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FILE - This April 7, 2020 file photo shows a bottle of hydroxychloroquine tablets in Texas City, Texas. Several authors of a large study that raised safety concerns about malaria drugs for coronavirus patients have retracted the report, saying independent reviewers were not able to verify information that’s been widely questioned by other scientists. A retraction in the journal Lancet on Thursday, June 4, 2020  involved a May 22 report on  hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, drugs long used for preventing or treating malaria but whose safety and effectiveness for COVID-19 are unknown. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Study on safety of malaria drugs for coronavirus retracted

Jun. 4, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

Several authors of a large study that raised safety concerns about malaria drugs for coronavirus patients have retracted the report, saying independent reviewers were not able to verify information that’s been widely questioned by other scientists. Thursday’s retraction in the journal Lancet...

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...

Cemetery workers in a protective gear lower a coffin wrapped in plastic, containing a COVID-19 victim, into a gravesite at the San Lorenzo Tezonco Iztapalapa cemetery in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The coronavirus toll in Mexico soared to a new daily high Wednesday, more than double the previous one-day record. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Jun. 4, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

The United Nations is among organizations urging companies to create a “people's vaccine” for COVID-19 that would be free to everyone once one is developed. Meanwhile, in Europe, German auto sales are slumping and France is changing its traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees...

In this Monday, May 25, 2020 photo a person walks past a storm drain with discarded gloves and other trash in Philadelphia. Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water pumping stations in Philadelphia had experienced clogs from face masks, gloves and wipes residents had pitched into the potty, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Epidemic of wipes and masks plagues sewers, storm drains

Jun. 4, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mayor Jim Kenney kicked off a recent briefing on Philadelphia's coronavirus response with an unusual request for residents: Be careful what you flush. Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 2, 2020 file photo, Pastor James Roberson leads a prayer with protesters during the Prayerful Protest march for George Floyd in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Pandemic and racial unrest test black clergy on dual fronts

Jun. 4, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

For black clergy across the United States, the past 10 days have been a tumultuous test of their stamina and their skills. For weeks, they had been striving to comfort their congregations amid a pandemic taking a disproportionately heavy toll on African-Americans. Then came a coast-to-coast upsurge of racial...

FILE -- In this Thursday, March 12, 2020 file photo the President of European Central Bank Christine Lagarde looks up prior to a press conference following a meeting of the ECB governing council in Frankfurt, Germany. The European Central Bank has boosted its pandemic emergency support program by 600 billion euros to 1.35 trillion euros ($1.5 trillion) in an effort to keep affordable credit flowing to the economy during the steep downturn caused by the virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

European Central Bank nearly doubles pandemic support scheme

Jun. 4, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has boosted its pandemic emergency support program by an unexpectedly large 600 billion euros to 1.35 trillion euros ($1.5 trillion), adding to efforts in Europe and around the world to help the economy weather the steep downturn caused by the virus...

FILE - In this April 20, 2020, photo, daily-wage workers wear protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in Kabul, Afghanistan. A prominent international aid organization warned Tuesday, June 2, 2020 that Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster because the government is unable to test at least 80% of possible coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Group: Lack of virus tests pushes Afghanistan toward crisis

Jun. 4, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A prominent international aid organization warned Tuesday that Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster because the government is unable to test at least 80% of possible coronavirus cases. The International Rescue Committee said COVID-19, the illness caused by the...

A homeless Venezuelan migrant wearing a face mask as protection amid the new coronavirus sits by her tent near the main bus terminal in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Facing travel restrictions and no work due to the economic shut down to curb COVID-19, Venezuelan migrants here are waiting for help to get home. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Stranded Venezuelans build camp in Colombia amid pandemic

Jun. 4, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Out of work, broke and left with few good options during the pandemic, a growing number of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia have set up a makeshift camp on a tree-covered patch along a highway outside the capital of Bogota. Aside from 160 tents they've built out of black plastic and...

Health workers attend a training session on handling the coronavirus pandemic in villages in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Asia Today: Australia to restart flights to New Zealand

Jun. 4, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Canberra Airport opened a register for travelers interested in flying from the Australian capital to New Zealand on July 1 in a proposed resumption of international travel. The proposal to restart flights connecting the two capitals was under discussion between the two...