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South Africa's Zulu king is buried amid praise, controversy

South Africa's Zulu king is buried amid praise, controversy

JOHANNESBURG — The traditional leader of South Africa’s 12 million Zulu people, King Goodwill Zwelithini, has been laid to rest in a private ceremony early Thursday.
Japan to end virus emergency in Tokyo despite rebound fears

Japan to end virus emergency in Tokyo despite rebound fears

TOKYO — Japan said Thursday it would end a monthslong state of emergency in the Tokyo area set up to curb the spread of the coronavirus, despite concerns the spring party season and next week’s Olympic torch relay could fuel a resurgence.
Blinken urges China to convince North Korea to denuclearize

Blinken urges China to convince North Korea to denuclearize

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — America’s top diplomat on Thursday pressed China to use its “tremendous influence” to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, hours after the North said it will ignore U.S. offers to resume negotiations.
Tokyo Olympics: Yet another scandal over sexist comments

Tokyo Olympics: Yet another scandal over sexist comments

TOKYO — In yet another setback for the postponed Tokyo Olympics — and another involving comments about women — games' creative director Hiroshi Sasaki resigned on Thursday after making demeaning comments about a well-known female celebrity in Japan.
EXPLAINER: NKorea's anger to US may actually be an overture

EXPLAINER: NKorea's anger to US may actually be an overture

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — After giving the Biden administration the silent treatment for two months, North Korea this week marshalled two powerful women to warn Washington over combined military exercises with South Korea and the diplomatic consequ
White supremacist propaganda surged in 2020, report says

White supremacist propaganda surged in 2020, report says

NEW YORK — White supremacist propaganda reached alarming levels across the U.S. in 2020, according to a new report that the Anti-Defamation League provided to The Associated Press.

US sends investigators to probe another Michigan Tesla crash

LANSING, Mich. — For the second time this week, the U.S. government’s road safety agency is sending a team to investigate a Tesla crash in Michigan.
For Biden, questions about Cuomo grow harder to ignore

For Biden, questions about Cuomo grow harder to ignore

NEW YORK — President Joe Biden's relentless effort to avoid the day-to-day distractions of the political world is being put to the test by the growing calls for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign.
Helicopter crash kills 9 Afghan troops in central province

Helicopter crash kills 9 Afghan troops in central province

KABUL — A helicopter crash overnight has taken the lives of at least nine Afghan military personnel in a central province, the defence ministry said Thursday.
James Levine, who ruled over Met Opera, dead at age 77

James Levine, who ruled over Met Opera, dead at age 77

NEW YORK — Conductor James Levine, who ruled over the Metropolitan Opera for more than four decades before being eased aside when his health declined and then was fired for sexual improprieties, has died. He was 77.