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A security guard wearing protective gears uses a megaphone to give directions to arriving train passengers to have their travel documents checked at Gambir Station during the large-scale restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

The Latest: South Africa has backlog of nearly 100,000 tests

May. 29, 2020 4:23 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: — New Zealand near eradication, but virus has grim global...

Leah Hu, left, and her brother Leon demonstrate the use of robots for serving purposes or for dirty dishes collection, as part of a tryout of measures to respect social distancing and help curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at the family's Royal Palace restaurant in Renesse, south-western Netherlands, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Hello and welcome: Robot waiters to the rescue amid virus

May. 29, 2020 4:09 AM EDT

RENESSE, Netherlands (AP) — You can always count on a robot for perfect timing. When Shaosong Hu saw robotic waiters serving food in China last fall, he knew exactly what he wanted for his restaurant in the Dutch beachside town of Renesse. He just didn’t have a clue how useful they would prove. ...

Blue Impulse of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force fly over the Tokyo Station to show support towards medical staff battling the COVID-19 pandemic Friday, May 29, 2020, in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced the lift of a coronavirus state of emergency from Tokyo and four other remaining areas, ending the restrictions nationwide as businesses begin to reopen. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asia Today: Indonesians return to mosques, at a distance

May. 29, 2020 3:47 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims in some parts of Indonesia attended Friday prayers as mosques closed by the coronavirus for weeks were allowed to start reopening in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. The guidelines for worship facilities released by religious affairs minister Fachrul Razi on...

In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020 photo, Marina, a medical worker, boxes during a training session with French boxer Hassan N’Dam, at the Villeneuve-Saint-Georges hospital, outside Paris. A world champion French boxer is taking his skills to hospitals, coaching staff to thank the medical profession for saving his father-in-law from the virus, and giving them new confidence and relief from their stressful jobs. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Punching through turmoil: Pro boxer helps medical staff cope

May. 29, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Hassan N’Dam, former middleweight boxing champion of the world, wanted to repay the French hospital that cared for his father-in-law through his bout with COVID-19. Perhaps with Champagne? Or chocolate? No, N’Dam thought: “These are things that won’t last. I wanted...

Relatives carry the coffin of a suspected COVID-19 victim at the Nueva Esperanza cemetery on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

New Zealand near eradication, but virus has grim global hold

May. 29, 2020 2:51 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Friday had all but eradicated the coronavirus from its shores with just one person in the nation of 5 million known to be still infected, but developments elsewhere were generally grim, with India reporting another record increase in cases and Pakistan a record...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, an empty Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium is viewed in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. Minor league umpires are out of jobs so far and maybe all year with no minor league seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP, File)

A tough call: Minor league umps squeezed as lost year looms

May. 29, 2020 2:50 AM EDT

Any other May weekend, Trevor Dannegger might’ve been in Hartford or Richmond or Akron on a Double-A diamond, wrangling players, coaches and managers. In a day or so, he could be on a field in northern Missouri — tending peas, corn and melons. All across baseball, farm systems are shut down because...

This combo of four images taken in Rome shows at left Simone Abbattista on Friday, May 22, 2020, before having his haircut done, bottom, and soon after it.

AP PHOTOS: Italians say 'ciao' to unkempt lockdown locks

May. 29, 2020 2:47 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Two months of lockdown have left style-conscious Italians looking less well-groomed than usual. But as of last week, hair salons and barber shops are back in business, welcoming young and old in need of a trim or a complete makeover. Associated Press photographers visited hairdressers in...

Children at Seymour Road Academy take part in a Commando Joe's character education program run by former soldier Mike Hamilton during the coronavirus outbreak in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 20, 2020. Hula hoops, camouflage mats and tires aren't typical supplies needed during the coronavirus pandemic. But they're useful props as British veteran Mike Hamilton prepares to lead children in a military-style game designed to boost their resilience and mental health at a time of atypical stress. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Veterans help UK children keep calm, cope with virus stress

May. 29, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Hula hoops, camouflage mats and tires aren't typical supplies needed during the coronavirus pandemic. But they’re useful props as British army veteran Mike Hamilton prepares to lead children in a military-style game designed to boost their resilience and mental health at a...

In this Sunday, May 24, 2020, photo, a Greek Orthodox priest distributes Holy Communion during Sunday Mass in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, using the traditional method of a shared spoon. Contrary to science, the Greek Orthodox Church and its followers insist it is impossible for any disease, including the coronavirus, to be transmitted through Holy Communion. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

Communion ritual unchanged in Orthodox Church despite virus

May. 29, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — One by one, the children and adults line up for the centuries-old ritual of Holy Communion, trying to keep a proper social distance. The priest dips a spoon into the chalice of bread and wine, which the faithful believe is the body and blood of Christ, and puts it into the mouth of...

In this May 19, 2020, photo, Israeli courier, Mishel Zrian carries a bone marrow transplant donation at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel. Over the past two months, as air travel has ground to a halt, Zrian has criss-crossed the Atlantic and the United States dozens of times, sleeping in empty airports and unable to return home to see his family in Israel, all in a race against time to deliver life-saving transplants. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Travel disruptions challenge global transplant deliveries

May. 29, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — Over the past two months, as air travel ground to a halt, Mishel Zrian has crisscrossed the Atlantic and the United States dozens of times, sleeping in empty airports and unable to return home to see his family in Israel, all in a race against time to deliver life-saving...