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The Latest: Japan to lift emergency, add virus passports

The Latest: Japan to lift emergency, add virus passports

TOKYO — Japan’s government says the coronavirus state of emergency will end Thursday to help rejuvenate the economy as infections slow. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced virus restrictions will be eased gradually.

Sanofi drops plans for messenger RNA vaccine against virus

PARIS (AP) — French drugmaker Sanofi said Tuesday it was shelving plans for a COVID-19 vaccine based on messenger RNA despite positive results from early stage testing.
Japan to lift all coronavirus emergency steps nationwide

Japan to lift all coronavirus emergency steps nationwide

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government announced Tuesday that the coronavirus state of emergency will end this week to help rejuvenate the economy as infections slow.
The Latest: Pakistan to begin vaccinating children 12 and up

The Latest: Pakistan to begin vaccinating children 12 and up

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s planning minister says the government will begin a drive to vaccinate children aged 12 or above to protect them from coronavirus.
Two Europes: Low vaccine rates in east overwhelm ICUs

Two Europes: Low vaccine rates in east overwhelm ICUs

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — In a packed intensive care unit for coronavirus patients in Romania’s capital, Bucharest, 55-year-old Adrian Pica sits on his bed receiving supplementary oxygen to help him breathe.
Dubai to find out if pandemic-delayed Expo 2020 will pay off

Dubai to find out if pandemic-delayed Expo 2020 will pay off

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A computer-graphic-soaked advertisement featuring Australian actor and Hollywood heartthrob Chris Hemsworth beckons the world to Dubai's upcoming Expo 2020, promising a “world of pure imagination” as children withou
World Bank cuts Asia growth outlook, calls for virus action

World Bank cuts Asia growth outlook, calls for virus action

BEIJING (AP) — The World Bank on Tuesday cut its economic growth forecast for developing countries in East Asia due to the impact of the coronavirus’s delta variant and called on governments to help the poor and small businesses avoid long-term damag
Alabama trying to use COVID relief funds for new prisons

Alabama trying to use COVID relief funds for new prisons

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Facing a Justice Department lawsuit over Alabama's notoriously violent prisons , state lawmakers on Monday began a special session on a $1.
Voter turnout in federal election about average despite pandemic challenges

Voter turnout in federal election about average despite pandemic challenges

OTTAWA — Sixty-two per cent of eligible voters cast ballots in last week's federal election — about average turnout for recent Canadian elections despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blackhawks G Lankinen removed from COVID-19 protocol

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen practiced Monday after he was removed from the COVID-19 protocol list. Lankinen had been held out since Friday. His absence doesn’t necessarily mean he tested positive for COVID-19.