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Dominic Cummings, top aide to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, leaves his home in north London, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The British government faced accusations of hypocrisy after the revelation that  Cummings traveled more than 250 miles (400 kms) to his parents' house during a nationwide lockdown while he was showing coronavirus symptoms. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)

UK lawmakers set to quiz Johnson amid pressure to fire aide

May. 27, 2020 6:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Senior British lawmakers are set to question Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday amid growing pressure to fire his closest adviser for allegedly flouting COVID-19 lockdown rules. The parliamentary committee will quiz Johnson on the decision of his top aide, Dominic Cummings, to drive...

In this Sunday, April 5, 2020, Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan, center, ignoring social distancing rules and not wearing mask, speaks with journalists during the arrival of Lebanese passengers who were stuck in Saudi Arabia and other countries because of the coronavirus outbreak, outside Rafik Hariri Airport, in Beirut. From the U.S. president to the British prime minister's top aide and far beyond, leading officials around the world are refusing to wear masks or breaking confinement rules meant to protect their populations from the coronavirus and slow the pandemic. While some are punished when they're caught, or publicly repent, others shrug off the violations as if the rules don't apply to them. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hypocrisy gone viral? Officials set bad COVID-19 examples

May. 27, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — “Do as I say, but not as I do” was the message many British saw in the behavior of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's key aide, who traveled hundreds of miles with coronavirus symptoms during the country's lockdown. While Dominic Cummings has faced calls for his firing but support...

Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, wearing a protective face mask, listens to explanations by an employee as CEO of France-based multinational automotive supplier Valeo Jacques Aschenbroicha looks on, in Etaples, , northern France, Tuesday May 26, 2020. Emmanuel Macron announced a 8 billion euro ($8.8 billion) plan to save the country's car industry from huge losses wrought by virus lockdowns, including a big boost for electric vehicles. The plan includes government subsidies for car buyers and longer-term investment in innovative technology, especially in battery-powered cars. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

France deploys $8.8 billion to rescue ailing car industry

May. 26, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s government is injecting more than 8 billion euros ($8.8 billion) to save the country’s car industry from huge losses wrought by virus lockdowns, and wants to use the crisis to make France the No. 1 producer of electric vehicles in Europe. Starting next week, consumers...

Dominic Cummings, the top aide to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.  leaves his north London home the day after he a gave press conference over allegations he breached coronavirus lockdown restrictions Tuesday May 26, 2020. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

Under-fire UK government aide Cummings has Johnson's loyalty

May. 26, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Dominic Cummings helped Boris Johnson win power by pitting the people against the elite. Johnson’s Conservative administration has branded itself “the People’s Government.” The prime minister’s populist appeal has been hammered by news that, as the...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2018 file photo, author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon her arrival at the premiere of the film 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald', in London. JK Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
The “Harry Potter” author said Tuesday May 26, 2020, that she wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over a decade ago. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

JK Rowling publishes first chapters of new story online

May. 26, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — J.K. Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The “Harry Potter” author said Tuesday she wrote the fairy tale for her children as...

School children wearing masks get their hands sanitized and temperatures checked as they arrive to appear for state board examination during the coronavirus pandemic in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

The Latest: India reports biggest jump in virus cases again

May. 26, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India reports biggest jump in virus cases for 7th straight...

Dominic Cummings, senior aide to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, makes a statement inside 10 Downing Street, London, Monday May 25, 2020, over allegations he breached coronavirus lockdown restrictions. In an exceptionally rare televised statement, Cummings gave a detailed account of his movements in late March and early April, which have caused an intense political storm. (Jonathan Brady/Pool via AP)

UK leader's aide says he won't quit over lockdown road trip

May. 25, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British leader Boris Johnson’s powerful chief aide insisted Monday that he wouldn't resign for driving the length of England while the country was under strict lockdown — a trip he made without informing the prime minister first. The government is facing a tide of anger from...

FC Cologne's Anthony Modeste shoots at goal during a German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FC Cologne and Fortuna Duesseldorf in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, May 24, 2020.  (Thilo Schmuelgen/pool via AP)

The Latest: NWSL moves to allow training in small groups

May. 25, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The National Women’s Soccer League says players may start training in small groups, provided it is done under league protocols and meets the requirements of local authorities. Teams will be able to progress to full team...

Manchester City's Pauline Bremer, right, celebrates scoring against Everton during the Women's Super League match at the Academy Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Jan. 11, 2020. (Anthony Devlin/PA  via AP)

Women's Super League in England canceled because of virus

May. 25, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The top women’s soccer league in England was canceled with immediate effect Monday because of the coronavirus outbreak, with no decision reached on which teams have won the title and been relegated. The decision was taken to end the Women’s Super League following...