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People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Masks now required for all of Australian state

Jul. 29, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s coronavirus hot spot of Victoria state is making mask wearing compulsory statewide after reporting a new daily high of 723 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Masks have been compulsory in the state capital of Melbourne and a neighboring semi-rural district for the past...

Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer poses for a group photo at a virtual meeting with the European justice and interior ministers in the context of the German EU Council presidency due to the Corona crisis in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (Fabrizio Bensch/Pool via AP)

Germany presses for EU deal on taking in rescued migrants

Jul. 7, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's interior minister called on his European Union colleagues Tuesday to agree on a better and more just solution for the distribution of migrants rescued while attempting to cross the Mediterranean. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said ahead of a video conference with his EU...

A medical staffer conducts COVID-19 tests aboard the Ocean Viking ship in the Mediterranean Sea, Sunday, July 5, 2020. A humanitarian group says its rescue ship with 180 migrants stranded aboard for days has “finally” received instructions to sail to an Italian port, so its passengers can be disembarked. SOS Mediterranee in a tweet on Sunday also described “relief on the #Ocean Viking” when the ship's crew and passengers learned that the rescued migrants are to be disembarked at Porto Empedocle, Sicily, the next day. (Laurence Bondard/SOS Mediterranee via AP)

Charity: Rescue ship gets OK to bring 180 migrants to Sicily

Jul. 5, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A humanitarian group said Sunday its rescue ship with 180 migrants stranded aboard for days has “finally” received instructions to sail to an Italian port, so its passengers can be disembarked. In a tweet, SOS Mediterranee also described “relief on the #Ocean Viking”...

In this photo taken on Thursday, July 3, 2020, migrants and SOS Mediterranee staffers stand aboard the Ocean Viking ship in the Mediterranean Sea. A charity ship says it has declared a state of emergency on board after six of the rescued migrants aboard tried to kill themselves. SOS Mediterranee, which operates the Ocean Viking, said in a statement Friday, July 3, 2020 that some of the 180 migrants have started physical fights among themselves or are threatening fellow survivors and crew. (Flavio Gasperini/SOS Mediterranee via AP)

Aid ship declares emergency after 6 migrants attempt suicide

Jul. 3, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Six migrants aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea tried to kill themselves and others have gotten into fights and threatened fellow passengers and crew members in growing desperation over their inability to find a country willing to take them in, the charity that operates the vessel...