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Detained demonstrators sit in the bed pf a police pick-up truck during a protest against the postponement of the upcoming presidential election in El Alto, Bolivia, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Citing the ongoing new coronavirus pandemic, the nation's highest electoral authority delayed presidential elections from Sept. 6 to Oct. 18, the third time the vote has been delayed. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

The Latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Aug. 10, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the world has reached 20 million. That’s according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who...

A Border Force vessel assist a group of people thought to be migrants on board from their inflatable dinghy in the Channel, Monday Aug. 10, 2020. A Royal Air Force surveillance plane is flying over the English Channel as the British government tries to curb the number of people crossing from France in small boats. Britain’s Conservative government has talked tough amid a surge in the number of migrants crossing the Channel during recent warm summer weather. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

UK flies air force plane over Channel amid migrant crossings

Aug. 10, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A Royal Air Force surveillance plane flew over the English Channel on Monday as the British government sought to stop a growing number of people making the hazardous crossing from France in small boats. Britain’s Conservative government has talked tough amid a surge in the number of...

A woman wearing a protective face mask speaks with healthcare workers during a house-to-house campaign to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Mallasa neighborhood of La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

The Latest: China sees drop in new locally transmitted cases

Aug. 9, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

BEIJING — New locally transmitted cases of coronavirus in China fell to just 14 over the past 24 hours, the National Health Commission reported Monday. The low figure was offset, however, by 35 cases brought into the country by Chinese travelers from overseas arriving in seven different cities and...

A protester uses a slingshot toward the Lebanese riot police, during anti-government protest following Tuesday's massive explosion which devastated Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 9. 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The Latest: Another Lebanon Cabinet member resigns

Aug. 9, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 10 p.m. Lebanon’s environment minister has resigned. Kattar Demianos is the second Cabinet member to step down amid anger in the country following the blast that ripped across the capital of Beirut. Demianos said in a statement...

A Border Force vessel brings a group of people thought to be migrants into the port city of Dover, southern England, Sunday Aug. 9, 2020.  Many migrants have used small craft during the recent hot calm weather to make the dangerous journey from northern France, to cross the busy shipping lanes of The Channel to reach Britain.  (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

UK names 'Channel threat commander' as boat crossings surge

Aug. 9, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government has appointed a former Royal Marine commando to try to stop people crossing the English Channel from France in small boats. The government said Sunday that Dan O’Mahoney, who currently heads the U.K.’s Joint Maritime Security Center, has been named...

National Health Service (NHS) workers pose with placards, during a socially distanced demonstration as part of a national protest over pay, in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday Aug. 8, 2020.  Nationwide protests on Saturday are calling for government to address what they claim is many years of reduced wages, and are calling for a voice in plans for public sector pay increases. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

UK medics protest, seeking pay raise after pandemic struggle

Aug. 8, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of health care workers rallied in British cities on Saturday, demanding that the Conservative government acknowledge their hard work and dedication during the coronavirus pandemic with a hefty pay increase. In London, demonstrators — most wearing masks and observing social...

A Border Force vessel brings a group of people thought to be migrants into the port city of Dover, England, from small boats, Saturday Aug. 8, 2020. The British government says it will strengthen border measures as calm summer weather has prompted a record number of people to attempt the risky sea crossing in small vessels, from northern France to England. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK military asked to help stem Channel migrant crossings

Aug. 8, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

Britain’s military said Saturday it has been asked by the government to help prevent people from reaching the U.K. from France in small boats, after a surge in the number of vessels making the dangerous journey. The Ministry of Defense said it had received a request from the Home Office to "support U.K....

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, a woman holds up the British Union and the European Union flags together during an event in Brussels, Belgium. The number of Britons moving to live in European Union countries has soared since the Brexit vote in 2016, a U.K.-German study has revealed Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, FILE)

UK to spend millions to ease Brexit red tape for N Ireland

Aug. 7, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

The British government will spend up 355 million pounds ($465 million) to help businesses in Northern Ireland deal with the red tape caused by Brexit, officials said Friday. Brexit’s supporters, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, say leaving the European Union will be a boon for U.K....

A pregnant woman among a group of migrants as they rest on the beach waiting for Uk Border Force officials at Dungeness, southern England, Thursday Aug. 6 2020.  The British government says it will strengthen border measures as calm summer weather has prompted a record number of people to attempt the risky sea crossing in small vessels, from northern France to England. (AP Photo / Susan Pilcher)

UK vows action after record-high migrant crossing of Channel

Aug. 7, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government vowed Friday to strengthen border measures after a record daily number of people crossed the English Channel to the U.K. in small boats. At least 235 migrants in 17 boats landed or were picked up by British Coast Guard and Border Force boats on Thursday, surpassing last...