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Cyprus to require COVID-19 tests for all arrivals from China

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The government of Cyprus said Wednesday it will require all passengers arriving from China to produce evidence of a negative coronavirus test as the Asian country grapples with a nationwide COVID-19 outbreak .
UK Conservatives suspend lawmaker for vaccine misinformation

UK Conservatives suspend lawmaker for vaccine misinformation

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s governing Conservative Party on Wednesday suspended a lawmaker who spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and compared the inoculations to the Holocaust.
Turkish Medical Association chief convicted of terror charge

Turkish Medical Association chief convicted of terror charge

ISTANBUL (AP) — A court convicted the president of the Turkish Medical Association on Wednesday of disseminating “terror organization propaganda” following a trial that human rights groups had denounced as an attempt to silence government critics.
Zimbabwe threatens health workers with jail if they strike

Zimbabwe threatens health workers with jail if they strike

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has brought in a law that bans health workers such as nurses and doctors from prolonged strikes, imposing punishments of up to six months in jail for defiant workers or union leaders, state-run media and a government
Japan, South Korea protest China visa stoppage in COVID spat

Japan, South Korea protest China visa stoppage in COVID spat

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and South Korea defended their public health restrictions on travelers from China on Wednesday, a day after China stopped issuing new visas in both countries in apparent retaliation.
WHO, officials say Uganda's latest Ebola outbreak is over

WHO, officials say Uganda's latest Ebola outbreak is over

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's latest outbreak of the Ebola virus is over, the government and the World Health Organization said Wednesday. Health Minister Ruth Aceng told journalists that no new cases had been registered in the past 42 days.
Illinois lawmakers greenlight enhanced abortion protections

Illinois lawmakers greenlight enhanced abortion protections

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday approved a measure protecting Illinois' access to abortion from out-of-state meddling, making the state the latest to pursue such protections since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last June.
China halts visas for Japan, South Korea in COVID-19 spat

China halts visas for Japan, South Korea in COVID-19 spat

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese embassies stopped issuing new visas for South Koreans and Japanese on Tuesday in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 measures recently imposed by those countries on travelers from China.

W.R. Grace offers $18.5M to settle Montana asbestos claims

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The owner of a former vermiculite mine in northwestern Montana that spread harmful asbestos in and around the town of Libby has offered $18.5 million to settle the last of the state's claims for environmental damages, Gov.
Pentagon drops COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troops

Pentagon drops COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon formally dropped its COVID-19 vaccination mandate Tuesday, but a new memo signed by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also gives commanders some discretion in how or whether to deploy troops who are not vaccinated.