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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures, during a coronavirus briefing in Downing Street, London,  Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.  The number of new hospitalizations for COVID-19 and virus deaths in Britain are rising again, although both remain far below their springtime peak. (Jack Hill/Pool Photo via AP)

New rules for Liverpool as virus cases in England quadruple

Oct. 1, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain imposed tighter restrictions on social gatherings in the port city of Liverpool and three towns as scientists reported Thursday that the number of COVID-19 cases in England has quadrupled or more in the last month. Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons on Thursday...

A demonstrator holds a banner outside the Old Bailey in London, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, as the Julian Assange extradition hearing to the US continues. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Assange to hear judge's verdict on US extradition on Jan 4

Oct. 1, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will likely have to spend another three months in a British prison cell before finding out whether he can be sent to the U.S. to face espionage charges, the judge in his extradition trial said Thursday. At the conclusion of nearly four weeks of evidence in his...

In this image issued by London Marathon Events, Kenya's Edith Chelimo, right, trains in the grounds of the official hotel and biosecure bubble in London, Monday Sept. 28, 2020, ahead of the elite-only 2020 London Marathon on Sunday Oct. 4. The 40th Race will take place on a closed-loop circuit around St James's Park in central London. (Bob Martin/London Marathon Events via AP)

Elite women cite training limits in London Marathon buildup

Oct. 1, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

Kenyan runner Brigid Kosgei isn't expecting to lower her world record in Sunday's London Marathon, not with her training limited by the coronavirus pandemic. Kosgei and challenger Ruth Chepngetich said Thursday that pandemic restrictions in Kenya prevented them from training in groups for long periods. “It...

FILE - This May 23, 2018 file photo shows plastic drinking straws in New York. A ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds came into force in England on Thursday Oct. 1, 2020, after a six-month delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Barbara Woike, File)

England bans plastic straws after pandemic-linked delay

Oct. 1, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A ban on plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds took effect Thursday in England after a six-month delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are barred from selling or supplying the disposable items as part of efforts to cut down on pollution from single-use plastics. There...

FILE - This Saturday, July 18, 2020 file photo shows a general view of AstraZeneca offices and the corporate logo in Cambridge, England. In a statement on Thursday Oct. 1, 2020, the European Medicines Agency has begun its first review process for the experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

EU agency starts 'rolling review' to speed OK for vaccine

Oct. 1, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has started a “rolling review” process for the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, a move it hopes will speed any eventual approval. In a statement Thursday, the EU regulator said instead of waiting for all of the...

Students bump elbows as they arrive for the first day of in-person classes at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 in New York. The city's plans to send kids back into classrooms rely on an ambitious plan to do random virus testing of pupils and staff throughout the school year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Latest: NYC school district to test monthly for virus

Oct. 1, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK — The New York City school district is rolling out a monthly plan to test students and staff for the coronavirus. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city plans to do more than 100,000 virus tests on students a month, at a cost of between $78 and $90 per test. The nation’s largest...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, prepares to take off her protective mask, prior to making a statement regarding the Withdrawal Agreement at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. The European Union took legal action against Britain on Thursday over its plans to pass legislation that would breach parts of the legally binding divorce agreement the two sides reached late last year. (Johanna Geron, Pool via AP)

EU takes legal action against UK over planned Brexit bill

Oct. 1, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union took legal action against Britain on Thursday over its plans to pass legislation that would breach parts of the legally binding divorce agreement the two sides reached late last year. The EU move underscored the worsening relations with Britain, which was a member of the...

A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...

British America's Cup team relocating to Auckland

Sep. 30, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

England’s never-ending quest to win back the America’s Cup it lost nearly two centuries ago is taking another step forward with INEOS Team UK’s relocation to New Zealand for sailing’s marquee regatta. While Sir Ben Ainslie and his mates are undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine in...

In this combination image of two photos showing both President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

World reacts with surprise, worry to 1st Biden-Trump debate

Sep. 30, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Head-scratching perplexity about U.S. democracy in Australia and Denmark. Disdain for “chaos” and “insults” between America's presidential contenders in a Chinese Communist Party tabloid. A European market watcher's warning of a “credibility deficit”...