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A health worker collects material from Monica da Costa for a COVID-19 test in Manacapuru, Amazonas state, Brazil, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Several members of the family where feeling symptoms and some already tested positive for the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

UK vaccine summit calls for freely available virus vaccine

Jun. 4, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A vaccine summit hosted by Britain on Thursday raised billions of dollars to immunize children in developing countries as experts wrestled with the difficult question of how any potential vaccine against the new coronavirus might be distributed globally — and fairly. The United Nations...

Dealers in masks wait for customers before the reopening of the D Las Vegas hotel and casino, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. Casinos were allowed to reopen on Thursday after temporary closures as a precaution against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Latest: Disney World to open with no parades, fireworks

Jun. 4, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. — When Walt Disney World reopens next month for the first time since it closed due to the spread of the new coronavirus, there will be no parades, fireworks shows nor “meet-and-greet” sessions with performers dressed as Disney characters. Union official Eric Clinton told members...

Social distancing guidelines on the floor by train departure information screens to help stop the spread of coronavirus in Waterloo station, London, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Waterloo station, which is wide recognised as the busiest train station in Britain, is still much quieter than normal as most commuters are working from home and not commuting into central London offices. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Face coverings to be mandated on public transport in England

Jun. 4, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Passengers on England’s buses, subways and trains will have to wear face coverings from June 15 when most shops reopen, the British government said Thursday. It's the second time in as many days that the government has adopted a measure that it didn't insist on when the coronavirus...

This Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, shows the relief sculpture on the Boston Massacre Monument on Boston Common that depicts Crispus Attucks, a black man, as the first person gunned down by British troops during the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. The attack helped touch off the American Revolution. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

As nation confronts old demons, a 1770 slaying is recalled

Jun. 4, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Like George Floyd, he was black, in his mid-40s, and died at the hands of a white man. And like Floyd, he may have helped touch off a revolution. Many in the Black Lives Matter movement are invoking Crispus Attucks — an African American gunned down by a British soldier in the Boston...

Demonstrators leave a rally and head toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule

Jun. 4, 2020 1:39 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule. — Demonstrators march to U.S. Capitol during peaceful protests in...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 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. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

Police officers form a line to block protesters in central London on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 after a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Protests have taken place across America and internationally, after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck while the handcuffed black man called out that he couldn’t breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been fired and charged with murder. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

Thousands in Europe decry racial injustice, police violence

Jun. 3, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of people demonstrated in London on Wednesday against police violence and racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has set off days of unrest in the United States. In Athens, police fired tear gas to disperse youths who threw firebombs and stones...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference after meeting Chinese leadership in Beijing on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom stands ready to open the door to almost 3 million Hong Kong citizens, as the city's leader arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for meetings on a planned national security law that has many worried about their future. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Hong Kong leader accuses foreign critics of double standards

Jun. 3, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam accused foreign critics on Wednesday of displaying “blatant double standards” over moves by Beijing to strengthen control over the semi-autonomous territory. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier that his country is ready to open...

People wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a wedding hall in Suwon, South Korea, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Kim Jong-taik/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN body calls for action on debt amid pandemic

Jun. 2, 2020 10:33 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. ___ UNITED NATIONS — The president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council is calling...

In this handout photo provided by the UK Parliament, Britain's Labour leader Keir Starmer speaks during Prime Minister's Questions, as members of Parliament observe social distancing due to the coronavirus, in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. (Jessica Taylor/PA via AP)

UK lawmakers queue to vote as Parliament adjusts to COVID-19

Jun. 2, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative government faced a rebellion from some of its own legislators on Tuesday after it summoned Members of Parliament back to London and scrapped a remote-voting system used during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Like millions of other Britons, the...