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Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike speaks during a press conference at the Metropolitan Government Office Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Tokyo. Experts on Tokyo’s coronavirus task force have raised caution levels for the infections in the Japanese capital to the highest on a scale of four, and urged officials to step up effort to secure more beds, increase testing capacities and raise awareness among the residents about the urgency. The placard reads

The Latest: Tokyo governor warns infections rising quickly

Jul. 15, 2020 6:13 AM EDT

TOKYO — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike says the spread of infections in the Japanese capital has escalated to levels tantamount to “issuing an alarm,” and requested residents and business owners to step up preventive measures. Koike specifically urged restaurants, shops and nightclub operators to...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump trades arenas for Rose Garden in attack on Biden

Jul. 15, 2020 5:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump transformed an event that was supposed to highlight his China policy into an impromptu campaign rally, delivering an expansive and often meandering broadside against Democratic rival Joe Biden on trade, policing and his son's business practices, among other topics. ...

A car displays fruits and vegetables while selling them by the side of a busy road in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Cars have become mobile markets in Zimbabwe where enterprising residents are selling goods from their vehicles to cope with economic hardships caused by the coronavirus. With their car doors and trunks wide open by the side of busy roads, eager sellers display a colorful array of goods in Harare, the capital. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Many Zimbabweans sell goods from their cars in hard times

Jul. 15, 2020 5:52 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Cars have become mobile markets in Zimbabwe where enterprising residents are selling goods from their vehicles to cope with economic hardships caused by the coronavirus. With their car doors and trunks wide open by the side of busy roads, eager sellers display a colorful array of...

A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday as investors were encouraged by news that an experimental COVID-19 vaccine under development by Moderna and the U.S. National Institutes of Health revved up people’s immune systems just as desired. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

World markets mostly higher on hopes for coronavirus vaccine

Jul. 15, 2020 5:51 AM EDT

Shares advanced in global markets on Wednesday as investors took heart from news that an experimental COVID-19 vaccine had revved up people’s immune systems just as desired. Benchmarks rose in Paris, Frankfurt and Tokyo and U.S. futures also saw sold gains. The focus was on news that scientists soon will...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 11, 2020, file photo, an anti-government protester chants slogans as others burn wood and barriers to block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. In recent weeks, Lebanon has been looking for stronger economic relations with eastern countries including China, Iraq and Russia as western countries and oil-rich gulf states have abstained from helping Prime Minister Hassan Diab's government that is backed by Hezbollah and its allies. (AP Photo / Hussein Malla, File)

Lebanon looks to China as US, Arabs refuse to help in crisis

Jul. 15, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Facing a worsening economic crisis and with little chance of Western or oil-rich Arab countries providing assistance without substantial reforms, Lebanon’s cash-strapped government is looking east, hoping to secure investments from China that could bring relief. But help from Beijing...

A man walks by the closed Tropical Isle Bar on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is forcing bars to shut down again just a month after they were allowed to partially reopen. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Let the good times ... hold. Virus recloses New Orleans bars

Jul. 15, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's a fresh taste of bitter medicine for New Orleans: A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is forcing bars in the good-time-loving, tourist-dependent city to shut down again just a month after they were allowed to partially reopen. Louisiana had been an international...

The Latest: China eases restrictions on domestic tourism

Jul. 15, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

BEIJING — China is further easing restrictions on domestic tourism after reporting no new local cases of COVID-19 in nine days. A directive from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism dated Tuesday said that tourist sites should allow 50 percent of their daily visitor capacity, up from 30 percent, and that...

A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday as investors were encouraged by news that an experimental COVID-19 vaccine under development by Moderna and the U.S. National Institutes of Health revved up people’s immune systems just as desired. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian markets mostly higher on hopes for coronavirus vaccine

Jul. 14, 2020 11:38 PM EDT

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday as investors were encouraged by news that an experimental COVID-19 vaccine under development by Moderna and the U.S. National Institutes of Health revved up people’s immune systems just as desired. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 advanced 1.4% to 22,912.24, while the...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump trades arenas for Rose Garden in attack on Biden

Jul. 14, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump transformed an event that was supposed to highlight his China policy into an impromptu campaign rally on Tuesday, delivering an expansive and often meandering broadside against Democratic rival Joe Biden on trade, policing and his son's business practices, among...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden's $2 trillion climate plan aims to reframe debate

Jul. 14, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden released a $2 trillion plan on Tuesday to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from U.S. power plants by 2035, arguing that dramatic action is needed to tackle climate change and revive the economy. In remarks near his home in...