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UN Council rejects Russia bid to limit Syrian aid deliveries

Jul. 8, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A Russian resolution that would have limited the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria's mainly rebel-held northwest to one crossing point from Turkey was defeated in the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday. The resolution needed a minimum of nine “yes" votes in the 15-member...

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Fauci cautiously optimistic on COVID vaccine

Jul. 8, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The leading U.S. infectious disease expert says he is cautiously optimistic that a coronavirus vaccine with some degree of effectiveness will be successfully developed by the end of the year or the beginning of 2021. Dr. Anthony Fauci told a U.N. event Wednesday that Moderna’s...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jul. 8, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: President Trump Has Tools to Pressure China. Will He Use Them? New York Times July 1 Much of the focus on China in recent months has been over the coronavirus that originated there late last year. But that has hardly slowed...

Germany's Minister of Health Jens Spahn attends a press conference, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

Criticism of US pullout from WHO from allies, China alike

Jul. 8, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Top U.S. allies on Wednesday denounced the planned pullout of the United States from the World Health Organization, with the Italian health minister calling it “wrong” and a political ally of Germany's chancellor warning that the withdrawal could make more room on the world...

UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya `unprecedented'

Jul. 8, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that foreign interference in Libya’s war has reached “unprecedented levels” and urged key players and their backers to unblock the political stalemate and agree to a cease-fire and peace talks. Calling the...

A pupil's temperature is checked on returning to school in Johannesburg, Tuesday July 7, 2020, as more learners were permitted to return to class. Schools were shut down in March prior to a total country lockdown in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus and are now slowly being re-opened. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases surge above a half-million

Jul. 8, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa now has more than a half-million confirmed coronavirus cases, while South Africa's health minister declared Wednesday that “we have now reached the surge.” The continent-wide total is over 509,000, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus walks past replicas of the Terracotta Warriors outside a restaurant in Beijing on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China defends WHO, lashes out at US move to withdraw

Jul. 8, 2020 6:01 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday defended the World Health Organization and lashed out at the U.S. decision to withdraw from the U.N. body. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the move was “another demonstration of the U.S. pursuing unilateralism, withdrawing from groups and breaking...

FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, a dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is displayed at the Neighborcare Health clinics at Vashon Island High School in Vashon Island, Wash. Sri Lanka and Maldives have become the first two countries in the World Health Organization's South-East Asia region to eliminate both measles and rubella ahead of a 2023 target, the U.N. health agency announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

WHO says Sri Lanka and Maldives eliminate measles, rubella

Jul. 8, 2020 5:27 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka and Maldives have become the first two countries in the World Health Organization's South-East Asia region to eliminate both measles and rubella ahead of a 2023 target, the U.N. health agency announced Wednesday. “This success is encouraging and demonstrates the...

UN states reach deal on declaration marking 75th anniversary

Jul. 8, 2020 1:12 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 193 members of the United Nations reached agreement on a declaration to commemorate this year’s 75th anniversary of the world organization, recalling the U.N.’s successes and failure and vowing to build a post-pandemic world that is more equal, works together, and...

FILE - San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. California is creating roving

The Latest: New Zealand to charge patient who went shopping

Jul. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at...