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A health worker collects material from Monica da Costa for a COVID-19 test in Manacapuru, Amazonas state, Brazil, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Several members of the family where feeling symptoms and some already tested positive for the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

UK vaccine summit calls for freely available virus vaccine

Jun. 4, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A vaccine summit hosted by Britain on Thursday raised billions of dollars to immunize children in developing countries as experts wrestled with the difficult question of how any potential vaccine against the new coronavirus might be distributed globally — and fairly. The United Nations...

Brad Keselowski (2) drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn. Keselowski won the race. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NCAA sets new schedule for early draft entrants to withdraw

Jun. 4, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The NCAA has set a new schedule for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school. The NCAA announced Thursday that it would give players until 10 days after the NBA scouting combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes...

Dealers in masks wait for customers before the reopening of the D Las Vegas hotel and casino, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. Casinos were allowed to reopen on Thursday after temporary closures as a precaution against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Latest: Disney World to open with no parades, fireworks

Jun. 4, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. — When Walt Disney World reopens next month for the first time since it closed due to the spread of the new coronavirus, there will be no parades, fireworks shows nor “meet-and-greet” sessions with performers dressed as Disney characters. Union official Eric Clinton told members...

Health workers attend a training session on handling the coronavirus pandemic in villages in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Asia Today: Australia to restart flights to New Zealand

Jun. 4, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Canberra Airport opened a register for travelers interested in flying from the Australian capital to New Zealand on July 1 in a proposed resumption of international travel. The proposal to restart flights connecting the two capitals was under discussion between the two...

In this handout photo provided by the Press Information Bureau, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a virtual meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, June 4, 2020. India and Australia upgraded their relationship with a raft of agreements Thursday, including strengthening defense ties and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific maritime issues. The agreements were signed during a virtual summit between Modi and Morrison. (Press Information Bureau via AP)

India, Australia sign defense, trade deals to bolster ties

Jun. 4, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India and Australia upgraded their relationship with a raft of agreements Thursday, including strengthening defense ties and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific maritime issues. The agreements were signed during a virtual summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian...

Community activist Kunal Kanase, 31, stands for a picture in a lane of Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai, India, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Kanase is among many unsung heroes working to protect some of India’s most vulnerable people from the ravages of the coronavirus and the economically devastating nationwide lockdown that has left millions unable to feed themselves. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Amid virus, those in India's largest slum help one another

Jun. 4, 2020 1:28 AM EDT

KOHIMA, India (AP) — There are no secrets in the tightly packed lanes of Dharavi, India’s largest slum. Everyone knows when an alcoholic husband turns violent, when children are scolded, or when a family has its television turned up too loud. So, news that someone had been hospitalized with the new...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

Police officers patrol a deserted beach before Cyclone Nisarga makes landfall in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. A storm in the Arabian Sea off India's west coast intensified into a severe cyclone on Wednesday, gathering speed as it barreled toward India's financial capital of Mumbai. Nisarga was forecast to drop heavy rains and winds gusting up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour when it makes landfall Wednesday afternoon as a category 4 cyclone near the coastal city of Alibagh, about 98 kilometers (60 miles) south of Mumbai, India's Meteorological Department said. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Cyclone spares India's business capital from major damage

Jun. 3, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

MUMBAI, India (AP) — The first cyclone in more than a century to hit India's financial capital of Mumbai appeared to have largely spared the metropolis on Wednesday. No deaths or major damages were reported as workers began clearing fallen trees and other debris from affected areas along India's western...

People wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a wedding hall in Suwon, South Korea, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Kim Jong-taik/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN body calls for action on debt amid pandemic

Jun. 2, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ UNITED NATIONS — The president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council is calling...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, a health worker from an aid organization walks wearing a hazmat suit at the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Authorities in Bangladesh on Tuesday, June 2, confirmed the first death of a Rohingya refugee amid rising cases of new infections in the sprawling camps in the South Asian country where more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims have been sheltered after fleeing from neighboring Myanmar, according to a doctor and the United Nations. The 71-year-old refugee died Saturday at Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar, but samples collected from him proved positive on Monday, said Abu Toha M.R. Bhuiyan, chief health coordinator of the office of Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner. (AP Photo/Shafiqur Rahman, File)

Bangladesh confirms 1st death of Rohingya from coronavirus

Jun. 2, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh have confirmed the first death of a Rohingya refugee from the coronavirus, as infections rise in sprawling camps where more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims have been living since fleeing from neighboring Myanmar. The 71-year-old refugee died Saturday at...