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New York Yankees' Clint Frazier wears a mask while playing in left field against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The Latest: Cypriot soccer ramps up coronavirus testing

Sep. 25, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Cyprus is ramping up coronavirus testing for soccer players and shutting down smaller stadium locker rooms following the emergence of large clusters of COVID-19 infections at two first division teams. Officials from the health...

Visitors wearing face masks take a selfie with the iconic cartoon characters Donald Duck and Daisy Duck at the Hong Kong Disneyland, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Hong Kong Disneyland reopened its doors to visitors after closed temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Asia Today: India's daily new virus cases on declining trend

Sep. 25, 2020 5:49 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another 86,052 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a declining trend with recoveries exceeding new cases this week. The latest update from the Health Ministry on Friday raised the nation’s total to more than 5.8 million. The ministry said 1,141 more people died in...

Young visitors wearing face masks look at the iconic cartoon characters Goofy and Pluto at the Hong Kong Disneyland, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Hong Kong Disneyland reopened its doors to visitors after closed temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The Latest: Disneyland Hong Kong opens as city's cases fall

Sep. 25, 2020 5:45 AM EDT

BEIJING — Hong Kong Disneyland has reopened for the second time as the semi-autonomous Chinese city again appears to have brought new coronavirus cases down to near-zero. The resort shut down during the initial stage of China's outbreak when Hong Kong closed schools and offices. Disneyland reopened after...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020 file photo, a general view of the Philippe-Chatrier tennis court with its new retractable roof during a media tour at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Damir Dzumhur's coach called Roland Garros organizers

Virus again slashes French Open crowd sizes; now only 1,000

Sep. 25, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Already repeatedly trimmed, crowd sizes for the French Open have been reduced again ahead of play starting this weekend — to only 1,000 spectators per day — because of the worsening coronavirus epidemic in Paris. The new limit, reduced from 5,000 per day, was first announced by...

People receive COVID-19 tests at a mobile testing center in Marseille, France, Thursday Sept. 24, 2020. French Health Minister Olivier Veran announced the closure of all restaurants and bars in the Marseille region and restrictions across a dozen other cities to stem the resurgent spread of the virus. With COVID-19 patients now occupying more than 10% of France's intensive care beds, Veran stopped short of imposing new lockdowns, but urged people to resume working from home and stop gathering with big groups of family and friends. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

France's virus rebound: Marseille fights against closures

Sep. 25, 2020 3:30 AM EDT

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Angry restaurant and bar owners are demonstrating in Marseille to challenge a French government order to close all public venues as of Saturday to battle resurgent virus infections. The protesters, and local officials in France’s second-biggest city, are also threatening...

Israeli Dr. Ronni Gamzu speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at his office near the central Israeli city of Lod, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Gamzu is a cancer survivor. It was that personal battle that readied him for his greatest professional challenge: steering Israel's troubled coronavirus response. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

AP Interview: Israeli virus czar fights outbreak, politics

Sep. 25, 2020 2:19 AM EDT

AIRPORT CITY, Israel (AP) — When Dr. Ronni Gamzu, one of Israel’s leading public health experts, was named the country's coronavirus czar in mid-July, he was hailed as Israel's best hope for halting a fast-growing number of cases. Two months later, Israel is suffering from one of the world’s...

FILE- In this Oct. 10, 2015, file photo, a PAC-12 logo is displayed on the field before an NCAA college football game between Washington State and Oregon in Eugene, Ore. The Pac-12 university presidents and chancellors will meet Friday, Sept. 17, 2020, and be presented options for staging a fall football season, but Commissioner Larry Scott says a vote by the the CEO Group is not expected. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang, File)

Pandemic-proof: Fall college football revived on West Coast

Sep. 25, 2020 2:13 AM EDT

A major college football season that was in peril six week ago as conferences succumbed to concerns about COVID-19 is reconstituting. The West Coast got back in the game Thursday night, The Pac-12 set Nov. 6 to start a seven-game season, joining the Big Ten in overturning August decisions to punt on fall...

FILE - In this April 18, 2020 file photo, a policeman asks a bride and groom to leave the waterfront promenade where they had decided to take some pictures, in Beirut, Lebanon. In a region where marriage is the cornerstone of society, couples are plowing ahead with weddings, despite the deadly risks. From the Palestinian territories to the United Arab Emirates, officials attribute a spike in coronavirus cases to traditional, large-scale weddings that flout public health restrictions. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

For Arab newlyweds, the party goes on until police bust in

Sep. 25, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The party was going strong: traditional music blared, families cheered, throngs of revelers danced. Then, police burst in. Officers kicked out guests, slapped hefty fines — even locked up the tuxedoed groom and singers. In recent weeks, such unhappy endings to...

The Sambadrome parade runway stands empty in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, Sept. 24, said it has delayed its annual Carnival parade, saying the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazil’s continued vulnerability to the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Virus disrupting Rio's Carnival for first time in a century

Sep. 25, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Rio de Janeiro throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted, but gloom remains — the annual Carnival parade of flamboyant samba schools won’t be held in February. And while the decision is being characterized as a...

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Virus delays Rio's Carnival for first time in a century

Sep. 24, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade, saying Thursday night that the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazil’s continued vulnerability to the pandemic. Rio’s League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announced that the spread of the coronavirus...