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From left, Forza Italia party's Antonio Tajani, Brothers of Italy Party's leader Giorgia Meloni and The League party leader Matteo Salvini take a selfie during an anti-government protest in Rome, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 on the day marking the 74th anniversary of the Italian Republic. (Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)

The Latest: Paris protesters defy ban, oppose arrest deaths

Jun. 2, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 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: — — Protest of police use-of-force held in Paris despite virus...

Matt Hancock Britain's Secretary of State for Health is driven through the entrance to Parliament in London, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The British government has decided to scrap a remote-voting system used during the coronavirus pandemic, and has summoned lawmakers back to parliament on Tuesday, but many aren't happy with the arrangements. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

UK study finds minorities at higher risk of COVID-19 death

Jun. 2, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — People from ethnic minorities have died from COVID-19 in larger relative numbers in England than their white compatriots, according to a study published by health authorities Tuesday. The Public Health England report didn't give reasons for the discrepancy, and the government didn't offer...

A man wearing a face mask and gloves to protect against coronavirus, rides a scooter in the rain along a boulevard in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The authorities in Moscow allowed the city residents limited walks in the parks starting Monday for the first time since a tight lockdown was introduced in late March. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Jun. 2, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

Countries around the world continue easing lockdown restrictions and regaining a bit of what life was like before the coronavirus pandemic. In Paris, sidewalk cafes are open for outdoor business — albeit with social distancing guidelines. Members of Britain's Parliament have been called back to the...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s move to quit WHO cites flawed facts

Jun. 2, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spread a number of false and misleading claims about the World Health Organization in announcing his decision to cut U.S. ties with the agency over the coronavirus epidemic. Trump last week said he would halt funding and a decades-long U.S. relationship with WHO,...

A motorist stops to light up a cigarette near a mural honoring honoring health care workers during the new coronavirus outbreak on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Asia Today: South Korea clamps down again as virus rebounds

Jun. 2, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Areas around the South Korean capital curbed large gatherings Tuesday and officials urged churchgoers and some health care workers to avoid crowds as the number of new coronavirus once again increased. The densely populated Seoul metropolitan area had all but one of the 38 new cases of...

A bartender brings drinks to customers in a cafe of Saint Jean de Luz, southwestern France, Tuesday June 2, 2020. The French way of life resumes Tuesday with most virus-related restrictions easing as the country prepares for the summer holiday season amid the pandemic. Restaurants and cafes reopen Tuesday with a notable exception for the Paris region, the country's worst-affected by the virus, where many facilities will have to wait until June 22 to reopen. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

Parisians return to cafes; Latin America sees virus surge

Jun. 2, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Parisians returned to the City of Light’s beloved sidewalk cafes as lockdown restrictions eased Tuesday, but health experts expressed deep concerns as several Latin American countries opted to reopen their economies despite a rapid rise in coronavirus cases. The post-lockdown freedom...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves a starting flag during a ceremony in Lazaro Cardenas, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Monday, June 1, 2020. Amid a pandemic and the remnants of a tropical storm, President Lopez Obrador kicked off Mexico's return to a

Mexican president defies leftist label in virus response

Jun. 2, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

When Andrés Manuel López Obrador won Mexico’s presidency after years of agitating for change, many expected a transformative leader who would take the country to the left even as much of Latin America moved right. Instead, López Obrador is leading like a conservative in many ways —...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo, Tedros Adhanom, director general of the World Health Organization, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately” and said its work and commitment to transparency were “very impressive, and beyond words.” But behind the scenes, there were significant delays by China and considerable frustration among WHO officials over the lack of outbreak data, The Associated Press has found. (Naohiko Hatta/Pool Photo via AP, File)

China delayed releasing coronavirus info, frustrating WHO

Jun. 2, 2020 6:35 AM EDT

Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately,” and said its work and commitment to transparency were...

In this April 2014 photo provided by the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, a researcher holds a ferret at their facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2020, the lab is working with 300 ferrets developing a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine candidate and testing other vaccine candidates and therapeutics. (VIDO-InterVac at the University of Saskatchewan via AP)

Monkeys, ferrets offer needed clues in COVID-19 vaccine race

Jun. 2, 2020 5:30 AM EDT

The global race for a COVID-19 vaccine boils down to some critical questions: How much must the shots rev up someone’s immune system to really work? And could revving it the wrong way cause harm? Even as companies recruit tens of thousands of people for larger vaccine studies this summer, behind the...

In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020, photo, Vladimir Perevalov shows a Social Monitoring app installed on his phone in his apartment in Shcherbinka, outside Moscow, Russia. A smartphone app designed to track Moscow's quarantined coronavirus patients was rolled out by city officials in early April, but complaints about it have mushroomed. Perevalov, who installed the app and diligently took selfies, was fined three times for $168. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Virus-tracking app angers thousands in Moscow with fines

Jun. 2, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — When nurse Maria Alexeyeva caught coronavirus at work, she isolated herself at home and followed the rules set down by Moscow authorities: She checked in with doctors regularly, didn’t leave her apartment and downloaded a smartphone app required by the city to keep tabs on quarantined...