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, with the San Diego already at port in Bahrain and another heading to port elsewhere. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle, via AP)
2 US Navy warships in Mideast affected by coronavirusTwo U.S. Navy warships operating in the Mideast have been affected by the coronavirus
The Associated Press1 hour ago
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, a worker inspects syringes of a vaccine for COVID-19 produced by Sinovac at its factory in Beijing. China approved two new more COVID-19 vaccines for wider use Thursday, adding to its growing arsenal of shots: one from CanSino Biologics, and a second one from state-owned Sinopharm. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
Asia Today: 1st vaccines reach arms in S. Korea, Hong KongSouth Korea has administered its first available shots of coronavirus vaccines, launching a mass immunization campaign health authorities hope will restore some level of normalcy by the end of the year
The Associated Press3 hours ago
A nurse prepares for the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at nursing home in Goyang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. South Korea on Friday administered its first available shots of coronavirus vaccines to people at long-term care facilities, launching a mass immunization campaign that health authorities hope will restore some level of normalcy by the end of the year.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
South Korea starts vaccinating, but people over 65 must waitSouth Korea has administered its first coronavirus vaccines to people at long-term care facilities, launching a mass immunization campaign that authorities hope will restore some level of normalcy by the end of the year
The Associated Press3 hours ago
A woman wearing face mask sits in the bleachers of a football pitch after reopening in Hong Kong Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Hong Kong kicks off COVID-19 vaccinations with Sinovac jabHong Kong began administering its first COVID-19 vaccines to the public, kicking off its program offering free vaccinations to all 7.5 million residents
The Associated Press5 hours ago
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 file photo, an elderly woman who fled from the town of Shire to the city of Axum to seek safety, but was then wounded in the jaw during an attack on the city, sits with her head bandaged before dying of her injuries days later, in Axum, in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. A new Amnesty International report issued Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 says soldiers from Eritrea systematically killed "many hundreds" of people, the large majority men, in a massacre in late November 2020 in the Ethiopian city of Axum. (AP Photo/File)
Amnesty report describes Axum massacre in Ethiopia's TigrayA new Amnesty International report says soldiers from Eritrea systematically killed “many hundreds” of people, the large majority men, in a massacre in late November in the Ethiopian city of Axum
The Associated Press7 hours ago
FILE - This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. Facebook said on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, it lift its ban on Australians sharing news after a deal was struck on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Facebook signs pay deals with 3 Australian news publishersFacebook has announced preliminary agreements with three Australian publishers, a day after the Parliament passed a law that would make the digital giants pay for news
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Health workers carry doses of China's Sinovac Corona Vac vaccine for COVID-19 to give seniors in their homes as part of a vaccination program for the house-bound elderly in Marica, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil death toll tops 250,000, virus still running rampant Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 250,000
The Associated Press9 hours ago
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, center, arrives on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at sea. Austin told sailors on the USS Nimitz Thursday that he hopes to avoid long ship deployments like the more than 10 months they just spent at sea. But as he made his first aircraft carrier visit as Pentagon chief, he acknowledged the competing demands for American warships around the globe as he wrestles with security threats from China in the Pacific and Iran in the Middle East.  The Nimitz, which left its homeport of Bremerton, Washington, last April, has been at sea for nearly 300 days, including several weeks of pre-deployment exercises.  (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)
Defense head Austin weighs warship needs in Pacific, MideastDefense Secretary Lloyd Austin is telling sailors on the USS Nimitz that he hopes to avoid long ship deployments like the more than 10 months they just spent at sea
The Associated Press10 hours ago
Pedestrians walk past a body of a prison inmate lying on a street near the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison after an attempted breakout, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. At least seven people were killed and one injured on Thursday after eyewitnesses told The Associated Press that several inmates tried to escape from a prison in Haiti’s capital. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery).
8 dead, including prison director, after Haiti jail breakA prison director was among at least eight people killed after several inmates tried to escape from a prison in Haiti’s capital, a police officer and witnesses said
The Associated Press10 hours ago
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