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A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus sits in front of a mural at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

Aug. 12, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reports the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride an escalator past a sign of a nail salon at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's community virus cases hit single digits

Aug. 11, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — China’s newly confirmed community transmitted cases of coronavirus fell into the single digits on Wednesday, while Hong Kong saw another 33 cases of infection. The National Health Commission said all nine new cases were found in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose capital Urumqi...

Women wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus walks by an advertising board displaying an American flag and Statue of Liberty on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China's biggest recent outbreak of coronavirus has grown slightly. Hundreds people have developed COVID-19 in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, with more than dozens of new cases reported Thursday in its capital and largest city, Urumqi. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Aug. 10, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the world has reached 20 million. That’s according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who...

A woman wearing a protective face mask speaks with healthcare workers during a house-to-house campaign to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Mallasa neighborhood of La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

The Latest: China sees drop in new locally transmitted cases

Aug. 9, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

BEIJING — New locally transmitted cases of coronavirus in China fell to just 14 over the past 24 hours, the National Health Commission reported Monday. The low figure was offset, however, by 35 cases brought into the country by Chinese travelers from overseas arriving in seven different cities and...

Flinders Street Station is quiet during lockdown due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus in Melbourne, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Victoria state, Australia's coronavirus hot spot, announced on Monday that businesses will be closed and scaled down in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Australia leader refuses to attack political foes over virus

Aug. 7, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Friday rejected demands from within his own conservative party to publicly attack the center-left Victoria state government over its flawed handling of the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreak and an economically damaging lockdown. Prime...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 file photo, French presidential candidate and former French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference at the Government House, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Lebanon on Thursday Aug. 6, 2020, to offer support for the country after the massive, deadly explosion in Beirut. Lebanon is a former French protectorate and the countries retain close political and economic ties.  (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

World responds to Lebanon's plight, France's Macron to visit

Aug. 5, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — As Lebanese rescuers counted the dead and combed rubble for signs of life a day after a huge explosion shattered swaths of Beirut, nations near and far pledged Wednesday that the country, already trapped in a deep economic crisis, would not be left alone. The explosion at the capital’s...

This satellite image taken on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020 shows the port of Beirut and the surrounding area in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday. Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks blanketed with glass and rubble. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

The Latest: Australia pledges $1.4M for Beirut relief effort

Aug. 5, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 6 a.m. Thursday The Australian government has pledged an initial 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) to the relief effort in Lebanon following the deadly blast that ripped across the capital Beirut. Prime Minister Scott...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a virtual summit meeting with Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Morrison said on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 his government held a less dramatic view of U.S.-China strategic tensions than a predecessor who warned of a potential “hot war” before U.S. presidential elections in November. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)

Australian leader says US-China war no longer inconceivable

Aug. 5, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday his government held a less dramatic view of U.S.-China strategic tensions than a predecessor who warned of a potential “hot war” before U.S. presidential elections in November. Former prime minister...

In this photo provided by the Australian Defence Force, an Australian Army helicopter lands on Pikelot Island in the Federated States of Micronesia, where three men were found, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, safe and healthy after missing for three days. The men were missing in the Micronesia archipelago east of the Philippines for nearly three days when their

3 men rescued from Pacific island after writing SOS in sand

Aug. 4, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Three men have been rescued from a tiny Pacific island after writing a giant SOS sign in the sand that was spotted from above, authorities say. The men had been missing in the Micronesia archipelago for nearly three days when their distress signal was spotted Sunday on...