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In this UNTV image, Kim Song, Permanent Representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations, speaks in person during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. (UNTV via AP)

North Korea on virus threat: 'Under safe and stable control'

Sep. 29, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

North Korea on Tuesday called on the world's governments to “display effective leadership” in the fight against COVID-19 and said its own measures against the pandemic, which it called “preemptive, timely and strong,” ensured it had the threat “under safe and stable control."...

Supporters hold placards showing former Defense Minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N'Daw, above, who is now transitional president, and Col. Assimi Goita, below, head of the junta that staged the Aug. 18 coup and who is now transitional vice president, outside a swearing-in ceremony in the capital Bamako, Mali,  Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Mali's transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation, as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc ECOWAS, and amid uncertainty about details of the transition period. (AP Photo)

The Latest: Mali notable in its absence from UN meeting

Sep. 29, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): ___ 5:06 p.m. A country missing from the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders is the West African nation of Mali, whose leadership is in mid-overhaul after a military coup last month. The country late last week...

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, left, confers with Rico Munn, superintendent of Aurora, Colo., Public Schools, as they head into a news conference about the increase in COVID-19 cases in the state and how parents need to enroll their children in school during the pandemic Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Latest: Missouri sees spike in virus hospitalizations

Sep. 29, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

O’FALLON, Mo. — The number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus has nearly tripled in areas outside of Missouri’s two largest metropolitan areas since the state reopened for business in mid-June, according to state health department data Tuesday. The Missouri Department of Health and...

Passengers of the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship stand outside their cabins as the ship is docked at Piraeus port, near Athens on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Greek authorities say 12 crew members on a Maltese-flagged cruise ship carrying more than 1,500 people on a Greek islands tour have tested positive for coronavirus and have been isolated on board.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece: Cruise ship cleared to go after COVID scare

Sep. 29, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Health inspectors in Greece said Tuesday that an emergency docking order for a cruise ship near Athens can now be lifted after crew members suspected of having been infected with COVID-19 tested negative. The Maltese-flagged Mein Schiff 6, carrying more than 1,500 people, was...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, centre, arrives to take part in a coronavirus press conference, in Berlin, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states conferred on how to prevent the country’s coronavirus infection figures from accelerating to the levels being seen in other European countries. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

As cases rise, Germany plans new virus restrictions, fines

Sep. 29, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed Tuesday on plans meant to keep the country’s coronavirus infection figures from accelerating to levels being seen in other European countries, while keeping schools and businesses open if possible. New...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 28, 2020 file photo, children swing in a playground at Leopold park during the partial lifting of coronavirus, COVID-19, lockdown regulations in Brussels. The European Union's external auditor said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 that child poverty has reached worrying levels across the world's largest economy, and has become an unacceptable situation likely to worsen during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Child poverty likely to increase in EU amid virus pandemic

Sep. 29, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Child poverty has reached an “unacceptable" level across the European Union, the world's largest trading bloc, a situation likely to worsen during the coronavirus pandemic, the EU's external auditor said Tuesday. According to EU data, almost 23 million people under 18 —...

Dutch students chat in the kitchen of their shared house in Leiden, Netherlands on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic is hitting students hard in Leiden, the Netherlands' oldest university city. With the virus casting a long shadow over education here and around the world, most lectures are online and the vibrant social life has been reined in to slow the spread of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

Dutch students work hard to keep virus out of shared houses

Sep. 29, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

LEIDEN, Netherlands (AP) — This is not the student life Iris Raats had hoped for when she was accepted at Leiden University to study law. With the coronavirus pandemic casting its long shadow over education in the Netherlands and around the world, most of her lectures are online and the vibrant social...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, recently filled graves are seen in the Olifantsveil Cemetery outside Johannesburg, South Africa. The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders' resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

A viral march across the planet, tracked by a map in motion

Sep. 29, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

On a Thursday night in early January, the disease that would become known as COVID-19 claimed its first victim, a 61-year-old man who succumbed to the newly identified coronavirus in the city of Wuhan, in the People’s Republic of China. Nine months later, the pandemic took its millionth life. And while...

Locals walk past a mural dedicated to Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes, in Mexico City, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Smallpox was brought to Mexican lands by the Spanish and played a significant role in the downfall of the Aztec Empire Smallpox and other newly introduced diseases went on to kill tens of millions of Indigenous people in the Americas who had no resistance to the European illnesses. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

500 years ago, another epidemic swept Mexico: smallpox

Sep. 29, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — There were mass cremations of bodies; entire families died and the inhabitants of the city, afraid to pull their bodies out, simply collapsed their homes on top of them to bury them on the spot. The scene, beyond even the current coronavirus pandemic, was a scourge brought 500 years ago...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020, file photo, head mortician Jordi Fernandez prepares a coffin before placing the body of a COVID-19 victim in an underground parking garage turned into a morgue at the Collserola funeral home in Barcelona. The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders' resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Worldwide grief: Death toll from coronavirus tops 1 million

Sep. 29, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Joginder Chaudhary was his parents’ greatest pride, raised with the little they earned farming a half-acre plot in central India to become the first doctor from their village. For the coronavirus, though, he was just one more in a million. After the virus killed the 27-year-old...