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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis puts on his mask as he leaves a news conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Miami. DeSantis acknowledged Monday that the new coronavirus is spreading and urged people to take precautions such as wearing masks in public places, social distancing and avoiding crowds. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Latest: Florida sets 1-day coronavirus death record

Jul. 14, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida confirmed 132 coronavirus deaths Tuesday, a one-day record for the state. That’s a 10% increase from the previous record set Thursday, but likely includes deaths from Saturday or Sunday not reported until Monday. The rolling seven-day average is 81 deaths per day,...

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko look on during Independence Day celebrations, in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, July 3, 2020. In November 1996 the holiday was set on July 3, the day when Minsk was liberated by the Red Army from Nazi invaders in 1944. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Belarus bars main challengers from presidential ballot

Jul. 14, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Election authorities in Belarus on Tuesday barred two main rivals of authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko from running in this summer's presidential election. The country's central election commission allowed five candidates on the ballot, denying spots to Valery Tsepkalo and...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, pedestrians walk through the gates of Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, July 8, 2020, challenging the Trump administration's decision to bar international students from staying in the U.S. if they take classes entirely online this fall. Some institutions, including Harvard, have announced that all instruction will be offered remotely in the fall during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule

Jul. 13, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — More than 200 universities are backing a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new restrictions on international students, arguing that the policy jeopardizes students' safety and forces schools to reconsider fall plans they have spent months preparing. The schools have signed...

A woman wearing a face mask exits the Atwood Building, a downtown Anchorage, Alaska, building where many state offices are located on Monday, June 29, 2020. The Municipality of Anchorage on Monday instituted a requirement that most people should wear masks in indoor public settings, but Attorney General Kevin Clarkson sent an email to state employees saying that state buildings within the municipality were exempt from that order. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

The Latest: Mexico tops 35,000 deaths, 4th highest toll

Jul. 12, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth highest total. A count by Johns Hopkins University has only the United States, Brazil and Britain with more confirmed deaths from the new coronavirus. Sunday’s rise to...

Natalia Afonso, 27, an international student from Brazil at Brooklyn College, sits on a stoop outside her home during an interview, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. Afonso, who is studying teaching education and finished her first semester this spring, said she has lived in the U.S. for 7 years and

Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

Jul. 11, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic and being able to finish their studies in America. Students from countries as diverse as India,...

In this picture taken on Wednesday, May 26, 2020, Valery Tsepkalo, a potential candidate in the upcoming presidential election, smiles in Minsk, Belarus. The central elections commission in Belarus has rejected a top challenger's bid to run against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in this summer's election. Tsepkalo, a former ambassador to the United States and a founder of a successful high-technology park, submitted 160,000 signatures on petitions to get on the ballot for the Aug. 9 election, but the commission said only 75,000 were valid less than the 100,000 needed.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Belarus denies main president challenger spot on ballot

Jun. 30, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The central elections commission in Belarus has rejected a top challenger’s bid to run against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in this summer’s election. The commision’s decision Tuesday to bar Valery Tsepkalo from the ballot removes any serious...

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears in a televised address to the nation in Khoroshevo, the Tver region, with a monument to World War II Red Army soldiers seen in the background, Russia, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Putin urged voters to cast ballots in a constitutional vote wrapping up Wednesday that could allow him to extend his rule until 2036. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin unveils monument to fallen Red Army WWII soldiers

Jun. 30, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart from Belarus on Tuesday unveiled a monument honoring fallen Red Army soldiers who fought in one of the most bloody battles of World War II. Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko traveled to the village of Khoroshevo, just...

Belarus leader alleges election meddling from Russia, Poland

Jun. 25, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus has accused unidentified forces in Russia and Poland of interfering in the country's presidential election, in which he is seeking a sixth term. Speaking at a meeting with diplomats on Thursday, Alexander Lukashenko alleged that “puppet masters" in the...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 9, 2020 file photo, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko gives a speech during a military parade that marked the 75th anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany, in Minsk, Belarus. Lukashenko said Friday, June 19 that his government has thwarted plans to destabilize Belarus ahead of a presidential vote in August, a statement that follows the detention of his top challenger, Viktor Babariko, the former head of Russia-owned Belgazprombank.(Sergei Gapon/Pool via AP, File)

Belarus' authoritarian leader claims foreign plot thwarted

Jun. 19, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus said Friday that his government thwarted a foreign-inspired plot to destabilize the ex-Soviet nation before the August presidential election in which he is seeking a sixth term. The claim by President Alexander Lukashenko followed the detention Thursday of...

In this picture taken on Thursday, June 11, 2020, Viktor Babariko, candidate presidential elections and the former head of Belgazprombank, speaks to media during a news conference in Minsk, Belarus. Belarusian authorities have taken control of a Russia-owned commercial bank that was led by a man who is now running to challenge Belarus’ authoritarian president. President Alexander Lukashenko, who is seeking a sixth term in the Aug. 9 election, has accused Belgazprombank chief executive Viktor Babariko of corruption and called him a “scoundrel.” (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Top challenger in Belarusian presidential race detained

Jun. 18, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

Belarusian authorities on Thursday detained the former head of a Russia-owned commercial bank who has emerged as the top challenger to Belarus’ authoritarian leader in the August election, a move that drew thousands of protesters to the streets. President Alexander Lukashenko, who is seeking a sixth term...