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1st COVID-19 case in asylum seeker camp at US-Mexico border

Jun. 30, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — An international disaster relief organization reported Tuesday the first confirmed case of COVID-19 among migrants living in a tent encampment of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. Global Response Management said that one person in the Matamoros, Tamaulipas camp across...

This Sunday, June 28, 2020 photo provided by El Centro Fire Department shows a wildfire burning through an section of Niland, Calif. A wind-driven wildfire has destroyed about 20 homes and forced evacuations as it tore through the rural town of Niland in the Southern California desert near the Salton Sea. (Battalion Chief Joseph Bernal/El Centro Fire Department via AP)

Wildfire burns homes in Southern California desert town

Jun. 30, 2020 1:42 AM EDT

NILAND, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire destroyed homes and forced evacuations as it tore through a rural Southern California desert town near the Salton Sea, authorities said Monday. The fire erupted Sunday evening in Niland, a small and poor agricultural community about 100 miles (160 kilometers)...

This satellite image provided by Manar Technologies taken June 17, 2020, shows the FSO Safer tanker moored off Ras Issa port, in Yemen. Houthi rebels are blocking the United Nations from inspecting the abandoned oil tanker loaded with more than one million barrels of crude oil. UN officials and experts fear the tanker could explode or leak, causing massive environmental damage to Red Sea marine life. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Seawater seeping into decaying oil tanker off Yemen coast

Jun. 26, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said an abandoned oil tanker moored off the coast of Yemen loaded with more than 1 million barrels of crude oil is at risk of rupture or exploding, causing massive environmental damage to Red Sea marine life, desalination factories and international shipping routes....

Ukraine's Emergency Situation workers evacuate residents of the flooded village of Lanchyn in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, western Ukraine, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Some 200 villages in the Carpathian mountains were flooded after heavy rains. (Emergency Situation Ministry via AP)

Ukraine asks EU, NATO to help deal with damage from floods

Jun. 25, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Thursday asked the European Union and NATO for help coping with the aftermath of massive floods in the country's west. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it hopes both the EU and NATO will step up to help protect critical infrastructure and to ease...

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before a House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Fauci: Next few weeks critical to tamping down virus spikes

Jun. 23, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next few weeks are critical to tamping down a disturbing coronavirus surge, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress on Tuesday — issuing a plea for people to avoid crowds and wear masks just hours before mask-shunning President Donald Trump was set to address a crowd of his young...

3 dead, thousands evacuated in south China flooding

Jun. 23, 2020 3:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Flooding and mudslides in southern China have killed at least three people and forced evacuations for thousands of people, official media reported Tuesday. China’s national observatory issued a high alert for rainstorms across vast stretches of the country for the next 24 hours....

Elderly residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus wait at a bus stop with a map of Beijing near a neighborhood under lockdown in Beijing Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Chinese authorities locked down a third neighborhood in Beijing on Tuesday as they rushed to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in a country that appeared to have largely contained the virus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: New Zealand PM assigns military leader to border

Jun. 16, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has assigned a top military leader to oversee the nation’s border quarantine measures after what she described as an “unacceptable failure” by health officials in allowing two women who had recently returned from...

Maria Matilde Parrilla, 92, right, looks up as a municipal worker points a faulty joint in her wood and zinc roof, in Loiza, Puerto Rico, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Caribbean islands have rarely been so vulnerable as an unusually active hurricane season this year threatens a region still recovering from recent storms as it fights a worsening drought and a pandemic that has drained budgets and muddled preparations. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

US officials visit Puerto Rico, oversee hurricane prep

Jun. 15, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal officials on Monday praised Puerto Rico’s hurricane preparedness and pledged additional help as they reviewed disaster recovery efforts during the start of a weeklong visit to the U.S. territory. Rear Admiral Peter Brown, the island’s federal...

The Bighorn Fire backdrops a community along the western side of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Friday, June 12, 2020, in Tucson Ariz. Hundreds of homes on the outskirts of Tucson remain under an evacuation notice as firefighters work to keep the wildfire from moving downhill from canyons and ridges in the Coronado National Forest. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Firefighters grapple with triple-digit heat against wildfire

Jun. 12, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Hundreds of Arizona residents under an evacuation notice were allowed to return home Friday but were told to remain ready to leave at a moment's notice as a wildfire burns in a national forest near Tucson. Firefighters are trying to keep the blaze in canyons and ridges and prevent it...

FILE - In this Monday, April 13, 2020 file photo, medical students test a self-designed computer-controlled ventilator prototype at the Chandaria Business and Incubation Centre of Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. More than two dozen international aid organizations have told the U.S. government they are

Aid groups 'alarmed' by little US coronavirus assistance

Jun. 12, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than two dozen international aid groups have told the U.S. government they are “increasingly alarmed” that “little to no U.S. humanitarian assistance has reached those on the front lines” of the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of new cases picks up...