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Visitors wearing face masks walk near the Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace, and one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. South Korea on Saturday reported a six-fold jump in viral infections in four days to 346, most of them linked to a church and a hospital in and around the fourth-largest city where schools were closed and worshipers and others told to avoid mass gatherings. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Virus spreads in South Korean city as thousands are screened

Feb. 22, 2020 8:34 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Saturday reported an eight-fold jump in viral infections in four days to 433, most of them linked to a church and a hospital in and around the nation's fourth-largest city, where health workers scrambled to screen thousands of worshippers. The country also reported...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo, Patrick Morrisey speaks to reporters after a debate in Morgantown, W.Va.  State attorneys general are finding a national settlement over the toll of opioids to be elusive, as some lawyers for state and local governments are renewing public criticism of the proposed deal with a group of companies led by the nation's largest drug distributors.  In a statement Friday, Feb. 21, 2020,  Morrisey, the attorney general in West Virginia, one of the states hit hardest by the opioid crisis, said the $22 billion in cash being offered by distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson plus drugmaker Johnson & Johnson “is way too low.”(AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File)

Opioid settlement still elusive as some lawyers criticize it

Feb. 22, 2020 8:17 AM EST

State attorneys general are finding a national settlement over the toll of opioids to be elusive, as some lawyers for state and local governments are renewing public criticism of the proposed deal with a group of companies led by the nation's largest drug distributors. A group of top state lawyers in October...

A deserted road in the town of Codogno, near Lodi, Northern Italy, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. A dozen northern Italian towns were on effective lockdown Saturday after the new virus linked to China claimed two fatalities in Italy and sickened an increasing number of people who had no direct links to the origin of the virus. The secondary contagions prompted local authorities in towns in Lombardy and Veneto to order schools, businesses and restaurants closed, and to cancel sporting events and Masses. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italian towns on lockdown after 2 virus deaths, clusters

Feb. 22, 2020 8:00 AM EST

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — A dozen northern Italian towns were on effective lockdown Saturday after the new virus linked to China claimed two lives in Italy and sickened an increasing number of people who had no direct links to the origin of the virus. The secondary contagions prompted local authorities in...

FILE- In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, a monkey sits on a hoarding welcoming U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of his visit to Ahmedabad, India. A festive mood has enveloped Ahmedabad in India’s northwestern state of Gujarat ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting Monday with U.S. President Donald Trump, whom he's promised millions of adoring fans. The rally in Modi's home state may help replace his association with deadly anti-Muslim riots in 2002 that landed him with a U.S. travel ban. It may also distract Indians, at least temporarily, from a slumping economy and ongoing protests over a citizenship law that excludes Muslims, but also risks reopening old wounds. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File)

At Trump's India rally, Modi bets on bolstering his image

Feb. 22, 2020 5:38 AM EST

AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — A festive mood has enveloped Ahmedabad in India’s northwestern state of Gujarat ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting there on Monday with President Donald Trump, whom he's promised millions of adoring fans. The rally in Modi's home state may help displace his...

Farm workers and activists march along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Demonstrators are protesting Mexican President Andre Manuel Lopez Obrador's infrastructure projects, including a thermoelectric plant in Morelos state and the

Mexicans march to protest major infrastructure projects

Feb. 21, 2020 8:51 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than 1,000 people marched through the center of Mexico City on Friday in opposition to the government's largest infrastructure projects. The protest brought together unions, environmentalists, students and representatives of Mexico's indigenous peoples, a mix that would seem a...

Personnel carry new beds inside the hospital of Codogno, near Lodi in Northern Italy, Friday, Feb. 21,2020. Health officials reported the country's first cases of contagion of COVID-19 in people who had not been in China. The hospital in Codogno is one of the hospitals - along with specialized Sacco Hospital in Milan - which is hosting the infected persons and the people that were in contact with them and are being isolated. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italy reports 1st virus death, cases more than quadruple

Feb. 21, 2020 7:19 PM EST

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — Italy reported its first death from the new virus from China early Saturday and the number of people infected more than quadrupled due to a cluster of cases that prompted officials to order schools, restaurants and businesses to close. State-run RAI television reported a 78-year-old...

Son of Mexican drug kingpin pleads not guilty to US charges

Feb. 21, 2020 5:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of a fugitive Mexican drug kingpin pleaded not guilty Friday to federal drug charges during an appearance in U.S. District Court after his overnight extradition from Mexico. Ruben Oseguera faces charges of conspiracy to distribute large quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine...

Carmen Cruz, center, speaks at a news conference with several activists to denounce the violence against her son, Erick Díaz Cruz, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 in New York. The 26-year-old Mexican tourist, who works as an assistant to the mayor of the Mexican city of Martínez de la Torre, was visiting his mother Feb. 6 when he was shot by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer during an altercation.

Mother of Mexican tourist shot by ICE agent demands justice

Feb. 21, 2020 5:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a Mexican municipal worker who was shot in the face by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer said on Friday that she wants justice and the federal agent to be held accountable for what he did. Carmen Cruz spoke at a news conference, along with several activists,...

Workers wearing protective gears help clean each other's suits after disinfecting as a precaution against the coronavirus at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. South Korea on Friday declared a

South Korea becomes newest front in shifting virus outbreak

Feb. 21, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Cases of a new virus swelled Friday in South Korea, making the country the newest front in a widening global outbreak centered in China and now reverberating elsewhere. South Korea said two people have died and 204 have been infected with the virus, quadruple the number of cases...

Dominican government asks OAS to investigate e-vote failure

Feb. 21, 2020 3:11 PM EST

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Officials in the Dominican Republic announced Friday that they have asked the Organization of American States to investigate the failure of an electronic voting system some believe was tampered with in an incident that sparked protests and delayed municipal...