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A road is blocked block on the Gigerwald reservoir dam in Vaettis, Switzerland, Thursday, August 13, 2020. The road is blocked due to a ongoing search-and-rescue mission after a canyoning accident in the region yesterday night. Swiss authorities say three Spanish tourists on a canyoning tour have died and one is missing after a heavy storm. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

3 Spaniards dead, 1 missing in Swiss canyoning accident

Aug. 13, 2020 8:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Three Spanish tourists were killed and one is presumed dead after being caught in a flash flood while canyoning in the Swiss Alps, authorities in the Alpine country said Thursday. Police in the eastern canton (state) of St. Gallen said they were alerted to the men's disappearance late...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus sits in front of a mural at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

Aug. 12, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reports the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that...

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...

A dog of the French rescue team searches for survivors at the scene of this week's massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Three days after a massive explosion rocked Beirut, killing over a hundred people and causing widespread devastation, rescuers are still searching for survivors and the government is investigating what caused the disaster. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The Latest: Trump says US help on way for Beirut disaster

Aug. 7, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 2:20 a.m. President Donald Trump has spoken about the explosion in Beirut during calls with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump said Friday that he told Aoun that three large aircraft filled with...

Swiss ink deal with Moderna for 4.5M doses of COVID vaccine

Aug. 7, 2020 5:46 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss federal government says it has struck a deal with Moderna to supply Switzerland with 4.5 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine if the U.S. biotech firm successfully develops one. The Federal Office of Public Health says the agreement aims “to guarantee Switzerland early access...

A soldier stands at the devastated site of the explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron came in Beirut to offer French support to Lebanon after the deadly port blast. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

The Latest: Macron says France doesn’t want to run Lebanon

Aug. 6, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 9:15 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has denied that he's seeking to pull the strings in Lebanon and revive France’s colonial-era influence over a country reeling from a giant, deadly explosion. Macron was on a visit to...

8 Western nations urge Russian forces to leave Georgia

Aug. 5, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and seven European countries marked Friday’s 12th anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia with a call to Moscow to withdraw forces from Abkhazia and South Ossetia and allow medical evacuations and aid deliveries especially during the COVID-19...

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, June 2, 2019, Spain's former King Juan Carlos waves at the bullring in Aranjuez, Spain.  The royal family’s website on Monday Aug. 3, 2020, published a letter from Spain’s former monarch, King Juan Carlos I, saying he is leaving Spain to live in another country, amidst a financial scandal.   (AP Photo/Andrea Comas, FILE)

Adios, España: Former king leaves for undisclosed location

Aug. 4, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Speculation over the whereabouts and future of former monarch Juan Carlos gripped Spain on Tuesday, a day after the man who served as king for almost four decades announced he was leaving the country for an unspecified destination amid a growing financial scandal. In a letter published on the...

A statue bust of Spain's former monarch, King Juan Carlos I is pictured at the

Spain's former king leaving country amid financial scandal

Aug. 3, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s former monarch, Juan Carlos I, is leaving Spain to live in another, unspecified, country amid a financial scandal, according to a letter published on the royal family's website Monday. The letter from Juan Carlos to his son, King Felipe VI, said: “I am informing you of...

FILE  - In this Sept. 24, 2018 file photo, Claudia Patricia Diaz Guillen, the former nurse of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, leaves the national court in Madrid, Spain, where she fought and won a case of extradition at Venezuela's request for alleged money laundering. It was 2014 when Diaz, then Venezuela's former treasurer, was looking for a safe haven to store the unexplained wealth she had accumulated over the years, and allegedly turned to one of the oldest ways of moving vast sums of money anonymously: buying gold. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

Court: Hugo Chávez's former nurse hid gold in secret vault

Aug. 3, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — It was 2014 and Venezuela’s former treasurer Claudia Díaz was looking for a safe haven to store the unexplained wealth she had accumulated over the years. Then-president Hugo Chávez, who she once served as a nurse, had recently died and with the election of Nicolás...