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A locked gate is seen by the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City was due to play Burnley in an English Premier League soccer match Saturday March 14, 2020, after all English soccer games were cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more severe illness.(AP Photo/Jon Super)

The Latest: There will be basketball to watch this weekend

Apr. 9, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and ESPN will stream a HORSE tournament on ESPN’s app. The NBA HORSE Challenge will have eight participants. The quarterfinals are to be shown Sunday and the semifinals...

In this Wednesday, April 8, 2020, photo provided by the New South Wales Police, investigators in protective gear prepare to board the Ruby Princess cruise ship at Wollongong, Australia. Police boarded the cruise ship to seize evidence and question crew members after the vessel was linked to hundreds of COVID-19 cases and more than a dozen deaths across Australia. (Nathan Patterson/NSW Police via AP)

Ship at center of virus outbreak raided by Australian police

Apr. 9, 2020 3:37 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Police wearing protective gear boarded a cruise ship to seize evidence and question crew members of the vessel linked to hundreds of coronavirus infections and 15 deaths across Australia. About 2,700 passengers disembarked from the ship on March 19 in Sydney and it has since...

Commuters wear masks at a station in Fukuoka, southern Japan Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures including Fukuoka to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections surges. (Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: South Korea expects positive economic growth

Apr. 9, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus 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. TOP OF THE HOUR — South Korea’s top central banker expects slow, but...

FILE - In this December, 1999, file photo, tourists snorkel around Upolu Cay on the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns off the Australian north east coast. An aerial survey of the Great Barrier Reef shows coral bleaching is sweeping across the area off the east of Australia for the third time in five years. Bleaching has struck all three regions of the world’s largest coral reef system and is more widespread than ever, scientists from James Cook University in Queensland state said Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Brian Cassey, File)

Bleaching on Great Barrier Reef more widespread than ever

Apr. 7, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An aerial survey of the Great Barrier Reef shows coral bleaching is sweeping across the area off the east of Australia for the third time in five years. Bleaching has struck all three regions of the world’s largest coral reef system and is more widespread than ever,...

Cardinal George Pell sits in the back seat of a car as he leaves prison in Geelong, Australia Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Pope Francis' former finance minister Pell had been the most senior Catholic found guilty of sexually abusing children and has spent 13 months in high-security prisons before seven High Court judges unanimously dismissed his convictions. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

Cardinal Pell welcomes court's dismissal of abuse conviction

Apr. 7, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell welcomed Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes Tuesday and said his trial had not been a referendum on the Catholic Church’s handling of the clergy abuse crisis. Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, had been...

Doctor Sebastian Yancev, who participated in the operation to diagnose and treat passengers on the Australian Greg Mortimer cruise ship for the new coronavirus, poses for a photo in front of the ambulance that was used to move the patients to local hospitals in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

Most people on Antarctica cruise ship have the coronavirus

Apr. 7, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Nearly 60 percent of 217 people — many from Australia, Europe and the United States — on board a cruise ship off the coast of Uruguay have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the ship's operator said Tuesday. “There are currently no fevers on board and...

FILE - In this April 6, 2017, file photo, Trevor Immelman of South Africa, hits from a bunker on the second hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Immelman has been named International captain for the 2021 Presidents Cup matches in North Carolina. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Immelman has big shoes to fill as Presidents Cup captain

Apr. 7, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

Trevor Immelman of South Africa has big shoes to fill as the next International captain for the Presidents Cup, and that goes beyond a figure of speech. Immelman was introduced Tuesday as the seventh player — and third South African — to be captain of a team cobbled together from every country...

Cardinal George Pell sits in the back seat of a car as he leaves prison in Geelong, Australia Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Pope Francis' former finance minister Pell had been the most senior Catholic found guilty of sexually abusing children and has spent 13 months in high-security prisons before seven High Court judges unanimously dismissed his convictions. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Apr. 7, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court on Tuesday dismissed Cardinal George Pell's convictions on charges he molested two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. Some events in Pell’s career and the criminal case: July 16, 1996: Auxiliary Bishop George Pell is...

Shark kills Australian wildlife worker on Great Barrier Reef

Apr. 6, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A shark fatally mauled a young Australian wildlife worker on the Great Barrier Reef, officials said Tuesday. Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the 23-year-old victim worked for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. “Once again a family out there is...

Australian court dismisses convictions against Cardinal Pell, most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse

Apr. 6, 2020 8:12 PM EDT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian court dismisses convictions against Cardinal Pell, most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse.