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Saturday 07/04/2020
The Latest: WHO ending hydroxycholorquine trial for COVID
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 4:02 pm

BERLIN — The World Health Organization says it is ending a trial into whether anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine helps patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Amid furor over monuments, Trump seeks `garden' of US heroes
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 4:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a vision for his second term, if he wins one, of establishing a “National Garden of American Heroes” that will pay tribute to some of the most prominent figures in U.S. history, a collection of “the greatest Americans to ever live.”

Police: 2 women hit by car on Seattle highway amid protest
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 3:31 pm

SEATTLE (AP) — A 27-year-old man drove a car onto a closed freeway in Seattle early Saturday and barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters, critically injuring two women, officials said.

Much of US scales back on holiday, but Trump is going big
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 3:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — As coronavirus cases spike, public health officials are pleading with Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations, but subdued is not President Donald Trump's style, and he was going big with a “special evening” that could bring tens of thousands to the National Mall.

As monuments fall, Confederate carving has size on its side
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 12:46 pm

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Some statues of figures from America's slave-owning past have been yanked down by protesters, others dismantled by order of governors or city leaders. But the largest Confederate monument ever crafted — colossal figures carved into the solid rock of a Georgia mountainside — may outlast them all.

'People aren’t stupid': Pence's virus spin tests credibility
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 12:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has long played the straight man to Donald Trump, translating the president's bombast into more measured, calming language.

At Mount Rushmore, Trump digs deeper into nation's divisions
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 11:32 am

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — At the foot of Mount Rushmore and on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump dug deeper into America's divisions by accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”

Trump's `strong wall' to block COVID-19 from China had holes
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 1:01 pm

President Donald Trump has repeatedly credited his February ban on travelers from mainland China as his signature move against the advance of the coronavirus pandemic -- a “strong wall” that allowed only U.S. citizens inside, he boasted in May.

Critics of US-Taliban deal say militants can't be trusted
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 9:31 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence that Afghan militants might have accepted Russian bounties for killing American troops did not scuttle the U.S.-Taliban agreement or President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands more troops from the war.

Stimulus money could pose dilemmas in nursing homes
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 3:00 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. government’s plan to revive the economy. But with many long-term care facilities under lockdown to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, what are the rules around how the money is handled?

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 8:31 am

It was the worst of times. It was the weirdest of times.

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 9:02 am

It was the worst of times. It was the weirdest of times.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's empty assurance on controlling virus
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 3:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — “We have it totally under control,” President Donald Trump said in late January. A month later: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA."

Mississippi could drop Jim Crow-era statewide voting process
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 3:00 pm

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi just ditched its Confederate-themed state flag. Later this year, the state's voters will decide whether to dump a statewide election process that dates to the Jim Crow era.

AP Week in Pictures, Global
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 12:46 am

JUNE 27 - JULY 3, 2020

Friday 07/03/2020
Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 12:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — On an average day, President Donald Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million.

Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 12:00 am

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — At the foot of Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump made a direct appeal to disaffected white voters four months before Election Day, accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”

Today in History
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 11:31 pm

Today in History

8-year-old killed, 3 injured in shooting at Alabama mall
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 11:16 pm

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy was killed Friday in a shooting at an Alabama shopping mall that left three other people injured, police said.

The Latest: Trump to establish 'National Garden' of heroes
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 11:16 pm

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration at Mount Rushmore (all times local):

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 11:00 pm

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens.

More fireworks in Americans' hands for July 4 raises risks
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 9:47 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — For many Americans, the Fourth of July will be more intimate this year. It also could be riskier.

Violence mars Portland protests, frustrates Black community
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 9:01 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters in this liberal, predominantly white city have taken to the streets peacefully every day for more than five weeks to decry police brutality. But violence by smaller groups is dividing the movement and drawing complaints that some white demonstrators are co-opting the moment.

Cops fired over photos of chokehold used on Elijah McClain
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 8:30 pm

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Three officers were fired Friday over photos showing police reenact a chokehold used on Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died last year after police stopped him on the street in a Denver suburb.

`Huge bummer': July Fourth will test Americans' discipline
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 7:32 pm

The U.S. headed into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled, beaches and bars closed, and health authorities warning that this will be a crucial test of Americans' self-control that could determine the trajectory of the surging coronavirus outbreak.

Alabama health officials can't verify 'COVID party' reports
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 9:01 pm

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health said it could not verify reports of so-called COVID-19 parties where students deliberately tried to become infected, but also warned people not to try it.

As Texas reverses course on masks, GOP digs in on convention
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 5:32 pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas began mandating face coverings Friday on the orders of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, his party charged ahead with plans for a massive convention this month in Houston, magnifying the conflicting responses in the Texas GOP to a rampant resurgence of the coronavirus.

Epstein cohort's arrest becomes new test for plea deal
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 7:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Before Jeffrey Epstein’s jailhouse suicide last year, his defense hinged on a 2008 deal with federal prosecutors in Florida over his alleged sexual abuse of multiple teenage girls. His lawyers said it prevented him from being charged with further crimes.

Venezuela sanctions set off fight for 'plundered' oil cargo
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 5:08 pm

MIAMI (AP) — For two months, the Malta-flagged oil tanker Alkimos has been quietly floating off the Gulf Coast of Texas, undisturbed by the high-stakes legal fight playing out in a federal courtroom as a result of American sanctions on Venezuela.

White Mich. couple charged after gun pulled on Black family
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 3:16 pm

A white couple face criminal charges after one of them was captured on video pulling a handgun on a Black woman and her daughters in a restaurant parking lot in Michigan.

Move to rename 'Bloody Sunday' bridge has critics in Selma
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:15 pm

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Thousands gathered in this river city in 1940 to dedicate a new bridge in honor of white supremacist Edmund Pettus, a Confederate general and reputed Ku Klux Klan leader. Just 25 years later, the bridge became a global landmark when civil rights marchers were beaten at its base.

Second wave of virus closures wallops California restaurants
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 1:32 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Homayoun Dariyani was training servers and cooks for his soon-to-open gourmet hamburger grill in March when California abruptly shut down dine-in restaurants to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 1:16 pm

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:

World stocks mostly dip with US closed for holiday
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 12:46 pm

World stock markets fell slightly in Europe on Friday after gains in Asia, with trading somewhat subdued by a long holiday weekend in the U.S.

Geofence warrants to be tested in Virginia bank robbery case
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 7:32 pm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It was a terrifying bank robbery: Demanding cash in a handwritten note, a man waved a gun, threatened to kill a teller's family, ordered employees and customers onto the floor and escaped with $195,000.

Can Trump's anti-mail-voting crusade hurt him in key states?
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 7:32 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign and allies have blocked efforts to expand mail-in voting, forcing an awkward confrontation with top GOP election officials who are promoting the opposite in their states.

Virus concerns grow — as do crowds flocking to Jersey Shore
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 11:02 am

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore.

US jobs surge: Trump sees sunshine, Biden 'no victory yet'
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 10:01 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. economy just posted its best single-month job gain in history.

Only verified intelligence? A look at presidents' briefings
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 8:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence.

Thursday 07/02/2020
White Mich. couple arrested after gun pulled on Black family
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:47 pm

A white couple was arrested after at least one handgun was pulled on a Black woman and her daughters during a videotaped confrontation in a restaurant parking lot in Michigan, authorities said Thursday.

Jersey Shore at a glance as July Fourth comes amid pandemic
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:47 pm

Here's a quick look at what's open and which coronavirus-related restrictions remain in place at the Jersey Shore as the July Fourth weekend arrives:

Today in History
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:31 pm

Today in History

Only verified intelligence? A look at presidents' briefings
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:33 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence.

US jobs surge: Trump sees sunshine, Biden 'no victory yet'
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:06 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. economy just posted its best single-month job gain in history.

Supreme Court blocks curbside voting in Alabama
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 1:03 am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Thursday blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama and waiving some absentee ballot requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asian shares advance following upbeat US jobs report
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:06 pm

Markets advanced in Asia on Friday following a Wall Street rally driven by strong jobs data.

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:03 am

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week.

How California went from success story to virus hot spot
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 7:32 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California's mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened.

Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 states
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 7:32 pm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Four U.S. states — Arizona, California, Florida and Texas — reported a combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday as the infection curve rose in 40 of the 50 states heading into the July Fourth holiday weekend.

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 6:33 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99.

World News

Saturday 07/04/2020
English pubs reopen but little normal elsewhere in the world
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 4:01 pm

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Pubs, hair salons and movie theaters across England reopened Saturday as part of Britain’s biggest step toward post-outbreak normal, while South Africa and other parts of the world signaled anything but — reporting another day of record confirmed coronavirus cases.

Virus spike in Spain reveals plight of seasonal farm workers
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:47 pm

LLEIDA, Spain (AP) — In the 20 years since he left his native Senegal, Biram Fall has never slept in the streets. This week, when he ran out of savings after failing to find work in northern Spain’s peach orchards, he still refused to do so.

AMERICAN DIARY: July 4 hurts, until I remember my WWII uncle
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 1:01 pm

RIO RANCHO, N.M, (AP) — The July Fourth holiday hurts me every year. Waving flags seems out of place, and wearing anything stars and stripes makes me feel like Apollo Creed in "Rocky." Lee Greenwood’s song “God Bless The U.S.A." doesn’t invoke patriotism inside of me, and I never take advantage of those exclusive, one-day mattress sales.

US envoy forges ahead with troubled Taliban peace deal
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 8:46 am

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington's envoy to Afghanistan on Saturday emphasized the economic benefits of the peace deal with the Taliban, forging ahead with an agreement that has run into new political obstacles in the U.S. and the region.

Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 8:15 am

BEIRUT (AP) — Alaa Arnous and his family found the photo of his father Mohammed online last week, the first proof of his fate since he was seized by Syrian government forces seven years ago. The image showed his corpse, his face battered and bruised, his mouth hanging open.

Sex workers lack food for taking HIV drugs during COVID-19
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 7:31 am

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — As the coronavirus spreads in Africa, it threatens in multiple ways those who earn their living on the streets — people like Mignonne, a 25-year-old sex worker with HIV.

Asia Today: 3,000 Australians in Melbourne in hard lockdown
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 5:46 am

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Victoria state recorded 108 new coronavirus cases Saturday, forcing authorities to lock down nine public housing towers and three more Melbourne suburbs.

Heavy rain floods southern Japan; over a dozen presumed dead
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 8:01 am

TOKYO (AP) — Heavy rain in southern Japan triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen people presumed dead, about 10 missing and dozens stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said.

Friday 07/03/2020
Mexican soldiers kill 12 gunmen in city on border with Texas
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 5:46 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers patrolling in the border city of Nuevo Laredo came under fire from drug cartel gunmen Friday, then killed 12 of their attackers in a gunbattle, the military said.

South Africa's hospitals bracing for surge of virus patients
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 1:45 pm

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The nurse started crying when describing her work at a Johannesburg hospital: The ward for coronavirus patients is full, so new arrivals are sent to the general ward, where they wait days for test results. Already 20 of her colleagues have tested positive.

Iran declines to disclose cause of mysterious nuke site fire
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 7:32 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An online video and messages purportedly claiming responsibility for a fire that analysts say damaged a centrifuge assembly plant at Iran's underground Natanz nuclear site deepened the mystery Friday around the incident — even as Tehran insisted it knew the cause but would not make it public due to “security reasons.”

English pubs are reopening — they won't be the same
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 11:45 am

LONDON (AP) — Asking people in English pubs to keep their distance is going to be tough after they’ve had a few of their favorite tipples.

Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 11:16 am

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have finalized the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn't ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers' money.

Asia Today: Kim urges North Koreans to keep up virus fight
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 10:30 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to maintain alertness against the coronavirus, warning that complacency risked “unimaginable and irretrievable crisis,” state media said Friday.

Was new Chex flavor worth South Koreans' 16-year wait?
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 10:16 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans have waited 16 long years for a savory, crispy bite that would satisfy their taste buds and right an infamous wrong. This week, they finally could fill a bowl with the cereal they wanted all along: green onion-flavored Chex.

Modi visits military base close to China amid standoff
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 10:00 am

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unannounced visit Friday to a military base in a remote region bordering China where troops from the two countries have been facing off for nearly two months.

Activist leaves Hong Kong after new law to advocate abroad
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 7:46 am

HONG KONG (AP) — Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law has left the city for an undisclosed location after testifying in a U.S. congressional hearing about a tough new security law imposed by mainland China on the semi-autonomous territory.

AP Interview: Barcelona mayor wants Columbus statue debate
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 7:30 am

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Christopher Columbus has been decapitated, defaced, or quietly removed for his own good from pedestals across the United States in the wake of the protests for racial justice sweeping the country.

Kim Jong Un urges North Koreans to keep up virus fight
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 3:46 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to maintain alertness against the coronavirus, warning that complacency risked “unimaginable and irretrievable crisis,” state media said Friday.

First coronavirus then Trump order split Indian families
Posted: July 03, 2020 - 12:05 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — The March day that his father died, Karan Murgai boarded a plane to India.

Thursday 07/02/2020
Paraguay controls coronavirus, while its neighbors struggle
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 12:00 am

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — As nearby nations grapple with uncontrolled spread of the novel coronavirus, the poor, landlocked nation of Paraguay appears to be controlling the disease, with just a few thousand confirmed cases and a few dozen deaths.

Asian shares advance following upbeat US jobs report
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:06 pm

Markets advanced in Asia on Friday following a Wall Street rally driven by strong jobs data.

Blue Jays granted exemption to train in Toronto
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 1:02 am

TORONTO (AP) — All 30 Major League Baseball teams will train at their regular-season ballparks for the pandemic-shortened season after the Toronto Blue Jays received a Canadian federal government exemption on Thursday to work out at Rogers Centre.

Mexican state eyes closing US border as Arizona cases rise
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 9:30 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s coronavirus outbreak rose by a record 6,741 confirmed cases and 679 deaths Thursday, putting the country’s toll of 29,189 COVID-19 deaths higher than Spain’s, though the milestone was overshadowed by the resurgence in the United States.

Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 states
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 7:32 pm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Four U.S. states — Arizona, California, Florida and Texas — reported a combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday as the infection curve rose in 40 of the 50 states heading into the July Fourth holiday weekend.

Brazil network ends Rio soccer deal over new Bolsonaro rule
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 5:35 pm

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s TV Globo terminated its contract with Rio de Janeiro state’s local soccer body Thursday after powerhouse club Flamengo broadcast a home match using the team’s YouTube account under a new federal rule.

Death toll rises to 26 in Mexican drug rehab center attack
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 4:18 pm

IRAPUATO, Mexico (AP) — The killing of 26 people in an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico is the deadliest such attack in a decade and has led to calls for change in a prosperous state that has become a cartel battleground.

Human foosball: New form of soccer developed for pandemic
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 7:06 pm

PERGAMINO, Argentina (AP) — Soccer-starved Argentines have found a way to play their beloved sport while social distancing, though the rules have been altered and the dazzling end-to-end dashes produced by national legend Diego Maradona are impossible.

British judge denies Maduro Venezuela's gold in London bank
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 4:02 pm

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Thursday refused to give Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro control of nearly $2 billion in gold sitting in a Bank of England vault because Britain does not recognize the socialist leader as president of the Latin American nation.

Analysts: Fire at Iran nuclear site hit centrifuge facility
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 3:45 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A fire and an explosion struck a centrifuge production plant above Iran's underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility early Thursday, analysts said, one of the most-tightly guarded sites in all of the Islamic Republic after earlier acts of sabotage there.

Death toll rises to 26 in Mexican drug rehab center attack
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 3:30 pm

IRAPUATO, Mexico (AP) — The killing of 26 people in an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico is the deadliest such attack in a decade and has led to calls for change in a prosperous state that has become a cartel battleground.

Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 162 people
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 3:45 pm

HPAKANT, Myanmar (AP) — At least 162 people were killed Thursday in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, the worst in a series of deadly accidents at such sites in recent years that critics blame on the government's failure to take action against unsafe conditions.

Lives Lost: Brazilian toddler was saying her first words
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 3:15 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Vitoria Gabrielle crawled all the time and was starting to walk this year with a little help, hanging on to her 4-year-old brother's arm while exploring her mother's small apartment on a cobblestone street in Rio de Janeiro's working-class Piety neighborhood.

Crusading Mexican labor lawyer freed, banned from traveling
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:16 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Crusading Mexican labor lawyer Susana Prieto has been released from jail, but said she has been banned from travelling to the border state of Tamaulipas where she led a historic 2019 battle for higher wages.

US, Russia share a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan
Posted: July 02, 2020 - 1:48 pm

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Moscow and Washington are intertwined in a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan, with both suffering thousands of dead and wounded in conflicts lasting for years.

Study: World's pile of electronic waste grows ever higher
Posted: July 02, 2020 - 1:02 pm

BERLIN (AP) — The world's mountain of discarded flat-screen TVs, cellphones and other electronic goods grew to a record high last year, according to an annual report released Thursday.

Visa lottery winners feel cheated by Trump's visa ban
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 5:48 pm

CAIRO (AP) — Noha, an Egyptian engineer, should feel lucky after winning a visa lottery that randomly selects people from a pool of more than 14 million applications for about 55,000 green cards that would let them live permanently in the United States.

Russian opposition denounces vote extending Putin's rule
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:15 am

MOSCOW (AP) — A vote that cleared the way for President Vladimir Putin to rule Russia until 2036 was denounced Thursday by his political opponents as a “Pyrrhic victory” that will only further erode his support and legitimacy.

French Open to allow fans in stands at the tournament
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:03 am

PARIS (AP) — The French Open will allow fans to attend this year's postponed tournament.

Asia Today: India's virus cases surpass 600,000, curve rises
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 10:01 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's number of coronavirus cases passed 600,000 on Thursday with the nation's infection curve rising and its testing capacity being increased.

Photo of toddler sitting on slain grandpa angers Kashmiris
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 9:01 am

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A photo of a toddler sitting on the chest of of his dead grandfather has outraged residents of Indian-controlled Kashmir after the victim’s family accused government forces of shooting the 65-year-old man during a clash with rebels in the disputed region.

Funeral planned Wednesday for retired pope's elder brother
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 8:02 am

BERLIN (AP) — A funeral is to be held in Germany next week for the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI who died Wednesday at the age of 96.

Virus ban gives tobacco illegal drug status in South Africa
Posted: July 02, 2020 - 6:44 am

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The message was dropped into a WhatsApp group used by suburban moms in South Africa. Amid the grumblings over homeschooling during lockdown, one mom went off topic: “Does anyone know where to get illegal cigarettes? I just need a few. I'm desperate.”

Novak Djokovic and his wife test negative for coronavirus
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 8:47 am

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic and his wife have tested negative for the coronavirus, his media team said Thursday, 10 days after announcing they had contracted the disease.

Court considers status of Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 3:46 am

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s highest administrative court on Thursday began considering a request to turn Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia, which now serves as a museum, back into a mosque.

Sudan's bid to ban genital mutilation sparks hope, caution
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:01 am

CAIRO (AP) — It’s been more than 60 years. But the scene is seared still into Kawthar Ali’s mind. The women pinned her down on a bed. She was maybe 5 1/2 or 6 years old. Holding her knees, they spread her legs open, her genitals exposed.

Long-shut factory helps COVID-struck Afghans breathe free
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:01 am

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Seven years ago, Najibullah Seddiqi closed his oxygen factory, frustrated with power cuts and with rampant corruption that kept him from getting contracts with hospitals.

Wednesday 07/01/2020
Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher on vaccine hopes
Updated: July 01, 2020 - 11:30 pm

Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Thursday as hopes for development of a coronavirus vaccine competed with concern about rising U.S. infections.

Divided West can do little as China tightens up on Hong Kong
Updated: July 01, 2020 - 8:02 pm

LONDON (AP) — From Tokyo to Brussels, political leaders have swiftly decried Beijing’s move to impose a tough national security law on Hong Kong that cracks down on subversive activity and protest in the semi-autonomous territory.

Health experts slam US deal for large supply of virus drug
Updated: July 01, 2020 - 5:31 pm

LONDON (AP) — Public health experts on Wednesday criticized the U.S. for securing a large supply of the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19.

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