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UN Council rejects Russia bid to limit Syrian aid deliveries

Jul. 8, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A Russian resolution that would have limited the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria's mainly rebel-held northwest to one crossing point from Turkey was defeated in the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday. The resolution needed a minimum of nine “yes" votes in the 15-member...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2020 file photo, pedestrians wearing protective masks during the coronavirus pandemic pass by the New York Stock Exchange in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Wall Street's rally gets back on track as tech leads the way

Jul. 8, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street’s rally got back on track Wednesday after more gains for big technology stocks helped pull the S&P 500 to its sixth gain in seven days. The S&P 500 drifted up and down for most of the day, before a last-hour lift sent it to a gain of 0.8%. Treasury yields and oil...

FILE - In this combination of file photos, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., on March 12, 2020, left, and President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington on April 5, 2020. Trump has accused his Democratic rival Biden of having connections to the “radical left” and has pilloried his relationship with China, his record on criminal justice, his plans for the pandemic and even his son's business dealings. (AP Photo, File)

Despite risks, Trump invests big in attacks on Biden's age

Jul. 8, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

President Donald Trump has accused his Democratic rival Joe Biden of having connections to the “radical left” and has pilloried his relationship with China, his record on criminal justice, his plans for the pandemic and even his son's business dealings. But in a kitchen-sink offensive backed by a...

Germany's Minister of Health Jens Spahn attends a press conference, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

Criticism of US pullout from WHO from allies, China alike

Jul. 8, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Top U.S. allies on Wednesday denounced the planned pullout of the United States from the World Health Organization, with the Italian health minister calling it “wrong” and a political ally of Germany's chancellor warning that the withdrawal could make more room on the world...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 8, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ July 7 The Washington Post on a new U.S. guideline forcing international students to leave the country or transfer to another college if their schools only offer online classes this fall: The Trump administration has used the novel coronavirus...

This aerial photo shows the flooded area caused by the swollen Chikugo River, not seen in photo, in Kurume city, Fukuoka prefecture, southern Japan Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan's main island, swelling more rivers, triggering mudslides and destroying houses and roads. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan battered by more heavy rain, floods; 58 dead

Jul. 8, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan's main island, swelling more rivers, triggering mudslides and destroying houses and roads. At least 58 people died in several days of flooding. Parts of Nagano and...

A man sanitizes a makeshift COVID-19 care center at an indoor sports stadium in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. India has overtaken Russia to become the third worst-affected nation by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Asia Today: Australian PM defends Melbourne lockdown

Jul. 8, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said a shutdown of the nation’s second-largest city is necessary and promised continuing financial support for businesses that fear they won’t survive a second lockdown. The Victoria state government said Melbourne and part of its...

Residents swim past a riverside pavilion submerged by the flooded Yangtze River in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Rescuers in central China were searching Wednesday for people left missing in a landslide triggered amid widespread flooding across much of the country. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Rescuers seek 9 people missing in central China landslide

Jul. 8, 2020 6:49 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Rescuers in central China were searching Wednesday for nine people left missing in a landslide amid widespread flooding in much of the country. The disaster struck Huangmei county in Hubei province at around 4 a.m., according to rescue services. Forty other people were rescued and moved to...

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, left, is greeted by his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Biegun is in Seoul to hold talks with South Korean officials about allied cooperation on issues including North Korea. (Kim Hong-ji/Pool Photo via AP)

US envoy issues rare public criticism of N. Korean official

Jul. 8, 2020 6:12 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The top U.S. official on North Korea accused a senior North Korean nuclear negotiator on Wednesday of being “locked in an old way of thinking,” days after the negotiator said Pyongyang won't resume talks with Washington because of its “hostile”...

FILE - In this file photo taken May 23, 2019, and released by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, left, speaks with a monk at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa in western China's Tibet Autonomous Region. China said Wednesday, Jul 8, 2020, it will impose visa restrictions on U.S. individuals following the Trump administration's imposition of travel bans on Chinese officials it accuses of restricting foreigners' access to Tibet. (U.S. Mission to China via AP, File)

China threatens visa restrictions on US officials over Tibet

Jul. 8, 2020 6:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday it will impose visa restrictions on U.S. individuals following the Trump administration’s imposition of travel bans on Chinese officials it accuses of restricting foreigners’ access to Tibet. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the move...