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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. As India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases and more than 41,000 deaths, community health volunteers went on strike complaining they were ill-equipped to respond to the wave of infection in rural areas. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Asia Today: Australian state records 466 cases, 12 deaths

Aug. 8, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian state of Victoria recorded 466 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths, including another man in his 30s. The figures were released as the city of Melbourne remained in lockdown and under an overnight curfew. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said that six of the...

Students sit at their class on the first day of the new school year at the United-Nation run Elementary School at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Schools run by both Palestinian government and the U.N. Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) have opened almost normally in the Gaza Strip after five months in which no cases of community transmission of the coronavirus had been recorded. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Gaza students back to school with few virus safety measures

Aug. 8, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of students in the isolated Gaza Strip returned to schools after five months of closure, despite the ongoing pandemic that has seen school years postponed elsewhere across the globe. The rare scene of normalcy in the Palestinian enclave came as the...

FILE - In this July 17, 2020 file photo the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., is shown. Anti-death penalty activists Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, asked a judge to order Indiana State Police to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions have resumed after a 17-year pause, arguing the roadblocks set up unconstitutional no-protest zones and impede protesters' free-speech rights. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Anti-death penalty groups sue, say roadblocks impede speech

Aug. 4, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

Anti-death penalty activists asked a judge in a Tuesday lawsuit to order Indiana State Police to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions have resumed after a 17-year pause, arguing that the roadblocks constitute unconstitutional no-protest zones and impede protesters’ free-speech rights. ...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2011 file photo, a Libyan oil worker, works at a refinery inside the Brega oil complex, in Brega, eastern Libya.  ON Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, the National Oil Corporation in Libya says that a decision by east-based forces to choke off oil exports from its territory has threatened to throttle much of the country’s oil production. Powerful tribal groups loyal to Gen. Khalifa Hifter, whose forces control much of eastern Libya, seized several large export terminals along the eastern coast as well as southern oil fields in a challenge to the rival U.N.-backed government based in Tripoli, which collects revenues from oil production. The move has ratcheted up tensions ahead of an international peace summit to end the civil war. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

UN: Libya's Central Bank to undergo much-anticipated audit

Jul. 27, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations announced on Monday that Libyan officials are allowing a long-sought external audit of the country's Central Bank to go ahead, a breakthrough that could pave the way for an end to a crippling oil blockade. Libya’s oil and money are strategic assets that have fueled...

File-Black Lives Matter protesters are arrested by NYPD officers on the Brooklyn Bridge, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in New York. Days after a federal judge paused the public release of New York City police disciplinary records, a news website has published a database containing complaint information for thousands of officers. ProPublica posted the database Sunday, July 26, 2020, explaining in a note to readers that it isn't obligated to comply with Judge Katherine Polk Failla's temporary restraining order because it is not a party to a union lawsuit challenging the release of such records. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, File)

ProPublica posts NYPD records, bypassing judge's blockade

Jul. 26, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Days after a federal judge paused the public release of New York City police disciplinary records, a news website has published a database containing complaint information for thousands of officers. ProPublica posted the database Sunday, explaining in a note to readers that it isn't...

Palestinian veterinarians neuter a dog at a clinic in Gaza City, Monday, July 13, 2020. In the impoverished Gaza Strip, where most people struggle to make ends meet amid a crippling blockade, the suffering of stray dogs and cats often goes unnoticed. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Gazans defy taboos to rescue, neuter stray animals

Jul. 25, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the impoverished Gaza Strip, where most people struggle to make ends meet amid a crippling blockade, the suffering of stray dogs and cats often goes unnoticed. Said el-Er, who founded the territory's only animal rescue organization in 2006, has been trying to change that. He...

FILE - In this July 6, 2020 file photo, the Ocean Viking rescue ship of the humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee is moored at Porto Empedocle harbor, southern Italy. The humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee said Thursday, July 23, 2020, that Italian authorities have blocked its rescue ship in port and characterized the move as harassment. (Fabio Peonia/LaPresse via AP)

Aid group claims harassment in Italy's block of rescue boat

Jul. 23, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A migrant rescue organization said Thursday that Italian authorities have blocked its ship in a Sicilian port, characterizing the move as harassment. SOS Mediterranee’s ship arrived in Sicily on July 7 carrying 180 migrants who were rescued off Libya. The group said in a statement that...

Nepalese people sit outside their flooded house on the bank of Bagmati river following heavy monsoon rains in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, July 20, 2020. The weather department has has forecast heavy rains this week. (AP Photo/NIranjan Shrestha)

Landslides, flooding block main highway to Nepal's capital

Jul. 21, 2020 4:36 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Landslides and flooding caused by heavy rainfall have blocked the main highway connecting most of Nepal to the Himalayan nation's capital, preventing trucks from bringing in fuel and supplies, officials said Tuesday. There were several landslides along the Prithvi Highway that...

Libyan forces set conditions for lifting oil blockade

Jul. 13, 2020 12:31 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces loyal to a Libyan commander said they will only allow the reopening of oil fields and terminals once a mechanism has been set up to fairly distribute revenue across the country, which is split between rival, warring factions. Powerful tribes in eastern Libya loyal to Khalifa Hifter...

Libyan oil company resumes exports after months of blockade

Jul. 10, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s national oil company announced Friday it has resumed crude exports, ending a months-long blockade that eastern tribes had called to protest revenue distribution in the war-torn country. The National Oil Corporation said the resumption of exports from Libya started on a small...