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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

Flim director Kim Deog-Young speaks during an interview at the exhibition hall for Korean War in Seoul, South Korea Friday, May 29, 2020. His film “Kim Il Sung’s Children” —  referring to North Korea's founder and wartime leader — will be released June 25, the 70th anniversary the Korean War's start. The three-year conflict destroyed much of North and South Korea, killed more than 1 million people and orphaned an estimated 100,000 children.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

New film tells tale of North Korean orphans sent to Europe

Jun. 23, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Six decades after they returned to their homeland, traces of thousands of North Korean children orphaned by the Korean War linger for the elderly Europeans whose lives they briefly touched. The scent of the trees they planted. The memories of their innocent faces. The Korean song...

Police cars are parked outside the Duke Hotel where Gholamreza Mansouri died after falling from a high floor inside a hotel, in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, June 19, 2020. Gholamreza Mansouri, a former judge from Iran sought by his country to face corruption charges has died after falling from a high floor inside a hotel. Romanian police said only that a man had fallen from a high floor at a hotel in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, and was found dead. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Iranian ex-judge dies in Romania, falls from hotel window

Jun. 19, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A former Iranian judge sought by his country to face corruption charges died Friday after a fall in a hotel in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, the head of the Iranian police’s international department said. The confirmation of Gholamreza Mansouri's death came from...

A protester stands outside the presidential palace in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 18, 2020, during a rally against a law banning the teaching of gender studies. Dozens of protesters gathered outside Bucharest's Cotroceni Presidential Palace, to express their opposition to a law banning the teaching of gender studies in the country's schools and universities and call on President Klaus Iohannis to reject signing the bill and send it back to parliament. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Calls for Romania's president to reject gender studies ban

Jun. 18, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Dozens of protesters gathered Thursday in Romania's capital to express their opposition to a law banning the teaching of gender studies in the country’s schools and universities. People carrying banners and wearing masks — some with an “x” taped across...

Rights groups seek prosecution of ex-Iranian judge in Europe

Jun. 17, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Journalist rights groups and Iranian dissidents are urging Romania not to deport a former Iranian official to his homeland to face corruption charges, saying he should be prosecuted in Europe for ordering the mass arrest of reporters while serving as a judge in Tehran. Gholamreza Mansouri,...

FILE - In this April 15, 2018, file photo, fans finish their food before exiting Kauffman Stadium after a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels was postponed due to inclement weather in Kansas City, Mo. As lock-downs are lifted, restrictions on social gatherings eased and life begins to resemble some sense, sports are finally starting to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. When stadiums do reopen for fans, how are teams going to drive them through the gate? (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

The Latest: Houston suspending all voluntary workouts

Jun. 12, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The University of Houston is suspending all voluntary workouts for its athletes after six tested positive for COVID-19 with symptoms. Houston announced it was shutting down workouts due to “an abundance of caution”...

Lawmakers attend the commemorative parliamentary session marking the centenary of the Trianon Peace Treaty in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Hungary is commemorating the 100th anniversary of a post-World War I peace treaty which led to the loss of about two-thirds of its territory and left some 3.3 million Hungarians outside the country's new borders. (Tibor Illyes/MTI via AP)

On WWI treaty's centenary, Hungary says its 'curse' must go

Jun. 4, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's president on Thursday stressed the need for mutual respect between Hungary and neighboring countries where some 2 million ethnic Hungarians live following a post-World War I peace treaty signed exactly 100 years ago. At the same time, Janos Ader spoke of Hungarians'...

People enjoy the fresh air on benches along Juarez Avenue in central Mexico City, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Mexico's capital plans to reopen certain sectors of the economy and public life beginning Monday, despite the city still being in the most serious

The Latest: S. Korea pushes QR registration for risky venues

May. 31, 2020 10:48 PM 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: — Cases steadily rising around South Korean capital....

Workers wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus in a class at a high school in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea reports 27 new virus cases

May. 30, 2020 10:28 PM 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: — South Korea reports 27 new virus cases, including 21 from...

Orthodox worshipers, a few wearing masks for protection against the COVID-19 virus, spread around an open archaeological site outside the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, which includes ruins dating as far back as the Roman Empire, hold candles during a religious service in the Black Sea port of Constanta, Romania, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Romanian Orthodox Archbishop Teodosie rescheduled the Orthodox Easter service, which was to be held in mid-April, to offer worshippers an opportunity to celebrate Easter properly after the cancelling of the original April 19 service due to the national lockdown imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

AP PHOTOS: Romanian port city marks Easter late due to virus

May. 28, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

CONSTANTA, Romania (AP) — Stretching the church calendar, Orthodox Easter arrived over a month late in a Romanian city on the shores of the Black Sea. Wanting to give worshippers the opportunity to take part in what is considered to be the most important Christian celebration, Romanian Orthodox Archbishop...