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Pakistani journalists' group vows to fight for press freedom

Pakistani journalists' group vows to fight for press freedom

ISLAMABAD — The media is facing growing censorship, attacks and harassment in Pakistan that are threatening freedom of the press, a committee of journalists said Monday. The government said there are no curbs on journalists in the country.

Saudi king names new economy minister, eldest son as adviser

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointed a new economy minister and named his eldest living son as a special adviser in a series of royal decrees issued early Monday.
At least 26 die when speedboat overturns in Bangladesh river

At least 26 die when speedboat overturns in Bangladesh river

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A speedboat carrying about 30 passengers overturned after hitting a sand-laden cargo boat in a Bangladeshi river on Monday, leaving at least 26 people dead, an official said.

Philippines protests `blocking' of its patrol ships by China

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government has protested the Chinese coast guard's harassment of Philippine coast guard ships patrolling a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.
Tokyo Games need 500 nurses; nurses say needs are elsewhere

Tokyo Games need 500 nurses; nurses say needs are elsewhere

TOKYO — Some nurses in Japan are incensed at a request from Tokyo Olympic organizers to have 500 of them dispatched to help out with the games. They say they’re already near the breaking point dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Russia, facing lags, turns to China to produce Sputnik shots

Russia, facing lags, turns to China to produce Sputnik shots

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Russia is turning to multiple Chinese firms to manufacture the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in an effort to speed up production as demand soars for its shot.
New Zealand leader Ardern takes tougher stance on China

New Zealand leader Ardern takes tougher stance on China

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took a tougher stance on China's human rights record Monday by saying it was getting harder to reconcile differences as China's role in the world grows.
Russia lags behind others in its COVID-19 vaccination drive

Russia lags behind others in its COVID-19 vaccination drive

MOSCOW — While at the Park House shopping mall in northern Moscow, Vladimir Makarov saw it was offering the coronavirus vaccine to customers, so he asked how long it would take.
Syrian court accepts 3 candidates to run for president

Syrian court accepts 3 candidates to run for president

BEIRUT — Syria’s Supreme constitutional Court has accepted three applications out of 51 for candidacy for this month’s presidential elections in the war-torn country, state media reported Monday.

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian village after shooting

JERUSALEM — Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank overnight, setting brush fires and hurling stones, Palestinian officials and an Israeli rights group said Monday.