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Workers in protective suits administer coronavirus tests at a COVID-19 testing site for those who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus at a wholesale food market in Beijing, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Beijing climbed in recent days following an outbreak linked to a wholesale food market, officials announced they had identified hundreds of thousands of people who needed to be tested for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China rejects food imports after virus detected

Jul. 10, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food. Those worries have risen since a June outbreak in Beijing that was linked to the city’s largest wholesale market. Testing has...

Greece: Summer camp evacuated in wildfire precaution

Jul. 10, 2020 5:40 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A children’s summer camp and a retirement home have been evacuated near Athens after a wildfire approached homes in a coastal area. Authorities said the evacuations involving several hundred people were ordered as a precaution after the fire broke out early Friday near the...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

Riot police officers try to avoid patrol bombs thrown by protesters outside the Greek Parliament during a protest against new protest law in Athens, on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Violence has broken out in Athens during a mass demonstration against plans to curb public protests. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Violence erupts at rally in Greece against new protest law

Jul. 9, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Violence broke out in Athens late Thursday during a mass demonstration against a new law to curb public protests, leaving six police officers injured. A group of protesters hurled gasoline bombs at riot police outside parliament, while police responded with tear gas and flash...

Greece: Forest fire leads to evacuation of children's camp

Jul. 9, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of children were being evacuated from a summer camp in Greece as a precaution after a forest fire broke out near Corinth and strong winds fanned the blaze. The fire department said more than 80 firefighters, two water-dropping planes and one helicopter were sent to tackle...

Officials from Greece's Ministry of Migration Affairs and the International Organization for Migration escort 25 unaccompanied refugee children at Athens International Airport before they board a plane to Lisbon, Portugal, on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Portuguese authorities have agreed to take in several hundred children from refugee camps in Greece following an appeal for help by the Greek government to other European Union countries. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece: Migrant children head to Portugal after appeal to EU

Jul. 7, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say 25 unaccompanied migrant children are traveling from Athens to Portugal, where they will be given shelter as part of a relocation program worked out among several European Union countries. Nearly 75,000 migrants and refugees, about a third of them children,...

Greece: Several hurt as subway train hits terminus barrier

Jul. 7, 2020 6:57 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Several people received light injuries on a subway train near Athens after it failed to stop in time before hitting a barrier at an overground terminus station, authorities said Tuesday. At least eight people were hurt, public authorities said, when the train hit the barrier at...

Students wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus have their documents checked by security officers before the first day of China's national college entrance examinations, known as the gaokao, in Beijing, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. China's college entrance exams began in Beijing on Tuesday after being delayed by a month due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Air New Zealand puts hold on new flight bookings

Jul. 6, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home. Air New Zealand says the hold will last for three weeks and it is also trying...

Greece's prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis wearing a helmet and plastic glasses stands at the old airport as bulldozers demolish an abandoned building in Athens, Friday, July 3, 2020. Mitsotakis inaugurated the start of construction work on a long-delayed major development project at the prime seaside site of the old Athens airport. The development of the 620-hectare (1,500-acre) Hellenikon site was a key element of the privatization drive that was part of Greece's international bailouts. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece: Construction begins on major development project

Jul. 3, 2020 4:52 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister on Friday inaugurated the start of construction work on a long-delayed major development project at the prime seaside site of the old Athens airport. Kyriakos Mitsotakis hailed the start of work as a major step in the implementation of what he described...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...