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People take part in a 'We Do Not Consent' rally at Trafalgar Square, organised by Stop New Normal, to protest against coronavirus restrictions, in London, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The Latest: Minister calls for tighter Madrid restrictions

Sep. 26, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain — Spain’s health minister has reiterated his plea for Madrid’s regional authorities to apply more stringent restrictions on mobility in Europe’s worst coronavirus hotspot. Minister Salvador Illa said Saturday that “the situation in Madrid is complicated,...

An Indian policeman inhales steam at steam stations set up outside the office of the Commissioner of Police as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Asia Today: Victoria health chief quits in quarantine probe

Sep. 26, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The health minister in Australia's Victoria state has resigned in the fallout from an inquiry into why security guards were used instead of police or the military at quarantine hotels. Lapses in security at the hotels were given as the major reason for a second wave of COVID-19...

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to North Carolina and Florida. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's wrongs on court, virus; Biden errs

Sep. 26, 2020 7:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a momentous week, President Donald Trump painted a fantastical portrait of a coronavirus that affects “virtually nobody” among the young as he faced a grim U.S. milestone of 200,000 deaths and he asserted a constitutional basis that doesn't exist for rushing a replacement...

Security guards wearing masks and armed with restrainers stand guard at the entrance to the Auto China 2020 show in Beijing, China on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The auto show, the first major in-person sales event for any industry since the coronavirus pandemic began, opens Saturday in a sign the ruling Communist Party is confident China has contained the disease. Still, automakers face intensive anti-virus controls including quarantines for visitors from abroad and curbs on crowd sizes at an event that usually is packed shoulder-to-shoulder with spectators. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China opens auto show under anti-disease controls

Sep. 26, 2020 5:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Ford, Nissan and BMW unveiled electric models with more range for China on Saturday as the Beijing auto show opened under anti-virus controls that included holding news conferences by international video link. Automakers are looking to China, the first major economy to start recovering from...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon in Los Angeles. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state's top health official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health secretary, said nail salons could also reopen with restrictions, though he cautioned that California's reopening must remain

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

Sep. 25, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline. The state health secretary said Friday that there have been increases in the number of newly confirmed cases, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, European Council President Charles Michel speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Evan Schneider/UN Photo via AP)

Under virus strain, Europe's leaders plead at UN for unity

Sep. 25, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Struggling to contain resurgent virus infections, European leaders decried a collective failure to vanquish the pandemic and told the U.N. General Assembly on Friday that the time has come for countries to reinvent international cooperation. This year’s unusual work-from-home General...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends an event with President Donald Trump on the environment at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Florida reopens state's economy despite ongoing pandemic

Sep. 25, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday, and banned local fines against people who refuse to wear masks as he seeks to reopen the state's economy despite the spread of the coronavirus. The Republican governor's order...

FILE - This May 2018 file photo ,shows an aerial view of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Mass. Former Superintendent Bennett Walsh and medical director David Clinton were indicted Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, on charges of mishandling the coronavirus outbreak at the home for aging veterans where more than 70 died from COVID-19. (Don Treeger/The Republican, File)

2 charged over handling of virus outbreak at veterans home

Sep. 25, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two former administrators of a Massachusetts veterans home where nearly 80 people sickened by the coronavirus died have been charged over their handling of the outbreak, the state attorney general said Friday. It's believed to be the first criminal case in the country brought against nursing...

Buildings at Hunter Oaks Apartments undergo renovations on Tuesday. Sept. 22, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. Owners of the apartment complex are among seven landlords who manage or own more than 5,000 rental units and have filed a lawsuit claiming that a national eviction moratorium has not only placed them under unfair financial strain, but also infringed on their rights as property owners. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

Landlords suing to push back against eviction ban

Sep. 25, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — As millions of Americans struggle to pay their rent during the coronavirus pandemic, landlords are going to courts, claiming that the national eviction moratorium unfairly strains their finances and violates their property rights. At least 26 such lawsuits have been filed by property...

Two neighbours of restricted mobility areas in Madrid due to the coronavirus outbreak cross the street in front an anti-riot police unit short after a residents protest demanding more resources for public health system and against social inequality in the southern neighbourhood of Vallecas, Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The regional government is set to announce Friday new restrictions in Madrid, where gatherings are limited to a maximum of 6 people and more than 850,000 residents have been partially locked down this week. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Madrid resists government pressure to extend soft lockdown

Sep. 25, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Madrid are expanding restrictions on movement to another eight areas of the Spanish capital, which is leading the country’s coronavirus contagion curve, despite a recommendation from the national government that the partial lockdown should apply to all of the city. Over...